In early February, we released the Vicinity Jobs monthly hiring index reports and expressed cautious optimism that Ontario’s job market may have bottomed already (read article). Unfortunately, the February numbers (which we just released) dashed our hopes.
Being unemployed is rarely a pleasant experience, but it is particularly hard in recession years. Good news are in a depressingly short supply these days, and maintaining a positive attitude is difficult if you are among the thousands looking for work now. Even when you find and apply for jobs that fit your skills and background, your applications seem to vanish without generating a single response (let alone getting you job interviews).
Yet while the recovery ahead of us may be long and plagued with uncertainties, GTA’s January’s job market reports produced by the Vicinity Jobs Network indicate that the market may have just turned the corner.
On September 3rd (with a federal election looming) Steven Harper announced his Government’s decision to “invest” 80 million dollars into Ford’s future. Everyone looked happy: The Government of Ontario, the Opposition, the CAW… The Opposition and the CAW said that this decision was long overdue.
This year’s G8 summit in
There has been much talk lately about introducing tolls on
- Tolls will help bring in much needed money to be invested in the GTA’s public transit.
- Tolls will take some people off the roads by making it more expensive to make non-essential trips.
- Tolls will encourage people to take public transit instead of driving, which will in turn help ease gridlock and protect the environment.
The problem with all these arguments is that they simply don’t apply in today’s
On May 27, 2008, CIBC released a report analyzing the impact that increasing oil prices will have on Canadian’s lives. The report comes to some interesting conclusions.
One of the conclusions is that higher oil prices will eventually reverse globalization, resulting in price increases for lower-value items across the board. At some point, transporting low-value items from
With environmental concerns growing, calls for consumers to buy local have been getting louder lately. Environmentalists and business groups alike have been calling for people to choose local goods over imports, and replace exotic vacation destinations with local ones. (Oddly enough, I have yet to hear a call for employers to recruit local job applicants who would not have to commute long distances to get to work – but this is a separate topic.)
When Fairy Lake Jobs – the first Vicinity Jobs Network search engine – was launched in 2006, its objective was to not only get people thinking about the damage inflicted by long distance commuting to our communities and the environment, but to also demonstrate that this damage can be prevented, and serve as an example of how this could be done. Fairy