Fair Work Week Ordinance receives final approval from Los Angeles City Council

Fair Work Week Ordinance receives final approval from Los Angeles City Council

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The City Council gave final approval Tuesday to an ordinance that requires retail employers in Los Angeles to provide work schedules to employees at least 14 days in advance, and provide at least 10 hours rest between shifts. The Los Angeles Fair Work Week Ordinance, proposed by Councilman Curren Price in … Read more

New FDNY diversity laws aim to increase inclusion, curb discrimination

New FDNY diversity laws aim to increase inclusion, curb discrimination

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams has signed new legislation to address the lack of diversity among members of the FDNY. The package of five bills signed Monday aims to improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups within the department. The legislation also mandates diversity, inclusion, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment training … Read more

Despite State Budget Funding, Little Progress Bringing Psychiatric Beds Back Into Service

Despite State Budget Funding, Little Progress Bringing Psychiatric Beds Back Into Service

Hospital staff (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office) New York State has made little progress bringing 1,000 shuttered psychiatric beds back into service after they were closed during the covid pandemic, raising questions about a signature element of the mental health and public safety agendas of Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams. In the April … Read more

Doug Ford’s new laws no help for Toronto’s housing woes

Doug Ford’s new laws no help for Toronto’s housing woes

So tell us, Steve Clark, why is it that Mayor John Tory deserves undemocratic powers to pass legislation at Toronto city hall with the support of just one-third of city councillors? “John Tory won a citywide mandate with over 342,000 votes — 36,000 more votes than every city councillor combined,” the Minister of Municipal Affairs … Read more

LA City Council approves Fair Work Week ordinance aimed at helping retail employees

LA City Council approves Fair Work Week ordinance aimed at helping retail employees

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted for an ordinance that requires retail employers to provide work schedules to employees at least 14 days in advance, and provide at least 10 hours rest between shifts. The Los Angeles Fair Work Week Ordinance, proposed by Councilman Curren Price in 2019, has … Read more

Many Variables, Significant Uncertainty in Latest Fiscal Updates for New York State, City, and MTA

Many Variables, Significant Uncertainty in Latest Fiscal Updates for New York State, City, and MTA

Mayor Adams and Governor Hochul (photo: Don Pollard/Governor’s Office) New York State and City weathered the worst of the financial devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to billions in federal aid and a good bit of fortune in revenues from Wall Street and personal income taxes. But fiscal uncertainty looms on the horizon amid … Read more

Former mayors urge John Tory to reject Bill 39

Former mayors urge John Tory to reject Bill 39

Former Toronto mayors including David Crombie, David Miller and Barbara Hall have penned a letter to Mayor John Tory asking him to reject a bill that gives him power to pass bylaws with minority support. Also known as strong mayor legislation, Bill 39 was introduced by Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark on Wednesday, allowing the … Read more

Homeless Children in New York City Need More Help to Recover from Trauma

Homeless Children in New York City Need More Help to Recover from Trauma

Gov. Hochul makes a school visit (photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/Governor’s Office) According to Advocates for Children of New York, over 104,000 children were homeless during the 2021-2022 school year. For the seventh year in a row, 10% of kids are experiencing homelessness in New York City. There are many causes of homelessness, but one of … Read more

Details missing in Vancouver mayor’s pledge to hire 100 police officers, nurses – BC

Details missing in Vancouver mayor’s pledge to hire 100 police officers, nurses – BC

It appears new Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim’s plan to hire 100 new police officers and 100 new mental health nurses on “day one” will take a little longer than planned. The pledge was one of ABC Vancouver’s earliest and most central campaign promises, in a municipal election dominated by the public safety issue. The plan … Read more

Three ways John Tory can fix Toronto’s money woes

Three ways John Tory can fix Toronto’s money woes

The big number $2.3 billion the amount John Tory is requesting in bailout funds from the provincial and federal governments to fill Toronto’s 2022 budget deficit and the 2023 projected budget gap. After sweeping to re-election last month, Tuesday marks John Tory’s first official day in his third term as mayor of Toronto. As first … Read more