Ottawa Community News: Ontario to increase minimum wage to $11

Posted February 10, 2014
Minimum wage earners can expect something more on their paycheques come June 1, once a recent Ontario government decision comes into effect.
On Jan. 30, the province announced it would increase minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 an hour, following a recommendation made by an advisory panel made up of business, labour, youth and anti-poverty representatives. The province's minimum wage has been frozen since 2010.

Victory! Nova Scotia landlord forced to pay for flood damages

Posted February 3, 2014

After going back on a promise to pay for damages caused by a flood, Nova Scotia ACORN leaders confronted landlord Mona Metlege this afternoon to demand fairness. When ACORN member and tenant Isaac asked Joe Metlege to make good on his promise on his own, he pretended that he'd never committed to covering damages. Once faced with going against an organization of tenants committed to justice, they were forced to make good. The landlords wrote a cheque for the damages on the spot! 

Globe and Mail: 'Working for nothing': Canada joins global minimum wage debate

Posted January 27, 2014
Grace Iyabosa sits with hospital patients through the long nights, close at hand in case they need help.
The single mom works eight- or 12-hour shifts in Ottawa, on call, which means she often has to scramble to find child care for her two kids, ages seven and 11. She earns minimum wage of $10.25 an hour. After paying for food, babysitting and more than $600 for rent, there is nothing left at the end of the month.