Ontario raised its minimum wage from $11.60 per hour to $14 and will raise it by another dollar per hour a year from now. That’s a big jump all at once and has jump-started the ages-old debate about how much workers should be paid, how much businesses can afford to pay them, and whether Ontario’s policy will help vulnerable workers make ends meet. The owners of two Tim Horton’s coffee shops, coincidentally the offspring of Tim Horton and Ron Joyce who started Tim Horton’s, became the face of the debate in that province.
Sometimes I think if we didn’t have the weather to talk about there’s be a lot less talking, which might not be a bad thing. So we had a really cold spell for a while. So what? Global Warming deniers like Donald Trump say that means Global Warming is a hoax. Of course he isn’t bright enough to grasp that Global Warming doesn’t mean conditions are warmer every day or week or month.
Last Tuesday when most people went back to work after the holiday break, it was reported that by 11am that day the average top-earning CEO in Canada had already earned, in less than one work day, what the average worker makes in an entire year. Corporate executive’s average annual compensation hit a record $10.4 million which is more than 200 times the average worker’s salary.
When I was typing this commentary on my computer to save for the archives of course I absentmindedly put January 4th, 2017 and had to change the 7 to an 8. If I write you a cheque in the next little while it might be stale-dated the minute I hand it to you. It’s hard for me to comprehend that I started churning out these “Coffeetalks” in 1998. I remember I wrote and voiced one every other day at first, gradually upping them to five days a week.