links for 2011-03-26

  • With basic living expenses on the rise in Metro Vancouver and across the province, two municipal councilors encouraged their peers to consider adopting living wage policies.

    At an annual conference hosted by the Columbia Institute's Centre for Civic Governance, Jaimie McEvoy and Meagan Brame shared their experiences pushing forward living wage policies in their own communities.

    Last April, New Westminster became the first municipality in Canada to adopt a living wage bylaw. It raised the minimum wage paid by the municipality to $16.70. This wage applies to anyone who works on city property for an hour or more per month.

  • While Gaddafi’s air force is getting pummeled by Western air strikes, Laurent Gbagbo is somehow managing to cling onto his illegitimate leadership of Côte d’Ivoire. Somehow, in spite of repeated condemnations from regional powers and the broader international community, of being cut off from international financial flows, of “possible” war crimes and definite abuses of human rights, Gbagbo is still at the helm in Côte d’Ivoire.