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#581 Rob Randall

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 08:53 PM

The Starbucks at Fort and Blanshard has to close at 2 pm everyday because there isn't any available staff to work. Technically, an employee collecting benefits has to go back to work if the job opens back up but nobody in charge is able to contact every employer.


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#582 Matt R.

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 09:37 PM

Sounds like these places need to try harder if $12.50 an hour pre tax is better than working.

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 08:05 AM

Not sure if we've made note of the fact that Landmark Cinema at University Centre Mall has announced that they're closed permanently at that location, never to re-open.

 

Landmark is offering no explanations as to why they're closing, but it's likely a safe bet that it's related to some sort of combination of COVID and the ongoing discussions about redeveloping that section of the mall sometime in the future.



#584 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 08:28 AM

Like the needless demolition of Mayfair Lanes it's a loss of a useful piece of local community infrastructure--one that can never be replaced because of its size and cost.


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Posted 18 July 2020 - 08:49 AM

Not sure if we've made note of the fact that Landmark Cinema at University Centre Mall has announced that they're closed permanently at that location, never to re-open.

 

Landmark is offering no explanations as to why they're closing, but it's likely a safe bet that it's related to some sort of combination of COVID and the ongoing discussions about redeveloping that section of the mall sometime in the future.

 

I think I've only been there once or twice since my grandpa took me to see the Lion King.  The original Lion King.  

 

It'll be a loss for the community though. 


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#586 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 08:56 AM

Sounds like these places need to try harder if $12.50 an hour pre tax is better than working.

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I suppose summer has something to do with it.
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Posted 18 July 2020 - 03:16 PM

I was surfing movie catalogs online and I saw upcoming movie premieres costing more than what you would pay to see it in a theater. I reckon it's largely driven by the fact theaters are either closed or operating at very low capacities, but if paying $20 to watch a new movie from home is the "new normal" beyond COVID-19 the business case for movie theaters will be obliterated.


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#588 Mike K.

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 06:48 AM

Sounds like these places need to try harder if $12.50 an hour pre tax is better than working.

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It doesn’t matter what you pay, nothing is better than free money in the summer.

That’s what makes the SIPP comment so bizarre. They claim the lower end of the wage spectrum was most heavily impacted, but those jobs are going unfilled by the thousands on this island, and we all see it, so why is SIPP saying something completely opposite?

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#589 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 06:58 AM

those jobs also traditionally easiest to get too. so many do not worry about finding one later.

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 07:27 AM

I was surfing movie catalogs online and I saw upcoming movie premieres costing more than what you would pay to see it in a theater. I reckon it's largely driven by the fact theaters are either closed or operating at very low capacities, but if paying $20 to watch a new movie from home is the "new normal" beyond COVID-19 the business case for movie theaters will be obliterated.

 

Lots of good movies on streaming services that cost half that for a full month of access. Vote with your wallet.



#591 Casual Kev

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 11:30 AM

Lots of good movies on streaming services that cost half that for a full month of access. Vote with your wallet.

 

The pricing is geared towards premieres so publishers believe people don't want to miss out on the latest movies, rather than wanting the theater experience. 



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Posted 20 July 2020 - 11:45 AM

Lots of good movies on streaming services that cost half that for a full month of access. Vote with your wallet.

 

The Capitol 6 recently re-opened.  Currently showing some classics like Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Jurassic Park.  It would be cool to see some more of these classics back on the big screen. 


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#593 Matt R.

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 12:15 PM

It doesn’t matter what you pay, nothing is better than free money in the summer.
That’s what makes the SIPP comment so bizarre. They claim the lower end of the wage spectrum was most heavily impacted, but those jobs are going unfilled by the thousands on this island, and we all see it, so why is SIPP saying something completely opposite?

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It also matters how you treat your staff and how much loyalty and goodwill you have with them.

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#594 Mike K.

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 01:19 PM

Anyone else notice a huge surge in temporary foreign workers at local businesses?

It’s such a struggle finding staff for the apparently non-existent jobs that they have to arrive from all corners of the earth so the economy keeps ticking.
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#595 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 01:24 PM

racist comment. how can you tell they are foreign? by the colour of their skin? or their accent?

neither defines their nationality.

also foreign students are allowed to work here part time. some “colleges” in the east specialize in that.

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#596 Matt R.

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 01:29 PM

Anyone else notice a huge surge in temporary foreign workers at local businesses?

It’s such a struggle finding staff for the apparently non-existent jobs that they have to arrive from all corners of the earth so the economy keeps ticking.


As you may know, the process for bringing in these workers would have started six months ago, more or less.

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#597 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 01:33 PM

also foreign students are allowed to work here part time. some “colleges” in the east specialize in that.

It’s also an immigration gateway:


All but one Indian student interviewed for this story took a training course for the IELTS, which costs between $150 to $300 and takes about two months. The course is not about learning English, but rather provides strategies on how to pass the test.

https://www.stcathar...ent-crisis.html


After more than 400 students from India were re-evaluated for language proficiency, Niagara offered an English course to more than 200 Indian students who scored poorly, but most declined and opted to stay in their programs. Many stopped coming to class, according to six college teachers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they fear reprisals from the school's administration.

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#598 Mike K.

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 01:36 PM

As you may know, the process for bringing in these workers would have started six months ago, more or less.

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A large chain could also move workers between locations, could they not? So you have a sharing of the TFW labour pool that was already in Canada, like roving teams that perform specific duties across multiple locations.

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 02:30 PM

Anyone else notice a huge surge in temporary foreign workers at local businesses?

It’s such a struggle finding staff for the apparently non-existent jobs that they have to arrive from all corners of the earth so the economy keeps ticking.

 

 

As you may know, the process for bringing in these workers would have started six months ago, more or less.

Matt.

 

 

A large chain could also move workers between locations, could they not? So you have a sharing of the TFW labour pool that was already in Canada, like roving teams that perform specific duties across multiple locations.

 

Maybe they're not eligible for CERB, so more likely to have returned to work than other employees, as they have no other options, therefore they suddenly seem over-represented?



#600 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 03:10 PM

CERB was not limited to citizens.

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