GET VACCINATED OR ELSE. Or else what? That’s the question that hangs over the heads of workers as more and more employers require their workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. There is no clear answer.
BEING RIGHT DIDN’T HELP MUCH. Workers who got their jobs through temp placement agencies have suffered from a higher rate of covid infection than other workers. Dr. Gayane Hovhannisyan warned they likely would. No one cared much.
IT’S RISKY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY UNETHICAL but so what. The cryptocurrency craze holds millions of us in its grip. Losing almost half its value since April hasn’t killed it. Any more than the fact its energy demands make our super-heated world even hotter.
IT HAD TO BE A CONSPIRACY. Maritime blueberry growers were certain of it. Why else would a buyer from Maine not try to outbid the dominant Canadian buyer? Why would they pay no more in Canada than the 22 cents a pound offered by Oxford Frozen Food and yet be happy to pay 45 cents a pound—more than twice as much—to growers in Maine? The growers asked the Canadian Competition Bureau to investigate. The bureau did. Then nothing.
WINNING HAS MEANT NOTHING to Maria Tajan. She’s still homeless, jobless and penniless 18 months after the Ontario Ministry of Labour ruled a former employer owes her $28,000. Worse still, she will likely never get a penny of it.
COME SEE THE “FREAKS” and scare your kids away from drugs. That’s what the operator of Scared Straight Tours said his bus tour of the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood in Vancouver could deliver. Residents in the neighbourhood were outraged. Their loud and very public refusal to be part of a “human zoo” ended the tours
FRESH AIR WAS FORBIDDEN TO DEMAR. He wasn’t in prison. But he says that’s what it felt like. Demar is a recently arrived migrant worker from Jamaica. Being cooped up for 14 days without fresh air was a condition of his quarantine when he came back to work here this spring.