The scrappy mom-and-pop shop may be a nice image, but how well does it reflect the reality of employment? Small business may be neither as ubiquitous nor economically heroic as many people think. If this is the case, then perhaps the needs of small business should not figure as prominently in some economic policy debates. The minimum wage debate is a case in point.
This line of thinking arose from finding an older piece by the excellent Doug Henwood, which questions the nearly universal platitudes directed at small business. Doug writes,
[S]mall business often serves an ideological purpose. (Read more…)
OTTAWA – Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced on Friday that he has reached an agreement in principle with most provinces on the contentious Canada Job Grant. Kenney made the announcement at the end of a speech delivered to a […]
The Canada Job Grant stays, but what are the needs of the unemployed compared to the provincial interest in money, turf, and credit?
OTTAWA – The Canadian economy gained 29,400 jobs in January and the unemployment rate…
This afternoon I gave a presentation to Professor Ted Jackson’s graduate seminar course on higher education, taught in Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. The link to my slide deck, titled “The Political Economy of Post-Secondary Education in Canada,” can be found here. Points I raised in the presentation include the following: -Tuition [...]
OTTAWA – Some businesses have been forced to move projects out of Canada because…
OTTAWA – Government House Leader Peter Van Loan is using the return of Parliament…
The Canada Jobs Grant will not work for people who face barriers to employment, especially Aboriginal Manitobans. As Shauna Mackinnon wrote in The Canada Jobs Grant: Perpetuating Aboriginal Exclusion, the new federal program will take money…
Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s pledge to create one million new jobs sounds like a direct rip-off of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s promise to create 250,000 new jobs in a four year term. Only the state, er province and numbers are different.
And how is the Koch brother-funded, union-busting Scott Walker’s promise shaping up?
Not too well. Three quarters of the way and he’s nowhere close, with only 42% the promised 250,000 private sector jobs created. Wisconsin was tracking 37th among American states in terms of private sector job creation last year.
Walker is already backtracking on his (Read more…)
OTTAWA — A $2.5-million government ad campaign to promote the not-yet-existent Canada Job Grant appears to have resonated with few outside the office of the country’s advertising watchdog. Eighty-five per cent of Canadians who participated in a public opinion survey […]
OTTAWA – The opposition is pouncing on the Conservative government’s insistence that the Canadian…
The working age population is growing, and growing older
There is a certain sentiment—possibly driven by nostalgia—that jobs used to be more stable
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Canada’s federal politicians are fond of trumpeting that Canada’s economy has performed better than almost any other jurisdiction, and that we should be thankful for their “prudent economic management.” In actual fact, however, the hard numbers indicate that Canada’s jobs performance has been ho-hum at best — and isn’t getting any better.
There was a spate of media stories recently on a US report finding that increased employment of seniors has no negative impacts at all on young people also seeking work. In fact, the study by leading US economist Alicia Munnell, looking mainly at the experience of US states, did say that the so-called “lump of [...]
A just society should provide everyone with access to a job yet nearly 2 million Canadians can’t find work.
Officially 6.9 per cent of the Canadian workforce is unemployed. But this number rises to 10.3 per cent when those who’ve given up search…
Political cartoonist Gareth Lind takes a satirical approach to the ongoing pipeline debate
Canada, a nation among the wealthiest in the world, cannot meet its daycare needs. The problem has grown to crisis proportions in the country’s largest cities. In Toronto there are only enough daycare spaces for about one in five of the city’s children. In downtown Vancouver, 2,000 children are on a childcare waiting list. There is no federal universal childcare scheme in Canada. Some provinces and municipalities offer subsidized childcare but these programs are at constant risk of having funding withdrawn. As well, the lack of federal standardization results in wide disparities of (Read more…)
TORONTO – Skills shortages have not yet grown into a national issue, but do…
Friday, November 8, 2013
Canadian Forces Ombudsman Pierre Daigle released a report stating on-base housing is substandard, employment for families lack and …
OTTAWA – Employment minister Jason Kenney is in for a hot reception when he…
OTTAWA – The federal government’s Canada Job Grant proposals are in trouble, officials and…
OTTAWA – The unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 per cent in September — its…
The share of Ontario workers toiling for minimum wage has more than doubled from 4.3 per cent to 9 per cent since 2003, according to new research being released Tuesday. And those $10.25-per-hour workers are more likely to be women, … Continue Reading
Young people under the age of 24 who have long said that it’s hard to find a job now have the proof to back their claims up. A new report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has found that Ontario is one of the most difficult provinces to find a job in if you’re young.
The report, “The Young and the Jobless,” analyzed the 2012 Statistics Canada Labour Force survey and found that youth unemployment levels are twice as high as the overall provincial youth unemployment rate.
TORONTO – A dream job may not be as elusive as you think.
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW has an article by Aviva Hope Rutkin that you should read and ponder. “Report Suggests Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Are Vulnerable to Computerization”. 45% is the estimated job loss over the next 20 years.
The authors believe…
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada’s National Household Survey calculated income from two main sources — private sources and transfers from governments. • Private sources, or market sources, accounted for 87.6 per cent of all income in the survey. The largest component […]
OTTAWA — A federal government television commercial touting a not yet existent Canada Job Grant was misleading and a breach of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards, Canada’s advertising watchdog has ruled. In a letter to James Gilbert, assistant deputy […]
Today’s Labour Force numbers provide more evidence that Canada’s labour market is still mired in a 3-year funk. Following one year of decent recovery from mid-2009 (the trough of the recession) to mid-2010, driven mostly by extraordinary monetary and fiscal stimulus, further progress has been stalled ever since. Most headlines focus on the unemployment rate, but [...]
It has recently been reported that the University of Alberta wants to “reopen two-year collective agreements” with faculty and staff “to help the university balance its budget…” This appears to be in direct response to Alberta’s provincial government announcing in its March budget that there would be a “7% cut to operating grants to universities, [...]
Further to my earlier post on the OECD’s new data on employment performance across its 34 member countries (and Canada’s relatively poor ranking in that regard), another part of the OECD Employment Outlook 2013 that is also worth reading in detail is Chapter 2. It provides a thorough revision and updating of the OECD’s quantitative [...]
By Joe Fantauzzi@jjfantauzzi Key Findings:
– The development industry is clearly engaged in the political process at Brampton City Hall.
– 233 development companies and development-affiliated individuals were publicly disclosed to have contributed money to Brampton candidates in the 2010 municipal election.
– Of those 233 developer donors, 48 were discovered to have proposals in various stages in front of Brampton City Hall between December 12, 2010 and May 22, 2013, according to city council minutes.
– The interests of 20.6 per cent ─ or about one in five ─ of the companies and individuals (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: In Brampton, Few Recorded Development Votes After Developers Contribute To Political War Chests