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"I mean, that's not fair, but it's also not decent." "To be blunt," Wynne said, "I think it's the act of a bully. CBC News has made repeated requests for comment from Joyce and Horton-Joyce in recent days, but none have been returned.The two are members of a group called the Great White North Franchisee Association, which represents Canadian franchise owners who have been squabbling with their corporate parents over recent changes, including cost increases and other issues.
(David Gray/Reuters) Producing electricity has never been so cheap.But whether through their electricity bills or through taxes, Canadians have been left paying for an expensive legacy system of power generation that produces more energy than the economy can consume.While similar problems exist across the country, energy economist Adam Fremeth says it may be most pronounced in Ontario.The premier was speaking to CBC News after a report Wednesday that the owners of a Tim Hortons franchise in Cobourg, Ont., were asking all staff members to sign a letter indicating that they agreed to a series of compensation changes, including eliminating paid breaks and asking them to pay the majority of costs associated with benefits. The story has become a flashpoint in the ongoing debate about minimum wage hikes. 1, Wynne's Liberal government implemented new rules mandating a minimum wage of an hour. Critics have suggested that actions such as those of the franchise owners are to be expected in the face of suddenly increased costs.The franchise owners are the scions of two families who founded the chain more than 50 years ago, Ron Joyce Jr. The former is the son of Ron Joyce, who co-founded the chain in 1964. But Wynne defended the laws, and singled out Joyce Jr. "I think that asking working people to sign a pledge agreeing to unpaid breaks or agreeing to less pay than the actual hours that they're working," Wynne said. wants to pick a fight, pick that fight with me and not the people who are working at the service window of the stores." The owners of the chain, TSX-listed Restaurant Brands International, told CBC News in a statement that franchisee owners, not the company, are responsible for all staffing matters, including wages and benefits.
"The second important milestone is when new renewables become cheaper than operating existing plants." She says we're reaching that second moment now.