News in Employment and Work
The Ontario government has released the proposed employment accessibility standard for public review and will receive comments on it until April 15, 2009.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Canada has launched a campaign called Less Blame - More Solutions to protest recent calls by politicians to restrict immigration and promote a "Canadians First" jobs policy.
Chronic and severe health conditions among poor Ontarians are far higher than those of average Ontarians, according to a report called "Sick and Tired: The Compromised Health of Social Assistance Recipients and the Working Poor in Ontario."
A Toronto Star article looks at a case before the Ontario Court of Appeal, which must decide whether a company owner has to pay the employees of his bankrupt company what it owes in severance and termination pay. Employees were represented by the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and Parkdale Community Legal Services.
This article wraps up a Toronto Star investigation, which showed the Labour Market Re-entry program, run by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, to be costly and ineffective.
The Canadian Abilities Foundation has announced the launch of its new web site, where people with disabilities and the broader community can discuss issues of importance to all.
How to deal with a recession, job losses, taxpayer-funded bailouts for big banks and transnational corporations and tough times for working families - these are some of the questions planned for discussion at the The Toronto Community Development Institute's Spring Community Development Institute in April.
A Toronto Star opinion piece by Avvy Go, director of the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, reviews efforts by the federal and provincial governments in 2008 that should have improved the lives of poor and racialized people.
In an article on yorkregion.com, poverty activists express concern that the poverty rate among South Asians is growing disproportionately to other groups.
The Ontario Association of Food Banks has found an average 13 per cent increase in the use of food banks over the past year, with the biggest jump in mid-size communities that have been hit hard by job losses.