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Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Retail businesses open in Saskatchewan next week

The province of Saskatchewan will begin its second phase of reopening next week according to an announcement from the province’s Premier Scott Moe yesterday.  Starting on May 19, retail businesses, shopping malls, personal services, such as barbers and hair stylists, »

Health, Society

McDonald’s Canada reintroduces takeout in 30 test locations

McDonald’s Canada is reintroducing in-restaurant takeout services in 30 locations to test new protective measures that will be adapted for restaurants across the country, according to a press release from the fast food chain this morning.  “To keep our guests »

Economy, Health, Immigration & Refugees, Society

Grocers attempt to calm food supply worries, but difficulties ahead

As fears about the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 virus increase, it has led to many cases of panic buying. While there has been some surprise about a rush to hoard toilet paper, it has also spread to panic buying of »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Rising CO2 emissions to hit labour productivity in poorest countries

Extreme heat caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will lead to big losses in productivity, taking a heavy economic toll on countries that can least afford it, according to a new study by Canadian researchers. Heat exposure »

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada history: May 15, 1919 – The labour dispute that shook Canada

Winnipeg General Strike For thousands of soldiers who had risked life and limb for their country during the First World War, the return to civilian life was frustrating. Finding a job was difficult with many factories now closed, bankruptcies common, »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Immigrants crucial for Canada’s economic growth: think-tank

A pro-business think tank has issued a report showing that if Canada were to shut its doors to immigrants completely, its labour force and economic growth would shrink significantly. Canada is unlikely to stop immigration, but a senior researcher with »

Society

Human trafficking survivors tell their stories

The Canadian government has launched cross-country hearings into the exploitation of people for sex work, forced labour and domestic slavery. The government agency, Statistics Canada found that between 2009 and 2014, there were 396 victims of human trafficking reported to »

Health, Society

Pushing Canada towards national universal pharma-care

Canada has a long-established national universal health care plan which has benefitted generations of citizens. However, while it covers almost all aspects of health care, it does not cover the cost of prescription drugs. The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recently »

Economy, Society

David vs Goliath: anger grows over business vs low wage employees

Ontario minimum wage increase: Protests grow over business cutting employee benefits Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, has raised the minimum wage paid to workers to $14/hour as of January 1, an increase of $2.40 over the previous minimum hourly wage »

Health, International

Work by child brides must count as child labour, says group

There are several ways that international organizations fight against the illegal marriages of underage girls, but one group wants the International Labour Organization (ILO) to join in. AIDS-Free World is calling on the ILO to count the work done in »