May 30, 2015

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As a University-Educated Precarious Worker, I Am Fighting for a $15 Minimum Wage

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As the Fight for $15 and Fairness continues this month in cities across Ontario and throughout Canada, I want to share why I am fighting for a $15 minimum wage for all workers in Ontario. In May of last year I found myself in a situation like too many other young people in Canada: recently graduated from university, $30,000 in debt and unable to find employment. After applying for countless jobs I did what many others in a similar situation do: I took any job I could get. At the suggestion of a friend I signed up with a temporary agency and soon I started working at a warehouse in Scarborough.

Which Industries Are Bleeding Jobs And Which Are Hiring In Canada?

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Looks Like Poloz Nailed That 'Atrocious Economy' Prediction

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Sweden Just Made It So Much Easier To Be A Father

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These Countries Have The Widest Gap Between The Rich And The Poor

Canada's Economy 'In A Tailspin'

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U.S. Economy Shrinking Too

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Rogers, Shaw Sorry For Cutting Off Letterman's Goodbye

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Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison For Drug Plot

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Canada Emerging As A Global Leader In Wearable Tech

Bionym Ceo Karl Martin
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Here Are The Companies To Watch

Google Commits $20 Million To Make The World More Accessible For People With Disabilities

Google Impact Challenge
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GM, Subaru Cars Added To Massive Air Bag Recall

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President Of American Express Dies Suddenly Aboard Airplane

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Uber Wants Swanky New Headquarters To Match Its Huge Valuation

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TSX Ends Week Deep In The Red On Bad Economic News

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Canadian Oil And Gas Industry Sees Largest Profit Collapse On Record

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Bankruptcy Time? What To Know Before You Throw In The Towel

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Toronto Midtowners Backtrack On 'Density Creep' Concerns

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Look: Chinese Mogul Builds Office Building Shaped Like U.S.S. Enterprise

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Canadian Channel Tries To Take On Food Network

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Apple Overthrows Google For Brand Supremacy

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Tories Scramble After Joe Oliver's Call For Looser Labour Laws At G7

Joe Oliver
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Federal Deficit Keeps Shrinking

Joe Oliver
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Loblaws Hummus Recall Expanded To A Dozen Products

Loblaws Hummus Recall
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Nike Just Became Part Of The FIFA Corruption Scandal

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Illustrators Protest Qatar's Alleged World Cup Labor Abuses With Redesigned Logos

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Check Out The Ridiculous Dress Code At Jimmy John's

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This Won't Be Cheap: Lamborghini Is Making An SUV

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Rogers' Streaming Service To (Finally) Open To Non-Cable Customers

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Uh-Oh: Greece Is Probably Going To Miss Its Deal Deadline

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And We Thought Tuition Was Pricey. Check Out University Housing Costs.

Takata Airbag Recall Affects 1.2 Million Canadian Cars

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Here's What The Canada Pension Plan Debate Could Mean For You

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Alberta Recession Unavoidable: Report

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Foreign Workers Forced Into Sex Under Threat Of Being Sent Home

LOOK: These Incredible Underwater Homes Are Going Global

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The State Of TV Today? 'You Could Call It Desperation'

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Contract Workers Told To Stay Home During Harper's Visit To Factory

Stephen Harper
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Good News, Bacon Lovers

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This Slide Shows Bosses Totally Don't Understand Millennials

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Takes Off, Just Not In Canada

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LOOK: World's Biggest 'Giga-Yacht' On Sale For $950 Million

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New Rules For Ontario's 1.3 Million Condo Dwellers

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Devastation In Ontario Vineyards

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Donald Trump's Right-Hand Man Says Canadian Real Estate Undervalued

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Fraser Institute's Study On Consumer Debt Called ‘Misleading'

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This Single Text Message Can Crash Your iPhone

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