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Ontarians have re-elected a government whose decade long reign dovetails with the lowest growth rate of provincial real per capita GDP in the Canadian federation.
National Aboriginal Day is a time for Canadians to reflect on the contributions of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Sadly, on this day most people will instead consider the sorry state of reserve communities and ask why, despite years of well-intentioned government programming, nothing ever seems to get better for Aboriginal people.
In April, the City of New Westminster became the first Canadian city to adopt a Living Wage policy. A living wage is a minimum hourly wage that is supposed to be pegged to the level at which a household can meet its basic needs. All city employees and the employees of businesses that contract with the city to provide services must be paid at least this living wage.