Sunday, 10 June 2018

Minimum Wages Rise = Unemployment!

[From the Fraser Institute Forum -
Of course Wynne lost the election last Thursday, June 7 and will be replaced by Doug Ford. Hopefully Ford has done some research in this area! - Editor]

Wynne and other liberal do-gooders think that there are primary wage-earners making very little money such as those at Tim Horton's, McDonalds etc.

But having done NO RESEARCH which is the liberal way of taking gut-feelings and making laws about them, of course it results in unemployment!

[Below the Fraser Institute shows the consequences of unresearched pay-raise blundering. - Editor]

When the Ontario government announced its plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour last month, Premier Kathleen Wynne made a glaringly false statement about the reality of minimum wage earners. Specifically, she said:
“Millions of workers in Ontario are finding it almost impossible to support their families on a minimum wage that just doesn’t go far enough.”
Let’s clarify the facts.

For starters, Ontario has 633,000 minimum wage earners in the province—not “millions,” as Premier Wynne claims. There’s not a slight difference between reality and what the premier claims. At the very least, we’re talking about an overstatement of more than three times—or 216 per cent!

But who are these 633,000 minimum wage earners in Ontario and are they actually struggling to support their families on a minimum wage job, as Premier Wynne suggests?
Thankfully, they generally are not.

According to Statistics Canada data , most minimum wage earners in Ontario are not the primary or sole earner in their household. In fact, 60 per cent are teenagers or youth aged 15 to 24, the vast majority of which (86 per cent) live with their parents or other relatives.
Another 19 per cent of minimum wage earners in Ontario are married with employed spouses, nearly all (90 per cent) of whom earn more than the minimum wage or are self-employed.

Just two per cent of minimum wage earners in Ontario are single parents with a young child.
Given all this, it shouldn’t be surprising that the vast majority of minimum wage workers—85 per cent , in fact—do not live in low-income households, as defined by Statistics Canada’s low income cut-off , a common measure of low income.

Yet even though most minimum wage earners in Ontario do not belong to households classified as low-income by Statistics Canada, some may still think raising the minimum wage is a good idea because it could help many low-wage workers make ends meet. But as we’ve written before , and despite good intentions, it is not. And that’s because of unintended consequences from the policy that reduce employment opportunities for the most vulnerable and least-skilled workers.

When you combine the facts on who actually earns the minimum wage—generally not people who are primary or sole breadwinners in their families—with the negative consequences on employment for the least-skilled workers, it becomes abundantly clear that the minimum wage is an ineffective policy for helping the most vulnerable.
Premier Wynne should get her facts straight.
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Sunday, 1 April 2018

A Man Died that Hostages Would Be Saved

From the National Post, Saturday March 31, a Hero has Come

The news from France, this time Trèbes, was depressingly familiar. A jihadist terror attack, again. A radicalized Muslim man known to police on a rampage, again. Civilians about their daily business under siege, again.

It happens a few times a year, and the president of France, and the French security services, and the friends of France abroad issued their customary statements, again.
Except that this time it was not the same. Something different happened amid the terrorist routine in Trèbes.

Lt.-Col. Arnaud Beltrame of the French Gendarmerie nationale was on the scene at the supermarket in Trèbes. The terrorist had already killed two people, and was holding hostages inside. Beltrame was the right man. Second-in-command of the region’s police, he was a decorated veteran of the French special forces and esteemed by all as the best of the Gendarmerie.
It was an act of both outstanding courage and tactical brilliance
The lieutenant-colonel then offered to take the place of a female hostage. It was an act of both outstanding courage and tactical brilliance. The jihadi agreed to the swap, and so Beltrame was able to draw close, leaving his mobile phone on so that the police outside could hear what was going on. When they stormed the supermarket, Beltrame was stabbed and shot by the jihadi, and died of his wounds the next day.
His widow noted that he died the day before Palm Sunday, when Holy Week begins. In these holiest of all days for Christians, the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is recalled, made present again. All that was somehow made present in the death of Arnaud Beltrame.

His widow insisted that his sacrifice could not be understood apart from his Christian faith, nourished by the monks at the nearby Abbey of Lagrasse. It was one of those monks who attended to Beltrame in hospital, administering the last sacraments before he died.
When her Friday morning began, she did not think that she would need a saviour that day
We have not heard the account of the woman whose life was spared when Beltrame took her place. When her Friday morning began, she did not think that she would need a saviour that day. She was going to buy groceries. But she found herself held hostage by a murderous terrorist. And she needed to be saved.

