Restaurant industry expects tough year ahead

Increased sales the result of higher prices, not a significant boost in traffic across the country

Restaurant industry expects tough year aheadThis is shaping up to be the toughest year for food service operators since 2011, according to a report by Restaurants Canada. The association, which represents food service and hospitality businesses across the country, said overall food service sales in Canada were five per cent higher during the first six months of 2018 than during…

Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boom

Instead of takeout, consumers can choose a meal kit that allows them to whip up an appealing dish in minutes

Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boomMeal kits are sweeping across North America. It’s the perfect trend for consumers who want to be empowered by cooking but still need convenience. For example, Walmart has just partnered with Gobble to deliver meal kits. In the battle over the future of food consumption in the U.S., Walmart wants a fighting chance against the industry’s…

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by poverty

Social assistance programs in Canada are falling behind. It's time we expanded basic coverage to include drug and dental care

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by povertyBy Arjumand Siddiqi and Odmaa Sod-Erdene EvidenceNetwork.ca Public health researchers have long known that poverty and poor health are linked, but new evidence suggests that social assistance – the government system designed to provide those in poverty with income support – is not succeeding at protecting health.  Using data from national government surveys, we studied the…

Busting the minimum wage myth

An overwhelming number of studies show that raising the minimum wage actually eliminates employment opportunities

Busting the minimum wage mythWhat does the evidence about the impact of raising minimum wages actually say? It's one of the most contentious public policy debates of recent years. Opponents of raising the minimum wage say it will result in job losses – making it more expensive to hire workers means businesses will hire fewer workers. Supporters point to…

What protects workers from being exploited by business?

It’s not a too-generous minimum wage. It's the desire of other employers to hire workers whose value is beyond their current pay

What protects workers from being exploited by business?Some people think it’s the government that protects workers, through minimum wage laws and regulations that ensure workers get a decent living wage and good working conditions. But in reality, minimum wages and labour regulations don’t protect workers at all – they actually reduce the protection workers enjoy. Take the case of a low-skilled worker…

Raising B.C.’s minimum wage won’t help working poor

A work-based subsidy increases the income of the working poor without making it harder for employers to hire less-skilled workers

Raising B.C.’s minimum wage won’t help working poorBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute On June 1, the minimum wage in British Columbia increased from $11.35 to $12.65 per hour – the first in a series of hikes en route to $15.20 in 2021. That’s a 34 per cent increase in three years. Despite claims from Premier John Horgan and…

Ontario Liberals, PCs both wrong on minimum wage policy

The better plan would be a work-based subsidy that provides a cash transfer to working families with incomes below a certain level

Ontario Liberals, PCs both wrong on minimum wage policyBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute The Ontario Liberals and Ontario Progressive Conservatives both recently announced how they intend to help the working poor if they win the June 7 provincial election. Unfortunately, neither party has the right policy for targeting those who need help the most. First consider the Liberal approach…

The decline … and fall … of Tim Hortons

How an iconic brand lost its Canadian identity and why its corporate masters probably don't care

The decline … and fall … of Tim HortonsThe bad news keeps piling up for Tim Hortons. Leger and National Public Relations recently released their annual report ranking Canada’s most admired companies. Google and Shoppers Drug Mart topped the rankings of most respected companies, regardless of where the company resides. Google has been No. 1 for six years. Kellogg’s, in eighth place, is…

Reward working to improve income for the working poor

Help the working poor with targeted benefits like the CWB, not misguided minimum wage hikes

Reward working to improve income for the working poorBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Everyone wants to help the working poor. Unfortunately, governments across the country are going about it the wrong way by raising the minimum wage to $15. That misguided move does a bad job of targeting the people we want to help and produces a host of…

Raising minimum wages: good intentions, bad policy

Raising the minimum wage is a flawed strategy for achieving the critically important social objective of raising people out of poverty

Raising minimum wages: good intentions, bad policyBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute As the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But good intentions alone aren’t enough to justify government policy. Real-world evidence matters. B.C. Premier John Horgan nonetheless recently announced plans to raise the province’s minimum wage by 34 per cent over…

Minimum wage hikes serving up uncertainty in food industry

A 32 per cent increase in the minimum wage in 12 months is simply irresponsible

Minimum wage hikes serving up uncertainty in food industryThis is turning into a very challenging year for the Canadian food industry. Recent Statistics Canada numbers indicate that grocers are in trouble. Food inflation is above two per cent for the first time since April 2016. This is typically good news for grocers, increasing their margins. But given major headwinds affecting the industry, grocers…

Tim Hortons: the killing another of Canadian icon

Parent company RBI’s international expansion plans may well be behind the heartless Tim Hortons policies in Canada

Tim Hortons: the killing another of Canadian iconDestroying Canadian business icons seems to be a trend. In 2017, it was Sears. While employees were losing their pensions because of poor management, lawyers and consultants were receiving millions as the business was shutting down. Several Canadian retail icons have crumbled due to weak managerial strategies, from Eaton’s to Sears. Most closures, though, have…

The wisdom of raising the minimum wage

The discrimination against human capital is one of capitalism's most egregious errors. It’s an error Tim Hortons’ franchise holders are making now

The wisdom of raising the minimum wageGovernments in Alberta and Ontario have finally taken the plunge – starting on Jan. 1, they've raised minimum wages. Predictably, the pushback from business has been ferocious. You'd think aliens had landed. Provincial politicians are perceived to be either dangerous anti-business zealots or champions of the little guy, depending on which side of the capital/labour…

Just who’s the bully when it comes to minimum wage hikes?

Government generally has little or no understanding of franchising, how food distribution forces play out or even simply how small businesses operate

Just who’s the bully when it comes to minimum wage hikes?Dramatically increasing minimum wages in the food industry is irresponsible and even reckless. On Jan. 1, Ontario’s minimum wage increased by 22 per cent, to $14 an hour. It will go to $15 on Jan. 1, 2019. That’s almost a 32 per cent increase in 12 months. Other provinces, such as Alberta and B.C., will follow…

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wage

A government-mandated increase in the price of low-skilled labour tends to lead employers to reduce their labour force

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wageBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute It seems obvious: if you want to give low-wage workers a raise, increase the minimum wage. But raising minimum wage produces unintended consequences that hurt many of the people it’s supposed to help. B.C.’s new government recently promised to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021,…