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jewelrybyamandayyc Agate and aventurine bracelet combo. Black agate is said to help overcome fears and promote good will while peach aventurine is said to help with quieting the inner judgemental voice. 🏼 3h

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yycnews Calgary businesses warn minimum wage hike could lead to job losses
Source Calgary Herald
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  •   yycnews Calgary businesses are warning job losses, reduced hours of work and price hikes could follow an announced increase to Alberta’s minimum wage.

    The NDP government said Monday that the province’s minimum wage will rise $1 to $11.20 on Oct. 1. Also, the liquor server minimum wage will jump to $10.70 an hour, from $9.20, in the first of two steps to eliminate the rate differential altogether in 2016. The government also reiterated its commitment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. “We’re fairly disappointed that the government of Alberta has decided to move so aggressively toward their target of $15 by 2018 especially at a time when there’s still economic uncertainty in Calgary and in Alberta,” said Justin Smith, director of policy, research and government relations with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “In our communication with member businesses we understand that in order to mitigate against the cost increase the likely response from some businesses will be staff reductions, a reduction in hours of work, and possibly some price increases as well.” Jobs Minister Lori Sigurdson said Monday that the government consulted dozens of stakeholders and reviewed written submissions regarding its plans to raise the minimum wage. The NDP government recently passed legislation to raise taxes on large corporations to 12 per cent from 10 per cent, effective July 1. “The government is consulting with stakeholders but through such a short window I don’t think they’re getting the full picture of the impact,” said Amber Ruddy, senior policy analyst with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in Calgary. “It’s being touted as balanced and reasonable but when you ask any small business owner the reaction is quite different. “We’ve been surveying our members and they’re telling us it’s going to result in less hours for their current employees. It’s going to result in cutbacks to perks that they offer — free lunches, parking. And in some cases it will result in job losses because this will have a huge impact on their bottom line. 4h
  •   yycnews Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, said he was somewhat disappointed the government didn’t go farther. “At $11.20 an hour, our new minimum wage will be the highest among Canadian provinces but it still won’t be anything close to a living wage,” he said, adding the AFL was hoping for $12 an hour as a first step. “With this increase we will move from having an abysmally low minimum wage to having a merely insufficient wage. Is that progress? Sure. But is it enough? I don’t think so.” Brian Lee, chief financial officer of the Concorde Entertainment Group, which operates 17 restaurant/bar establishments in Calgary totalling 1,300 employees, said the wage hike will have a “significant” impact. “Our concern is that these changes were arrived at with very little industry consultation,” he said, adding the move follows a liquor tax increase earlier this year. “When it’s done gradually as they say they’re going to do, it gives industry an opportunity to plan and adjust. But when you increase our wages for our front-line staff by $1.50 that’s not a gradual increase.” Restaurants Canada said removing the liquor server wage next year will hurt restaurants. “Higher labour costs will force employers to cut server hours and the time they have to earn more tips, “said Mark von Schellwitz, the organization’s vice-president for Western Canada. “For an industry that’s already struggling with intense cost pressures, razor-thin profit margins and a tough economy, this couldn’t come at a worse time. 4h
  •   yycnews Kari Green, a server with Hudsons Canadian Tap House on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, said while a higher wage is welcomed, it could come with some consequences. “To increase wages for (businesses) means they’re going to have to increase menu prices and then do customers still come here frequently enough if our menu prices are going up? “And if the food items are too pricey, then I think tips will be affected more, too.” Alida Visbach, president and CEO of Heritage Park, said the government announcement “comes as quite a shock.” A $15 minimum wage would raise overall wages there by 42 per cent, or $4.9 million, she said, even though fewer than two per cent of its 750 employees now earn the minimum. “As the minimum wage goes up, everything goes up and I can’t start charging 42 per cent higher at our gate for our food services, for our retail, then we would no longer be competitive and then that completely negates increasing the wage for minimum wage earners because they will then not be able to afford those prices,” said Visbach. “It’s just a snowball effect. “I’m all for a living wage and I’m all for people making a decent wage to survive on but there has to be a thoughtful way of doing this.” Lisa Costello, owner and chief executive of Neal’s Yard Remedies, an organic skin care store in Calgary, said businesses need to pay more than minimum wage to stay competitive while also providing an enticing place to work. The company has one store in the Mission district with seven employees and will be opening another store in Southcentre Mall later this year. “If minimum wage goes up, it puts more pressure on you to make sure that you’re an exciting place to work but it ultimately means you have to maintain the gap between the pay increase that you’re facing with your employees and the price you can recover from the market,” she said. “If minimum wage goes up, we have to find a new way to maintain that gap and find ways to find employees that are going to want to work for us at rates that we can afford. 4h
  •   emthao Understandable....but cost of living has increased and so should wages...if the majority of us can't pay bills and mortgages, than we won't have any room for entertainment, which leaves you with no business to run either. Just saying.... 4h
  •   the_ashleymacd If your business is dependent upon paying your staff a low wage, a wage that they cannot live off of for the most part without some form of social assistance, then there is something fundamentally wrong with your business. This wage increase is meant to make life easier for workers. We focus on people in the service industry discussing a potential loss in tips...tips are not guaranteed and are generally dependent upon the quality of service you receive. An increase in the hourly wage is a guaranteed wage rate (ie: you work 8 hrs you make $120). If you make the minimum wage right now and work in an industry where tipping is customary do you average $40 every shift. Maybe you do, but I bet a lot of your fellow servers do not. For me, and from what I have gathered in discussions with others this pertains to most people out in the world, tipping is based on a percentage of the cost for the meal/drinks/etc and the quality of service rendered. If the cost of a meal goes up a couple of dollars then it is entirely plausible that the tip amount would increase. Businesses say they will have to charge more to offset the wage change...ok, some may very well price themselves out of existence but I believe that most of the increases will be small and easily/willingly absorbed by consumers. We go out to eat and drink because we are social creatures. We like to be around others and to experience new things...and also we are lazy sometimes and want someone else to cook our dinner. Those people that regularly frequent restaurants and bars do so because they can afford to do so; we tend to be in higher income brackets and can afford to spend $20-30 on an entree. How many people making the current minimum wage frequent restaurants regularly without suffering a sizeable hit to their pocketbooks? The increase will improve their economic prospects and in the end it is a small price to pay for the consumer. We can manage to pay a couple extra dollars for a night out...they cannot live off of $10.50/hr not as the cost of living increases around them. 3h
  •   emthao @the_ashleymacd well said 🏼 2h

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yycnews HomeFront Calgary looks to empower victims of domestic violence
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  •   yycnews A Calgary organization that works to help families escape domestic violence is hoping a new campaign will encourage those who need help to reach out for support.

    HomeFront Calgary has covered more than 800 Checker cabs with large decals showing the American Sign Language hand shape for “I love you.” The decals also include the words, “Empower the movement.” The organization says it decided to steer away from the violent, shocking messaging that many anti-domestic violence campaigns use and instead focus on empowering victims to get help. “While we recognize domestic violence is a tragic and horrific situation, we want to move away from shaming or re-traumatizing,” the organization said in a release. “We want to instead empower individuals faced with domestic violence to know that they are not alone; they are deserving of love, and surrounded by a community that cares.

    In addition to the decals,a short video will be looped inside 100 of the cabs. The organization is also encouraging Calgarians to send a “message of love” to people living with domestic violence via social media. 8h
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