Let’s start off by stipulating that nobody actually knows what effects the $14 minimum wage is having on Ontario right now. It’s the second week of January, and nothing remotely like reliable data is going to be available for a while, and even once it’s available, it will take time for economists and activists alike to chew it over and come to an answer. (Even then, they probably won’t arrive at the same one.) The headlines about various businesses being cruel or kind to their respective workers are good, perhaps, for helping people decide where to spend their money, but they don’t tell us much about the overall economic effect.