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Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys Say Pandemic Pay Cut Was Made Independently Despite Emails
Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains were in communication before launching and ending temporary wage increases for grocery store workers during COVID-19, but maintain their decisions were not co-ordinated.Metro Inc. was aware of Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s decision to stop its so-called pandemic pay program before it made a similar decision, chief executive Eric La Fleche told the House of Commons standing committee on industry, science and technology Friday. La Fleche said that a Metro competitor’s move was one of several influencing factors in its decision-making process.He joined the Loblaw president and Empire Co. Ltd. chief executive at a two-hour session about why they stopped paying a temporary wage bump to employees as of June 13.“Let me be absolutely clear, we did not co-ordinate our decisions,” said Michael Medline, Empire CEO, in his opening statement before the committee. Medline, whose company owns the Sobeys and Safeway brands, was the first of the trio to give his opening remarks.“The decision was our own.”Loblaw president Sarah Davis echoed the sentiment, but noted she sent a “courtesy email” to both competitors, as well as Walmart and Save-On-Foods, on June 11. The latter two did not appear at the hearing.The email notified competitors of Loblaw’s decision to end its pandemic pay program on June 13. The company had already informed its roughly 200,000 employees, she said, and recognized “the news would be public immediately.”La Fleche said in later questioning that he was aware of the email when Metro made its decision to end its bonus pay program on the same day.“We made our own decision based on the information we had, which included that last piece of information, yes,” he said.He called it “one factor among others” contributing to its decision. Other factors included the broader economic reopening, other retailers starting to open their doors, lower business volumes and a gradual return to more normal conditions.Empire had not received Davis’s email when the company made its decision to terminate the extra wages, said Medline, but had heard through the grapevine that Loblaw was considering doing so.I asked my counterparts their intentions regarding whether or not they would maintain the temporary bonus.Eric La Fleche, MetroDavis received a reply to her June 11 email, and said she would provide copies of the original and all answers to the committee.She also sent a courtesy email to competitors when Loblaw decided to begin its extra pay program. Davis said she doesn’t recall sending courtesy emails to competitors on other topics, including executive compensation.In addition to receiving the email, La Fleche said he made several phone calls to competitors in May and June to ask whether they planned to extend their bonus pay programs or end them on previously announced dates.“In perfect compliance with The Competition Act, I asked my counterparts their intentions regarding whether or not they would maintain the temporary bonus,” he said, in a translation from French, during his opening remarks.In each case, competitors, including Medline from Empire and Davis from Loblaw, told him they had not yet decided.“Whatever the case, those calls were made in a decisional process that was much larger and ... did not inform our decisions.”RELATED Grocery Store 'Heroes' Should Be Paid Properly During Pandemic: PM Loblaw, Metro To Stop Extra Pay For Front-Line Pandemic Workers Is It Safe To Shop At A Grocery Store That's Had A COVID-19 Outbreak? When asked why he made the phone calls, La Fleche answered he “wanted as much information as I could have in order to make a best decision for our company, our employees at the right time.”He said he would “absolutely not” characterize those conversations as trying to obtain a tacit agreement on wages.Those who sent emails and made phone calls said they consulted with company counsel before doing so and lawyers were present during at least one phone discussion.The appearance was a chance for the executives to admit they were wrong to end the pay increases, said Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, a private sector union.“What we got instead was highly paid grocery executives insisting they did not collude, and then going on to say — remarkably — virtually the same thing over and over again,” he said in a statement.“The executives all admitted to exchanging ‘courtesy emails’ and ‘courtesy calls’ on pandemic pay, and yet insist there was no collusion. I look forward to the committee’s ruling on that.”Unifor has been critical of retailers ending temporary wage increases while the pandemic continues and has called for the pay bump to be permanent.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence
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Self-Care Items That Brought Us Joy And Got Us Through This Week
