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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Why do you think this is about the minimum wage changes? First of all, wages have to be reported to various government agencies at least monthly. There's Workmen's Compensation premiums, for just one thing. Or a pay-stub is all that an employee would need if (s)he took her case to the Labour Board. There's no need of a bunch of inspectors tramping around checking the books.

The second thing is that the salary is low by government standards. It's less than coppers get paid, and the fact that the wages are reported as a weekly sum seems strange if the position is salaried.

Third, the language is the language of something that the participants on this board probably aren't aware of -- social justice. That's indicated by the dog-whistles about "fairness" ... In that way of looking at the world, it isn't fair that you own a house and someone else doesn't, so you will have to do something to make that right.

My bet: they are political activists, probably graduates of Womens' Studies programs and the like. In other words, a poorly educated, envious and hate-filled bunch of intersectional feminists, racists, and sexual weirdoes.

This is late in the term of an unusually incompetent and more than normally corrupt government. It has the look of an Obama-type booby trap that the Liberals are leaving behind in case the lose. I doubt if it is about enforcing the minimum wage. More likely, they will probably being doing things like making the world more respectful of trans-gendered people and their ilk. Gotta make sure people are using the new pronouns, and whatever other forms of compelled speech that are coming ....



well true the big question is what exactly are 175 new inspectors doing ? its a crazy number and it seems highly doubtful any major employers are not paying the new minimum wage , so it would be pointless to send someone to every business in Ontario to verify that

I personally well this has something to do with "unions " either they wanted the changes or the new inspectors are expected to bring a sort of government or union influence to private non unionized employers . sort of letting them know who is boss now ? and giving non unionized employees someone they can call on to complaint about employers . at least that's my take , it has something to do with unions for sure

think it emphasises how critical this election is , wynne's government is an ideological bunch of social justice warriors and will use every bit of power they have access to, to advance there increasingly radical and left wing agenda , until there removed from power entirely nothing is going to change , not a minority parliament with a liberal / ndp swing , only an entire removal from power is going to fix the problem
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( companies will raise pay when they feel its right and works for there business , it doesn't make sense to mandate them to do so when economic conditions might not be there , walmart in the US has decided to raise pay to $11 an hour at all stores and its not being forced by the government to do so , its cause of the tax reform )


Walmart boosts pay for one million U.S. workers, tax reform is the reason why


Published January 11, 2018 Tax Reform FOXBusiness Opens a New Window.


Salinas, United States - April 8, 2014: Walmart store exterior. Walmart is an American multinational corporation that runs large discount stores and is the world's largest public corporation. (Wolterk)



Walmart (WMT), the nation’s largest employer, will let over a million of its employees share in the benefits of the largest sweeping tax reform in three decades.


The retailer is boosting starting hourly wages to $11 an hour. Additionally, the retailer will give one-time $1,000 bonus payments to workers, depending on length of service at the company. It is also extending maternity and parental benefits. The changes take place in February.


“We are early in the stages of assessing the opportunities tax reform creates for us to invest in our customers and associates and to further strengthen our business, all of which should benefit our shareholders” said CEO Doug McMillon in a statement on Thursday.

Tax Reform Insider:
• Tax Reform By the Numbers

Walmart joins other major S&P 500 companies that have rewarded employees after the passage of President Trump’s tax reform package which lowers the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% and provides tax breaks for most American workers.

AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), Boeing (BA) and Bank of America (BAC) are among the companies that have rolled out extra perks and payouts in recent weeks all tied to tax reform benefits.


http://www.foxbusiness.com/mar.....n-why.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( according to the US article , store closing are expected to surge in 2018 , well most of these closing are happening in the states , we've seen major store closings in Canada such as Target and Sears which both closed all there stores . in this sort of terrible retail environment it doesn't make a lot of sense to raise the minimum wage , we can only wonder how may stores will close in Ontario in 2018 ? )



A tsunami of store closings is about to hit the US — and it's expected to eclipse the retail carnage of 2017


Hayley Peterson

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Dead Mall
Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio.Nicholas Eckhart


•More than 12,000 stores are expected to close in 2018 — up from roughly 9,000 in 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield.
•A rash of bankruptcy filings and announcements to close stores are expected at the start of the year, when retailers are flush with cash from the holiday season.
•Among the companies most likely to file for bankruptcy within the next year are Sears, Bon-Ton Stores, Bebe Stores, Destination Maternity Corp., and Stein Mart.
•The closings would push hundreds of shopping malls to the brink of death.



