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124   LAWS OF ONTARIO

kind had become absolutely necessary for the preservation of social decency. The annual reports of the board contain tables showing the cost of living and the items of which it is made up, together with a great deal of interesting information collected during the course of its work.

The classes of trade and industry, with respect to which orders have already been made, include laundries, dry-cleaning establishments, confectionery and biscuit factories, paper box factories and retail stores in the City of Toronto.

Where board and lodging are furnished to the employees, the amount which an employer is to be allowed to charge for these is limited. Some objection might be taken to legislation of this kind if it applied to adult male employees, but as regards women and girls the State is thoroughly justified in interfering not only for the protection of those who are unable in the nature of things to protect themselves to the same extent as men, but for the preservation of social order and better standards of decent living.


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