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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Thursday, April 24, 2003

The Alberta Advantage: $3/hr employees?

I swear that I am not making this up. From the CBC:
CALGARY - A Chapters store in Calgary has rehired a man with Down syndrome after the company had said his $36-a-week salary was adversely affecting their bottom line.
And they've given him a raise.
Yes, the Canada's biggest bookseller was paying a Calgary man $36 for 12 hours of work a week. They then fored him, citing budget constraints. Jeez.

That wage is so low, it's even illegal in Alberta, where the minimum wage is $5.90/hr. You'd have to go back to the late seventies to find a minimum wage that low in Alberta, B.C., or Ontario.

Well, firing an employee who was earning barely half the legal minimum foesn't look good for the ol' corporate image (even in a province where niggardly employers are at least tolerated if not celebrated.) Chapters has since re-hired the guy, and they'll actually pay him the Alberta minimum. How very generous. No comment yet from Chapters Overlord and Micromanger Heather Reisman, otherwise known as She Who Controls Far Too Much of the Canadian Book Retail Market.
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