EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Pretty soon, slaving away at McDonald’s
for a measly $6.85 an hour may be a thing of the past — but
that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be lovin’ it
in the long-run.
One of the new Liberal government’s major proposals is
to gradually raise the minimum wage to $8 an hour over the
next four years; some groups are even hoping to raise it to
$10 an hour to bring people off the poverty line.
Certainly this sounds like good news — in Nunavut, the
minimum wage is $8.50 an hour — and maybe the poorest
of the poor (a.k.a. students) won’t have to stress over
whether they can pay tuition, meet rent or afford the sushi
at CentreSpot, while already slaving away at homework.
However, a move to increase wages should take other factors
into consideration as well. Not only will employees who are
currently making $8 an hour demand an increase in their pay,
but companies will also be forced to increase their costs for
labour and thus compensate by increasing the prices of their
products and services. If things become more expensive, will
raising the minimum wage actually bring people out of poverty?
In addition, raising the amount of money employers should be
paying their workers could put a strain on small businesses
most at-risk when required to raise their prices. They already
can’t afford to compete with the low, low prices of the
And for students, the OSAP system will also require tweaking
to accommodate the increased pay of its recipients so they
don’t end up receiving less money.
Supporters say that the proposed four years it will take
to increase the minimum wage is a sufficient timeline,
giving everyone enough time to gradually adjust to the
new economy. But although those adjustments may be positive
in the beginning, they could become meaningless thanks
to inflation in just a few years.
Paris really sucks
Paris really sucks
The phrase “spending a night in the Paris Hilton” has
suddenly taken on a whole new meaning, ever since the socialite’s
ex-boyfriend released a tape of himself having sex with the
skanky daddy’s girl.
The tape has since popped up on various Web sites and, unlike
the joy that Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson experienced when
they made thousands of dollars off their video sexcapades,
the angry Hilton family is threatening legal action to anyone
caught distributing the naughty video.
It’s never really been a secret that Paris is a somewhat
slutty exhibitionist who flashes the paparazzi cameras at any
given opportunity and makes out with anyone who falls in her
lap. However, she may be a potty-mouthed, disgustingly rich
airhead — but we have to remember that at the end of
a long, hard day of shopping, she’s just a girl kneeling
in front of a boy, asking him to love her.