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Happy May Day to all!

Bon premier mai, fête internationale des travailleurs et travailleuses. It also has a natural meaning, known in the Gaelic tongues as Beltane, about the real awakening of springtime in more northern climes.  Both are worthy of celebration. 

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Governing real estate inflation

Obvious to me is to take greed out of the equation when it comes to having a residence you can call home.

I would forward the concept that extending a capital gains tax to 5 or 10 or infinity years might make sellers think twice about how much they ask for their house.

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Uber and the "gig" economy

And yet even as Uber talks up its determination to treat drivers more humanely, it is engaged in an extraordinary behind-the-scenes experiment in behavioral science to manipulate them in the service of its corporate growth — an effort whose dimensions became evident in interviews with several dozen current and former Uber officials, drivers and social scientists,

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Rae days reboot from the Saskatchewan government

This will be an interesting debate. The Rae days that the Conservatives and the unions railed against in Ontario are now the model (with no credit given) for the austerity policy of the Sask. government.

The argument is that it is temporary and prevents the alternative layoffs.

We have heard this before.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-government-unpaid-leave-...

 

The policy was very unpopular here -- in part becuase of the way it was imposed. However, if you are making cuts it can be argued that it is a better way to do it. And I never did disagree with the mechanism. Unions as well have agreed to other kinds of job sharing arrangments to avoid cuts.

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Sears destroys unsold merchandise

A woman in Joliette, a town northeast of Montréal, found hundreds of garments that seem to have been deliberately slashed before they were discarded in the refuse bins of the local Sears store. There were also strolllers and baby seats whose dates had not expired. http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/actualites-en-societe/488141/chez-sears-... Other chains in Québec, including Yellow, Garage and Reitmans, have also been found committing such deeds.

By the way, none of these chains are particularly "prestigious" or "high-end". On the contrary.

This is shocking and should be illegal. It is environmentally wasteful and deprives people who need clothing of wearable garments.

 

 

 

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Solidarity is a dead horse

Just when one thought the union movement could not make itself any less relevant you get stories like this.

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The BC Nurses Union plans to lock out its administrative employees this Friday in order to force them into accepting a contract that attacks their sick and medical appointment leave.

The BCNU has demanded concessions and refused to negotiate a fair collective agreement with its employees, who are MoveUP members,” said MoveUP President David Black. “This is an employer that represents health care workers and they are trying to claw back their own employees’ access to medical appointments.”

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Quantative Easing: Threat or Menace?

This is the continuation of a discussion that started in the Jeremy Corbyn thread. Rather than start it with my own post, I'll  begin by quoting sherpa-finn, who brought it into the other thread. The very first part of his post, highlighted in bold italics is a comment I made.

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"Quantitative easing is quantitative easing, and that's a pig that looks no better with lipstick."

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Quantative Easing: Threat or Menace?

This is the continuation of a discussion that started in the Jeremy Corbyn thread. Rather than start it with my own post, I'll  begin by quoting sherpa-finn, who brought it into the other thread. The very first part of his post, highlighted in bold italics is a comment I made.

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"Quantitative easing is quantitative easing, and that's a pig that looks no better with lipstick."

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