Canada’s Inexplicable Job Boom Is Probably About To End

If a new job is on the horizon for you, it may make sense to find one sooner than later. The recent party in Canada’s job market looks likely to come to an end soon. At the risk of looking a gift horse in the mouth, many experts are asking themselves whether the unusually large number of jobs Canada has created recently is some kind of statistical illusion. The country saw its strongest-ever month for job growth in April, adding 107,000 net new jobs, according to Statistics Canada. It capped off what has been a stellar year for job-seekers that has left the jobless rate near historic lows at 5.7… Read More

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$1 million Camp Fire donation returned to Walmart Foundation

In the latest twist involving a $1 million Walmart Foundation gift intended to help the homeless in Chico, the North Valley Community Foundation said Wednesday it was returning the money to Walmart and encouraging them to instead work directly with “local service providers” to determine the next steps. In an email sent Wednesday morning to Angela McLaughlin, president of the Safe Space Winter Shelter, Jovanni Tricerri of the NVCF said, “At this point, NVCF has removed itself as the intermediary to focus on issues directly related to Camp Fire relief and recovery.” Walmart originally announced the $1 million donation on Nov. 29, three weeks after the Camp Fire, “to help… Read More

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Skelton: California’s big housing bill tanked. Why Newsom is partly to blame

Big and bold ideas often bomb out in the Legislature. And the biggest bill of this young session — a proposal to spur high-density housing — just blew up. Our democratic system of frustrating checks and balances isn’t designed for quick fixes. It fosters incrementalism. That can be agonizing. But more often than not, it ultimately produces practical, workable compromise legislation. Something similar to San Francisco Democrat Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 50 will eventually pass the Legislature. But it’s highly unlikely to happen this year, nor maybe next. When it does, there’ll need to be a committed effort by the governor to muscle such a contentious measure through the torturous… Read More

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Canada’s Wireless Market Needs More Competition To Lower Costs: Advocates

Canadians pay some of the highest wireless rates in the world, and advocates say the key to bringing down prices is opening the door to more competition. It’s a theory that has been pushed by advocacy groups such as OpenMedia, which have been pushing the federal government to do more to help Canadians with their phone bills. “It’s a no-brainer; more competition, lower prices, more affordability,” OpenMedia digital rights campaigner Marie Aspiazu told HuffPost Canada. Studies repeatedly show that Canadians pay a premium for their wireless service. In fact, a report published earlier this year by Sweden-based firm Tefficient suggests that Canadian carriers earn more revenue per gigabyte (GB) than… Read More

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Down with office dress codes

Now that summer is upon us, the gender wars over office thermostats are about to heat up. As has been increasingly noted, a lot of women are stuck in perpetually frigid office conditions, forced to layer up with sweaters and so forth even in the height of summer. But what articles on the topic often fail to draw out is how the battlefield of office temperatures is shaped by an underlying factor: office dress codes. Significantly loosening up rules for office attire — while also heating up office spaces — would be a win-win conclusion to the hostilities. Office temperatures around the country are infamously set with an eye to… Read More

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Stop the nonsensical generational warfare

Of all the hate that Americans direct at one another these days, the silliest of all has to be inter-generational hate. Yet we see it all the time. Baby Boomers, we’re told, are self-important and self-righteous egotists who have bankrupted the country, morally as much as economically. But that’s nothing compared with the lazy, entitled narcissists who make up the millennial generation. And really, what have Gen Xers ever accomplished? I don’t mean to denounce and dismiss negative demographic generalizations entirely. Talking in broad critical strokes about differences in outlook between “the young” and “the old” can have some limited value, depending on the issue. I’m talking instead about negative… Read More

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