Tag Archives: youth

(1111) Toronto gig economy survey

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
policyalternatives.ca
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
thestar.com

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(1110) Future-proof youth?


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.
Youth at risk of unemployment with future entry-level jobs replaced by automation
cbc.ca/news

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(938) US student debt racket

jailWithin 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.
Wasn’t it?
Stop paying your student loans and debt collectors can send US Marshalls to arrest you
boingboing.net
The feds are now arresting people for not paying their student loans
vice.com

(915) Apres 1976: generational lockdown

UBCAt 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)

(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

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
rabble.ca

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(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