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January 11, 2019 4:22 PM Delays at Ontario human rights tribunal could undermine cases, say lawyers

“We had been waiting a while for that hearing date,” she said. “Now this case is on hold indefinitely ... We’re not even at the stage of having everyone sit down and go to mediation, let alone the stage of having it proceed to a hearing so it’s really sort of making things drag on and it’s problematic.” Such delays can put a lot of strain on complainants 10

January 9, 2019 11:00 PM How Missouri’s minimum wage rates will trump Ontario’s wages of sin

Ontario’s law mandating a $1 increase to the minimum wage, as of Jan. 1, has been formally rescinded by Premier Doug Ford. Instead, he legislated a 31-month freeze on the hourly minimum of $14. New York welcomed the New Year with a $15 minimum wage, catching up to San Francisco, but still lagging Seattle, which bumped it up to $16 last week. Ah, that’s 13

January 9, 2019 1:07 PM Workers at GM’s Oshawa Assembly Plant hold work stoppage over closure

The company has said the options suggested by the union, including extending the life of the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS currently produced at the plant or shifting production slated for Mexico to the plant, are not economic. David Paterson, vice president of corporate affairs at GM Canada, says the union should instead work with the company on timing 12

January 7, 2019 2:03 PM Sears prepares for possible liquidation in the U.S. as ESL bid fails

The storied retailer started laying the groundwork for a liquidation after Chairman Eddie Lampert’s bid to buy several hundred stores out of bankruptcy fell short of bankers’ qualifications, people with knowledge of the matter said. Sears representatives summoned liquidation firms and other advisers to emergency meetings on Friday after rejecting Lampert’s 9

January 4, 2019 1:47 PM Canada’s unemployment rate sticks at 43-year low of 5.6%; weak wage growth persists

OTTAWA—The unemployment rate stayed at its 43-year low of 5.6 per cent last month as the economy closed out 2018 with the addition of 9,300 net new jobs, Statistics Canada said Friday. For the second straight month, the jobless rate was at its lowest level since Statistics Canada started measuring comparable data in January 1976. Economists had expected 10

December 14, 2018 2:44 PM Minister postpones trip to China amid tensions between two countries

“We look forward to meeting again to continue building people-to people ties and strengthening the tourism relationship between Canada and China — a relationship that creates good jobs for middle class families and opportunities for people in both countries,” Ghio said. Canada and China are battling over the detentions of two Canadians in China as well as the recent 22

December 11, 2018 9:17 PM Alberta seeks refinery proposals to prevent future oil shocks

Building new refining capacity in the province would be a longer-term solution to the persistent pipeline bottlenecks that have weighed on Alberta’s oil prices in recent months. To allay the short-term crisis, Premier Rachel Notley earlier this month announced mandated production cuts, which have largely accomplished their mission of boosting prices 15

December 10, 2018 9:56 PM Armenian prime minister’s bloc wins parliamentary majority

YEREVAN, ARMENIA—A bloc led by Armenia’s relatively new prime minister trounced its political foes and won an overwhelming parliamentary majority in an early election, according to results released Monday. Nikol Pashinian came to power in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. The 43-year-old former journalist 17

December 10, 2018 6:20 PM Former ServiCom employee warns about unofficial fundraising drives

SYDNEY, N.S.—People planning on donating funds to help the almost 700 call centre employees in Cape Breton who lost their jobs last week are being warned to be careful about where they send their money. Tanya Wilneff, a former manager at the ServiCom Canada facility in Sydney, says the workers have yet to endorse any centralized fundraising efforts 13

December 7, 2018 4:46 PM Supremex cuts 41 jobs from Canadian envelope workforce in cost-reduction measure

It currently operates 12 facilities across seven provinces in Canada and three facilities in the United States, employing approximately 830 people. However, according to its third-quarter financial report, Supremex’s revenue from its envelope businesses has declined over the first nine months of 2018 compared with last year while its packaging arm has seen an increase 17