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.
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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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Oh Burnaby! Just getting around to looking at youth homelessness now?
Survey probes health of Burnaby’s homeless youth
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Canada’s middle class is getting some pressure – just not in a uniform way. The pain is felt along age lines mainly.
Generation squeeze: population, aging, generational equity & the middle class
University of British Columbia – 20 page .pdf file
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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.
Bank of Canada governor tells jobless youth ‘living in folks’ basements’ to work for free Hamilton Spectator