A Bleak Outlook on Youth Un(der)employment (what the numbers say.)

Marquency Laurore consults the classified ads for a job in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Marquency Laurore consults the classified ads for a job in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS) (CTV, 2014).

Can we attribute a part of this whole crisis to numerical oversight?

Probably not, but we can use the statistics, or the lack there of, to emphasis just how dire the situation is and hopefully motivate people to take action. Job reporting is a huge issue that has been under fire and came to a head recently when the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) challenged Statistics Canada’s (StatsCan) labour market findings on March 7, 2014. Continue reading “A Bleak Outlook on Youth Un(der)employment (what the numbers say.)”


Putting Generation Y to Work (acknowledging the actual accrued value of Millennials)

Image of a one way street pointing towards the horizon.
(The Guardian, 2009)

Knowledge is not a one-way street.

Recent statistics indicate that Millenials will dominate nearly 75% of the workforce in Canada by 2028 (The Globe and Mail, 2014). If we are being fair this statistic is not surprising considering the fact that by then many Baby Boomers will have most definitely reached the age of retirement. But how does this deal with the crisis of youth un(der)employment I have been discussing for the past five weeks – what do these young workers do in the meantime so that they can be integrated  into the workforce now! Continue reading “Putting Generation Y to Work (acknowledging the actual accrued value of Millennials)”

The Canada Job Grant (Does it solve the crisis?)

Image of a man holding a book saying "Creating Job Opportunities."
The budget announced that the federal government is prepared to deliver the Canada Job Grant starting April 1, directly through Service Canada, in provinces where no deal can be reached. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) (CBC, 2014b).

This past week the new budget was delivered by Jim Flaherty and according to the Metro one of the six things we had to know included, the quickly becoming infamous Canada Job Grant (Greenway & Matthews, 2014). The Canada Job Grant gives businesses looking to hire and train underemployed or unemployed workers up to $15,000 per worker for training costs. However, what seems like the solution to our problem of youth unemployment and underemployment in Canada has raised considerable controversy.

But what could be so wrong with the Federal government covering the cost of training workers to fill skill-based jobs, alleviating the risk for employers and making it easier for unemployed workers and underemployed youth to find jobs? Continue reading “The Canada Job Grant (Does it solve the crisis?)”

An Internship or Internment?

Image of unpaid interns with signs around their necks.
(youth and work, 2012).

Two weeks ago, I discussed the documentary Generation Jobless, where among many of its critical critiques it fit in that Millennial interns are rarely placed in paid or even legal internship positions, with many of them just being cycled through the “system” under the guise of acquiring experience. As Marcus (2014) alluded to in an earlier comment, many unpaid internships do not meet the requirements of the Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) and they also place youth in a precarious situation where they are “working” for a company with no promise of a career afterwards. Continue reading “An Internship or Internment?”

Are the Millennials One Picture?

A picture is worth a thousand words.

An image of a camera made of words.
(Deviantart, 2011).

As stated in Picturing Protests: The Visual Framing of Collective Action by First Nations in Canada by Catherine Corrigall-Brown and Rima Wilkes (2012), “modern media includes more images than ever before, and these images are remembered longer and are more likely to elicit emotional responses” (p.223). Images tend to frame a crisis or event in a different way then is captured by the text; acting as a lens through which we witness the affair. Whether it is because there are only so many images available, the photograph is visually exciting or the image becomes synonymous with the crisis, what we see in the media tends to stay with us and subliminally be associated with all our future dealings with the event.

Like the documentary, Generation Jobless, the media is partially to blame. They seek to maximize a profit and support their story, and sometimes the easiest way to do this is to use fear and negativity, alluded to as “the protest paradigm” (p.224). The way the picture is framed tells a story; creating meaning.

So what are the pictures shown whenever I type in “underemployment, youth, Canada” or “unemployed, youth, Canada”?

Image of a student operating a coffee maker
Unemployment is a problem for young Canadians, but so is working in jobs that are below their level of education (CBC News, 2013).

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Generation Jobless

You experience something very humbling when you read that title; or perhaps it’s terrifying. Even from its name you can already tell that this documentary by CBC’s DocZone is not going to be a happy tale about the job situation for the Millennials. Using the article From Noise to Nucleus by Elly A. Konijn and Jelte M. ten Holt I have chosen to examine how this video takes advantage of our emotions. The nature of a documentary is to evoke opinions by effecting our emotions. Therefore, this article was selected because it provides detailed information about how media affects our emotions and how we in turn regulate these emotions.

An image of the title for Generation Jobless.
(dreamfilm.ca, 2013).

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What are we Saying? That there’s a job crisis, but we’ll fix it. (A look at Ontario’s response to youth unemployment)

An image of a woman looking at a board with job postings (Wynne, 2013). Photo taken by BRIAN SNYDER / REUTERS.

The crisis that I will address over the course of the semester is youth unemployment in Canada. Although it is never the top news story or considered breaking news in our fast paced society it is an ever evolving, politically charged social issue that recedes into the background despite having potentially devastating effects not only on this generation but also the next and the previous. Many students who graduate high school or from a post-secondary institution and cannot find employment tend to be either unemployed or underemployed in low paying jobs that do not utilize the skills that they learned from their education, earning them nicknames like “College Grad Barista.” However, despite being underemployed they are still burdened with their student debt accrued during post-secondary education. Continue reading “What are we Saying? That there’s a job crisis, but we’ll fix it. (A look at Ontario’s response to youth unemployment)”