Author: Fernando Crupi

Liberals' Minimum Wage Laws: A Plan to Increase Approval Ratings in View of the Next Election?

On October 1st 2017, Ontario’s minimum wage rose to 11.60$ an hour, from a previous level of 11.40$ an hour. This minimum wage comes from a proposed plan of Ontario’s Liberal premier to ensure more security for its workers by the name of “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs”. The bill was proposed in May 2017 and it has since created a lot of debate in the Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park. If passed, it would cause the minimum wage to rise to 14$/hour on January 1st, 2018 and, successively, 15$/hour on January 1st 2019. The question on minimum wages has been hotly debated for a long time, with advocates saying it will reduce poverty and increase the standard of living of the working class, while opposers fearing that it will reduce employment due to the higher cost of labor faced by businesses. The minimum wage policy is usually aimed towards low income and poor families whose wage is not enough for the current cost of living. That said, this policy might actually hurt their employment. Businesses …

OPERATION ZARB E AZB: What Pakistan’s War On Terror Means For Us All

  On 8 June, 2014, Pakistan’s largest international airport in Karachi was stormed by terrorists from various outlawed outfits, including foreign Uzbeks, in what is considered the biggest attack on a high security installation in the country. With thousands of passengers stranded in grounded aircrafts, the air-field became a battleground as rangers, airport police as well as army commandos took to the scene. The death toll was 36, including 10 highly trained attackers. More than 1200 passengers were safely evacuated from the premises, and there was not a single civilian casualty. However, this unfortunate event proved to be a catalyst in implementing a drastic change in the country’s foreign policy. The tribal region of North Waziristan, bordered by Afghanistan and a renowned safe haven for extremists became the target of Pakistan’s armed forces. The consequent operation, Zarb e Azb, popularly dubbed as Pakistan’s own “War on Terror” was going to be elemental in the security of the region [1]. Operation Zarb e Azb, as was dubbed after the name of the sword of Prophet Muhammad …