GNN will celebrate its ninth anniversary of operation on Friday and during that time, just over 1,209,000 visits have been made to to see what’s going on in the Canadian golf industry, reading just over two million stories while here. That number includes more than 541,000 individual visitors.
To put perspective on it, Donald Trump was host of The Apprentice, not President of the United States, and Brooke Henderson had just turned 11 when GNN first opened for business on Sept. 15, 2008, a risky venture considering Canada was in the middle of an economic downturn, not as bad as the U.S., compared to the way the economic engine is humming today in this country.
Of course, a thriving economy comes with no guarantees and it’s no secret that media is in a constant state of change and GNN must evolve along with it going into our 10th year of operation, but we offer our sincere thanks to readers and advertisers who have supported us over the years.
One sure sign that a thriving overall economy comes with no guarantees is the golf industry itself.
This week’s GNN Poll asks readers if they see signs of a growing economy at the golf businesses where they work and, as of this writing, 71 per cent say no and 29 per cent say yes.
If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
The Warning From Government Watchdog
Most respondents to the GNN Poll the week before said they expected more than 40 per cent of their summer staff to be back in 2018, but that could change in Ontario in future years, according to that province’s financial watchdog.
The Financial Accountability Office says more than 50,000 people could lose their jobs if the provincial government carries through with its plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2018.
Job losses would be concentrated among teens and young adults, typically those who comprise a summer staff at golf operations, with the government being warned about a too much, too fast approach to bringing in the $15 an hour minimum wage.
The report comes after business groups also warning the provincial government of similar concerns during its consultation period, but many believe it will forge ahead as planned with an election looming next year and the Liberal government well down in the polls.
A $15 an hour minimum wage is also being brought in at a slower pace in Alberta, with British Columbia expected to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021.
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