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Old 06-05-2015, 07:35 PM   #51
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What, Sue, you don't have any Sharpies in Canada?
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Bear cub breaks into car, honks horn until owner wakes up


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Old 06-16-2015, 08:09 AM   #56
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Default Share Of Workers In Minimum Wage Jobs Has Grown Fivefold In Ontario: Study

It's ugly out there - more & more of us in Ontario ARE scrambling for work; any work. Trying to juggle several part time jobs & a family is hard but for single parents earning low wages - a real nightmare. What grates my grits are those employers who offer say - 20 hours a week & insist on 'on call' availability in case they need someone to fill in at the last minute. This - in the biggest & traditionally one of the most prosperous provinces in the country.

Our new resident managers talk too much - they're not going to last but in the meantime,, they're giving a few of willing to listen an earful. They're real estate agents, moonlighting here or vice versa. The owners' policy has changed - if prospective tenants can fog a mirror |& provide certified cheques for both first & last month's rent... they're in. Those of us tenants who've been here some years are seeing the changes & we're not happy. Maintenance has dropped to a bare minimum &... less.

Alberta is bleeding jobs - the good oil field jobs at any rate, save for certain, very specific skilled trades. Real estate values are dropping fast - lot of home owners now underwater & close to losing it all.

The east coast has been a mess for years. BC has been squirrely for decades. Manitoba & Saskatchewan... not sure how they're making out.

Economically,,this is not a happy country right now.

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***In 1997, one in 40 Ontario workers was working for minimum wage. Today, it's one out of every eight.

That's according to a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which found low-wage jobs in Canada’s largest province have been growing at a pace that is more than three times as fast as overall job growth since 1997.

The study from the left-leaning institute, based on Statistics Canada data, paints a picture of a central Canadian economy that is rapidly losing higher-wage, unionized manufacturing jobs in favour of lower-wage, non-union service jobs. The result of this shift has been a rise in “precarious” employment such as contract work, temp work and part-time hours.

While the total number of jobs in Ontario grew by 30 per cent over the past 17 years, the number of low-wage jobs (defined as paying an hourly rate within four dollars of the minimum wage) grew by 94 per cent, the study found.

It found that 1.7 million Ontarians now work in low-wage jobs, amounting to 30 per cent of the province’s labour force. As recently as 2001, only 16.5 per cent of Ontarians had low-wage jobs.

The portion of workers earning minimum wage has grown to 11.9 per cent of the total labour force, up from 2.4 per cent of the labour force in 1997. The minimum wage in Ontario was $6.85 in 1997, and is now at $11.25.

“The shift away from jobs on the factory floor to jobs serving coffee and cleaning offices has reduced access to trade union representation for low-wage Ontarians,” CCPA senior economist Sheila Block wrote in the report.


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Old 06-16-2015, 11:43 PM   #58
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Don't make anything to sell, no union manufacturing jobs.

Foreign-based manufacturing company pulls up and moves to Mexico...cough...GM...no union manufacturing jobs.

Buy all your shit from Apple, I mean China, no union manufacturing jobs.

Bring in 250,000 immigrants a year, and a "temporary" foreign worker program, lots of part time, minimum wage jobs due to competition.

DD #1 used to work at Walmart. Policy was no one got full time hours except management. I'll shop an independent or Canadian store before Walmart if possible.
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Forgot to add, with everything online, our local newspaper lost its subscriber base. Then it lost it's local print operation, then it lost everything but the odd lical reporter...most are interns. No one reads it anymore, nor the website. Lots of jobs lost.

We also lost a super calendar paper mill a few years ago...made glossy paper for magazines, catalogues, etc. Its all online. Several hundred union jobs. Now we have our steel tube mill down to a skeleton staff, due to the Saudis playing Russian roulette with the oil industry.

DH's steel mill is squawking at the feds about anti-dumping laws and China. Seems BC thinks it's better to buy their steel from China than Canada.

I'm on a serious buy local, buy Canadian kick right now.

