The Toronto Star:
The “awful thing” was the news that filtered through kids’ friends and family friends of a notification to staff at the local Tim Hortons that Pickersgill frequents. Owing to the province’s increase in minimum wage to $14 an hour as of Jan. 1, and the further $1-an-hour increase to follow, staff was informed that workday breaks would no longer be paid. Thus a nine-hour shift would draw eight hours and 20 minutes of pay. Certain benefits costs would shift to employees. Certain incentives were cancelled.
“I was furious,” Pickersgill says. “I felt betrayed as a Tim Hortons customer. These people have bought into the community’s goodwill by saying ‘We’re significant in the life of the community.’ ”
The local Tim Hortons rejigs their finances to keep everyone employed and the ignorant Canadians are outraged. Of course, the Premier of Ontario appeals to these idiot voters:
Wynne didn’t sugar-coat her views in an interview with CBC News. “To be blunt,” Wynne said, “I think it’s the act of a bully. And if Mr. Joyce Jr. wants to pick a fight, pick that fight with me and not the people who are working at the service window of the stores.”
When the government spikes minimum wage by 32%, then that's called compassionate. When low-margin businesses logically react by firing workers, increasing prices and/or decreasing work hours of employees, then that's called bullying. This looks like the Liberal agenda all along. Pit wicked businesses against their hapless employees and then take the side of those poor, little, bullied workers.
The CBC has the better take:
Of course businesses were going to announce a reduction in hours in response to the news of Ontario's minimum wage hike. Of course prices were going to go up. Of course employers were going to claw back some staff benefits to make up for what will effectively be a 32 per cent wage hike over less than 18 months.
The write sees through the agenda:
Ontario already passed legislation in 2014 to tie minimum wage increases to inflation by hooking it to the province's consumer price index, on the recommendation of an expert advisory panel. But instead of continuing to phase-in minimum wage increases gradually, as per the original plan, the government has decided to go with the lump-sum approach because ... oh, hey, election. Is it time for you already?