Economic systems tend to be somewhat stacked against young people from the start because they simply have had less time to accumulate things of value in those systems. With the so-called gig or sharing economy it is starting to look like a significant structural disadvantage to younger persons has begun to reveal itself. Many a young worker has education and tech savvy to contribute. Frustration is rising early on the occupational path as young workers with few options are often encounter the working conditions imposed by app-based and online employers.
“Sharing economy” or on-demand service economy?
A survey of workers and consumers in the Greater Toronto Area
Toronto’s ‘gig economy’ fueled by young workers starved for choice. A new survey by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives takes the first look at who is working through online platforms in the GTA
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Young people are the ones who will be most affected by artificial intelligence and robotics if the electro-technological super future arrives in the workplace in the fashion expected. With that in mind, there is a new report to direct you to from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship called Future-proof: Preparing Young Canadians for the Future of Work.
The report is HERE and there was a CBC News piece last week covering it that includes 6:18 of audio and other links.
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A few weeks go by and a 49-page report from Meal Exchange that took a detailed look at food insecurity on five Canadian university campuses is pretty much forgotten. Drag. Especially if you are one of those students, trying to advance yourself but scrambling for calories.
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Comprised of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon this publication’s home region, Peel, is famed for strained social services. That makes very welcome whatever media attention is available regarding social conditions here.
Stunning statistics drive need to help Peel’s homeless youth
mississauga.com – access three-part series via link
Within the vast net of financial scams and debt-based swindles that compose much of the source code underlying modern American life is an education-related indenture of $1.3 trillion. This generational thrashing is the stuff of revolutions, surely. Is there not a single history degree out there in the hands of the direly mortgaged young Americans? Education was supposed to be one of the things motorizing the new economy.
Stop paying your student loans and debt collectors can send US Marshalls to arrest you
At what point does a society consciously decide to move off of a real estate bubble? Can we even think of doing so? Recent data from a University of British Columbia professor reveals the standpoint of Canada’s youth in regard to the “benefits” of home ownership. A sample: it would take 23 years for a young person in Vancouver to save the downpayment on a typical mortgage from a typical wage.
Young people have it tougher than parents: UBC prof
bc.ctvnews.ca (video 1:40)
Survey probes health of Burnaby’s homeless youth
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Generation squeeze: population, aging, generational equity & the middle class
University of British Columbia – 20 page .pdf file
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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
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