“The US (and Canadian) Labor Shortage Explained” and What Needs to Happen

Applicable to Canada as well as many of us Canadians know, especially since the introduction of contract part-time work that pays no benefits and is either minimum wage or slightly above, while also expecting “contract” people to use provide and use their own capital for an employer’s benefit, such as, but not limited to, computers, Wifi, and vehicles.

“Companies looking to attract enough blue-collar workers will have to continue increasing wages and, as a result, possibly experience diminished profits,” wrote Gad Levanon, chief economist for North America at the Conference Board, a global economic research organization that has studied the recent US labor shortage.

Slow income growth has been the most persistent problem affecting the US economy in its recovery from the Great Recession. Wages have barely kept up with the cost of living, even as the unemployment rate dropped and the economy expanded.

 With such a tight labor market and rising productivity, workers should expect much bigger pay raises than they’re getting.

Private sector workers (excluding farmworkers) got a measly 8-cent average hourly raise in July, adding up to an average pay of $27.98 an hour. Workers’ wages only grew about 1.6 percent in the past year, after adjusting for inflation.

While that’s faster than wages have been growing since the recession started in 2007, it’s still a pathetic amount compared to the sky-high payouts corporate CEOs are getting.

But raising wages will only do so much to ease the labor shortage. Businesses will need to hire more foreign workers too.

Excerpts from the following linked article by Alexia Campbell for Vox


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August 16, 2019



Happy Civic Holiday in Canada!

For those of us who celebrate any holiday because holidays can help re-energize us, Happy Civic Holiday! For those who call the day something else or may not celebrate, to each their own, but best wishes nonetheless!


As for me, this long weekend has been all about packing for the much-desired move out of the women’s shelter into my own private, quiet, clean studio/bachelor apartment close to supportive, loving family. Hopefully the relocation to the small community by the water will happen early next week. But for now, most of the packing is done and a busy week lies ahead. For today though, my TED Fellowship application awaits completion and another remote/online job advertisement beckons.


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August 5, 2019





Happy Canada Day!

Hooray, we are celebrating how fortunate we are to live in Canada, whether as new citizens or citizens from a line of immigrants from around the world.

We celebrate Native Americans who were here before us too.

We are a diverse nation still learning to be inclusive, but we are getting better at it.

We are all Canadians!



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Quote from the attached article …
“Democrats could easily pass the American Family Act or a bill similar to it through budget reconciliation, so long as it’s either paid for or expires after 10 years. And as Canada’s recent experience suggests, the results would be profound. After Justin Trudeau introduced a vastly expanded child benefit there, the share of children living in families below Canada’s low-income threshold fell by about a third. There’s no reason US children can’t receive the same kind of help.”
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March 4, 2019

“Homelessness and rough sleeping is something we just can’t have in our cities, people dying on the streets. It’s not the type of society or city we want to live in.”

Couldn’t agree more!

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One of Canada’s prairie province has succeeded also! Bravo!

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February 2, 2019

The UNIVERSAL and CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS and FREEDOMS Grade Six Students Learn in School

Of course, as you know, what children are taught in classroom is often overridden by what they see and experience in their lives, so what are we teaching children by our beliefs, words, and actions?


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.


The Canadian Human Rights Act


The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms


Human Rights in Our Provinces

Provincial and territorial human rights laws are very similar to the Canadian Human Rights Act and apply many of the same principles. They protect people from discrimination in areas of provincial and territorial jurisdiction, such as restaurants, stores, schools, housing and most workplaces.

Information and links from https://www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca/eng/content/human-rights-in-canada

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