The owner of Primark said yesterday that the latest lockdown would cost the chain £1.6 billion in lost sales, but it struck an optimistic note about prospects when shops reopen.
Associated British Foods, owner of the fast-fashion retailer, said that it had lost £1.1 billion in sales from shop closures in November and December and expected to lose another £480 million during this lockdown until April. However, the government has said that non-essential stores should be allowed to reopen by April 12, meaning that ABF will have 83 per cent of its retail estate trading across Britain, Europe and the United States by the end of that month.
It expects Primark, which does not sell online, to find reopening cash-generative, with the sale of £150 million of the summer fashions that it has been storing since last year, when Covid-19 forced shops to shut for the first time.
John Bason, 63, finance director of ABF, which is controlled by the billionaire Weston family, said that he expected there to be better sales than during the first reopening because the vaccine had given more confidence to shoppers. “This time around I think there will be less holding back,” he said.
ABF said that its sugar, grocery, ingredients and agriculture business was trading ahead of expectations. Mr Bason said that the government’s decision to increase renewable ethanol in petrol would make its bioethanol facility in Hull “nicely profitable”.
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Get dinner for half price at Dickson’s Super Bao during TheFork Festival. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos
Fancy getting a half price meal? If you need another excuse to get out and support the hospitality industry as it climbs its way back from a horror year then TheFork Festival is it.
TheFork, one of Australia’s leading restaurant booking apps, is supporting the festival where participating restaurants are offering special deals over six weeks.
In Canberra, you can get half price meals at Super Bao in Dickson and Zeytin Turkish Cuisine in Kingston, as well 30 per cent off meals at Lyneham’s China Tea Club and First Edition Bar and Restaurant in the City.
TheFork’s Australia country manager Gary Burrows said the festival encouraged diners to explore the amazing array of restaurants in their cities.
“We know that TheFork Festival is even more important this year, both reminding diners of what’s out there and driving new customers to restaurants when they need them,” he said.
“We hope to help eliminate as many empty seats across Australian restaurants as we can.”
More than 100 restaurants across the country, from fine dining favourites, local gems through to neighbourhood cafes, are offering an exciting mix of special dining offers to encourage eating out, including up to 50 per cent off the bill, specially curated menus and one-off deals.
TheFork Festival will be available when you book from February 15 to March 28 via TheFork App or website thefork.com.au.
All offers are available until booked out, so diners are encouraged to get in quickly.
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Welfare campaigners say they oppose a proposal to create a significantly more generous “unemployment insurance” scheme for the newly unemployed while leaving others on a much lower payment.
Nine newspapers reported on Wednesday that a proposal was circulating within the Morrison government that would mean jobseekers got 70% of their former income for six months and then reverted to the old Newstart base rate of $565 a fortnight, as part of a possible overhaul of the welfare system.
The idea is based on a new unemployment insurance proposal by the Blueprint Institute, though it differs in that jobseekers would still reportedly be returned to the old rate of $40 a day. The thinktank says the government should also provide a $150 one-off boost to jobseeker payments, essentially maintaining the existing coronavirus supplement.
Unemployment insurance payments under Blueprint’s Jobmatcher scheme would be capped at $2,692.30 a fortnight – about five times higher than the base rate of jobseeker without the coronavirus supplement.
Blueprint argued in a paper released this week “increased support” in a “step-down system” would incentivise job searching and “reduces the risk of welfare dependency”.
But welfare campaigners and the Greens immediately rejected the proposal, while Labor said it would not address “long-term unemployment which disproportionately impacts older workers and students”.
Cassandra Goldie, chief executive of the Australian Council of Social Service, said “everyone should have enough to cover the basics, regardless of how long they’ve been locked out of paid work”.
“That’s why we’re firmly against this proposal, which is out-of-touch with the realities of trying to find paid work, especially for single parents, the quarter of people on jobseeker who have a disability or illness, the 40% who are over 45, and others who haven’t been able to get experience or qualifications,” she said.
Kristin O’Connell, a spokesperson for the Australian Unemployed Workers Union, said it was an “ill-conceived, regressive scheme” that placed “the greatest burden on those who can least afford it, and delivers the least to those most in need”.
She said the proposal would “further disadvantage people who’ve been out of the workforce for a longer”, and argued “living in poverty makes it hard to remain employable”.
“Our welfare system must be equitable, and not create an underclass of longer-term unemployed people,” O’Connell said.