Retailers are bracing for a fresh wave of store closings in 2018 that is expected to eclipse the rash of closings that rocked the industry last year.

"Landlords are panicking," said Larry Perkins, the CEO and founder of the advisory firm SierraConstellation Partners. "The last year was pretty apocalyptic from a retail standpoint, and the macro issues haven't changed. There will continue to be a high degree of bankruptcies and store closures."

2017 was a record year for both store closings and retail bankruptcies. Dozens of retailers including Macy's, Sears, and J.C. Penney shuttered an estimated 9,000 stores — far exceeding recessionary levels — and 50 chains filed for bankruptcy.

But there's still a glut of retail space in the US, and the fallout is far from over.

The number of store closings in the US is expected to jump at least 33% to more than 12,000 in 2018, and another 25 major retailers could file for bankruptcy, according to estimates by the commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.

Store closures
Cushman & Wakefield


Nearly two dozen major chains including Walgreens, Gap, and Gymboree have already announced plans to close more than 3,600 stores this year.

Many more announcements on closures and bankruptcies are expected in the coming months.

The start of the year is a popular time to announce store closings and bankruptcies because retailers are typically flush with cash after the busy holiday season — and closing stores and filing for bankruptcy are costly.

Among the companies most likely to file for bankruptcy within the next year are Sears, Bon-Ton Stores, Bebe Stores, Destination Maternity Corp., and Stein Mart, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Mass store closings will force shopping malls out of business

When combined with last year's record-high store closings, an even higher rate of closings in 2018 would push hundreds of low-performing shopping malls to the brink of death.

The commercial real estate firm CoStar has estimated that nearly a quarter of malls in the US, or roughly 310 of the nation's 1,300 shopping malls, are at high risk of losing an anchor tenant.

Anchor tenants are retailers like Macy's and J.C. Penney that occupy the large, multistory buildings at mall entrances.

BI Graphics_Store closing in 2018_v2
Business Insider/Samantha Lee


The loss of even one anchor tenant can trigger a multidecade downward spiral for mall owners.

That's because the malls don't only lose the income and shopper traffic from that store's business; such closings often trigger clauses that allow the remaining mall tenants to exercise their right to terminate their leases or renegotiate the terms, typically with a period of lower rents, until another retailer moves into the vacant anchor space.

That's good news for retailers looking to grow their physical assets — it means they are more likely to score low rent and favorable lease terms.

But it's terrible news for retail landlords, some of whom are now trying to stop the bleeding by suing the companies that are closing stores.

Mall owners are suing retailers to keep stores open

Simon Property Group, one of the biggest mall operators in the US, sued Starbucks this year after the coffee chain said it planned to close all 379 stores in its Teavana chain, 77 of which are located in Simon Property Group malls.

The mall owner demanded that Starbucks keep running the tea shops located in its malls, arguing in part that their closing would reduce traffic to surrounding stores.

A judge ruled in Simon Property Group's favor in December and ordered Starbucks to keep operating the Teavana stores in question.

Shopping Mall
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Whole Foods was also recently sued for closing a Seattle-area store, with the owners of the property fighting the company for breaking its long-term lease.

A judge has since ordered Whole Foods to reopen the store, which the grocer had closed in October.

As mall operators become increasingly desperate to keep the lights on, many more retailers could find themselves in court, fighting to shut down struggling stores.

Not all retailers and shopping malls are doomed

To be sure, there are still hundreds of high-performing shopping malls in the US that are expected to remain immune from the fallout of shrinking retailers.

Only the lowest-performing malls — of which there are roughly 300 — are in danger of going out of business.

