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Liberals put pay equity law into motion

Labour Minister Filomena Tassi said companies have until August 31, 2024 to draft equity plans, and up to five additional years to adjust wages for women in federally-regulated private sector companies.




The clock is ticking on some Canadian companies to bring in rules on pay equity – but it’ll be a long time until it happens.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Labour Minister Filomena Tassi said companies have until August 31, 2024 to draft equity plans, and up to five additional years to adjust wages for women in federally-regulated private sector companies.

“We have to look at the bigger picture here,” said Tassi, who described the Pay Equity Act, passed in 2018, as ‘morally right.’

“There is no question the scale of work and magnitude of work of what we are undertaking here absolutely takes time. I would love to have seen this corrected overnight, but we must recognize this is complex. Sustainable, long-term change takes time to get it right.”

The labour department has put costs at $1.6 billion, but equity payments are not retroactive.

“Women have participated in Canada’s workforce for many decades now and have been responsible for at least one-third of our country’s economic growth,” said Tassi.

“But when it comes to the question of pay and compensation, there was a serious problem that needed to be addressed.”

The size of the wage gap between women and men in Canada has been estimated at 74¢ to 93¢ on the dollar.

Statistics Canada in a 2019 report said the calculation was difficult since relatively higher pay in male-dominated industries like construction skewed figures, while women overall tended to work fewer hours.

“In general the gender gap has narrowed over time,” said the StatsCan report, adding much of the current gap “was unexplained.”

“Wage inequality is complex,” Alison Hale, director of StatsCan’s labour data division, said in 2016 testimony at a Commons special committee on pay equity.

“It requires analysis from a number of different perspectives.”

Hale said estimates of a 74¢ wage gap often cited by media were based on annual earnings, not hourly wages, and overlooked the fact men statistically work more hours than women – about 3.3 hours more per week on average – and are likelier to work full-time.

Hale said differences in experience and seniority account for about 11% of the wage gap, with educational differences accounting for 4%.

The Act applies to employers with 10 employees or more, like airlines, banks, grain mills, inter-provincial trucking companies, marine shippers, radio stations and railways.

About 3,600 small businesses are affected with a combined payroll of 88,500, by official estimate.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Tony

    July 8, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    If the supposed gender pay gap was due to nothing but systemic discrimination, would it not stand to reason that the unemployment rate for women should be next to nothing? After all, who would pay a man a dollar when they can pay a woman 74 cents, all other things being equal? The problem with the pay gap propaganda is that all other things are not equal. Studies that compare men and women in the same industries who have the same levels of uninterrupted seniority and experience show the pay gap to be non existent. This kind of government intervention will only burden those businesses that are smaller and not politically well connected and continue to give the impression that to the voting public that the interventionist politicians are “doing something” about a problem that doesn’t really exist. Oh ya….and as an added bonus, a new weaponized bureaucracy will likely be created to enforce this lunacy in a completely arbitrary and selective manner.

  2. Steven

    July 8, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Holly Hell, a market economy held hostage by bloody liberals who never worked a day in their lives, in the real world of economics or balanced a cheque book at the end of the month.

    You folks remember 21% interest rates back in the 1970″s? I do. The way Trudeau has been printing and spending money for the past five years is starting crack Canada’s economy with rising inflation. Why? Those who understand economics know why & those who don’t well are Liberals. Take a bow Justin Trudeau – You are a Canadian Moron.

  3. Matt C

    July 8, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Pay equity/Affirmative action, IS a form of discrimination. It is another lie being pushed as a good… and the mainstream (and publicly funded) media is complicit.
    The whole Pay equity lie was discredited years ago.

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Opposition MPs ask government to ‘show them where the money is coming from’

“Say it’s $10 billion by July. There is no accountability for that.”




The Liberal’s latest pandemic relief plans may actually be billions of dollars higher than estimated, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The Department of Finance was in a “continued race to push money out the door,” said one MP.

Bill C-2 proposes benefits including lockdown subsidies for employers and workers estimated at $7.4 billion. The cost covers payments retroactively from October 24 to next May 7, though the bill allows cabinet to extend subsidies to July 2.

“The issue of course that we’re looking at here is accountability,” said Conservative MP Greg McLean (Calgary Centre) at the Commons Tuesday finance committee.

“If there’s an obvious extension, how do we hold the government accountable for that extension when it’s more money going out the door, more on top of the $7 billion you’re already planning to spend?

“Say it’s $10 billion by July. There is no accountability for that.”

Department of Finance managers said they did not know the cost to taxpayers if the program runs to July 2, 2022.