We might imagine that she desperately thought about how that might happen. Might the jihadi get distracted so that she could make a run for it? Might the police outside manage to take him out with a sniper’s bullet? Might the other shoppers somehow subdue him?

Did she imagine that deliverance would come from a member of the Gendarmerie offering to take her place? That her mortal peril would be relieved by Arnaud Beltrame himself assuming that same peril? That she would not go to an early grave because he was willing to do so?

Did she think, even for a moment, that the man who was ready to kill her would let her go, because Lt.-Col. Beltrame had come? What did the jihadi say to her?
Perhaps: “You may go; he has come.”

You can see why Arnaud Beltrame’s wife, mourning her husband, was thinking about Holy Week. Is that not what happened then, long ago in Jerusalem?

That is what Christians mark on Good Friday. A terrible estrangement between God and man had been wrought by sin, and the wages of sin are death, as St. Paul teaches. And so because of sin we die.

Can that estrangement be overcome? Can the debt of our transgression be repaid? Can all that sin has destroyed be restored? After the fall of man, Christian theology considers the human race to be held hostage as it were, in mortal peril because the reality of death cannot be overcome.

You may go, He has come
Then comes the One who can overcome. Jesus is man, the faithful believe, but also God. And the hostages are freed, not freed by overwhelming power, but because there is One to take their place.

On Good Friday, Christians look to the Cross and hear just that: “You may go, He has come.”

The good news of a Saviour is only good news to those who know they need saving. On that Friday morning in Trèbes, the people did not think they needed a saviour until they needed one. On that Friday morning in Jerusalem, the people did not think they needed a Saviour, even though one was at hand.

Christians celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ because it means that a Saviour has come. Holy Week — whether in Jerusalem or France or Canada — is a reminder that the world needs one.

To all our readers, a Happy Easter!

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Sharp Bus Drivers

Closing down the Facebook Group - Sharp Bus Drivers as it served not useful purpose and it may be confused with the actual Sharp Bus Niagara Facebook page! 

So here is the alternate:
Have any bus driving tips?
Have any scary driving stories?:

Oh ya? You have?

How about these roads?

Monday, 3 December 2012

Joyful Mourning - $3.97

My title is Joyful Mourning.... A True Love Story

Sounds like nonsense, doesn't it? How can you be mourning the loss of a loved one and still be joyful??? Do you know someone who is still going through mourning a loss? Then please for their sake, send this book to them. Rebecca's story is one of hope from sadness when within two years of her loss, a wonderful thing happens....

My daughter Rebecca, experiences a loss in her marriage to Tedd Woodworth, the man she loved and expected to spend the rest of her life with. Instead she spent the rest of his life with him.

Through crisis and joy, happiness and sadness, the true story of Rebecca and Tedd is told. The story is very interesting filled with what I call 'God-incidences' since the possibility of them happening by chance is about equal to you winning the lottery with your one ticket.

What is equally interesting is all of the helps to find peace when all you feel like doing is crying, all day, every day, over and over again. There is teaching about how to grieve, how to overcome absolute depression and 'heart-sickness' and assurances that, yes, you are mourning, but the time is coming when you can be renewed to feel like living again! I use scripture references sparingly since this is not a Bible study, but they are present where needed to point to truth.

Dr. Bill Gaultiere, associated with Crystal Cathedral New Hope ministries allowed me to use all of his tests to help you find out what you are really going through. Dr. Tim Lowenstein also gave me permission to use his very useful test on Life Stress!


  • Do You Have Anxiety?

  • Are You Depressed?

  • Life Stress Test

  • What is Your Image of God?

  • Do You Esteem Yourself?

  • Do You Over-react Emotionally?

  • What is Your Emotional IQ?

There are MANY links to sites that may help you in the Appendix at the back of the book.

There are more current ones on the website Joyful Mourning

If you know someone who needs some inspiration to hope again, you must have them read Joyful Mourning. Yes I know I wrote it but the reason I wrote it is because it is such a story of amazing events occurring which shaped both Tedd and Rebecca's destinies.
Charles Pedley  Joyful Mourning - A True Love Story (Kindle Locations 124-131). Available for sale in almost every format at Smashwords and on Amazon!