Employers nervous about Alberta WCB review

By Bob Barnetson Alberta is reviewing it workers’ compensation system for the first time in 15 years. A few weeks ago, Merit Contractors started a campaign with the basic message is that business is opposed to increased operating costs: The government’s intended direction is clear:… Read More

Minimum wages as economic stimulus?

By Angella MacEwen The Alberta government has announced their timeline for getting to $15 / hour, which includes eliminating the lower minimum wage for liquor servers. The Alberta Federation of Labour has an excellent minimum wage campaign, called “15 is fair”. I provided some research support… Read More

Remembering the Gainers strike

By James Wilt 30 years ago this month 1,080 meatpacking workers at Edmonton’s Gainers meatpacking plant went on strike. Peter Pocklington, the infamous owner of the plant who pleaded guilty to perjury in 2010, had attempted to use the economic downturn and alleged price manipulation… Read More

Weekend Video: $100 Barrel

Jody Hickey, an insulator who is also a singer/songwriter. After graduating from high school at age 17, Hickey said he chose what he describes as “the Cape Breton lifestyle,” moving away and coming back. He first headed to Toronto where he worked a variety of jobs… Read More

Weekend Video: 24 Days in Brooks

Over the course of a decade Brooks, Alberta, transformed from a socially conservative, primarily white town to one of the most diverse places in Canada as immigrants and refugees flocked to find jobs at the Lakeside Packers slaughterhouse. Centring on the 24 days of the… Read More