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Times Change: An employment service that gives women a second chance at careers

International Women's Week is celebrating its 100th anniversary, but the gender gap persists . The president of Times Change in Toronto describes how her women's employment service is bridging the divide.

This year's International Women's Day (IWD) theme of equal access to education, training and technology is particularly meaningful for Arshia Raafat, President of the Board of Directors of Times Change Employment Service. The theme emphasizes the tenets of her Toronto-based, not-for-profit agency.


July 31, 2014 |
Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney should nix the B.C. Liberal government's plan to use temporary foreign workers to develop the province's liquefied natural gas industry.

How can we create good jobs in Canada?

How can we create good jobs in Canada? 

Well, the Good Jobs Summit is trying to spark a conversation about the economy and creating good jobs -- they know that there are solutions to high youth unemployment and precarious work. Check it out!

How to beat Tim Hudak and defeat the right-wing agenda

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It seems like most Ontarians are only now getting interested in the June 12, 2014 vote in Ontario and the ballot, which will determine who will rule Canada's largest province. The Polls indicate that the current governing Ontario Liberals led by Kathleen Wynne are in a neck and neck race with Tim Hudak's Ontario Progressive Conservatives.


June 11, 2014 |
After years of service cuts, job cuts and disrespect for hard working public servants, the federal government will hold National Public Service Week from June 15 to 21. This is an insult to workers.
The Green Planet Monitor

Twelve Canadians: Social Enterprise

May 15, 2014
| Winnipeg's Social Enterprise Centre is boosting skills, generating employment and promoting community in Winnipeg's gritty north end.
Length: 29:47 minutes (68.2 MB)
Photo: katie hargrave/flickr
| May 12, 2014

More on demographics, demand and Canada's falling employment rate

My comments last week on the continuing decline in the employment rate in Canada (to below 61.5 per cent in April, barely higher than the low point reached in the 2008-09 recession) has sparked some continuing discussion about the role of demographic change in explaining that decline (as opposed to a shortage of labour demand).

Is the decline in the employment rate due to weak labour market conditions, or is it due to the aging of the workforce (as a result of which a larger share of the working-age population consists of people in older age categories which normally have lower labour force participation and employment incidence)?


Austerity bites, employment rate falls again

Today's labour force numbers are ugly, there's no other word for it. Employment down 29,000 jobs. Paid employment (i.e. not counting self-employment) down 46,000 jobs. The only reason the unemployment rate held steady (at 6.9 per cent) is because labour force participation fell again: by almost two tenths of a point, to just over 66 per cent. That's the lowest level of labour force participation since 2001. Convenient for suppressing the headline unemployment rate, but socially destructive and very costly in the long run (as more and more Canadians lose contact with the labour market).

What needs to change in the B.C. fruit and win industry?

Migrant farmworkers in the Okanagan Valley are a huge part of the wine and fruit industries in B.C. because it relies on the SAWP. What needs to change?

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