Swedish discrimination exposed in bus video
thelocal.se – with video 3:10
Criminalizing the unemployed
image: Stockholm bus by Yvonne Larsson via Flickr/CC
Just in time for Valentine’s Day was this week’s publication in Lancet Psychiatry of a study on suicide and unemployment. Globally, about 45,000 people have been ending their lives yearly in direct response to a lack of work. The study included dozens of countries during the period 2000-2011. That means even before the Great Recession unemployment was damaging mental health. Even during good economic times suicide prevention and social services must be tuned to the influence of unemployment.
Suicide, unemployment, and the effect of economic recession
link to abstract
image: marie-II via Flickr/CC
For more on this:
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
Jian 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.
39% of unemployed have given up job search, poll suggests
cbc.ca – video 2:33, audio 2:12
Lame jobs performance has brought criticism to bear on the federal Tories from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. When a pro-business organization like that trashes a dedicated neoconservative entity like the Harper government it’s a true indication that new approaches are needed. Back in the late 1970s the neocon thing might have looked edgy in some quarters. It’s about as edgy as an old bar of soap now. The report is a very good recording of economic life in Canada. Among the Chamber’s findings:
image: unemployed men prepare to ride rail cars in the 1930s, City of Toronto Archives via Wikimedia Commons
Scary employment data for “mayor” Rob Ford’s home turf appeared as a pinkish, downward plunging line today. Ford Nation’s twin namesakes hail politically from suburban Rexdale, up in the northwestern corner of the GTA, which has had something of an employment meltdown since Rob first seized councillorship there in 2000. Doug Ford became councillor for Rexdale upon Rob’s ascension to the mayoralty.
Among Rob Ford’s various claims is that the city is booming, going from post-gravy train strength to strength under his leadership. A leadership embodying an efficiency-minded and sensible skill set and a loyal family-approved team honed away from tax-and-spend liberals in the real world of private business. Yet even lower-paying retail and service jobs have declined in Rexdale – indicating a reality on the ground that doesn’t match Ford’s grandiose, craptastic world view. How sad it must be, for a duo that never stop banging on about their business smarts, who fetishize efficiency and management skills like all good neoconservatives, to have such a lacklustre economic picture outside their front doors.
…and sadly: Twitter account parodying Rob Ford suspended
( Mayor Rob Frod ) Huffington Post
On Friday the good folks at the centre forced us to consider the prospect of a lost generation. Windsor, Oshawa, Brantford and London carry youth unemployment rates at twenty percent which places them in the same danger zone experienced by many European Union member nations in recent years. Toronto is right behind these communities with just over eighteen percent, according to the report. The Statistics Canada data in the document indicates that in five years youth have seen little in the way of meaningful participation in recovery and can expect to continue to live impaired lives in terms of employment.
Ontario’s youth unemployment among worst in Canada: Toronto has highest unemployment rate for 15-24-year-olds
cbc.ca – includes short video
image: young woman working by Bill Branson via Wikimedia Commons