There are also plenty of retailers, mostly discounters, that are growing their physical assets while others shrink.

Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Lidl, Aldi, Ross Stores, and TJ Maxx are planning to open hundreds of new stores next year.

"Retail isn't going away by any means," Perkins of SierraConstellation said. "We just got a little bit out of control with the volume of retailers and the number of stores."


http://www.businessinsider.com.....017-2018-1
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( 2018 is expected to be a bad year for Canadian retailers , the minimum wage increase will surely make things worse )



December 19, 2017 8:21 am Updated: December 19, 2017 11:18 am

2017 was a terrible year for Canadian retailers – and 2018 could be even worse

By Erica Alini National Online Journalist, Money/Consumer Global News



The Sears bankruptcy shocked Canadians in 2017, but next year could see more high-profile store closings.



The Canadian retail industry will remember 2017 with a shiver. Not one but two major big-box stores filed for bankruptcy, with Toys ‘R’ Us Canada following in steps of its U.S. cousin and Sears Canada announced it would be closing down for good after a botched restructuring attempt.


The rocky unravelling of Sears Canada, in particular, left Canadians agog. The bad headlines kept coming:



•2,900 job losses that grew to 12,000
•News that laid-off employees wouldn’t get severance while executives were in line for generous retention bonuses
•The chaotic liquidation process that spurred an ongoing investigation by the Competition Bureau.



It’s no surprise that the demise of the storied department store earned the title of Canadian Press Business Story of The Year.



But the so-called retail apocalypse isn’t over yet in North America, according to Willy Kruh, global and Canada chair of Consumer and Retail at consultancy KPMG.

“Many Canadian retailers are not keeping pace with the fact that consumers and their shopping habits are undergoing fundamental change,” Kruh said in a recent statement.

The struggles of traditional bricks-and-mortar stores against the rise of digital sales aren’t unique to Canada, he continued. The U.S. is expected to see a record 8,600 store closings this year.

“Previously, the worst year for closures was the 6,163 stores in 2008 – and that was at the height of the financial recession,” said Kruh.

Among the high-profile casualties south of the border, besides Toys ‘R’ Us, were discount retailer Payless ShoeSource (Canadian stores were not affected), children’s clothing retailer Gymboree, popular bridal shop Alfred Angelo, and RadioShack, which filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in a little over two years. Meanwhile, Sears Holdings announced another round of store shuttering stateside in early November.


Some of the headwinds facing Canada’s traditional retailers are global in nature. Technological advances keep giving consumers new reasons to shop from home, the office or even the subway (internet-connection permitting) and not set foot in an actual store.

Speeding up the learning process when it comes to new shopping venues is the rise of the millennial generation and the fact that four out of 10 young people, these days, are still living with their parents, noted Kruh.

“As millennials tend to be very tech savvy that is rubbing off on their parents, which is accelerating the shift to online and experience-based shopping,” according to KPMG.

READ MORE: How online retailers’ effort to go green could ruin Christmas

Among the new gadgets that will likely move even more shopping online next year are Amazon’s Echo smart speakers and Alexa voice assistant, which the e-commerce giant released in Canada just last month.

Consumers won’t even have to click their way through a new online purchase. All they’ll have to do is tell Alexa to place an order or work through a shopping list.


But Canadian retailers will face an additional challenge in 2018, said Kruh. This year may have been a rough ride for many bricks-and-mortar stores, but the economy was roaring at full throttle, and interest rates were low.

Next year will likely see slower growth. For example, RBC sees GDP growth of 1.9 per cent in 2018, which, while nothing to sneeze at, is a far cry from the 2.9 per cent expansion the economy is expected to record this year.

And that’s assuming there are no external shocks coming from the unravelling of NAFTA negotiations. The end of the trade agreement could cost Canadian retailers between $4 billion and $21 billion per year, according to a recent study conducted by global management consultancy firm A.T. Kearney in collaboration with the Retail Council of Canada.


