Posts Tagged ‘austerity’

Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007)

On May 25, 2012 the federal government agency, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, announced $5.8 million in federal funding for video game research at the University of Waterloo over the next seven years.

I personally know a resident of Kitchener-Waterloo who is a former employee of the BF Goodrich plant in Kitchener and made over $25 an hour until he was laid off around 2006 and is now only making $11 an hour as a security guard. His wife was unemployed the last time I heard earlier this year despite being a registered nurse and able to work if only union rules and government regulations weren’t so tight.

Another person I know is a former employee of Piller’s, who used to make $18 an hour and has been unemployed this year after being laid off when Arnold Meat Packers went bankrupt and cheated him out of over $2000 in pay for work already rendered.

Given RIM’s troubles, there is word they plan to lay off more well paid employees locally.

It’s about priorities.

While the government announced the closure of several visa case processing centres on April 30 with the reason of cost savings, it prioritizes video games over uniting overseas spouses from many countries with their Canadian spouses, including those whose applications were being processed by the former embassy in Damascus, Syria, where the 80% waiting time rose from 9 months to 14-17 months from 2011 to 2012, despite the four months of available processing time at other embassies since the Embassy closed at the end of January 2012.

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