The Daily Populous

Saturday January 8th, 2022 day edition

image for Grocers pressured to bring back 'hero pay' amid Omicron surge

Unifor national president Jerry Dias said while front-line supermarket workers are facing the biggest risks, executives are receiving the biggest rewards.

"Employees on the front line are at risk every day and yet it's the executives being rewarded handsomely," Dias said.

"They're making record profits but don't have the decency to pay their employees what they're worth.".

Three grocery chains — Loblaws, Metro and Sobeys — ushered in a $2-an-hour pay bump in the early days of the pandemic.

While each chain has sporadically reintroduced either wage bonuses or other incentives, it appears none have offered workers pay premiums as a result of the Omicron surge.

Yet Dias said the risk of catching COVID-19 has never been greater for retail workers as infections surge across the country.

"The bottom line is those on the front lines deserve to have decent hours and to make a decent living wage.". »

Conversion therapy is now illegal in Canada

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OTTAWA -- Conversion therapy is now illegal in Canada, marking a major milestone in LGBTQ2S+ rights in this country.

There continue to be calls for further mental health and educational supports for those who have survived conversion therapy.

Few countries have criminalized conversion therapy, and Canada now has what the federal Liberal government has described as “among the most comprehensive” protections in the world. »

Three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery sentenced to life in prison

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The three white men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced Friday to life in prison, with a judge denying any chance of parole for the father and son who armed themselves and initiated the deadly pursuit of the Black man in February 2020.

The life sentences for Travis McMichael, who fatally shot Arbery, and his father, Gregory McMichael, do not carry the possibility of parole.

Dunikoski said the father and son showed no remorse or empathy for "the trapped and terrified Ahmaud Arbery.". »

76% of voters disagree with Pelosi, think members of Congress have an 'unfair advantage' in trading stocks: poll

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76% of Americans believe members of Congress have an "unfair advantage" when it comes to stocks.

The Campaign Legal Center commissioned a poll in November finding that 67% of respondents favored banning members of Congress from owning stock in specific companies.

And other members of Congress — including firebrand progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — have pushed back on Pelosi. »

ESA Announces That E3 2022 Will Not Be Held in Person

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Washington, D.C. – January, 6, 2022 – The ESA today issued the following statement about its annual industry event E3.

“Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the safety of exhibitors and attendees, E3 will not be held in person in 2022.

We remain incredibly excited about the future of E3 and look forward to announcing more details soon.”. »