Debt will also keep getting more expensive, with analysts predicting that the Bank of Canada will raise interest rates by at least another half percentage point. On top of the two hikes the central banks implemented this year, that will put rates a full percentage point above where they were in early July of 2017. With Canadians now owing $1.70 for every dollar of disposable income, that could be enough of an increase for many to have to rethink their shopping habits.

READ MORE: Your debt in 2018: The economic trends that could hit your pocketbook

“Consumers are going to be hard-pressed to keep on spending,” said Kruh.

“As consumers feel the squeeze so will retailers — especially those who need to do more to optimize the shopping experience.”


https://globalnews.ca/news/3923176/retailers-canada-2018/
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( its also possible wal mart is doing this to get ahead of the curve as they say , having seen the minimum wage rise in places like alberta and Ontario , it might be realising its going to go up south of the border eventually if it doesn't do something on its own , to make sure its employees are paid fairly )



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Walmart is raising its minimum wage to $11 an hour and giving employees a $1,000 bonus
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RCO wrote:
Bugs wrote:
Why do you think this is about the minimum wage changes? First of all, wages have to be reported to various government agencies at least monthly. There's Workmen's Compensation premiums, for just one thing. Or a pay-stub is all that an employee would need if (s)he took her case to the Labour Board. There's no need of a bunch of inspectors tramping around checking the books.

The second thing is that the salary is low by government standards. It's less than coppers get paid, and the fact that the wages are reported as a weekly sum seems strange if the position is salaried.

Third, the language is the language of something that the participants on this board probably aren't aware of -- social justice. That's indicated by the dog-whistles about "fairness" ... In that way of looking at the world, it isn't fair that you own a house and someone else doesn't, so you will have to do something to make that right.

My bet: they are political activists, probably graduates of Womens' Studies programs and the like. In other words, a poorly educated, envious and hate-filled bunch of intersectional feminists, racists, and sexual weirdoes.

This is late in the term of an unusually incompetent and more than normally corrupt government. It has the look of an Obama-type booby trap that the Liberals are leaving behind in case the lose. I doubt if it is about enforcing the minimum wage. More likely, they will probably being doing things like making the world more respectful of trans-gendered people and their ilk. Gotta make sure people are using the new pronouns, and whatever other forms of compelled speech that are coming ....



well true the big question is what exactly are 175 new inspectors doing ? its a crazy number and it seems highly doubtful any major employers are not paying the new minimum wage , so it would be pointless to send someone to every business in Ontario to verify that

I personally well this has something to do with "unions " either they wanted the changes or the new inspectors are expected to bring a sort of government or union influence to private non unionized employers . sort of letting them know who is boss now ? and giving non unionized employees someone they can call on to complaint about employers . at least that's my take , it has something to do with unions for sure

think it emphasises how critical this election is , wynne's government is an ideological bunch of social justice warriors and will use every bit of power they have access to, to advance there increasingly radical and left wing agenda , until there removed from power entirely nothing is going to change , not a minority parliament with a liberal / ndp swing , only an entire removal from power is going to fix the problem


I don't understand what these people can do for unions. They will be members of OPSEU whether they like it or not, and they'll pay about $1200 in union dues, and what else? The union will get $220,000 a year from the 175. But they won't work for unions. Cjvil service unions look down their noses at any union smaller than the CAW of the Steelworkers and they're in the private sector anyway.

But 'social justice" has any target you want, if white Canadian heterosexual men are involved. These people are defenceless. You certainly won't have any Conservative Party figures picking up their cause ... they might lose their spot in the party as a result.

But what it may be part of is a nasty trap being set for Patrick Brown. Why else would you be hiring so many, so late in your term, when you are the odds-on favourite to lose? And, with any luck, the confused Andrew Dweeb will come out and support the Social Justice Warriors if there is an issue!

"Fairness" in this context is code for sexism, racism, and identity politics.

