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Cyclesmith bike shop in Halifax claims paying employees a living wage improved business

Adam Inniss, writing for the Halifax City News »

“It’s already paid off in spades,” Cyclesmith owner Andrew Feenstra told CityNews Halifax.

The living wage is calculated annually by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives. It is the amount of money someone would have to make hourly to afford a comfortable life in a given area.

When Cyclesmith began doing this, Policy Alternatives calculated the living wage for Halifax to be $21.80/hour.

That wage has now been bumped up to $23.50, and Cyclesmith has raised its wages to meet that number.

“Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do,” said Feenstra.

Mastodon Canada’s State of the Instance – November 2022

Chad Ohman, the sysop for MSTDN.ca writes »

I’ll start off with this: It’s been one hell of a month for Mastodon Canada.

The instance grew from less than 60 users to what is now 24 500 users in the span of just two weeks. It went from an experiment to a service demanding significant infrastructure, moderation, and governance. I want to offer a warm welcome to everyone and thanks for their patience as I bolstered Mastodon Canada with the necessary server capacity to handle the load.

Canadian employment up by 10,000 jobs in November 2022

Here are the highlights of Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey (November 2022) »

Employment was little changed (+10,000) in November, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percentage points to 5.1%.

Employment was up among women in the core working ages of 25 to 54, and declined among young men aged 15 to 24. It was little changed among the other main demographic groups. The employment rate among core-aged women reached a new record high of 81.6% in November.

Employment rose in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing; manufacturing; as well as in information, culture, and recreation. At the same time, it fell in several industries, including construction and wholesale and retail trade.

While employment increased in Quebec, it declined in five provinces, including Alberta and British Columbia.

Year-over-year growth in the average hourly wages of employees remained above 5% for a sixth consecutive month in November, up 5.6% (+$1.71 to $32.11) compared with November 2021 (not seasonally adjusted).

After increasing 0.7% in October, total hours worked were little changed in November. Compared with 12 months earlier, total hours worked were up 1.8%.

In November 2022, more than 1 in 10 (11.2%) workers were employed in the retail trade industry (not seasonally adjusted).

One-third (33.5%) of workers aged 25 to 54 in Canada engaged in some form of training outside of the formal education system over the last 12 months, by participating in courses, seminars, conferences, or private lessons (not seasonally adjusted).

Read the full report »

Canada is fortunate to have Anita Anand serve as Defence Minister

This long-form article, authored by Shannon Proudfoot for MacLeans, offers readers a deeper understanding and appreciation for the demands that have been placed on The Honourable Anita Anand in these challenging times. »

Anand has made a good impression within the CAF and among defence experts. She’s perceived as thoughtful; she takes briefs well, asks smart questions and can quickly drill down to the essence of an issue. It’s easy to sit on files at defence, because it’s a big, cumbersome machine where many of the gears can’t grind into motion until the minister gives the word. It requires a person willing to make a call rather than dithering about media coverage, polls and political calculations.

Anand has demonstrated an early willingness to do so. When she was sworn in, another former Supreme Court justice, Louise Arbour, was deep into a year-long review on sexual misconduct, and had already recommended to Sajjan that criminal cases be transferred to civilian authorities rather than continuing to let the military police itself. As defence minister, Sajjan was viewed as detached, overly deferential to the chief of the defence staff and prone to hoping issues would go away rather than dealing with them. A week into the job, Anand announced she was accepting Arbour’s recommendations immediately.

10 most populated cities in Canada

The 2021 Canadian census recorded the population of the country to be 36,991,981. That’s an increase of 5.2 percent above the 2016 census, which recorded 35,151,728.

Canada continues to urbanize. Close to 27.3 million people, or nearly three in four Canadians, lived in one of the countries 41 urban centres.

These are the 10 most populated in Canada »

  1. Toronto » 2,794,356 people
  2. Montréal » 1,762,949
  3. Calgary » 1,306,784
  4. Ottawa » 1,017,449
  5. Edmonton » 1,010,899
  6. Winnipeg » 749,607
  7. Mississauga » 717,961
  8. Vancouver » 662,248
  9. Brampton » 656,480
  10. Hamilton » 569,353

Source » Statistics Canada

Fun Fact » Most already know that Toronto is the most populated municipality in Canada.  Did you know that Toronto (2.8M) is also the 4th largest city in North America, after Mexico City (9.8M), New York City (8.8M), and Los Angeles (3.9M).

Yukon bhangra dancer and internet sensation Gurdeep Pandher has a message of positivity for the world

Gurdeep Pandher has been spreading messages of joy, hope, and inclusivity around the world through his viral YouTube videos and speaking engagements. Most of those videos, which have been hugely popular around the world, feature

Gurdeep Pandher, a Sikh-Canadian, is best known for his videos of him dancing Bhangra– the traditional folk dance of Punjab – outdoors in the breathtaking Yukon wilderness. Over time, his posts went viral and his work has been featured on CBC Yukon, CBC National, CTV National News, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, SBS Australia, and many other platforms. Even Canadian embassies abroad shared his works to showcase the wonderful side of multiculturalism that is currently present in Canada.

On his YouTube channel he also talks about his philosophy of joy, hope, positivity, and inclusivity for healing and optimism.

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Parks Canada recognizes the national historic significance of Olivier Le Jeune

In the early 17th century, Olivier Le Jeune was the first documented person of African descent to live in Canada (New France) on a permanent basis and was the first person of African descent known to have been enslaved in the colony.

Today, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced the designation of Olivier Le Jeune as a person of national historic significance under the National Program of Historical Commemoration, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

“I am honoured to commemorate the national historic significance Olivier Le Jeune, whose experiences as the first enslaved person of African descent in early Canada exemplify the struggles of Black Canadians. By sharing these stories, we hope to foster understanding and reflection on the diverse histories, cultures, legacies, and realities of Canada’s past and present and commit to do better in the future.

Honourable Steven Guilbeault,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

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