Merit Foundation takes aim at Ontario College of Trades

Published: 2012-04-15 6:49:00 PM - Author: none
'...Merit Ontario is part of a coalition of construction employers that called for the complete overhaul or the abolishment of OCOT last fall, citing issues over the governance structure, transparency and its perceived union bias.

Merit Foundation’s greatest win would be for OCOT to disappear and for the existing apprenticeship centres to be used...'

Mega Brands, Mattel bring new construction toys for the sandbox

Published: 2012-04-15 6:45:00 PM - Author: none
'A new partnership will see the development of construction toys based on the world’s most iconic kids brands...'

Economic recovery leaving middle class behind

Published: 2012-04-15 6:42:00 PM - Author: none
'More bad news for the middle class: When the economy recovers, jobs in the middle won’t. That is the conclusion of an important new study that connects a long-term trend in the labour market with the business cycle of recession and rebound...'

'Culture of comfort' the enemy of innovation, report says

Published: 2012-04-15 6:38:00 PM - Author: none
'Canada is losing the global innovation race because it’s throwing far too much money at dubious research and doing too little to jolt companies out of their sheltered complacency...'

Ontario Students To "ChangeTheWorld" - 3 Hours At A Time

Published: 2012-04-15 4:15:00 PM - Author: none
'McGuinty Government Launches Fifth Annual Youth Volunteer Challenge

Ontario is challenging young people across the province to volunteer for three hours over three weeks to "change the world" in their communities...'

Computers: Creating Wealth, Eliminating Jobs

Published: 2012-04-15 4:08:00 PM - Author: none
'Disappointing job creation numbers have stemmed the tide of economic recovery and have economists scratching their heads. But something entirely new may be lurking beneath the surface of our limping recovery: The Second Economy. This computer-intensive portion of industry is growing by leaps and bounds, creating a new generation of billionaires and shaping how our economy may run in the coming decades...'

Greenhouse gas rules drive up truckers’ costs

Published: 2012-04-15 4:05:00 PM - Author: none
'Canada’s truckers – including drivers of full-size pickups – are facing rising vehicle costs as Ottawa joins with the United States in imposing new greenhouse gas emissions standards starting in 2014 model years.

But the higher upfront costs should be recouped in a few years of operating the vehicles as trucks become more fuel efficient and reduce their consumption of high-priced diesel...'

Ontario’s job training shuts out half of unemployed

Published: 2012-04-09 5:38:00 PM - Author: none
'If the best route out of poverty is a job, a commission studying Ontario’s welfare system thinks the province can do more to help its most vulnerable residents find work.

Part of the problem is that almost half of Employment Ontario’s $1.2 billion worth of training programs are available only to people receiving employment insurance benefits...'

Canadian economy: Caution ahead

Published: 2012-04-09 5:35:00 PM - Author: none
'Canada’s economy has given off mixed signals in the first three months of the year, prompting economists to raise a flag of caution for the coming months.

For instance, despite strong auto sales and a blockbuster labour market report from Statistics Canada on Thursday, wholesale trade has dipped, and housing starts were flat across Canada in February...'

Construction hiring: If we build it, there will be work

Published: 2012-04-09 5:32:00 PM - Author: none
'Need a job? Grab a hard hat.

Ontario’s construction industry will need to recruit an additional 120,000 workers over the next nine years, the Construction Sector Council predicts

The demand will be driven by mining projects in northwestern Ontario, as well as nuclear power and transportation projects in the Greater Toronto Area and the Pan Am Games, the non-profit industry organization said in its annual forecast...'
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