Manitoba reviews sunday shopping
WINNIPEG — A review of Manitoba’s Sunday shopping legislation is underway. Currently, businesses cannot be open on Sundays unless a municipality has a bylaw allowing it. A committee will review the issue and submit recommendations aimed at giving municipalities more flexibility and the final say on Sunday shopping in their region. Public input is welcomed by May 11.
P.E.I. launches new mentorship program
CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island is launching an employment opportunity initiative to attract and retain its educated graduates. The program will be open to P.E.I. residents who have completed degrees or diplomas within the last five years either on- or off-island. Employers willing to provide a mentorship or employment opportunity to a recent grad will receive a 70 per cent wage subsidy for one year.
OAS at 67 called ‘timid, belated adjustment’
MONTREAL — The raising of the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) benefits from 65 to 67, as announced in the federal budget, is an absolute must but the belated adjustment is still timid, according to Yves Guérard, actuary and author of a new publication from the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI). To avoid a political controversy erupting over this issue with each generation, a more dynamic approach would be to have the age of eligibility increase automatically as a function of longevity, he said.