Supreme Court to hear landmark pay equity case
Ottawa — The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the $150-million Canada Post pay equity case. In 1983, the Public Service Alliance of Canada claimed women were being discriminated against under the Canadian Human Rights Act because they made less than men in comparable jobs. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal compared wages between 6,000 clerical staff (mainly female) and the postal operations group (mainly male). In 2005, it ruled Canada Post had violated the act and awarded back pay and interest of about $150 million. But the Federal Court of Appeal set the decision aside in February 2010, saying the tribunal’s finding could not be supported.
Manitoba increases northern allowance
Winnipeg — Manitoba has increased the employment and income assistance (EIA) northern allowance by five per cent for northern and remote communities. The new rates are based on a percentage of a household’s basic EIA benefits for food and are in addition to the amount provided for shelter.
Ikea plays Santa
Burlington, Ont. — In keeping with a holiday tradition that started 16 years ago, Ikea Canada gave each of its 3,900 employees a piece of original Canadian art. The Swedish furniture company requisitioned prints from Saskatchewan artist Gary Boyle.