(By the way, this was an excellent bit of researching, finding this call for applications. It really does point to something, even if we don't know what it is.)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
RCO wrote:
Bugs wrote:
Why do you think this is about the minimum wage changes? First of all, wages have to be reported to various government agencies at least monthly. There's Workmen's Compensation premiums, for just one thing. Or a pay-stub is all that an employee would need if (s)he took her case to the Labour Board. There's no need of a bunch of inspectors tramping around checking the books.

The second thing is that the salary is low by government standards. It's less than coppers get paid, and the fact that the wages are reported as a weekly sum seems strange if the position is salaried.

Third, the language is the language of something that the participants on this board probably aren't aware of -- social justice. That's indicated by the dog-whistles about "fairness" ... In that way of looking at the world, it isn't fair that you own a house and someone else doesn't, so you will have to do something to make that right.

My bet: they are political activists, probably graduates of Womens' Studies programs and the like. In other words, a poorly educated, envious and hate-filled bunch of intersectional feminists, racists, and sexual weirdoes.

This is late in the term of an unusually incompetent and more than normally corrupt government. It has the look of an Obama-type booby trap that the Liberals are leaving behind in case the lose. I doubt if it is about enforcing the minimum wage. More likely, they will probably being doing things like making the world more respectful of trans-gendered people and their ilk. Gotta make sure people are using the new pronouns, and whatever other forms of compelled speech that are coming ....



well true the big question is what exactly are 175 new inspectors doing ? its a crazy number and it seems highly doubtful any major employers are not paying the new minimum wage , so it would be pointless to send someone to every business in Ontario to verify that

I personally well this has something to do with "unions " either they wanted the changes or the new inspectors are expected to bring a sort of government or union influence to private non unionized employers . sort of letting them know who is boss now ? and giving non unionized employees someone they can call on to complaint about employers . at least that's my take , it has something to do with unions for sure

think it emphasises how critical this election is , wynne's government is an ideological bunch of social justice warriors and will use every bit of power they have access to, to advance there increasingly radical and left wing agenda , until there removed from power entirely nothing is going to change , not a minority parliament with a liberal / ndp swing , only an entire removal from power is going to fix the problem


I don't understand what these people can do for unions. They will be members of OPSEU whether they like it or not, and they'll pay about $1200 in union dues, and what else? The union will get $220,000 a year from the 175. But they won't work for unions. Cjvil service unions look down their noses at any union smaller than the CAW of the Steelworkers and they're in the private sector anyway.

But 'social justice" has any target you want, if white Canadian heterosexual men are involved. These people are defenceless. You certainly won't have any Conservative Party figures picking up their cause ... they might lose their spot in the party as a result.

But what it may be part of is a nasty trap being set for Patrick Brown. Why else would you be hiring so many, so late in your term, when you are the odds-on favourite to lose? And, with any luck, the confused Andrew Dweeb will come out and support the Social Justice Warriors if there is an issue!

"Fairness" in this context is code for sexism, racism, and identity politics.

(By the way, this was an excellent bit of researching, finding this call for applications. It really does point to something, even if we don't know what it is.)



it does have the appearance of a trap , 175 new public sector jobs , wynne can take credit for creating them and go after brown like she did Hudak for wanting to end them , even though there is very little evidence that 175 new inspectors are genuinely needed , were talking about 2 or 3 inspectors in the same city , to do what ? check that employers are paying the new wage ? and giving them the new sick days ? something that there Is no evidence is not happening


I just assumed it was something the unions wanted , they seem to have there own sort of political agenda these days , having government inspectors going into non unionized employers , would seem to fit there agenda


I'm surprised Ezra Levant wasn't able to find the application form for use in his video , it was rather easy to find as he didn't seem to know the exact wages they were being paid but its clearly stated online
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( another sign the liberals are unraveling and desperate , there now claiming the pc's will return the minimum wage to a lower level if elected , something that isn't even in there platform , both opposition parties have never expressed any interest in reversing the liberals past increases to the minimum wage . the reality is this crazy increase is here to stay unfortuently )



PCs might ‘roll back’ $14 wage if elected this spring, says Labour Minister, Tories say it’s here to stay



Labour Minister Kevin Flynn met with workers at HotBlack Coffee to discuss the minimum wage. Flynn pointed to mixed signals from Patrick Brown’s Tories on the wage hike, saying he's convinced the PCs would roll it back.



