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Edition 12 July 2012
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Canada's young people struggle to find jobs
Courtesy of Iris Unger, Youth Employment Services, Montreal.
Young people leaving Canadian high schools and/or universities are continuing to struggle to find jobs.

The latest Statistics Canada figures show that the number of jobs for youth between the ages of 15-24 is down while the number of people looking for them is going up.

Canada lost more than 430,000 jobs during the 2008-09 financial slump, half of these were in the youth job market, and almost none of them have been recovered.

Iris Unger -- the Executive Director of YES (Youth Employment Services) a not-for-profit organization based in Montreal that helps young people find jobs – says the situation is serious.

“Things have not picked up that much since 2008 … we’re seeing people re-entering the job market who’ve gone to school for the past two or three years hopeful that when they got out of school that there would be jobs, (but) people are not leaving their jobs so they aren’t creating space for young people to get their foot in the door .. companies are more cautious about their hiring (they’re) being more strategic.”

Rapid change for Canada, pivotal change for women journalists
Courtesy Margalo Grant Whyte

Canada was booming in the early 1900s. People wanted to know what was going on and devoured daily newspapers. Some women worked for those papers, but mostly for the social pages. That changed when 16 presswomen travelled to the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. A book called “The Sweet Sixteen: The Journey That Inspired the Canadian Women’s Press Club.” describes the trip that revolutionized journalism for Canadian women. Lynn Desjardins spoke with author Linda Kay who is also chair of the journalism department at Concordia University in Montreal.

Right to work laws, right to undermine unions?
Courtesy Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
In Canada's most populous province of Ontario the leader of the Official Opposition Progressive Conservative Party Tim Hudak has come out in favour of of so-called Right to Work legislation.

Depending on how it's implemented, this legislation limits many union organisations rights, including automatically getting union dues from its members.The issue has now been brought up in three provinces of Canada, and more than 20 American states have implemented these laws in the United States.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has more.
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