Generation Why: May 10
In this week's issue of Generation Why, several contributors reflect on stories about breaking free -- whether the confines are physical, societal, or psychological.
Please flip through the interactive magazine to see what young Canadians consider this week's must-read news.
may 10, 2013
must-read news for young Canadians
Want to submit an illustration or photograph for a future cover? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Esra Tasdemir is a graphic design student at Toronto's OCAD University.
She not only does freelance work in graphic design but also in photography, as featured on the cover, and illustration, as you'll see on our back page this week.
"This photograph critiques the consumer society, and the way it especially targets youth," she said of the cover photograph, adding a that teenagers and young adults should be critical of the mold industry suggests they should fit.
The back page illustration, she explains, is a more personal piece.
"The lipstick symbolizes the last kiss and farewell"
You can see more of Esra's work at her website.
note from the editors
We're excited this week to announce that our very first special issue of Generation Why will go live next Friday!
In response to a request from our community members, we will profile young opinion shapers, innovators and leaders in a variety of established and emerging fields. You can read the full callout here.
If you want to contribute, please email your 150 - 200 word nominations, as well as any relevant photos and links, to email@example.com with the subject line "Gen Why: young people to watch" - deadline: Wednesday May 15.
Although the nominees must be members of Generation Y (under 30, give or take a few years), we're accepting nominations from Canadians of all ages.
Until next week, stay curious!
Fabiola Carletti and Lauren O'Neil
CBC Community writers/producers
This week I've found myself drawn to the details of developing news story, first reported on Monday, about three women and a young girl who were rescued from years of captivity in a Cleveland, Ohio home.
Perhaps it is the fact that these women were found just miles from where they went missing that raises so many questions.
How did their captors manage to hide them for so long in a busy city with neighbours around?
What psychological trauma have they experienced and how will they recover?
These women are around the same age I am now but have lost several years of their lives. As much as I’ve tried to turn a blind eye to this news story, I just can’t ignore it.
How will they move forward? And what will come of their captors?
These questions are all tackled in this in-depth feature by CBC's Andre Mayer.
For those of us living in developed countries such as Canada, the article touches on skills and occupational mismatches.
Those of us that have jobs may question whether we’re the right person for that job.
Reading this, a bright bulb lit up in my head. Me, me, that’s me!
Feeling over skilled or under skilled at a job is far from feeling successful.
So, how are we supposed to get our careers started?
See what the report recommends governments, organizations and employers do.
reader pick: Global youth unemployment set to rise, UN warns
Are you unemployed, between jobs, or at a job you absolutely hate just to pay off those student loans?
If you answered yes, you’re not alone, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization.
The report tells us there has been a huge global increase in unemployment, and it’s only going to keep growing.
The article suggests many youth ready to enter the workforce will likely struggle and be left with a significant lack of work experience, which will only lead to diminishing occupational skills.
why don't you just
get a job already?
In our interconnected world, staggering youth unemployment and underemployment in other countries will impact us all, in terms of global economic growth.
It will also impact international security, given the link between unemployment and political instability.
Closer to home, Canada is not immune to this problem. The CBC previously reported on Canada’s 14 per cent youth unemployment rate.
Those that want to learn more should check out this in-depth documentary.
reader pick: CBC doc zone presents 'Generation jobless'
I’ve heard a lot of criticism against my generation -- we’re lazy, entitled, and should just get real jobs.
Well, more evidence suggests that youth unemployment and underemployment are systemic, global economic issues.
On Wednesday, the CBC reported that the International Labor Organization pegs the global unemployment rate for youth aged 15 to 24 at 12.6 per cent, up from 12.4 per cent in 2012.
In 2012, youth unemployment was highest in the Middle East and North Africa (28.3 per cent and 23.7 per cent, respectively), while the rate was 18.1 per cent in wealthier countries.
Youth around the world often have to settle for part-time and low-paying work.
What strikes me is the need for coordinated international action.
shutting out the census
CBC News Network
Gen Y might be getting bigger, and more diverse. The new National Household Survey (NHS) says we're seeing the most foreign-born people living in Canada than we’ve seen in more than a century -- and most of them are young suburban people.
Here’s a full breakdown of the numbers coming out of the inaugural NHS -- but there’s also a story behind the story here.
You may remember that the Conservative government scrapped the mandatory long-form census in 2010 saying that it was an invasion of privacy. The NHS is its optional, and controversial replacement.
When the decision was made three years ago, the head of the Stats Can stepped down in anger. (He explained his reasons to The Current back then.)
Now, the important thing is that city planners and other decision-makers use census data to decide how many hospitals to build, how many schools to staff, whether or not to close your local library.
