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Toronto Star
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May 08, 2020
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Ontario has discriminated against refugee drivers by requiring them to get government documents from the country they fled authenticated, in order to fast-track their licencing, a tribunal has ruled. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision means refugees in the province are immediately exempt from the one-year waiting period for the G2 exit test, as long as they can produce a valid licence from their country of origin.>> Driving-local delivery; Driving-taxi and rideshare.

HEADLINEDelivery drivers launch $150-million class action suit against Pizza Nova
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Toronto Star
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Apr 02, 2020
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Canadian pizza chain Pizza Nova is facing a multimillion-dollar class action claiming its independently owned franchises misclassified delivery drivers as independent contractors and failed to pay them minimum wage. In what the lawsuit calls a “systemic breach” of provincial employment laws, delivery drivers at 140 Pizza Nova stores across Ontario were denied “appropriate compensation” and protections because they were not classified as employees, according to the statement of claim. >> Driving-local delivery; Restaurant

HEADLINESome of our most undervalued workers now among our most valuable as pandemic forces rethink of what jobs are critical
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Toronto Star
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Mar 19, 2020
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COVID-19 is highlighting how much we depend on a whole constellation of ... humble occupations. Millions of so-called “low skill” workers are ... indispensable to our well-being, possibly even our survival. And unlike those of us who can work from home and make other adjustments to survive the lockdown, these workers can’t. They have to keep working: both to earn income (most wouldn’t even qualify for Employment Insurance), and to serve us. >> Driving-local delivery; Early childhood care and development; Restaurant; Retail; COVID-19-related

HEADLINEThe Delivery Workers Who Risk Their Health to Bring You Food
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New York Times
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Mar 19, 2020
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Demand for home delivery is rising, and New Yorkers barricaded in their homes are leaning more and more on a largely immigrant work force. >> Driving-local delivery; COVID-19-related

HEADLINEPandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work
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New York Times
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Mar 18, 2020
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Gig companies promoted their flexible hours as an economic lifeline for workers. In the coronavirus outbreak, it has been anything but. >> Driving-local delivery; Driving-taxi and rideshare; COVID-19-related.

HEADLINEFoodora couriers subject to ‘strike log,’ GPS tracking and misconduct inquiries, labour board documents claim
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Toronto Star
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Jan 03, 2020
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In a precedent-setting labour board battle over the future of the gig economy, food delivery giant Foodora is arguing its couriers are independent contractors, a category of worker that cannot unionize and is defined by freedom and flexibility on the job. >> Driving-local delivery; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINEI went undercover as an Amazon delivery driver. Here’s what I learned about the hidden costs of free shipping.
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Toronto Star
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Dec 19, 2019
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We wanted to try to understand the true costs of free shipping and look at the ways in which Amazon's rapid delivery guarantees are changing not only customer habits, but also the nature of courier jobs and, in some ways, the city itself. >> Driving-local delivery

HEADLINERestaurant delivery jobs hold their own in the Uber Eats age
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CityNews
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Sep 04, 2019
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In the age of Uber Eats and GrubHub, delivering pizza for the local Domino's may seem like a throwback. But for drivers who want more predictable hours and pay — and discounts on food — restaurants may be the better bet. >> Driving-local delivery

HEADLINEWhat it’s really like to be an Amazon Flex delivery driver as Prime one-day shipping expands
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CNBC
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Jun 19, 2019
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Amazon Flex uses on-demand contract drivers to help with this especially labor-intensive and expensive hand-delivery. >> Driving-local delivery

HEADLINEAmazon Is Hell On Wheels For Delivery Drivers
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Forbes
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Sep 13, 2018
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Business Insider released a scathing report on what its like to be a delivery driver for Amazon. Interviews with nearly three dozen Amazon delivery drivers provides a disturbing picture of the working conditions faced by drivers daily. >> Driving-local delivery