---------- Post added at 11:53 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:50 PM ----------

Oh, and houses are still selling here. One like mine in my neighbourhood listed over $200,000. I about choked. Ten years ago this neighbourhood was $70,000 to $80,000.
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Canada I am shocked , shocked , shocked !.

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A Victoria bus driver was sent to hospital over the weekend after
urine and vomit leaked from the upper floor of the double-decker onto her.
This would never happen in Australia . When we are that drunk
we drive... Ya Canadian animals .




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Apparently no walking in the river valley today...

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Old 06-25-2015, 04:43 PM   #62
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Wow. You get a better bear response than we do. We can have one sitting on our front step, we're told no help. No one shows. The police had to shoot one two years ago, it was roaming on Hallowe'en night. Other than that, we're on our own in the city.

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Newfoundland man drives 18km in wrecked car, cannot remember hitting moose: ‘Hey buddy! You got no roof on your car’

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Man who took to the skies in lawn chair tied to 100 BALLOONS is forced to parachute to safety - after he looked down and saw a 747
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The chair which was tied to over 100 balloons began to ascend too rapidly, and soon he saw an airplane flying below him
He then jumped out of the chair and parachuted to the ground, missing his mark and getting arrested by police
He was charged with mischief causing danger to life and injured his ankle but said 'it was the most fun thing I've ever done'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-arrested.html


Goal: Dan Boria of Calgary had hoped to fly a balloon chair across the city and crash a local festival
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Actually, he was trying to escape the mosquitoes and blackflies.
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Be vegan or be vulgar .

Got that Edmonton Canadians ?

Your young people think you gluttonous old farts buy too much food
and it is the wrong kind .

More detail here .



IMO the little bastards should be grateful you are not cannibals ( well mostly anyway ) .

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Mostly the little bastards should be grateful, or most Canadians are not cannibals?
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Okay so this ties into "Meanwhile in Australia", because they're apparently eager to export the gourmet item known as beef lips.

Somewhere - either in Australia or Canada - the beef lips became beef lip products.

And then Canada tried to sneak them into the U.S. for unknown reasons. Is there a underground black market for beef lips that I haven't heard of? Or maybe Canadians hate and despise beef lips and this company was just trying to get rid of them any way they could, using the "Send them to the U.S., they'll eat anything?" rationale?

I am shocked! Shocked I say!

Bassett and Walker International, Inc. Recall Beef Products Produced Without Benefit Of Import Inspection
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Talking Torontonians create memorial for dead raccoon

***Conrad died alone on a city sidewalk, but Toronto was not about to let his memory be forgotten.

Torontonians banded together to create a memorial for the dead raccoon after his lifeless body was found at corner of Yonge and Church Sts. Thursday morning and remained there for hours after Toronto 311 said Animal Services was notified.

The first mention of the dead raccoon online appears to be a Tweet from user @JasonWagar to @311Toronto at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, noting that the deceased animal was on the sidewalk outside 819 Yonge St.

“Thank you for letting us know. This was reported a short while ago and Animal Services has been notified,” the 311 account responded.

But the raccoon, dubbed Conrad, wasn’t picked up, and by 3 p.m., someone had placed a red rose in one of the critter’s paws. A framed photo of a raccoon and a condolence card were also placed by Conrad:

By 8:20 p.m., Conrad was still there and the memorial had grown to include more flowers and a sheet of paper for people to leave messages:

Wager’s Tweets were shared hundreds of times and the raccoon spawned its own hashtag, #DeadRaccoonTO, which became the top Twitter trend for Toronto.

Of course, Twitter-savvy Toronto Councillor Norm Kelly (open Norm Kelly's policard)got in on the action.


After nightfall, people placed several tea light candles, a large Jesus candle and a donation box around Conrad’s body.

A City of Toronto worker arrived to remove Conrad just after 11 p.m., unceremoniously tossing his furry little body into a black garbage bag.

The memorial remained...***


http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015...d-raccoon.html


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