Guardian Australia reported in 2019 how Australia’s jobseeker payment is one of the lowest benefits in the OECD for the short-term jobless. It fares better on global comparisons for the long-term unemployed, though it is still below the average.
Australia is one of few OECD countries – along with the UK, Ireland and New Zealand – that offers a time-unlimited unemployment benefit. Other nations’ schemes taper down and usually end completely after a certain amount of time.
In some cases, such as the Nordic countries, governments also provide social assistance payments when a person’s unemployment insurance – funded by worker contributions – run out.
Supporters argue unemployment insurance paid at rate closer to a person’s past income provides a softer landing for those who lose work, helping them back into employment faster but also allowing them to wait for a job suited to their skills.
Others say it risks undermining the universal nature of Australia’s social security system and should not be considered a priority when the existing jobseeker benefit is so low.
Blueprint said the government was “hamstrung” by the current jobseeker payment’s “flat payment structure” and “forced into a trade-off between living standards and work incentives”.
It said its proposal – where jobseekers get 70% of their former income for six months, capped at $35,000 – would cost $9bn a year. It proposes funding the scheme through a 1% worker levy or cancelling the next increase in the superannuation guarantee.
“While we could (and should) offer more generous compensation to the long-term unemployed, it is plain that we are most out of step in terms of how we compensate the short-term unemployed,” the Blueprint report said.
The thinktank added, though, that the jobseeker payment should also be increased by $150 a fortnight and pegged to wages, rather than inflation, to better keep pace with living standards.
Labor’s social services spokesperson, Linda Burney, said the government was merely fuelling speculation about income support and leaving people “anguished by the uncertain future that lay ahead for them after March”.
“We will consider the detail of the way forward on jobseeker when or if the government announces it.
“One thing is for certain, this current proposal does not address the issue of long-term unemployment which disproportionately impacts older workers and students.”
The Greens senator Rachel Siewert said those on unemployment payments did not need a lower benefit to be incentivised to find work and that other factors were at play.
“For a start you can’t find work if there isn’t enough jobs,” she said.
Despite the pre-pandemic Newstart payment falling to record lows, the average time jobseekers were spending on the payment had been steadily increasingly since 2014.
A spokesperson for the social services minister, Anne Ruston, said she wouldn’t comment on speculation.
The Blueprint Institute was approached for comment.
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Karlee Durfey, a University of Lethbridge kinesiology student and Pronghorns’ rugby player, says her family’s world was turned upside down last December when her two-year-old niece, Bo Smith, was diagnosed with Stage 4 sarcoma, a rare form of cancer which had spread to her lungs and liver.
“It was super tough,” Durfey explained.
“Bo wasn’t feeling well. She had a spot on her stomach… she would kind of complain when we picked her up that it would hurt, and so she went through a bunch of emergency visits.”
Bo then fought her cancer battle at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
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A GoFundMe page was created by Durfey, and support rolled in from friends and family to help Bo’s family pay for trips to Calgary and hotel stays as they lost work hours.
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“They did have a room at the Ronald McDonald House, and sometimes she’d stay at the hospital,” Durfey said. “But once COVID(-19) hit, it was even harder because sometimes they couldn’t offer her a stay at the hospital or they couldn’t go to the Ronald McDonald House unless they wanted to stay for a long time, which wasn’t quite possible with my sister having two other kids to tend to at home.
“So that made it even harder.”
During her fight, Bo lost a kidney. But one year later, she’s a healthy three-year-old and her cancer is in remission after undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
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“We spent quite a few days at the hospital and honestly, it gets boring, so we were looking for things to do,” Durfey said.
“So my mom took us to a sewing store, and we started embroidering. The first thing I ever embroidered was a rainbow — Bo loves rainbows, they kind of signify the light after the rain, after a hard thing.”
When the stormy clouds in their lives started to part, Durfey said her sister, Bo’s mom, had an idea.
“I was still embroidering, and she said we should embroider clothes and sell them — not necessarily to make a profit, but to give to families that needed help when their kids are sick, just like the support our family got,” Durfey said.
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“She spent a lot of time in the hospital and saw a lot of families and a lot of kids going through the same thing who could really use some help.”
In their quest to pay it forward, the sisters created a non-profit called Bo Smith & Co. in May.
“We started embroidering,” Durfey said. “We didn’t really want to sell clothes to make money, so we thought we could give it back in a way we thought was important — so that’s what we did.
