Deb Matthews announces plans for higher wages for personal support workers

By: Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau, Published on Mon Jan 27 2014 Ontarians will get a “patient advocate” to help them when the health care system has stumbled and personal support workers — who aid the ill and seniors — can expect better wages, Health Minister Deb Matthews said Monday. “When PSWs tell me they can make more … Continue reading Deb Matthews announces plans for higher wages for personal support workers

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Kathleen Wynne objects to $14 minimum wage

 27 January 2014 Premier Kathleen Wynne has welcomed recommendations that would increase Ontario’s minimum wage annually by the rate of inflation but is downplaying the notion the $10.25 rate should be boosted dramatically. The provincial advisory panel’s report released Monday doesn’t address the thorny issue of what today’s rate should be. The report also recommends businesses get … Continue reading Kathleen Wynne objects to $14 minimum wage

Media release: Minimum Wage Advisory Panel recommendations provide Premier Kathleen Wynne with opportunity to advance vision for decent work

January 27, 2014 Toronto—The much-anticipated recommendations of the Minimum Wage advisory panel were made public today, revealing a number of modest proposals for regularizing future increases in the minimum wage. The Panel Chair decided that recommending the minimum wage level would be outside the Panel’s scope. “By recommending the minimum wage should increase annually in accordance with … Continue reading Media release: Minimum Wage Advisory Panel recommendations provide Premier Kathleen Wynne with opportunity to advance vision for decent work

As a doctor, I know too well why the minimum wage needs to rise

Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, a founding member of Health Providers Against Poverty, http://www.healthprovidersagainstpoverty.ca and an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca.  Almost half a million people, representing 9% of Ontario's workforce, earn minimum wage that has been frozen at $10.25 per hour for four years. A recent report by the Canadian Medical … Continue reading As a doctor, I know too well why the minimum wage needs to rise

Wealth Distribution video

I received this link: http://www.upworthy.com/9-out-of-10-americans-are-completely-wrong-about-this-mind-blowing-fact-2?c=reccon1 .(from Dennis Rahphael's, Social Determinants of Health list serve). It paints a fairly clear picture about wealth distribution in the states. Sorry I have not seen something similar for Canada yet. It may be a handy to demonstrate why we are so concerned about poverty.