From a very young age, I've always been exposed to a wide variety of music . . . going to the record store, searching through the poster size glossy sleeves, buying a new release or old classic ablum, setting up those large black discs on my bedroom turn table and spinning the tunes away. Today, I've pretty much purchased digital versions of all the music I own on vinyl and my records rarely leave their sleeves. On those rare occasions, it's just me and my music.
While cleaning up the house the other day, my 5 year old son picked up my Michael Jackson "BAD" LP picture disc and asked "What is this Dad?" My reply was almost defensive and I gently removed my precious vinyl from his grip saying "My music, thank you!" With all the curiousity of a 5 year-old he asked if he could listen to it and... as is 'tradition' in the Starr house-hold, if one Starr kid does something, all the Starr kids want to do the same.
The Starr Kids (Elizabeth, Steven, Michael, and Crystal) decided (with my supervision) to test out my Sony record player and spin some of my old vinyl collection. After a lesson in use and a few unholy drops of the needle we were rock'n.
There's that saying 'everybody's a critic' and the Starr Kids are no exception. They shared their thoughts on 4 of my favourite ablums. All in good fun, let`s see if my taste in music stands the test of time...
Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell (1977)
Kim Mitchell - Akimbo Alogo (1984)
Michael Jackson - BAD (1987)
Culture Club - Colour By Number (1983)
Naturally, one would hope employment provides opportunity and (at very least) wages that reflect the economic realities of day-to-day life.
Having said that, it seems difficult to justify the expectation of Ontario's employment standards (minimum wage) against a reality where many full-time employees struggle to pay their bills and provide the necessities for their families without secondary or weekend employment. In short, many are simply working 'poor'.
As entrepreneurs, my wife Debra and I know our business ventures need to do more than meet minimum standards. We've voluntarily committed to the "living wage" model and we encourage fellow employers to consider doing the same. Our internal policy has set the stage for a more desirable workplace and since it's implementation we have seen positive impacts in focus, workplace morale, overall productivity and a reduction in employee turnover.
As people, we are conscious of our social responsibilities and recognize the positive influence personal 'livability' has on inclusive communities.
While the City of Hamilton considers a municipal "Living Wage" policy, it is important to point out the example of leadership that all employers can show when making a move from traditional "minimum" base models and truly strengthening the healthy, and vibrant communities we all desire to live within.
Learn more about "Living Wage" from LIVING WAGE HAMILTON