News in brief: Minimum wage, street signs, and VP university relations


Spadina Rd. is just one of the streets in the city that now has street signs featuring indigenous names. (Kayla Goodfield)

By Kayla Kuefler, Samantha Relich and Brittany Spencer

New toys for graphic communications management

Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management has received a new, high-tech toy. The flexo plate imager, donated by Esko, will allow students to continue to hone their skills in flexographic platemaking — which is used widely in packaging design. The new printer also gives Ryerson students the edge in competitions, like the Phoenix Challenge, in which students design and create packaging for a real company.

Alberta minimum wage increases

On Saturday, Alberta’s minimum wage will take the first step in its rise to $15.  This week, the wage will increases to $12.20 an hour, making it the highest of all 10 provinces. The $1.40 increase aligns with Premier Rachel Notley’s promise to help low-end earners make ends meet as Alberta continues to suffer from a recession economy and an unemployment rate of 8.4 per cent.

Ontarians will also experience a wage increase of 15 cents to $11.40 an hour as of Saturday, Oct. 1.

New Toronto street signs highlight city’s indigenous history  

Some of Toronto’s historical intersections are paying tribute to their indigenous roots.

Four new street signs within the Dupont by the Castle Business Improvement Area were replaced with signs bearing the street’s Anishinaabe names. The initiative is a joint effort between the BIA and Ogimaa Mikana, a project aimed at restoring Anishinaabemowin place-names to official signage across Toronto.

“It’s a very important area in the history of the city,” said Stuart Grant, chair of the BIA.  “With these signs, we’re acknowledging people and a history that [goes] back thousands of years.”

Ryerson get’s a new VP, university relations

This is the first work week for Ryerson’s new vice-president, university relations. Jennifer Grass’ appointment to the post was announced on Sept. 12. Her previous post was as senior director of communications and public affairs at the Council of Ontario Universities. Grass is also a former journalist.

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