By Robert BenzieQueen's Park Bureau Chief

Fri., Jan. 12, 2018




The Progressive Conservatives might roll back the $14-an-hour minimum wage if elected this spring, warns Liberal Labour Minister Kevin Flynn.

In a campaign-style event at a Queen Street West café in Toronto on Friday, Flynn pointed to mixed signals from Patrick Brown’s Tories on the key issue in the June 7 election.

“I’m convinced by past practice with the Conservatives on this issue that they would roll it back or that they would at least attempt to roll it back,” the minister told reporters at HotBlack Coffee.


That was a reference to the most recent Tory governments under former premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves that froze the minimum wage at $6.85 from 1995 until 2003.


While Brown’s Tories voted against Bill 148, which implemented the $14-an-hour rate, the party’s campaign manifesto, the “People’s Guarantee” notes support for it.

But Flynn pointed to comments on social media from Tory MPPs and candidates deriding Premier Kathleen Wynne’s hike.

“I’m getting tweets and all sorts of other correspondence from Conservative followers under the impression that their leader does not support this rise to the minimum wage,” he said.

“So you’ve got Tory MPPs saying they don’t support the increase; you’ve got the party saying it does support the increase; and you’ve got a party leader that appears to have dropped out of sight on this issue right now.”

Conservative MPP John Yakabuski emphasized the party differs with the Liberals on the timing of increasing the wage to $15-an-hour. The Grits plan to increase it to that amount next Jan. 1, while the Tories would slow the implementation so it would be $14.25 next year, rising 25 cents annually until $15 in 2022.

“There’s a reason why the Wynne Liberals are not trusted — they can’t tell the truth about the most basic facts. The fact is Ontarians have struggled to get ahead because of Wynne Liberal policies over the years,” Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke).

“The Ontario PCs will responsibly phase in a $15 per hour minimum wage, plus we are committing to much-needed tax relief for low and middle-income earners,” he said.

At HotBlack Coffee, owner Jimson Bienenstock, who was already paying his employees more than the previous $11.60 hourly minimum wage, said he has increased salaries by $2-an-hour across the board.


Jimson Bienenstock, left, owner of HotBlack Coffee gives Labour Minister Kevin Flynn, centre, a tour of his store as employee Joseph Ahn, right, looks on. The minister met with workers at HotBlack Coffee to discuss the minimum wage Jan. 12, 2018.

Jimson Bienenstock, left, owner of HotBlack Coffee gives Labour Minister Kevin Flynn, centre, a tour of his store as employee Joseph Ahn, right, looks on. The minister met with workers at HotBlack Coffee to discuss the minimum wage Jan. 12, 2018. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star)


“I’m not doing this as philanthropy. By having good people with excellent product and good service, we’re able to survive,” he said, noting workers are happy and productive, which is good for business.

Bienenstock said while the higher labour costs are adding about 4.5 per cent in expenses he has not yet determined whether he will have to raise prices at the hipster café which competes with five Starbucks and other multi-national rivals within 100 metres.

Barista Nozomi Morimoto said the pay raises have been welcomed by employees.

“It encourages us to keep working here. All of the employees on our staff, we’re very proud to work here,” said Morimoto.

“We provide good service and a good product and we make our customers happy.”


https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/01/12/pcs-might-roll-back-14-wage-if-elected-this-spring-says-labour-minister-tories-say-its-here-to-stay.html
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( 11 jobs were eliminated in Guelph as a small independent restaurant closed its doors , unfortuently its unlikely to be the last casually )



Minimum wage hike blamed as BBQ restaurant closes

from CTV Kitchener - the owner of smoking tony's BBQ in Guelph says he's shutting up show due to the minimum wage increase


https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1302554&binId=1.1147261&playlistPageNum=1
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( according to google maps , they had good reviews and were a 4 star restaurant and located in a busy plaza but the wage hike and price increase was too much )