In the however many months since the start of our stay-home orders (reader: it’s been five, in case you’ve lost track), we’ve all been scrambling to find ways to keep our moods intact. The fact alone of a global pandemic is enough to make any grown person cry, and so it’s as important now as it always is to take care of ourselves, and to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us.Here at HuffPost Canada, our team of editors have been sharing some of the things we’ve been doing to bring a little joy to our lives. It’s much easier now to take a moment to look at the arrangements of our lives and notice all those little things we often take for granted. The dog walks in the sun. The great television show we can’t stop thinking about. The favourite meals, cooked for comfort. The finer things, which don’t always have to be fancy to make us happy. Now is the perfect time to celebrate the small, private joys we love to indulge in — and it’s an even better time to share those things with you!All product choices are made independently by our editors. HuffPost Canada may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Le Creuset tableware in sage For most of my adult life, I've added to my tableware piecemeal, mostly from estate sales, thrift stores, boxes on the sidewalk, and friends' cast offs. I decided, during the pandemic, that my stay-home treat would be to have good dishes that actually matched. I waited until Le Creuset Canada did a sweet two-for-one deal on tableware, and then opted for sage plates and bowls from the classic collection. I also bought a French oven on sale, in flame, because I've wanted one for two decades. And then mugs. And then a balti pot. After that my kid wrote a mock e-mail to Le Creuset saying, "If my mom orders anything else, just ignore her... this obsession has to stop." So now I have to check their Specials page at night when everyone else is in bed. Here's the link, so you can too.— Valerie Howes, Parents editor Le CreusetScandal eau de parfum, Jean Paul Gaultier I got a free sample of this from the Shopper's Drug Mart, one of my few regular outings during the early part of the pandemic, which were so welcome but always tinged with low-level anxiety. I miss stress-free shopping, y'all. But, I spritzed this on my wrists and it made me feel like I was in a big, shiny department store, maybe Nordstrom's, or, if you want to really escape, the Rinascente near the Duomo in Milan. I imagine myself browsing in the cosmetics section when a well-dressed woman in neutral tones whisks by me to the exit. I catch a waft of her fragrance as the warm air rushes into the air-conditioned store, and it's Scandal. And for a second, I don't worry about whether she's two-metres away. — Lisa Yeung, managing editor, LIFE. Jean Paul GaultierLighting candles in the morning and at night For my 23rd birthday, which just recently passed, a friend from New York sent a box of scented candles from Brooklyn Candle Studio. There are four of them: jasmin, “Italia,” palo santo, and one called “Woman No. 3,” which smells like sage, pine, spruce, and heaven, and which made me wonder what happened to the other two women. I’m not a terribly scent-sensitive person, but lighting candles in the mornings — while reading old Fran Lebowitz columns and drinking a cup of coffee — or just when I’m unwinding and preparing to go to bed — and watching, say, Sex and the City — has been a perfect way to relax: it’s like romance, but for one. — Connor Garel, associate editor, LIFE. Brooklyn Candle Studio InstagramWatching random episodes of "Sex and the City" Lately, I find I can’t focus. Blame the pandemic. My attention span is flying dangerously close to ground zero, and there's little to be done about it. What I’ve found comfort in — what I turn to when I can’t seem to concentrate on anything — is watching random episodes of Sex and the City, on Crave. It doesn’t matter which episode. Any will do. There’s something soothing about revisiting familiar things. Like old sweaters, or childhood blankets. Nostalgia, or whatever. Watching Sex and the City works because I have a near-encyclopedic knowledge of it, and because I can still get lost in the busyness of the characters’ exciting lives in New York as my own stands still in the suburbs. It's entertaining even when it's playing in the background. Low commitment, high reward. Plus, it’s easy to get swept up in the zest of the romantic entanglements, the inevitable bad decisions, the constant hysteria, and the loving candour between friends that makes it all OK in the end. In short: it makes me miss life! — Connor Garel, associate editor, LIFE HBOWorm on a string Meme mutation is one of my favourite internet niche topics, especially brain-related catchphrases right now. With pandemic mental fog rolling in thick sometimes, I relate to owning “one brain cell,” “no thoughts head empty,” or having “worms for brains.” During one of these foggy weeks, a wonderful friend pulled out all the stops to make a pandemic care package as stupidly lovable as possible. Among the stickers and candy was an infamous worm on a string. I had worms for brains. It was a worm with no brain. One look in its googly eyes was all it took. This blue pipe cleaner pet now has a forever home on my desk (when my roommate’s cat isn’t toying with it) and is a reminder that good friends (and silly gifts) can make even the foggiest times a little better. — Al Donato, associate editor, LIFE. AmazonAll of "I May Destroy You" Joining the chorus of people who recommend “I May Destroy You” — which is good company BTW, considering Maija's excellent piece on why everyone is obsessed with Michaela Coel's HBO show and early endorsements by Maija and LIFE's resident taste-maker, Connor. I love being emotionally destroyed every episode and you will too. Major content warnings for survivors. — Al Donato, associate editor, LIFE. HBO, via Bell MediaThe mime scene from "The Real Housewives of Potomac" Yes, a lot of people are going to see a "Real Housewives" title and dismiss it as trash. That's their loss, because the housewives boast some of the most truthful, funniest, and delightfully over-the-top women on television. Potomac (an affluent Maryland area near D.C., if you were wondering) is a criminally underrated franchise, and I'm genuinely baffled more people don't watch it. Just peep the scene (and then its followup) where one of the women sends a mime to invite her friends and frenemies alike on a trip to France, and he creeps in on a tense conversation between two strong-willed matriarchs, who assume (fairly!) that he's just a random weirdo. I guarantee it's one of stupidest and most joyful things you'll see this week.— Maija Kappler, associate Life editor Bravo TVRELATED Why Everyone Is Obsessed With 'I May Destroy You' 10 Movies About Racism And Black Identity That You Can Stream In Canada How To Pack A Zero-Waste Picnic