“(We) can’t quite keep up with the demand in sales, so it’s been awesome.”
Durfey said 100 per cent of profits from the embroidered clothing goes towards families with children battling cancer.
The family has already raised over $20,000 through the non-profit and has financially assisted 12 families with a child fighting cancer. They’ve also donated to a couple of different fundraisers all in support of childhood cancer.
Bo has been serving as the organization’s star model.
A local oasis has descended on the shoreline of Sorrento, and inside, an atmospheric culinary experience like no other awaits. Ocean Beach Pavilion is Mornington Peninsula’s newest retreat – a casual, family-friendly restaurant and bar where shoes are optional, salty ocean air comes complimentary, and a fresh coastal-inspired menu featuring locally sourced produce is the main act. We at The World Loves Melbourne were invited along to experience the exciting new concept, and were impressed with the Hawker style street food as well as local wines and fine cocktails.
Boasting a variety of indoor-outdoor atmospheric spaces and food outlets, each with a personality of their own, Ocean Beach Pavilion is a laid-back eatery/bar where everyone feels like a local.
Grab a quick bite on the palm-adorned deck, or choose to post up in its spacious modern coastal mess hall (which we did).
We ate our way through the menu including-
Steamed prawn and ginger dumplings with green nam jim (3 pieces) Wagyu beef dumplings with smoked korean red chilli dressing (3 pieces) Master stock pork belly gua bao, spiced hoi sin, cucumber (2 pieces) Seafood with Asian slaw salad, nouc cham dressing Shitake mushroom vegan XO steamed buns (2 pieces) Red duck curry steamed buns (2 pieces) Wagyu beef sliders, breakfast pickles, gruyere cheese (2 pieces) Tapioca pudding
For families with children in tow, venture beyond the mess hall into expansive open-air terrace, and here, enjoy free entertainment with your meal as you overlook the Sorrento Ninja Warrior Course – OBP’s signature playground for the kids (and the kids at heart) designed Matt & Monica Thom, 7-time World Fitness Champions.
A thrill to meet Teague Ezard, who I have seen at many events and been to his restaurants many times.
On a mission to bring high-quality Asian-style cuisine to the peninsula, Ocean Beach Pavilion has cemented an ambitious partnership with one of Australia’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs, Teage Ezard, mastermind behind iconic Melbourne CBD dining destinations EZARD and Gingerboy, and Ezard at Levantine Hill in the Yarra Valley, among others.
Master stock pork belly gua bao, spiced hoi sin, cucumber.
Ezard’s thoughtfully designed casual, all-day menu offering – GINGERGIRL – features a vibrant array of flavourful Southeast Asian-inspired dishes, echoing the hawker-style street eats of Gingerboy.
As for the inspiration behind the collaboration, Ezard notes, “I have been spending the last few months developing a spin-off on Gingerboy – a concept adding buns and bao, small courses all easily shared and something I feel will cater for all… I really want to focus on supporting regional local producers and their award-winning produce,” adding, “it’s a fantastic opportunity to provide the peninsula with some new, different and exciting food that isn’t down there.”
Ezard is also championing the breakfast offering, a casual menu featuring modern Australian cuisine with an Asian twist.
Wagyu beef dumplings with smoked korean red chilli dressing.
Seafood with Asian slaw salad, nouc cham dressing.
Starting later this year, OBP’s prawn shack will be running in tandem with its all-day menu, where their ‘prawn stars’ will be serving buckets of prawns straight from Mooloolaba at wholesale prices direct from the boat, to eat in or takeaway.
For a pre or post-meal treat, continue the gastronomic journey at OKAY LUCY’s pop-up shop where Mornington’s crowd-favourite gelateria is scooping up creative flavours of hand-made gelato and fresh sorbet from locally sourced ingredients, straight from its traditional Italian-style Pozzetti. As for refreshments, OBP’s drinks menu is celebrating a curated list of local wines, craft beer, spirits and refreshing cocktails, as well as a range of non-alcoholic spritzes to keep the whole gang hydrated.
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The tale of Ocean Beach Pavilion goes like this. Once upon a time, a few mates from Mornington (enter Jerome Borazio, Mark Hinkley and Scotty James) caught up at the round table one night, and faced the upsetting realization, once again, ordering dinner from their favourite dining destinations would require a trip to the city. On a mission to bring high-quality Asian-inspired cuisine to the peninsula, enlightenment struck and the concept for Ocean Beach Pavilion was born.
