Multi-lin­gual phone line im­proves ac­ces­si­bil­ity

Asian Journal - - J2UR1AL -

Vic­to­ria: For speak­ers of Hausa, Ce­buano or one of over 100 other lan­guages, real-time ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about B.C.’S em­ploy­ment stan­dards, in their na­tive tongue, is now just a phone call away.

“With this new toll-free phone ser­vice, peo­ple will find it eas­ier to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion about their em­ploy­ment rights and obli­ga­tions,” said Harry Bains, Min­is­ter of Labour. “Ev­ery­one should be able to have their ques­tions an­swered. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence lan­guage bar­ri­ers.”

The toll-free num­ber pro­vided Regina: Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer wel­comed 2019 with a warn­ing that if Cana­di­ans re­elect Justin Trudeau this year, the fed­eral car­bon tax that’s go­ing to take ef­fect will only climb. “Cana­di­ans know what Justin Trudeau is go­ing to do. Now that his car­bon tax is here, it’s only go­ing to go up. And if he gets re-elected in 10 months, it will go up even more,” Scheer said dur­ing a New Year’s Day news con­fer­ence in a Giant Tiger store in Regina.

“This time next year I plan on be­ing able to tell Cana­di­ans that Justin Trudeau’s car­bon tax is a thing of the past.” through the Em­ploy­ment Stan­dards Branch, which is part­ner­ing with Ser­vice BC to pi­lot the pro­gram, The fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s new car­bon pric­ing sys­tem comes into ef­fect in 2019 in prov­inces that don’t have car­bon pric­ing mech­a­nisms of their own. The car­bon price out­lined by Ot­tawa starts at a min­i­mum of $20 a tonne and rises $10 an­nu­ally un­til 2022.

But Scheer told re­porters that gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are say­ing the tax would need to rise to $100 per tonne for it to be ef­fec­tive at re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions, and he says the fed­eral en­vi­ron­ment de­part­ment is plan­ning for a car­bon tax of $300 per tonne.

“So we know Justin Trudeau will raise the car­bon tax higher. His ex­perts are telling him to. His own gov­ern­ment de­part­ments are telling him to,” Scheer said. “At that price home heat­ing bills will rise by more than $1,000 a year and gas prices would go up by more than 60 cents a litre.” When asked by a re­porter about his own plan to fight cli­mate change, Scheer re­sponded that the Con­ser­va­tives’ plan will help re­duce global emis­sions by cap­i­tal­iz­ing on Canada’s clean tech­nol­ogy and cleaner en­ergy, which he said will also keep man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs in Canada in­stead of mov­ing to coun­tries without those things.

Harry Bains

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