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"This type of employment has increasingly become the norm."
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“If the person is qualified to do the job, why should their past history matter? Bad credit does not make them thieves.”
The push for doctors to treat social issues like poverty is starting to change the way we practice medicine and how we work with community agencies and those with expertise in income benefits, food security and poverty law. Many health organizations now are right in the middle of advocacy for better social conditions. Major medical organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian College of Family Physicians have been vocal in their support for this approach. This demonstrates a real acceptance by the medical mainstream that reducing patients' poverty is a core part of a doctor's job.
Alberta (yes, Alberta) just elected a party that promised to hike minimum wage by 50 per cent.
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“There’s a certain irony that the people who are most vulnerable ... could be discriminated against."
The beef I have with the University is that people like me are working de facto full time. If we were really full time, we would be paid a lot more, have much better benefits and even a pension. I have colleagues who have been teaching for 13 years, and the University is still trying to call them "temporary appointments". This is blatant hypocrisy, we are working full time, but the University maintains a pretence that it is a "one off, special contingency" every year. Nonsense!
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Jason Penney knows the highs and lows of a miner's life in Wabush, N.L., a one-industry town where the price of iron ore is discussed like the weather. But he says the community of...
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Today, I had a perfectly reasonable request from a student who wanted to review an exam from last term. I was unable to comply with this request because to do so would be to give my employer more of my time for free. As a dedicated teacher, I am extremely sad about this, because I would like to give my students the very best learning experience that I possibly can. So what makes a mild-mannered Physics instructor turn into a seething rebel? The blunt answer is that I, along with many of my colleagues in Higher Education in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are being shamelessly exploited by our employers. My total earning for the year are $34,000. If the University wants a "Full Service" teacher, then they need to pay us as a highly qualified professional person would expect to be paid.
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The idea of a minimum annual income for every Canadian could provide a more efficient alternative social safety net, but reform is an unlikely and unrealistic option, according to a new report from a...
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An aerial view of the city of Dauphin, Man. Forty years ago, a groundbreaking experiment provided cheques to Dauphin’s poorest to raise their incomes to a liveable wage. (Photo: Dauphin Economic Devel...
Imagine the government started handing out $10,000 annually to every adult in the country, or implemented a negative income tax rate so that low earners and people out of work would receive tax money...
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This article was not written by a robot. But a decade from now, it could well be. When people hear the now-familiar refrain “robots are taking our jobs,” they tend to think of robotic arms replacing a...
Minimum wage jobs used to be the domain of teenagers and seniors, but now an increasing number of Canadians are raising families on wages between $10 and $11 an hour. We want to hear from Canadians w...
The median after-tax income for a family in Canada was $71,700 in 2012, according to StatsCan’s latest income survey, released last week. But what Canadians earn varies vastly from province to provinc...
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Like most towns and cities in Atlantic Canada, nearly everyone in Miramichi, N.B., knows someone who works "out West." (Photo: Sunny Freeman/HuffPost Canada) Mark English draws out every sip of coffe...
How is it that people with higher wages deserve an increase, but those at the bottom do not? It is hard to believe the Panel suggests that people living in poverty, unable to pay rent, buy food, or heat their house are reaching a 'minimum standard of living'.
Time and again, those of us barely scraping by on precarious appointments in the service industry are fed the same exhausted occupational rhetoric: "Prosperity in the 'new economy' requires flexibility and sacrifice on the part of the labour force." Translation -- welcome to the precarious labour trap.
It is time to rethink government's role in reducing poverty and unemployment. Take, for example, the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), which is supposed to help Canadians in low-paying jobs keep more of their employment income. Essentially, the program is a disincentive to work.