Automation Nation!

While at a hotel for a wedding I needed shower cap. I pressed 0 on the room phone and asked the front desk attendant to send one up. To my surprise, I received an automated message to the room a few moments later…it was a voice saying, “I’m here with a shower cap at your door”… I opened the door and there was a robot with my shower cap (a little guy named Archie, pictured below). He navigates the hotel by GPS and sensors bringing people what they ask for. Hotel porters are no more.

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Self-employment Sentiments

Kawartha Lakes, Centre Wellington, Norfolk (only slightly higher), Chatham-Kent and Collingwood all have more coupled families earning self-employment income than the provincial average. There are high instances of self-employment occurring in smaller towns and remote areas. These areas are more likely than their urban counterparts to also include on-farm self-employment.

Unpacking how self-employment plays into precarious work is an important part of this project!

Off to work we go!

Death and taxes, those are the only two things in life said to be certain. Canadians can add working longer to that list. This new article from Statistics Canada discusses the impact of an aging population on labour force participation.  http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2017001/article/14826-eng.htm