Just four days later, OBP found its home in Sorrento. Jerome Borazio is a hospitality entrepreneur widely recognized for his notorious roster of CBD venues, event spaces and creative experiences including St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, St. Jerome’s – The Hotel, Ponyfish Island, Back Alley Sally’s, The Line, and more.
Earl grey infused into a cocktail.
Mark Hinkley, Director of Tadcaster Holdings, has delivered the most unique hospitality experiences worldwide. From Singapore to Australia, Mark has built a distinctive range of 20 venues across a very diverse background including the 3 times Nightclub of the Year winner ‘The Emerson’ in Melbourne, Café Melba and The Exchange in Singapore, to the family-friendly entertainment venue Kryal Castle in Ballarat and many more.
Pork belly bao.
Finally, Australia’s very own World Champion Snowboarder Scotty James. Scotty is a pioneer of his sport and is currently ranked no.1 in the world for the Men’s Halfpipe. Scotty has been intrigued by the hospitality industry and through his travels and experiences in Japan he was inspired to bring a little slice of his adventures to OBP.
Negroni with Sichuan subtle nuance.
Steamed prawn and ginger dumplings with green nam jim.
Bun heaven withShitake mushroom vegan XO steamed buns, as well asRed duck curry steamed buns Shitake mushroom vegan XO steamed buns.
Refreshing tapioca pudding.
A coastal retreat for the locals, by the locals. For more information, visit: http://www.oceanbeachpavilion.com.
Wagyu beef dumplings with smoked korean red chilli dressing
IT is the missing link that will allow motorists to avoid “the most hated road in Australia” and drive from Beresfield to Melbourne without encountering a single set of traffic lights. Finally, after five years of construction, the NorthConnex tunnels connecting the M1 and M2 motorways in Sydney’s north-west, will open on Saturday. The $3 billion project is about a year behind schedule, but for those who regularly travel on the existing link of Pennant Hills Road – the delay will quickly be forgotten. By using the twin nine-kilometre tunnels, which run between Wahroonga and West Pennant Hills, motorists will avoid 21 sets of traffic lights on Pennant Hills Road and save an estimated 15 minutes in travel time. If connecting with the M2 towards Sydney’s CBD, motorists will also bypass 40 sets of traffic lights on the Pacific Highway. Nightmare drives along Pennant Hills Road during school holidays and peak travel periods will be a thing of the past; if you’re willing to pay for it. The cost of using the NorthConnex will be $7.99 for cars and $23.97 for heavy vehicles. Travelling on the M2 and connecting to the M7 will add further tolls. The NSW government resisted calls from the Opposition to implement a toll-free period, pointing to eased congestion on the existing toll-free route once the tunnels open. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside one of the tunnels on Friday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NorthConnex would “transform the way we move” “This is the culmination of years of planning and work,” she said. “Transurban came to the government some years back, with an unsolicited proposal, and said they had an idea to build a wonderful connection that would transform the way people move between the Central Coast and Sydney. “And here we are today.” __________________________________________________ Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said he had never seen more excitement about a new road “than the NorthConnex”. “This fixes one of the worst roads in Australia, being Pennant Hills Road, and a daily commuter will save 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon every single day. “Over the course of a year, that commuter will get a week of their life back as a result of this road.” Transport Minister Andrew Constance described NorthConnex as a “life-changer” that would ease congestion “the most hated road in Australia”. “It’s a life-changer for millions of people, and we shouldn’t lose sight of that,” he said. “Millions of people are going to travel through this tunnel every year, getting home quicker, [spending] more time with loved ones. “Those local communities, who are about 90 metres above us, their lives are going to change. “There’s 10 school communities set to benefit by not having trucks outside their school gates. The kids can cross the road much safer now.” Lying 90 metres below the surface at their deepest point, the NorthConnex tunnels are the deepest in Australia. They are expected to take about 5000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road every day. Heavy vehicles can no longer travel on Pennant Hills road. Drivers will be fined $194 if they do. Transurban CEO Scott Charlton acknowledged the “boldness of the NSW government” in proceeding with the project and thanked the community for their patience during construction.
IT is the missing link that will allow motorists to avoid “the most hated road in Australia” and drive from Beresfield to Melbourne without encountering a single set of traffic lights.
Finally, after five years of construction, the NorthConnex tunnels connecting the M1 and M2 motorways in Sydney’s north-west, will open on Saturday.
