The minimum wage increase in Ontario is causing concern to the Prescott and Russell United Counties mayors. The increase to $14.00 next year and to $15.00 in 2019 will be on the agenda when Minister of Labor Kevin Flynn attends the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference next week. Clarence Rockland Mayor Guy Desjardins opposes the increase saying he is concerned that fruit and vegetable businesses could be jeopardized by rising production costs. Hawkesbury Mayor, Jeanne Charlebois, says this increase could reduce the competitiveness of merchants and industrial companies since their Quebec competitor’s minimum wage is $ 11.25 an hour.
Ottawa police say a woman who was wanted for alleged human trafficking offences has turned herself in. Investigators have alleged that the woman is known to recruit underaged girls, some of them from group homes, for the purpose of human trafficking. Thirty-three-year-old Marina Javier faces multiple charges including trafficking in persons under 18 years by exercising control, procuring and breach of recognizance.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is urging people to document sightings of giant hogweed. The towering, three-metre green plant — which has large white flowers — has been spreading. Its clear sap can cause blistering third-degree burns and even permanent blindness if it touches the body and is then exposed to the sun. The conservancy is asking people to document sightings of the invasive plant through apps such as iNaturalist.