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The Ontario government has announced it will cancel a planned hike of the minumum wage in the province to $15 from the present $14, pending further consultations. The increase was put in place by the former Liberal government and was to take effect at the start of 2019.
We have all had bad days. You know, those days where work has piled up, deadlines are upon you, co-workers are complaining about everything without offering a solution, your supervisor or manager expects the world and the walls seem to be closing in around you and your performance is starting to slide.
As I write this, I’ve just returned from competing in the semi-finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking that was held in Chicago in August. I placed third in my heat, which leaves me in the top 30 speakers in the world for Toastmasters International for 2018 in this contest.
Our sister publication, Rock to Road, recently published a column by the president of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association criticizing the Manitoba government for refusing to release information on how much needs to be invested in infrastructure in the province. 
Sept. 4, 2018 - Canada Pension Plan Investment Board boosted its stake in shares of United Rentals by 116.8% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 43,376 shares of the construction company’s stock after purchasing an additional 23,366 shares during the quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board owned 0.05% of United Rentals worth $6,403,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. | READ MORE
Over the past year there has been a spotlight on workplace violence, harassment and sexual harassment. Allegations have run rampant in the media, sports, entertainment and politics.
I have two businesses. As you already know, I’m a professional speaker. But I also run a company called Syner G Apparel and Solutions. I help customers differentiate themselves from their competitors through the use of promotional products and corporate apparel.
The Trump administration announced this summer tariffs on around $50 billion worth of imported manufactured goods from China, including such things as compact off-road vehicles, concrete mixers and tractors. So the U.S. Association of Equipment Manufacturers should be thrilled, right?
The American Rental Association's second quarter forecast is predicting rental revenue growth across Canada and the U.S. at more than double the rates economic forecasts predict for national GDP. In Canada, the forecast is for US$5.4 billion in revenue in 2018, up 4.4 per cent, with 4.8 per cent growth in 2019, 4.7 per cent in 2020, 3.8 per cent in 2021 and 2.7 per cent in 2022 to reach $6.159 billion. The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development predicts two per cent GDP growth in Canada in 2018.
Every so often we come across an article, blog or video that mirrors our own beliefs when it comes to how we view safety. Recently I came across an article and a video of Mike Rowe from the show Dirty Jobs (love this show) stating poetically what I have been discussing with people for years and what many of you may also believe: safety is not first. Yes, that is correct folks, safety is not first, it may not even be second. Is it safety third?
It never ceases to amaze me how many employees don’t seem to understand that they receive a paycheque because of customers. Sometimes, the way they treat customers is like they never want to see them return again. Like they are an inconvenience and just disrupting their day.
Weed, weed, weed in the workplace. Boy, it’s all you hear about these days. The Senate passed the law legalizing cannabis in Canada this summer, but already there’s been a stampede of experts on health, safety and human resources to podiums across the country to tell any industry group that will sit still all about it.
July 3, 2018 - The Canadian and Quebec governments are working together to make long-term investments in infrastructure that will create jobs and economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low-carbon, green economy—leading to a higher quality of life for all Quebec residents.
June 15, 2018 - Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement expressing disappointment for the Trump Administration’s decision to move forward with tariffs on imported goods from China:
May 24, 2018 - Aecon Group Inc. was informed Thursday that the Governor in Council has issued an order under the Investment Canada Act directing CCCC International Holding Limited ("CCCI") not to implement its proposed acquisition of Aecon. As a result, the Arrangement between Aecon and CCCI will not proceed.
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