The $3 billion project is about a year behind schedule, but for those who regularly travel on the existing link of Pennant Hills Road – the delay will quickly be forgotten.
By using the twin nine-kilometre tunnels, which run between Wahroonga and West Pennant Hills, motorists will avoid 21 sets of traffic lights on Pennant Hills Road and save an estimated 15 minutes in travel time.
If connecting with the M2 towards Sydney’s CBD, motorists will also bypass 40 sets of traffic lights on the Pacific Highway.
Nightmare drives along Pennant Hills Road during school holidays and peak travel periods will be a thing of the past; if you’re willing to pay for it.
The cost of using the NorthConnex will be $7.99 for cars and $23.97 for heavy vehicles. Travelling on the M2 and connecting to the M7 will add further tolls.
The NSW government resisted calls from the Opposition to implement a toll-free period, pointing to eased congestion on the existing toll-free route once the tunnels open.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside one of the tunnels on Friday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NorthConnex would “transform the way we move”
“This is the culmination of years of planning and work,” she said.
“Transurban came to the government some years back, with an unsolicited proposal, and said they had an idea to build a wonderful connection that would transform the way people move between the Central Coast and Sydney.
The gift of mindfulness is that it can take many shapes. The curse is that it can become stripped of context, put into an unsupportive environment, and used for profits over people.
These three mistakes can turn a well-intentioned corporate mindfulness program into a vehicle that actually undermines the very health and happiness of the employees it was meant to serve.
Mistake 1) Your Work Only Offers Drop-in Meditations
If your organization wants to bring mindfulness to employees, offering a drop-in meditation or a subscription to an app may seem like a good place to start. It is, after all, a relatively easy lift that can be implemented quickly and cost-effectively.
Certainly, informal drop-in meditation sessions can provide employees many benefits including:
A much-needed break from sitting at their desk or staring at a screen.
An opportunity to slow down, relax, and potentially let go of unnecessary mental chatter.
A chance to deliberately develop positive qualities like kindness, curiosity, and acceptance.
A chance to connect with coworkers who share similar values and interests.
Yet, if this is the only way employees can engage with mindfulness and meditation, it will never live up to its potential to support employees and your organization.
People will come and go as they please. They will practice when they feel like it and skip it when they don’t. Perhaps some employees will be grateful that meditation exists as an option, but it will always be underutilized.
Anyone who has tried to learn a new skill like meditation knows that practicing haphazardly and reactively is no way to learn. There’s no accountability, no urgency, and ultimately, no progress.
As they say, meditation drop-in’s frequently lead to meditation drop-outs.
One-off meditations aren’t bad per se, but you’re doing employees a disservice by never allowing them to learn in community. People need to make sense of what they just experienced as they step back into the busy flow of their workday.
They need to see how they can bring the fruits of these practices to their work in a way that is personal and intentional.
Don’t make employees connect the dots themselves. Give them the right mix of opportunities to interact with coworkers and integrate these practices within their workday
For instance, you could provide:
An introductory on-ramp course for people who have never meditated before.
Opportunities for people to practice in a community so they can learn about mindfulness with and from their colleagues.
Daily reinforcements to fully develop these practices to the point where people feel comfortable doing them on their own.
Chances for reflection and discussion after meditating that contextualize the practice and allow it to be a benefit during working hours.
If you are truly invested in your employee’s well-being and believe in mindfulness and meditation, create a culture that actually supports ongoing learning and transformation.
Mistake 2) Presenting Mindfulness Without Addressing Trauma
Here are three difficult truths to swallow:
If you aren’t presenting mindfulness practices in an ethical and trauma-sensitive manner, you are potentially causing harm.
If you don’t have the flexibility for people with different beliefs or values to learn mindfulness, then you’re potentially causing harm.
If you don’t make space for different types of bodies and personal health histories to practice mindfulness, then you’re potentially causing harm.
Employees need to feel safe to engage with mindfulness on their own terms in a way that is right for their body, history, and beliefs.
The reality is that not everyone feels comfortable tuning-in to their body or breath. For instance, asking people to pay attention to the subtleties of breathing can be triggering if you have breathing difficulties or experienced physical trauma.
Likewise, not everyone feels safe closing their eyes in a room full of people, especially when there is not preexisting rapport or community. (Safety always comes first.)
For some bodies, especially BIPOC, the experience of tuning into feelings and emotions in a room tainted with covert racism is too raw, jarring, and traumatic (more in this in #3).