From the owner


This post is a little late in coming. We needed some time for ourselves. We want to say Thank You to everyone who supported us the last few years


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https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Smokin'+Tony's+Bar-B-Que/@43.5409851,-80.2859155,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b900f2ebc0805:0x4262bd69cbe4dc9a!8m2!3d43.5409851!4d-80.2837214
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was in southern Ontario on the weekend , happened to stop at a burger king in Whitby Ontario for lunch , its located in a busy retail area of big box stores south of the 401

it had this weird sign on its door it read

"attention customers: as of January 2 2018 , we will be closing both dining area and drive thru at 10 pm until further notice "


( so what changed as of January 1st for them to feel they needed to drastically cut back there hours ? it seems there is businesses all over the province that have suddenly did this as the wage went up and the reason seems to be the wage increase )


then I continued easterly on the 401 and visited a few places , one of which was Cobourg Ontario ( which has somehow became the epicentre of the minimum wage debate ) as I wanted to go to a store downtown , happened to drive past both tim hortons ( but didn't go in either ) and there was ZERO evidence of any protesters or any sort of boycott , in fact the one was jammed and crowded , and other the lot wasn't busy but drive thru was .

so the union funded protesters who were there last week for the tv camera's must of left town
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While Brown’s Tories voted against Bill 148, which implemented the $14-an-hour rate, the party’s campaign manifesto, the “People’s Guarantee” notes support for it.

But Flynn pointed to comments on social media from Tory MPPs and candidates deriding Premier Kathleen Wynne’s hike.

“I’m getting tweets and all sorts of other correspondence from Conservative followers under the impression that their leader does not support this rise to the minimum wage,” he said.

“So you’ve got Tory MPPs saying they don’t support the increase; you’ve got the party saying it does support the increase; and you’ve got a party leader that appears to have dropped out of sight on this issue right now.”

Conservative MPP John Yakabuski emphasized the party differs with the Liberals on the timing of increasing the wage to $15-an-hour. The Grits plan to increase it to that amount next Jan. 1, while the Tories would slow the implementation so it would be $14.25 next year, rising 25 cents annually until $15 in 2022.

“There’s a reason why the Wynne Liberals are not trusted — they can’t tell the truth about the most basic facts. The fact is Ontarians have struggled to get ahead because of Wynne Liberal policies over the years,” Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke).

“The Ontario PCs will responsibly phase in a $15 per hour minimum wage, plus we are committing to much-needed tax relief for low and middle-income earners,” he said.

https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/01/12/pcs-might-roll-back-14-wage-if-elected-this-spring-says-labour-minister-tories-say-its-here-to-stay.html


I can only imagine the carnage associated with a wage rollback;
Which is likely why the Tories opted to stick with the base rate in their platform.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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While Brown’s Tories voted against Bill 148, which implemented the $14-an-hour rate, the party’s campaign manifesto, the “People’s Guarantee” notes support for it.

But Flynn pointed to comments on social media from Tory MPPs and candidates deriding Premier Kathleen Wynne’s hike.

“I’m getting tweets and all sorts of other correspondence from Conservative followers under the impression that their leader does not support this rise to the minimum wage,” he said.

“So you’ve got Tory MPPs saying they don’t support the increase; you’ve got the party saying it does support the increase; and you’ve got a party leader that appears to have dropped out of sight on this issue right now.”

Conservative MPP John Yakabuski emphasized the party differs with the Liberals on the timing of increasing the wage to $15-an-hour. The Grits plan to increase it to that amount next Jan. 1, while the Tories would slow the implementation so it would be $14.25 next year, rising 25 cents annually until $15 in 2022.

“There’s a reason why the Wynne Liberals are not trusted — they can’t tell the truth about the most basic facts. The fact is Ontarians have struggled to get ahead because of Wynne Liberal policies over the years,” Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke).