And the voluntarily survey had a non-response rate five times higher than the mandatory census -- and this has many number crunchers alarmed.
Worries that critical parts of the population won't be counted are high. And that we're not getting enough detail to inform meaningful public policy.
Most importantly -- the national survey reveals that the force may no longer be with Canadians.
(Or maybe Jedis are just less likely to respond.)
In a cbc webcam chat this week, Former StatsCan chief Ivan Fellegi compared the long-form census' replacement to unstirred soup,
Click here to
find out why.
Lee David Clayworth is a Vancouver teacher who’s being cyberstalked by his ex-girlfriend, Lee Ching Yang.
Despite the court ordering search engine providers Google, Yahoo and Bing to block his name from being searchable, the harassment continues.
One site, liarsandcheaters.com, even wrote to Clayworth, "Do you really want to start a war with a website that sometimes gets over [20,000] visits a day?" when requested to remove the contents.
This CBC Go Public story caught my attention because it is disturbing to see the limits of the law's jurisdiction on cyberspace.
Yet the solution often proposed is to stop sending private materials to people you know and trust, therefore punishing the victim by not ensuring their right to feel safe online.
Instead, the law should try to realize that since a person's personal space now includes the internet, that space should be as vigilantly monitored as any other.
Lee David Clayworth, the B.C. teacher who became a victim of cyber-stalking by his ex girlfriend, is now dealing with the ongoing struggle of cleaning up his misrepresented cyber-reputation, an extremely difficult task with no clear end in sight.
The CBC looked into ways of fighting back against online defamation when all legal options have been exhausted.
The report suggest adopting a PR approach to cyber-reputation by attempting to bury bad content and boosting positive information on search engines, as well as being able to differentiate between sources of information available online.
This story caught my attention because we all have a cyber-reputation that is available for the world to see, whether we realize it or not.
In the advent of social media, many people now manage multiple online profiles, which in the end may make it easier for others to libel us online.
As users, it is important to understand what can be done to protect and maintain our cyber-reputation.
Hopefully an increased awareness will provide us with a better defense against defamatory posts and help us distinguish the line between freedom of speech and cyber-bullying.
cool kids only
cbc online writer/encoder
I was never the cool kid in school. I wasn’t the tallest or the bravest, and I wasn’t good at sports. Sometimes, that made me uncomfortable even among my friends.
According to Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries, a 15-year-old me would be unwelcome in his stores.
"Candidly, we go after the cool kids," he said in a 2006 interview Business Insider revisited this week. "We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends."
That’s a lot of imprecise, value-charged language that can skirt a laundry list of anti-discrimination laws. But at its core, you’re only welcome if you’re good-looking and ‘cool.’
Young men and women growing up are forced to deal with countless blows to their self-esteem and self-confidence when it comes to body image.
Many of us are able to overcome these issues as we grow up, and slowly realize that there’s more to you than your waist measurement.
Statements like Mr. Jeffries’ actively work against this maturation. A CEO of an influential clothing line, who says to people young or old who don’t fit the narrow vision of beauty and says, "they can’t belong," (that’s a quote) inflicts psychological and tangible harm.
Go ahead and sell your cool clothes to your cool kids with lots of friends, Mr. Jeffries.
You’re no friend of mine.
"A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong."
Abercrombie & Fitch CEO
This week is Mental Health Week. So, let’s talk about it.
Since Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced proposed changes to the criminal code, which targets offenders who have a mental illness, members of the mental health community have been advocating against its implications.
As Dr. Paul Fedoroff pointed out in a news conference earlier this week, members of the mental health community were not consulted during the drafting of the bill.
This negligence on the part of our federal government has lead to the proposed Bill C-54, which I agree is misinformed. Dr Fedoroff goes on to say that the bill is hardly evidence-based. It presupposes a problem.
But those living with mental illnesses are far more likely to become victims, not offenders. An overwhelming 97 per cent of people living with mental illness do not commit crimes. Further, there is a very low reconviction rate.
I don't believe that Bill C-54 prevents crimes. In fact, the bill makes it difficult to access appropriate therapeutic and rehabilitative interventions and limits successful social reintegration.
Rather than focusing on the crime, I think we should be reforming the process by which we identify, intervene and treat mental illness in order to support individuals and society rather than stigmatizing them and turning them into villains.
You know how it is. Something feels wonky or painful, you walk down to the clinic, show the doctor your owie.
He gives you a lolly and a prescription, and off you go to the drugstore to tame your symptoms.
It’s like this because our health care system caters to people after they become sick.
Not to freak you out or anything, but your doctor’s orders may soon be more "Drop and gimme fifty!" than "take twice daily".
