There is a farm on the edge of Burlington which used to be famous for strawberries. Over the years they have transformed themselves into a more full-season operation - plants in the spring, strawberries, raspberries, veggies all summer, and now pumpkins in the fall.
I was at the farm last weekend (without my camera) to buy some pumpkins. I popped back up today WITH my camera to grab some shots.
Yesterday I joined the throngs of people at Queen's Park to encourage the Provincial government to increase the minimum wage to $ 15 and to revise the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act to provide for decent working conditions.I confess that it was the LAST thing I wanted to do on a Saturday after a busy week and an even busier week (how is it even possible) ahead. Nonetheless I was there.
Here are some shots from the rally.
The rain held off and we were able to ensure our voices were heard.
Here is an article from the CBC regarding the rally:
Thousands from across the province gathered at Queen's Park on Saturday as part of the Rally for Decent Work, which in addition to calling for labour rights, is also advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage. According to Queen's Park security, more than 3,000 attended the event.
The rally coincided with Ontario raising its minimum wage to $11.40 per hour, up from the last increase in 2015 to $11.25. Alberta, P.E.I. and Saskatchewan also increased their minimum wage on Oct. 1 as well, and Alberta has already pledged to bring its minimum wage to $15 by 2018.
"We have people in the province of Ontario working two and three minimum wage jobs just to keep the wolves away from their front door, and at the end of the week, they're going to food banks to feed themselves and their families," Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) president Chris Buckley told CBC News.
The 15 cent increase is tied to Ontario's consumer price index, the main measure of inflation in the province.
The government raised the minimum wage to $11 in 2014 — then an increase of 75 cents — which marked the first time the benchmark wage had gone up since 2010.
"To the critics out there who say they can't afford a $15 an hour minimum wage or it's going to result in job loss, I would say show us some proof," Buckley added, saying small businesses that cannot afford a higher wage should talk to the province to work out a solution.
The Rally for Decent Work also marks the the start of Decent Work Week, and the event was organized by the OFL and its community partner Fight for $15 and Fairness.
This list is good, but American. Here in Canada we would add Maternity Leave, Parental Leave, subsidized childcare spaces, pensions, Family Medical Leave, and Critically Ill Child Leave.
Then there was the creation of the middle class and a more equitable distribution of the nation's wealth.
All brought to you by the struggle and lobbying of your Union brothers and sisters who believe at the core that what we wish for ourselves we wish for all.
I understand we in the union movement can make life challenging for those who are not in the union movement. Unfortunately none of the achievements were willingly given. From time to time we need to use a strong collective hand to convince those with power and resources to do the right thing.
Enjoy the Labour Day Weekend (of yes, thank your Union bros and sisters for that too).
We left the snow behind and headed to California for a long weekend of fun. We shoppedm toured wineries, tasted olive oil, met up with good friends, and ate some wonderful food. I can't wait for slow bowl 2009.