“The Ontario PCs will responsibly phase in a $15 per hour minimum wage, plus we are committing to much-needed tax relief for low and middle-income earners,” he said.

https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/01/12/pcs-might-roll-back-14-wage-if-elected-this-spring-says-labour-minister-tories-say-its-here-to-stay.html


I can only imagine the carnage associated with a wage rollback;
Which is likely why the Tories opted to stick with the base rate in their platform.


as much as I disagree with the new minimum wage I don't see how you could turn back the clock a year from now . is too many low income workers who would become used to living off the new wages and they wouldn't be willing to go back to making less

perhaps the liberals feel some of the minimum wage earners are "low information " voters and would believe the pc's want to take it away , even though its not in the platform
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( prices have been raised at the queens park cafeteria due to the minimum wage increase )



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Prices raised at Queen's Park cafeteria, dining room and Tim's in response to "increasing costs of food, labour, and supplies."
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( its not just Ontario , has also been a number of restaurant closures in Calgary , this 4 star restaurant just closed and laid off 26 staff , and owner says its cause of higher wages )


Bearspaw restaurant owner says NDP policies are forcing him to close


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Scott Winograd, co-owner and general manager of the Bear's Den west of the city is closing its doors at the end of the month. Leah Hennel/Postmedia




The owner of the latest in a string of high-profile Calgary-area restaurants to close is laying the blame for its demise squarely on labour and tax policies of the NDP provincial government.

After 14 years of operating just west of the city limits, the high-end Bear’s Den will shut its doors at the end of the month, said owner Scott Winograd.

He said it comes at a time when things were looking up after some leaner, recession-plagued years.

“We were just turning a corner . . . we had a really good Christmas, we’d seen the bottom and I was booking for February and March,” said Winograd.

But he said expenses passed on by suppliers stung by a hike to the carbon tax, combined with increases to the minimum wage and new rules forcing businesses to pay statutory holiday rates even when closed were too much for the Bear’s Den to sustain.


“Some people say ‘you can’t blame it on the NDP’ but I think you can, I think it’s time to,” he said.

“If you’re going to increase my No. 1 expense (wages) by this much, you’ve got to reduce my business taxes.”

Alberta’s minimum wage rose by $1.40 in 2017 to $13.60 an hour and is scheduled to reach $15 in October of this year.

He said the statutory holiday regulation would cost him $28,000 a year, which comes on top of higher utility costs and a $22,000 property tax bill paid to Rocky View County.

His business, he said, has hit a wall in passing those greater costs on to his customers.

“I could increase my prices by 20 or 30 per cent and risk alienating everybody, but enough’s enough,” he said.

“It broke my heart to give layoff notices to 26 really good people who are friends, like family.”

In recent months, other prominent restaurants such as Catch, Belevedere and Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro have gone dark, with government critics insisting provincial policies, along with a slowed economy, played roles.


Labour Minister Christina Gray in a file photo. Greg Southam / Postmedia

The Bear’s Den’s demise is sad, but it’s happening amid a resurgence in its industry, said Labour Minister Christina Gray.

“While it is unfortunate to hear that the owners of this restaurant have decided to close their doors, we know Albertans continue to enjoy dining out with their friends and families,” she said.

“Restaurant receipts reached an all-time high in Alberta last year and employment in the province’s food sector is recovering from the recession.”

She pointed to StatsCan figures showing 148,500 Albertans employed in the food services and accommodation sector late last year, compared with 140,400 two years before.

“In 2017, dozens of new restaurants opened in Calgary, including many local favourites that expanded by opening second or third locations,” said Gray.

Her office said the province is merely catching up to other provinces in expanding statutory holiday pay eligibility.

But Amber Ruddy of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said Alberta can expect to see more closures driven by government policy.

“We didn’t have some of these labour policies, it was the Alberta advantage, which is gone now,” said Ruddy.

“The government is telling them what to do under difficult circumstances . . . we’re going to see on the ground more impacts in the days ahead.”

She said the province has refused to conduct an economic impact assessment of its labour policies.

Other restaurateurs and other small businesses are silently suffering and throwing in the towel under the added cost burdens, she added.

“People are quietly closing their doors because they don’t want the media storm of people fighting the government,” said Ruddy


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