In February, Canada's youth unemployment rate leapt to a 15-month high of 14.5 per cent – almost double the cross--country average. Mind you, those are official rates, which usually overlook people who have given up seeking work.
This disturbing development was marked by two decisions of the federal government in Ottawa. Conservative Human Resources Minister Diane Finley quietly scrapped Canada's 300 student employment centers, which have specialized in helping young people find jobs since the 1960s.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper dropped the other shoe when he announced plans to reduce retirement benefits, inducing baby boomers to stay in the work force longer.
Of more than 430,000 net jobs lost over the course of the Great Recession, more than half were concentrated among those under 25.
However, there is one occupation for which there are many new openings and much brighter long-term prospects: Revolutionary activist.
> The article above was written by Barry Weisleder.