B.C. gets family day
VICTORIA — British Columbia has decided Family Day will take place on the second Monday in February each year, beginning in 2013. “Having our own unique day in B.C. creates distinctive opportunities for families and local businesses,” said Premier Christy Clark. “British Columbians will be able to enjoy all kinds of local attractions with fewer lineups and less out-of-town traffic.”
N.B. boosts jobs for people with disabilities
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick has released two action plans with recommendations to increase the employment of persons with disabilities. The first plan contains 38 recommendations to change and build government policies, enhance services, build a culture of collaboration, engage employers and shift how government and the private sector address disability and employment. The second report identifies priority areas of concern and has 41 recommendations.
Alberta increasing minimum wage
EDMONTON — The minimum wage in Alberta will rise Sept. 1 from $9.40 per hour to $9.75 per hour. The increase will affect the earnings of about 26,000 Albertans. The 35 cent increase to the general minimum wage is based on a new formula that links possible increases to an average of the annual increases in average weekly earnings (AWE) and the consumer price index (CPI) in Alberta. There will be no change to the liquor server minimum wage, which will remain at $9.05 per hour.