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$10 minimum wage needed now

Low income jobs.

Part of the reason that food and energy are cheap is so that working peoples’ wage demands are kept in check. In Canada, average real wages have increased by just 1% in two decades (download Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives PDF report).

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B.C.’s lowest paid workers deserve a raise.

Minimum wage earners working full-time should earn enough to stay above the poverty line. That can only be achieved by immediately raising the minimum wage to at least $10.00 per hour.

The B.C. Federation of Labour in cooperation with other groups is spearheading a campaign to raise BC’s minimum wage. Our goal is to win a wage increase for the 63,000 British Columbians who earn $8 per hour along with another 293,000 people who earn less than $10. And we want to scrap the so-called $6 training wage.

The provincial government likes to crow about a booming economy—but it’s only booming for a few. Read more of this post

Costly SkyTrain technology will cost North Vancouver dearly

Elizabeth James, Special To North Shore News

Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

“Light rail service can occur at a small fraction of the cost of the proposed fully elevated multi billion dollar system, with similar or better results in ridership. So why was the rail alternative largely ignored from any serious analysis? “

Prof. Panos Prevedouros, civil engineer and member of the Honolulu Transit Advisory Task Force, March 8, 2010

Is there any truth to the persistent rumour that Victoria’s ongoing fascination with SkyTrain has frustrated attempts by management of Bombardier Inc. to break into the lucrative light-rail and tram markets in North America?

If there is, that might explain why the company volunteered to loan Olympics-bound Vancouver the European cars that proved to be such an immediate success; we were being given the old marketing soft-sell, so to speak.

But if that is the case, why were cash-strapped regional taxpayers not offered this conversation — about what amounts to a demonstration light-rail system — before they were forced to swallow their third SkyTrain-style transit line at a capital cost of more than $2.4 billion?

Why would any government risk the ire of the public by building a few gold-plated transit lines when, instead, it could have show-cased to the world a region-wide, light-rail system for the same money or less? It does not make sense, never did.

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