This is an update to the previous blogs:

“Virtually every Canadian trying to survive on minimum wage in any province – and the wages vary – lives below the poverty line. In Ontario … the push for a $14 minimum wage has spawned protests on the 14th of every month…..The minimum wage in Canada ranges from $9.95/hr in Alberta to $11/hr in Nunavut.”
Anna Maria Tremonti

Hugh Mackenzie provides the interactive infographic CEO vs Average Pay in Canada: All in a Day’s Work?

And Mackenzie’s report All in a Day’s Work? CEO Pay in Canada gives us the following insight:

“Five years after a global recession knocked the wind out of Canada’s labour market, throwing tens of thousands of workers onto the unemployment line and sidelining a generation of young workers, the compensation of Canada’s CEO elite continues to sail along.”
Hugh Mackenzie
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Infographic, 2014

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Infographic, 2014

“Young people used to make up the bulk of minimum wage workers, but the data show that by 2011, nearly 40 per cent were 25 or older.

Various social groups, unions and health-care professionals have been pressuring governments to raise the minimum wage to $14 an hour, noting it would mean a pre-tax difference of $650 a month to thousands of the lowest-paid workers in Ontario.

The Workers Action Centre in Toronto, one of the groups fighting for a $14 minimum wage, is pleased to see increases tied to inflation, but warns it’s not enough.

“A full-time minimum wage earner falls 25 per cent below the poverty line, and we need much more than a cost-of-living increase to address this shortfall,” said spokeswoman Deena Ladd.”
Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press
CityNews Toronto

It is announced today that Ontario is increasing the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014.

  • This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010.
    • Consumer Price Index is a key indicator of how the economy is doing.

This CTV News video from The Globe & Mail presents “Ontario government raising the minimum wage to $11.”

Read more of Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increases to $11 Per Hour on June 1, 2014

This video presents “New Rideau Canal Skateway clip.”

When winter arrives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the Rideau Canal is transformed into the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink with FREE admission.

Skate through the heart of Canada’s Capital on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The Skateway is 7.8 kilometres long, and begins just steps from Canada’s Parliament Buildings.
  • The scenic skating rink extends to Dows Lake.
  • In between, warm up at rest areas, where there are toasty fires, hot drinks and tasty snacks.

Win a Rideau Canal Skateway Prize Package!

This contest is:

  • organized by the National Capital Commission (“the NCC”);
  • ending Sunday, February 2, at 10 pm (EST); and
  • opened to certain Canadian citizens 18 years of age and over who reside in Canada.
    • No purchase is necessary to enter this contest.

One person will win the Prize Package containing the following items:

Read more of You’re Invited: Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway & Contest + Free Skateway App

cfia food recall warnings logo

Sobeys Inc. is recalling Compliments brand Stir-Fry Style Vegetables from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.
Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Compliments Stir-Fry Style Vegetables 340 g (12 oz) Best Before 14 JA 21 0 68820 10648 7

Regarding Sobeys Inc.’s recall of the affected product above, the details are as follows.

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Compliments Brand Stir-Fry Style Vegetables Recalled

In February, Toronto wants your input at public consultation meetings in Ontario, Canada, regarding:

  • Toronto’s electronic and illuminated signs and billboards.
  • The future of the Gardiner Expressway East.
Photo: City of Toronto

Photo: City of Toronto

Toronto’s Electronic and Illuminated Signs and Billboards

This is an update to the previous blog, Your Input: Toronto’s Employment Lands Sept.19 + Electronic & Illuminated Signs Sept.23-26, 2013.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec / Le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the company operating under the name Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. (located at 440 rue Bouvier, Québec {a.k.a. Québec City}, Québec, Canada), is warning the public not to consume the ground beef and ground pork described below because these meats can contain residues of cleaning products.

Products  Format

Lean Ground Beef

variable weights


 variable weights

Lean Ground Pork

Regarding Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.’s voluntary recall of the above products, here are other details.

Read more of Quebec Food Recall: Certain KIRKLAND SIGNATURE Brand Ground Beef and Ground Pork from Costco

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec / Le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), in collaboration with Division of Food Inspection of the City of Montreal and the company operating under the name of Salaison Saint-André ltée (located at 282, boulevard Henri-Bourassa Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is warning the public not to consume Beans with Bacon MAISON LE PETIT JUSTIN because this food product was not prepared to ensure safety.

Regarding Salaison Saint-André ltée’s voluntary recall of the above product, other details are as follows.

Read more of Quebec Food Recall: Beans with Bacon in Glass Jars ‘MAISON LE PETIT JUSTIN’

This video presents “Assimilation, Dissimilation(interactive installation using kinect).”

Che Yan: Memory Capsule in Toronto

Che Yan: Memory Capsule in Toronto

Memory Capsule at Union Station

FREE Admission

Work by Digital Futures Graduate Che Yan (Shino) Temporarily Installed at Union Station

January 21 – March 21, 2014

Great Hall, Union Station
65 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You are invited to submit your memories of Union Station, the transit hub and cherished public space, via the interactive exhibit.

  • “As Canada’s busiest, most important multimodal passenger transportation hub, Union Station continues to be a significant part of Toronto’s history and identity.”

Che Yan (Shino), an MFA graduate of OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University’s Digital Futures program, created this inclusive, interactive installation which has the following highlights.

Read more of You’re Invited: Shadow Selfies & Text Memories Via Interactive Memory Capsule Jan.21-Mar.21, 2014