Put robots to work so humans can be more productive

While robots replace human workers on the factory floor, better-paid jobs are created to design, build and maintain the robots

Put robots to work so humans can be more productiveThe robots are coming, the robots are coming! They may not be an unstoppable evil army ready to take over the world as in a bad sci-fi movie, but they’re definitely making headway on factory assembly lines and increasingly in other industries. A United Kingdom research firm, Oxford Economics, did a study that covered seven…

Corporate welfare doesn’t create jobs

Corporate welfare causes an economic loss, exacerbated by the fact that it encourages businesses to devote resources seeking government funds

Corporate welfare doesn’t create jobsCorporate welfare handouts are a policy staple of politicians of all stripes – and they’re all wasting public money. Liberals who mistakenly think government spending is the driver of economic growth love handing out free cash to claim they’re “creating jobs.” Conservatives say they’re against corporate welfare – but only sometimes, and only if it’s…

Unionizing the gig economy would be a disaster for workers

Unionization would mean fewer jobs and fewer hours of work. The workers might be unsatisfied with their current position, but it’s certainly better than unemployment

Unionizing the gig economy would be a disaster for workersThe push for unionization among some food couriers at Foodora Canada and among hundreds of Uber drivers in Canada will ultimately do more harm than good for workers in the gig economy. The drive for unionization will actually result in increased unemployment and underemployment. Unionization defies the law of demand, a central economic concept. Unionizing…

Job vacancies on the rise in Canada

Increased in six of the 10 largest industrial sectors

Job vacancies on the rise in CanadaBoth the number of unfilled jobs – job vacancies – and the job vacancy rate increased in the second quarter across Canada, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Friday that the number of job vacancies was up in four provinces and two territories, with Quebec accounting for nearly 70 per cent of the…

Employment Insurance recipients up in Alberta in July

The number of EI beneficiaries in Canada fell by 7,600, or 1.7%, with declines across seven provinces

Employment Insurance recipients up in Alberta in JulyThere were 50,400 Employment Insurance recipients in Alberta in July, up 3.6 per cent from June. It’s the first monthly increase since February 2019, says Statistics Canada. “The rise was driven by those who last worked in education, law and social, community and government services occupations, who represented 8.0 per cent of the total number…

B.C.-based tech company creating 200 jobs in Calgary

B.C.-based tech company creating 200 jobs in CalgaryCalgary has attracted another technology company to the city with the announcement Wednesday that B.C.-based Finger Food Advanced Technology Group will open an advanced technology centre in the city. The company is receiving up to $3.5 million from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to accelerate the incubation of new digital technologies and development of local…

Paying for the services you need, when you need them

Lana Midgley of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions, talks about finding a work niche that suits her and fulfils a need for customers

Paying for the services you need, when you need themLana Midgley is owner of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions. What is Mountain Chickadee and what does it do? Midgley: Mountain Chickadee is a virtual assistant company that provides remote administrative solutions to a wide variety of organizations that require support but not on a full-time basis; and organizations that need additional support for special…

Lifting day-to-day financial stress off employees

Darcy Tuer talks about how ZayZoon is motivated by social impact to allow workers to access their earned wages any time

Lifting day-to-day financial stress off employeesDarcy Tuer is CEO of ZayZoon. He started the company with co-founder Tate Hackert. What is ZayZoon and what does it do? Tuer: ZayZoon is a socially responsible, financial technology and employee wellness company. We partner and integrate with payroll companies to provide employees with the ability to access their earned wages any time rather…

It pays to get a bachelor’s degree from a college

It pays to get a bachelor’s degree from a collegeIt pays to get a college bachelor's degree, Statistics Canada reported on Monday. The federal agency reported on a study showing that the average annual earnings of college bachelor's degree holders two years after graduation were $55,187. This was 12 per cent higher than the earnings of university bachelor's degree holders ($49,281), 42.5 per cent higher…

Federal student job program puts Alberta at the back of the class

Study finds no link between the circumstances in the local economy, student unemployment and the level of subsidies handed out. So is it all political?

Federal student job program puts Alberta at the back of the classThose who argue that the Canadian federation exhibits plenty of fiscal and program biases against Prairie Canadians will see further evidence in a recent study from the Halifax-based Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS). The study, Rethinking Student Job Subsidies, authored by David Murrell and Alan Chan, is subtitled The Case for Regional Equity in…

Adding international students undermines Canadians and economy

The job market will be flooded with cheap labour and Canadians will be denied spots at university

Adding international students undermines Canadians and economyRecruiting and teaching international students in Canada is big business for private universities, and the federal government has backed a scheme that puts more cash in the pockets of university administrators and wreaks havoc with the Canadian job market. In 2000, some 122,665 people held study permits in Canada. In 2018, that number reached 572,415.…

Finding short-term solutions to build long-term relationships

Susan Kandalaft of Executive Solutions talks about building a placement business on relationships and quality

Finding short-term solutions to build long-term relationshipsSusan Kandalaft is president of Executive Solutions Ltd. What is Executive Solutions and what do you do? Kandalaft: Executive Solutions is a Calgary-based, boutique staffing firm that specializes in all types and levels of positions, primarily in the office, including temporary, temp to hire, contract and permanent placements. Our searches can range from reception to…

On Labour Day, celebrate labour, not unions

Unions harm workers more than they help. And they seek a bigger slice of the economic pie, even while shrinking the pie through productivity loss

On Labour Day, celebrate labour, not unionsLabour Day is a day, as its name suggests, to celebrate labour. This is entirely appropriate – labour is a necessary input for the production of goods and services on which our standards of living rely. We make a mistake, however, when the celebration is of labour unions instead of the workers who supply the…
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