Following New Zealand’s lead, Canadian doctors are prescribing exercise regimens as a preventative measure.
Does it work? Well, take Kimberly Harris’ word for it.
Her exercise prescription is helping her manage her heart condition and stave off the need for a heart transplant.
"It is just as good as the eight drugs that I take daily. It helps my head a lot more than the drugs do."
There is one thing I’m puzzling over, though: as most people don’t see doctors until they suffer symptoms, how can we properly integrate prevention into medicine?
Read more here.
get out more?
Many Canadians can now safely see old man winter in their rearview mirrors.
But one of Canada’s best known environmentalists, David Suzuki, warns that fewer and fewer Canadians would trade the soft glow of a television for some sunshine.
Canadian children are, on average, spending 6 minutes a day outside, and 6 hours a day in front of some kind of screen.
To encourage more Canadians to get outside, Suzuki recounted tales of his youth to the Q’s Jian Ghomeshi.
He spoke of a time when parents gave their kids longer leashes to play outside and called them home for dinner from the back step.
It’s important for us to remember the feeling of playing in a puddle for hours or lying silently in the grass watching the clouds lazily drift by.We should take the time to reconnect with nature.
Suzuki also encouraged Canadians to participate in his 30x30 challenge.
He is asking us to connect with our nomadic hunter and gatherer roots and spend at least 30 minutes a day in nature for thirty days straight.
Challenge accepted Mr. Suzuki!
CBC online writer
staff pick: 30 mins outside for 30 days - can you do it?
My generation has grown up with Reese Witherspoon, who has starred in movies like Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama.
But it wasn’t a movie release that put Witherspoon in headlines this week -- it was an arrest video.
Unlike many celebrities arrested before her, she has a girl next door image and made a public apology right away. She did not commit the DUI. It was her husband,
but she did display poor judgement.
Witherspoon has shown that she is not above the law and paid the fine for her actions.
This is the first time that this has happened in her career and I believe that she’ll bounce back.
She simply created a PR problem for herself, but I don’t believe that this one minor incident will affect her career as an actress.
Sweetheart's sour side
As the ways we communicate become more digitized, the stories we tell and the way we tell them need to keep up in order to stay relevant.
This includes poetry, a form that’s being increasingly drowned out by the digital and social noise constantly buzzing around us.
April was National Poetry Month in Canada and the United States.
As this year's celebrations came to an end, CBC Community asked for poets as well as the larger community to weigh in on what poetry means in the digital environment.
We used conversations we had with some of these poets, as well as the wealth of feedback we received from the Community, to create an interactive feature and live chat around what poetry means in the digital era.
We hope you'll enjoy the result.
poetry goes #digital
Here’s my prediction: three years from now, even your grandmother will own a 3D printer.
Right now these printers are too expensive for the average consumer, but their price should come down within a few years.
This technology excites my inner geek. With a 3D printer, and the right blueprint in hand, the possibilities are endless.
These printers can make everything from musical instruments and Blackberry cases to shoes and bookends. Universities will use them, as will hospitals.
There is so much good that can result from this technology, it saddens me to hear that the most companies have been able to use them for is to make workable plastic guns.
In Canada, it’s illegal to manufacture or possess a firearm without the necessary license and registrations.
This law is hard enough to enforce as it is -- what will happen when anyone with an internet connection can access pirated blueprints and print their very own 3D weapon at home?
These plastic guns also pose serious problems for airports and courthouses; or indeed, wherever people rely on a metal detector for security.
And this technology will only get more mainstream; blueprints are available for download under the category “Physibles” – a new term coined for 3D blueprints.
It will be interesting to see how Canadian law adapts to this new technology.
On May 3rd, the RCMP announced a new policy that restricts it’s members on sick leave from travelling to Ottawa to testify for the senate (or anywhere outside of their jurisdictions) without written approval from RCMP medical staff and management.
Their reasoning? If you are well enough to travel, you are well enough to work.
This travel ban comes in addition to an order released in March that senior Mounties are not to speak to any MPs or Senators without written government approval.
Not to be overdramatic, but this feels a bit tyrannical, especially since some RCMP employees are suspicious that this ban is to keep them from speaking to the senate about workplace harassment, which some feel is systemic.
Not allowing RCMP officers to speak out or meet with officials on their own accord impedes our justice system.
An important side note: the Tories’ budget implementation bill (Bill-C60) will give the Conservatives power to dictate collective bargaining and terms for salaries and working conditions of major crown corporations including CBC, effectively contradicting a longstanding arm’s-length relationship between the independent CBC and any government in power.
If we continue to let the autonomy of the CBC and RCMP be eroded, I fear Canadians risk losing institutions that are integral to our democracy.