Fact Check: Ford said a higher minimum wage killed jobs. Statistics Canada data shows that’s not true

The Claim Since the previous Liberal Ontario government announced they would increase the minimum wage to $14 in 2018 and $15 in 2019, big business groups and the Conservatives claimed Ontario would lose thousands of jobs. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce claimed a higher wage would put 185,000 jobs at risk. Since being elected, Doug … Continued

Doug Ford just made it easer for businesses to steal worker’s wages and overtime pay

Another day, another example of Doug Ford’s government favouring big businesses over low-income workers. The Toronto Star is reporting that Doug Ford’s government has instructed Ministry of Labour staff not to conduct any proactive inspections of businesses that violate employment standards. These violations include businesses who are stealing wages and overtime pay from employees. Because … Continued

A Nobel Prize-winning economist showed pollution taxes work – Andrew Scheer doesn’t believe him

Andrew Scheer is trying to undermine a Nobel Prize-winning economist’s work on pollution tax that showed putting a price on carbon reduced greenhouse gases. In a media interview with Michael Enright from CBC, Scheer claimed pollution taxes, specifically in Canada, would not reduce fossil fuel consumption. But Scheer’s statement is not backed up by science. Bill Nordhaus … Continued

Three Companies That Fixed Bread Prices Are Part of a Lobby Group Trying to Slash Vacation, Sick Days

Three companies who were allegedly involved in stealing millions from Canadians by fixing bread prices for over 16 years are part of a business lobby group calling for the repeal of additional vacation days, sick leave and domestic abuse leave for Ontario workers. Loblaws, Giant Tiger and Canada Bread Company Inc, as well as other grocery chains, … Continued

Ford To Let Businesses Implement Sexist Dress Code, Force Women to Wear High Heels At Work

Doug Ford plans to roll-back worker protection laws, including rules that made it illegal for businesses to force women to wear high heels on the job. Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, brought worker protections into the 21st century. As part of multiple new laws, businesses cannot require women to wear high heels on the job … Continued

Ontario Business Lobby Calls Additional Domestic Abuse Leave, Other Rules “Harmful to Business”, Begs Ford to Repeal It

Two of Ontario’s corporate business lobby groups are calling on Ford to repeal A Plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs (Bill 148). Included in the bill is a provision that allows workers or their children who experience domestic or sexual violence, or the threat of domestic or sexual violence, to take additional time off. The … Continued

Fraser Institute Misleading Canadians on Taxing The Rich

The Fraser Institute published an opinion piece on their blog, and in Sun Media newspapers, claiming that an increase in the tax rate on the richest 1% caused revenues to actually fall in 2016. They reach this conclusion by comparing the tax collected from people with incomes above $250,000 in 2016 with the tax collected … Continued

Ford Proposes $4 Billion Handout to Corporations

Ontario Conservative Leader Doug Ford announced a plan to give corporations a big tax break, dropping their tax rate from 11.5% to 10.5%. Ford has argued this is necessary to encourage businesses to set up shop in Ontario. But corporate profits in Ontario have never been larger. In the first quarter of last year, corporations … Continued

Nestle seeking to extract 4.7 million litres of water per day from Ontario towns facing drought

Nestlé has been pumping water out of aquifers across Canada on expired permits for months. Now they are seeking permits to continue this practice in Ontario. Under the new permits, Nestlé would be allowed to extract 4.7 million litres of water per day from Ontario aquifers. One of the major aquifers Nestlé draws from is in Aberfoyle, … Continued

The Pension Time Bomb: Corportations Are Underfunding Pensions to Pay Dividends

As Sears Canada filed for protection from creditors and wound its way through bankruptcy proceedings, disturbing details regarding the state of the company’s pension fund began to emerge. The short story is this: In 2005 Sears came under the control of Goldman Sachs alum Edward Lampert and his New York hedge fund, ESL Investments. ESL … Continued