Tag Archives: youth

(708) Younger workers

payroll insertsWhen the business press comes up with something other than “rah rah markets”, or a profile of the latest over-achiever, we tend to notice.  This short item about younger workers is a nice example.

Millennials’ job plight is more complex than simple unemployment. Even young people with jobs still grapple with low wage growth, job insecurity, high debt loads and more  canadianbusiness.com

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Government had warning about foreign workers and youth unemployment.
Five of the top six industries that employ youth are among top half of industries bringing in temporary foreign workers, internal documents show thestar.com

Artists have been practicing under austerity and precarity for centuries.  So…

Hey! Let the kid become an artist

image: vintage payroll inserts Kevin Doolley/Flickr

(644) Canada’s elites

PolozyJian Ghomeshi gives us a glimpse into the character and psychology of Canada’s elites. Enough to make us shudder.  Now Stephen Poloz adds something to the profile.  Poloz is a $400k-a-year central banker who suggests serfdom to his country’s young people as they face record unemployment.  With these shallow, narcissistic and glib role models oozing an odd admixture of indifference and authoritarianism what are the youth to make of their elders?  The same elders soon to be at the pension counter.

Bank of Canada governor tells jobless youth ‘living in folks’ basements’ to work for free Hamilton Spectator

(502) Business ed and your overqualified future

Dorian-ElectraIf you’ve spent any time near Canadian universities since the late 1980s you’ll have noticed how so many of them have come to host major business schools.  Business education has also spread to the community colleges in a big way, too.  That makes careful consideration of a new report from Statistics Canada well advised.  It appears that business education is pretty commonplace among younger workers having difficulty with employment.  That’s gotta be a sore proposition.  All that faith in markets and money …and then no job.  All those seats in classes in fancy business schools and all that tuition …and then some crap job.

Overqualification among recent university graduates in Canada
Statistics Canada – Insights on Canadian Society, April 2014. 13-page .pdf file.
See Table 3 on page 8 in particular.

image: artist Dorian Electra at the chalkboard via Wikimedia Commons

(497) Ontario investigates internships

TypistInternship is a nice idea.  Young people are brought into work environments and given a share of the tasks at hand.  They learn through experience and their host can assess their suitability as potential employees.  The reality of interning is typically much weaker stuff than this win-win fantasy.  Internship has grown and grown since the 1980s and now it is reckoned that hundreds of thousands of people are working for nothing throughout the Canadian economy.  Small wonder there is a backlash against interning.

Unpaid internships at Toronto Life, The Walrus shut down by Ontario

image: Wikimedia Commons

(495) You can’t win if you don’t play

Girl at the LotteryWho hasn’t dipped into the psychology and sociology of lotteries at some moment?  That warm pool of escapism, greed and joyful projection is irresistible to the individual psyche and is surely one of the major props of late capitalist western civilization.  Perhaps only the pornography biz rivals the trade in fantasy done by our lotteries.  And nowhere is that little rectangular printout with some magic numbers on it fetishized more than where we find the stressed out classes.  The working poor, the precarious people with no money for big purchases always seem able to come up with some change for a play or two on the way home from doing their errands.  Sure, we all like to dream about nice things and sunny situations but isn’t there something insidious about lotteries?  You can hardly blame anyone who buys a ticket and lotteries have been around forever.  Yet it would seem that not enough questions are asked about this ubiquitous component of life.  What then to make of anxiety on the part of Canada’s lotto industry at the prospect of young people not spending enough on tickets?

Provincial agencies band together, want more young people buying lotto tickets

image: Girl at the Lottery (1829) by Peter Fendi via Wikimedia Commons

(482) Homeless youth [Report]

Homeless youth next to train tracksA worthy document from the Homeless Hub was released today, asking us to really look at youth homelessness in Canada.  After children come youth in the needs hierarchy because exposure to social difficulty at these stages in life acts as a magnifier of difficulty in later in years – elevating the raw dollar cost of response and the loss of human potential.  The report is detailed, peer reviewed and contains international comparisons so that Canadians can get a better idea of what is possible.  The truth seems to be that Canada could do a better job at applying resources in greater depth before young people arrive in precarious situations and are forced to draw on front line responses.

Homeless Hub Start page with youth homelessness infographic & media links

Coming of age: reimagining youth homelessness in Canada 135-page .pdf file

image: homeless youth near train tracks in Vancouver area (anonymous) via Wikimedia Commons

(409) Edmonton social problems on Twitter

 CherringtonA youth worker in Edmonton, Alberta has taken to social media hoping to show the world what he sees nearly every day.  Some $60,000 has apparently also been raised in support of the at-risk youth population in Edmonton by Mark Cherrington’s Tweets.

Some of his postings are snapshots of troubled lives and so they appear to have begun to generate some controversy.  Images attached to the brief descriptions of the lives he encounters are being interpreted by some onlookers as violations of appropriate social work boundaries.  Decide for yourself:

An unfiltered snapshot of Canadian poverty on Twitter.  Edmonton youth worker hopes to expose issues faced by young people on the streets
Al Jazeera

Mark Cherrington  on Twitter