How Do You Avoid These Pitfalls?
First, you must have an instructor who can teach in a trauma-informed and diversity-aware manner. David Treleaven literally wrote the book called Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, in which he prescribes the “4 R’s” of trauma-aware practices:
Realize the widespread impact of trauma, how it’s held in people’s bodies, and understand potential paths for recovery.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, especially its triggers during meditation.
Respond to the unique needs of people by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into the way meditation is presented.
Resist re-traumatization by providing a safe, stable, and understanding environment for people learning and practicing meditation to avoid overwhelming experiences.
The 4-R’s are accompanied by an ethos of safety, empowerment, trust, and choice.
Safety is critical to all meditation practices. Without allowing people to feel safe with the instructor, safe with their coworkers, safe in the space, and perhaps most importantly, safe in their own body, these practices will be ineffective or harmful.
Empower employees by offering choices for how they participate and encouraging their sense of agency and control in their learning.
Trust people’s own wisdom about what is best for the mind and body, including what types of practices make sense for their life and how to best take care of their bodies.
Choice is about offering modifications for practices with a variety of anchors that cater to individual differences.
Lastly, you need to adequately inform people about the potential adverse effects of meditation on their body and mind. While full-blown dissociative episodes or panic attacks may be uncommon in shorter practices, it’s important people know what they’re getting themselves into and can take necessary precautions.
Teachers and facilitators must also be equipped to handle the ways in which meditation might scratch deep wounds that are too sensitive to touch (which leads to mistake #3).
Mistake 3) Your Mindfulness Program Is Not Equipped To Explore Injustice
It’s easy to think that if you just offer breathing techniques and calming practices in your office, no harm will be done. It’s even worse when these practices are seen as tools to sedate stressed-out employees into feeling better so they can get back to work faster.
No amount of mindfulness can cure a toxic workplace culture.
If you’re offering meditation, you need to also offer transparency, open discussion, and the possibility for critical feedback as to what’s not working.
Meditation opens a deep and complex doorway for people to honestly look at themselves in the context of their work. This means looking at the ways they may be exposed to unsafe working conditions, exploitative labor practices, sexism, racism, favoritism, and other unfair treatment.
Your organization needs to be prepared to allow this kind of critical meta-awareness to fully bloom. For example. Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institutehas done a terrific job making mindfulness and emotional intelligence practical and accessible in the workplace. (Having gone through some of their training, I can vouch for their mission.)
The question is what happens when you search inside yourself and discover a workplace colored by capitalist systems that are tethered to colonialism and white supremacy culture?
What do you do when your mindfulness brings up feelings of racial tensions and microaggressions in the workplace?
How do you non-judgementally hold narratives of dominance and exploitation that are manifesting at your work?
Asking people to mindfully witness and observe their thoughts can be a profoundly liberating experience. It can also shed light on parts of your company that you’d rather not examine.
If employees feel like they are not being heard, not being valued, or not being recognized, then having them sit quietly and reflect upon how their heart feels might bring up discontent, anger, and frustration with your organization.
These issues are often compounded by the fact that mindfulness is often taught from a white, privileged, able-bodied, racial frame. I know because unless I’m very explicit about my positionality as a white male and careful about how I teach, I can cause a lot of harm by offering practices that are ladened with implicit assumptions and judgments that deny the lived hardships that many employees face.
The Way Forward — Use Mindfulness To Empower Employees & Companies To Share A Vision Together
A well-implemented mindfulness program must be part of a much broader vision for inclusion, justice, and equity in the workplace. Consider that by offering mindfulness and meditation you are…
Asking people to learn a new skill. Don’t make them do that in an isolated container without opportunities for questions, reflection, and integration.
Asking people to feel deeply. Don’t make them do that without a community of supportive colleagues and teachers who can handle intense feelings and emotions.
Asking people to become aware of their own thought process. Don’t make them do that without being willing to hold broader conversations about injustice and address the cultural and institutional beliefs that your organization upholds.
If you can avoid these mistakes, then your mindfulness program can invite employees into a story where both the individual and organization are aligned in their values and shared aspirations for greater health and well-being for everyone.
The Duchess of Cambridge has praised mothers offering support to other parents during the pandemic, saying their efforts were so important for “emotional wellbeing”.
Kate was speaking to mothers and their “lockdown babies” in a London park on Tuesday.
