As of January 1 the new living wage bylaw takes effect in the City of New Westminster, the first of its kind in Canada. Now, the Township of Esquimalt is positioned to follow suit.
The industry is a zoo. Fishermen, notoriously independent, have no organization. They blame buyers for manipulating prices, who in turn compete among themselves in a cut-throat game.
$18.17 is the 2010 family living wage, according to a report released last week that calculates an hourly wage based on the real costs of raising a family in Vancouver.