"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday 15 April 2015


I'm scheduled to have one eye cataract surgery next Monday.
I haven't been advised not to read and write and gaze at the IPad screen for many hours every day but considering the discomfort experienced by mid-afternoon, I conclude it to be wise. 
I have a quick comment on Mayor John Tory's plan for youth employment in the city. Starbucks is to partner with the city
Along with twelve other business . Looks  like employers will receive subsidy.
It's not a new idea.
If Starbucks is a typical partner, It's not a good idea. 
Yes !Yes ! I know , it sounds like a positive step in the right direction.
Except that ....Donut shops  are not career oriented jobs. 
They pay minimum  or close to minimum wages. Subsidy  from government makes it less than minimum for employers
Donut shop jobs are not hard to find. 
"It's better than being unemployed" 
That depends on who you talk to. 
If you have a B.A or Masters Degree in Fashion Design,work in a donut shop is not a confidence builder or job experience  to add to a  professional resume. 
People who work in donut shops can hold their heads up as high as the next person for doing an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. 
But it's not the answer for thousands of university graduates with hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. 
Maybe glib,fast-talking Mayor should scrutinize  the city's sunshine list for a handle why  the job supply continues to shrink. Except  for those upon whom the sun shines.
Judging by pay scales recently in the news, university teaching instructor on contract employment are not much better off than donut shop workers. 
Special Ed teaching aides were first cuts from the Toronto Boardof Education payroll  after the Province' last Settlement with teachers. 
Maybd he should think about multitudes of youngsters  coming out of Ontario Schools without basic skills and predictable futures in custodial institutions. 
I received a questionnaire from Ontario Liberals last week. I 
wonder about the salary for choosing the questions. 
Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to be able to explain to her six-year old grand-daughter merits of the Cap and Trade 
Agreement with Quebec to reduce climate change. 
A Conservative spokesperson says "the people" will not stand for price  increases which will result. 
He must have  been snoozing in the last election.
And why wasn't Christine Elliott out there supporting the agreement and giving an adult explanation for so doing. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What happened to the comments?