“I can’t answer that at this stage,” said Max Baylor, senior director with the department.

“It would presumably depend on the parameters.”

“I don’t know if it’s because things have been lax during COVID but this is something you need to get right for the country,” said McLean.

Bill C-2 was “just a blank chequebook,” he said.

“I know the government has had a blank chequebook for far too long,” McLean said.

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ont.) questioned the bill’s impact on deficit projections.

“My question relates to the cost,” said Poilievre.

“How is the government paying the $7 billion associated with this proposal?”

No official answered, though 10 departmental witnesses appeared before the finance committee.”

“If they have anyone over there who is concerned about where the money comes from, that person could speak up,” said Poilievre:

  • MP Poilievre: “Clearly they’re getting the money from somewhere. Anyone here from Finance Canada?”
  • Director Baylor: “I can provide a high-level response but I’m afraid I won’t be able to answer directly…”
  • MP Poilievre: “Where is the money coming from?”
  • Director Baylor: “That is within the government’s broader macro-economic framework and I’m not responsible. I can’t speak to that.”
  • MP Poilievre: “You don’t have anyone? It’s just that we’re being asked to vote in favour of another $7 billion in spending. The obvious question is, where is it coming from?”
  • Director Baylor: “I appreciate the question, but I can’t answer that question.”

New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood-Transcona, Man.) called the testimony “a waste of time” and complained the finance committee could not get straight answers to its questions.

“We’ve been here almost four hours and I haven’t gotten one thing I would classify as an answer to a question,” said Blaikie.

“I’ve asked for a breakdown of the budget. I don’t know if they really don’t have that answer or are on a mission of obfuscation.”

“You have to conclude that our civil servants who ought to be treating the legislature with respect aren’t being upfront about some of these questions, or you have to conclude the people who are running the country never bothered to ask them. Neither one is a very good outcome for Canadians.”

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland called Bill C-2 the last emergency appropriation for pandemic relief spending. Freeland is to release a fiscal update on deficit figures next Tuesday.

Parliament last May 5 voted to increase the federal debt ceiling to a record $1.831 trillion. It represented a 57% increase from the previous $1,168,000,000,000 limit under the 2017 Borrowing Authority Act.

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Flights from Vancouver to Kamloops priced more than $1,200 over Christmas

BC flight prices have skyrocketed over the Christmas season following flood damage to highways.




Following substantial flooding in November, which led to savaged highways and infrastructure, many of those planning to visit family out of town for Christmas are forced to fly — and some will be paying exorbitant prices for it.

For example, a WestJet round trip — listed on Expedia — from Vancouver to Kamloops, BC on December 22, with a return flight on December 27 is listed at $1,264 as of Wednesday morning.

The normally 30-minute flight includes a nearly four-hour layover in Calgary.

On TripAdvisor, the same round trip is priced similarly.

Those planning a round trip from Vancouver to Kelowna, BC on the same dates will save a few hundred bucks in comparison to those headed for Kamloops. For example, one round trip with WestJet from Vancouver to Kelowna — December 22-27 — is listed at $741 on Wednesday, although it includes a six-hour layover in Edmonton.

Normal flight times between the locales are 55 minutes.

Prices on WestJet’s website are comparable. On Air Canada’s site, all are currently sold out for the aforementioned dates and locations.

However, those travelling between Vancouver and Kelowna can find cheaper trips on Swoop if they fly out of Abbotsford, BC. On Wednesday morning, a non-stop round trip from Abbotsford to Kelowna, departing on December 22 and returning on December 29, is priced under $300.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard

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Top Ontario doc says separating vaxxed and unvaxxed best way to get COVID under control

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.




One of the ways to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control is to stop “the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” says Ontario’s chief medical officer.

“Basic means of protecting individuals is stopping the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” said Dr. Kieran Moore at a Tuesday press conference.

“And if our cases continue through and after the holidays we would make recommendations of government to continue the certification process in play. But we’ll continue to review the data. We do have a very robust testing strategy in Ontario for the winter months as we’ve released previously. We’ve purchased … 11 million rapid antigen test for all students in Ontario.”

Moore was asked whether COVID-19 is “something we’re just going to have to learn to live with” and whether it would ever go away.

“We have a long ways to go with the World Health Organization and other international organizations to try to decrease the number of individuals in which this virus can mutate and/or spread,” he said.

“But I do see a time when we’ll have low, endemic rates and it will turn out to be like influenza or other winter respiratory viruses where there’s a seasonality to it, where it does have an intermittent impact on our health-care system and like influenza, you need an annual vaccine to protect against it.”

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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