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911 Operator Falsely Accuses Black Cyclist Of 'Intimidating' White Woman
OTTAWA — A Black man from Ottawa says he wants to hear the full recording of a 911 call made about him by a white woman, after police apologized for their role in the incident.Ntwali Bashizi, 21, says he was taking a break from cycling on a trail bridge in a city park on Monday when the woman approached him and asked him to get off so she could pass from a distance.He says he told the woman she could pass with no problem because the bridge was about as wide as the rest of the trail, but told her she could wait until he was done resting if she wanted to.Bashizi says he started recording the interaction after the woman started taking photos of him and called someone on her phone.This Karen & her buckled knees decided to call the cops on my lil bro for crossing a BRIDGE because it’s not 6 feet in width. She was the assisted by @OttawaPolice who you hear telling him that he’s intimidating her, when they weren’t even there. @JimWatsonOttawa , train them plz pic.twitter.com/DaJ3hRbPnT— Joakim (@IceFresh2) July 6, 2020A video of the incident posted on Twitter this week shows the woman walking past Bashizi on the bridge while describing him on the phone to a 911 operator.In the video, posted by Bashizi’s older brother, the woman turns the call to speakerphone so the operator can talk to Bashizi.“Sir, it’s the Ottawa police. Do I really need to send a police officer just for you let this girl by?” the operator asks in the video.“I’m not stopping her from coming by,” Bashizi replies before being interrupted.“You’re intimidating her, sir, okay, can you just stand to the side?” the operator says, as Bashizi replies that he’s already doing so.Bashizi remains at a distance from the woman throughout the video and she eventually walks away while still on the phone.The police force replied to the Twitter video on Thursday, saying they have spoken with the man who posted it to offer a “full and unreserved apology.”“We are fully reviewing this incident,” the police force wrote on Twitter. “At this point it is clear that this was not an appropriate use of the 911 system and the service did not act appropriately in handling the call.”We are fully reviewing this incident. At this point it is clear that this was not an appropriate use of the 911 system and the Service did not act appropriately in handling the call.— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) July 9, 2020We have reached out to and spoken with @IceFresh2 today. Further conversations will take place tomorrow where we will be offering a full and unreserved apology for our role in this very unfortunate incident.— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) July 9, 2020 Bashizi said he would like to see the woman identified and charged with any applicable crime, although police say they have not laid any charges at this time.The Canadian Press has not been able to identify the woman involved.“I honestly want to know what was going on in her head at the time,” Bashizi said in an interview, adding that the woman was visibly afraid although he said he didn’t approach her throughout the interaction.“I just want to understand, or I want her to tell me what was so threatening about me. Why she allowed other people to walk by her but she couldn’t walk by me.”Bashizi’s brother, Joakim Bashizi, said the incident is an example of racial prejudice in Canada.“I need people — and especially white people — to understand that Black people do not have to explain themselves unless they’re committing a crime,” said Joakim. “You never see Black people going around and asking white people what they’re doing playing hockey in the middle of the street.”The two men say police have invited them for a tour of the station, where Ntwali said he’ll ask for the full audio from the 911 call.RELATED Toronto Raptors Make Silent, Powerful Statement For Black Lives Matter Armed Rideau Hall Intruder’s Safe Arrest Shows Systemic Racism: Singh Amy Cooper Charged With Filing False Report After Central Park Incident The incident comes months after an incident in New York’s Central Park, which a white woman called police after a Black man requested that she leash her dog.In that video, the woman — since identified as Amy Cooper — told the man that she’d call police and tell them he was threatening her.She then called police and told the operator that the man was threatening as he stood at a distance from her.Cooper has since been charged with filing a false police report and fired from her job over the May incident.She has apologized and said she reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about the man’s intentions.Elsewhere in the U.S., legislative measures have been proposed to criminalize discriminatory and racist 911 calls.The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies (CAREN) Act, put forward by a San Francisco politician, is named after the slang term “Karen,” which has been used to describe white women calling police with outrageous and demonstrably false allegations against people of colour.With files from Associated PressThis report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2020. Also on HuffPost:
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