Northern Reflections: Generation Y Gets The Short End

                                                   https://tw.news.yahoo.com/ Yesterday, the Guardian reported on a study which has concluded that, across the world, Generation Y is getting shafted: A combination of debt, joblessness, globalisation, demographics and rising house ...

Northern Reflections: Strangling Our Future

                                              http://www.corbisimages.com/ Youth unemployment is a problem world wide. Carol Goar reports that: Our youth unemployment rate is 13 per cent. In Sweden, 19.4 per cent of young people are looking for work. In France, the youth jobless rate is 25.9 per cent. In Spain, it is 46 per cent. In Greece it is a ...

Northern Reflections: Rigged Against The Young

Newly released research has revealed that the Harper government’s job creation record — put in historical perspective — is nothing to brag about. But its record of  job creation for young people is undeniably dismal. Armine Yalnizyan writes: If you look at the proportion of people working by age group, this job recovery has been ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Mighty (Pol)Oz Speaks

But his message is not being well-received. No, not at all. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: An Initial Reaction To The Budget

To paraphrase the Soup Nazi, young people, “No job for you!” This message brought to you by the Harper government, not hard at work for you. H/t PressProgress Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Coffee Workers Unionizing

Many of us are abundantly aware, as both parents and citizens, of how hard it is for young people to establish meaningful career paths these days. Part-time and contract work abounds, as do minimum wage jobs, despite the fact that we have a very educated population. Corporations continue to sit on record profits as they ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Legend of Brian Mulroney

Actually, our former Prime Minister is more a legend in his own mind, but then, confronting harsh reality has never been one of Mr. Mulroney’s strong suits. His litigious past serves as ample testament to that fact. But myth is always much more exciting than truth, and what better myth could Mulroney propagate than the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Yet Another Failure of The Corporate Community

We hear everyday about the grim prospects that our young people face – protracted periods of unemployment, underemployment and contract work have become the norm, rather than the exception, even for those with extensive education. Even going back to school to pursue graduate studies or certificate programs offers no guarantee of gainful employment. Indeed, my ...

Northern Reflections: Honey, I Abandoned The Kids

Judith Maxwell, former chair of the Economic Council of Canada, tells the Globe and Mail: “People over their forties in Canada have no idea what it’s like for a young person trying to find a pathway to adulthood right now.” Our present political masters, focused entirely on the next quarter’s results, have not given any ...

Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Walkom: Harper’s Strategy Behind The Foreign Workers Program

Yesterday, over at Northern Reflections, Owen Gray wrote a post entitled A Lost Generation, a reflection on the discouraging prospects our young people face in establishing themselves in gainful employment, and the fact that their plight does not seem to be a factor in the Harper regime’s decision-making. I left the following comment on his ...

Northern Reflections: A Lost Generation

While the Harper government touts its record for job creation, it never mentions youth unemployment. That’s because it focuses on its core constituency — baby boomers, like me, who have retired. For the Harperites, the young don’t matter. Indeed, they are a lost generation. Carol Goar, in the Toronto Star, invites her readers to consider ...