During her visit to the Old English Garden at Battersea Park, she was told how peer groups struggled to meet up in person during the COVID-19 lockdown but kept up their work on Zoom and regular phone calls.
Kate met mothers Nalini Sadai and Jessie Brett who provide peer-to-peer mum support for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and both told her they used their own experiences when helping new mothers.
The duchess said: “It’s good being able to listen and being listened (to) while being off-guard.
“It is so important for your emotional wellbeing. With your experiences it’s so important that you’ve been through it.
“Without what you are providing, that form of relationship, you can feel so isolated. You should be very proud.”
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Earlier, the duchess held a video call with eight organisations supporting families, from Leeds Dads to the NCT, to discuss their work helping parents with young children.
She told them: “A huge well done to all of you, I know there’s a big team of you out there in communities across the country.
“Both William and I hear about how vital these relationships are to families – they’re a real lifeline.
“So to you and your army of volunteers out there, a huge well done.
“I, like you, would love to see peer-to-peer support more embedded and celebrated in communities and society as a whole.”
The federal government has indicated that it’s willing to put up to half a billion dollars into financing electric vehicle production in Oakville, with some money coming from the provincial government — an offer that could allow the Ford plant to stay open for years to come, the Star has learned.
Ford Motor Co. and its main union are in the midst of labour negotiations ahead of a deadline midnight Monday night, and a push for a retooling of the plant for mass production of EVs and their high-tech batteries is central to the talks.
After months of discussion and pressure from environmentalists and labour, Ottawa has told the company it is willing to do what it takes to bring electric vehicle production to Ontario and expects its funding to be part of an eventual $2-billion investment for a new mandate at the Oakville Assembly Complex.
The exact amount from the Ontario government is still being negotiated, a federal source, said, and all of it is wrapped up in the broader labour talks between Ford Canada and its biggest union, Unifor.
The money would be a major lifeline for the plant. Retooling is expected to start as soon as next year, giving the Oakville Assembly Complex and its thousands of workers a new lease on life.
The plant has had a question mark over its head for months now amid analysts’ projections that it would stop producing the Edge SUV. The mandate for the Edge ends in 2023, and there is no firm commitment from Ford that production would continue in Oakville after that time, throwing more than 4,000 jobs into a state of uncertainty.
Unifor’s national president, Jerry Dias, has been pushing for an electric vehicle mandate and substantial federal funding for Oakville. But reached on Sunday night, Dias said he was not aware of the federal offer.
Unifor targeted Ford for the first of its Big Three automaker negotiations, which come every four years. The hope was to set a high bar for negotiations with the other automakers.
Ottawa is set to use its Strategic Innovation Fund to finance the contribution.
For the federal government, the deal checks off quite a few boxes.
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has been increasingly concerned that auto manufacturing in Ontario has dwindled and that the province needs to get into the EV market in order to flourish into the future.
He has argued that Canada should be able to marry its traditional expertise in the auto sector with its abundance of many of the natural resources that are needed to make electric-vehicle batteries.
At the same time, pushing Canada towards electric and autonomous vehicles is central to Canada meeting its environmental goal of having net-zero emissions by 2050.
“The choice to dedicate the Oakville Assembly Plant to the production of battery electric vehicles shows alignment between Ford’s commercial priorities and Canada’s commitment to sustainable growth,” Bains says to Dean Stoneley, president and CEO of Ford Canada, in a draft letter obtained by the Star.
“It also reflects our productive dialogue in recent months, built on top of an enduring partnership.”
In parallel with the talks between the company and Ottawa, Unifor has been pushing Bains for months to use federal funding to ensure electric vehicle production in Ontario. Unifor represents 6,300 workers at Ford Motor Co.
In the draft letter, Bains says he sees the arrangement with Ford as a jumping-off point to modernize the entire auto sector in Canada, and turn it into a global powerhouse for electric vehicle production.
“The size and the scope of the proposed investment reflect this significance.”
A spokesman for Bains would not comment directly on the labour negotiations on Sunday, but issued a statement about the value of attracting mandates for electric vehicles in Canada.
“Minister Bains believes that Canada is well positioned to become a leader in electric vehicle and battery production. Developing domestic manufacturing in this sector will secure more good paying jobs for Canadian workers, and more opportunities for Canadian businesses. It will position Canada’s auto industry as a global leader in a growing market, and help us meet our climate ambitions,” spokesman John Power said in an e-mail to the Star.