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Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz: ‘When I bump into youths, they ask me, you know, “What am I supposed to do in a situation?” I say, look, having something unpaid on your CV is very worth it because that’s the one thing you can do to counteract this scarring effect. Get some real-life experience even though you’re discouraged, even if it’s for free.’ (Reuters)
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz: ‘When I bump into youths, they ask me, you know, “What am I supposed to do in a situation?” I say, look, having something unpaid on your CV is very worth it because that’s the one thing you can do to counteract this scarring effect. Get some real-life experience even though you’re discouraged, even if it’s for free.’ (Reuters)

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Nov. 6: Cashier that work-for-free idea, Mr. Poloz – and other letters to the editor Add to ...

Cashier that idea

I would be happy to offer Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz an unpaid internship with my small business, and free accommodations in my parents’ basement suite (Poloz’s Prescription For Unemployed Youth: Work For Free – Nov. 5). This would be, I believe, an excellent opportunity for him. While he has a solid education and résumé, it appears that his experience with young professionals and, most importantly, empathy, are clearly deficient.

We’d be happy to help him develop these “soft” skills, which are so vital in today’s troubled economy. I even promise to try really hard to not patronize him.

J.R. Barlow, Victoria

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Volunteering or working unpaid to bolster your CV is all well and good for the small percentage of students or recent grads whose parents pay for their every whim. Unfortunately, it’s not practical advice for most, who are slowly drowning in student loans.

With the ever increasing cost of education, the very last thing the unemployed of Gen Y want to hear is that they should grab the wonderful opportunity they have to work for free. We need more available jobs or we need a freeze on tuition fees, but we most certainly don’t need patronizing, out-of-touch advice that is blatantly biased toward the wealthy.

Erin Massender, Guelph, Ont.

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For those of us who have been unemployed for quite some time, the last thing we need is for another paternalistic government figure with a big salary to advise us to do unpaid work. Many of us are highly educated and intelligent and have thought of this ourselves. In fact, I’m not a youth, and I have many years of volunteerism under my belt and on my résumé, and none of it seems to impress anyone any more (at least not in Metro Vancouver).

If this government, after spending millions of tax dollars on a propaganda campaign called the Economic Action Plan, cannot stimulate the economy and produce an environment that creates real, sustainable, full-time jobs (for everyone who is looking for one), then it’s probably time to elect new True Blood that can do the job. Isn’t that what MPs and Stephen Poloz are being paid for?

The time for excuses, which represented a large part of the Bank of Canada Governor’s speech, is over.

Adele Cameron, Vancouver

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What’s the next step? Will students be expected to pay a company to get “internship” experience? Companies need to invest in the future – the young men and women entering the work force after graduating.

Jury Kopach, Thornhill, Ont.

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Would someone please tell Stephen Poloz that even slaves got room and board?

Tom Martin, Tottenham, Ont.

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A name too far

If federal cabinet minister Denis Lebel is determined to change the name of the Champlain Bridge, surely “Donnacona” should be a strong candidate for the twin to the Jacques Cartier bridge (A Bridge, By Any Other Name, Ignites A Feud – Nov. 5).

The Laurentian Iroquoian chief and his sons guided Cartier part way down the great river and later cured his crew of scurvy, only to be kidnapped and taken back to France where they died.

Je me souviens.

Ramsay Cook, Toronto

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We should take a big picture view of this naming opportunity. Call it Pont des Canadiens to honour the dynasty of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club – players, owners, off-ice personnel. Otherwise, we will surely leave out deserving individuals. Did anyone mention our beloved Jean Béliveau?

Richard Pesner, Piedmont, Que.

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Imagine this scenario: The George Washington Bridge is being rebuilt, a disconnected politician proposes changing its name to the Joe DiMaggio Bridge.

New Yorkers just love the idea.

Not.

Pierre Nadon, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

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Lysiane Gagnon is on the mark in saying Champlain is an iconic figure in Canadian history (A Bridge Name Too Far – Nov. 5).

Champlain’s Dream is a magnificent tribute to Canada’s founder; every Canadian should read it, particularly MPs from Quebec as they consider changing the name.

Peter G. Cathcart, Toronto

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Canada’s Nazis

I was moved by the Moment In Time (Nov. 4, 1982) of Helmut Rauca, the only Nazi war criminal and former Canadian citizen to have been extradited to Germany for trial.

This might never have occurred were it not for the actions of then-solicitor-general Robert Kaplan. He had to fight a resistant Trudeau government which wanted to leave these historical issues behind firmly closed doors.

It was thanks to Mr. Kaplan’s bold doggedness that Helmut Rauca saw justice. Sadly, Nazi war criminals and enablers are still among us today and our government still prefers the firmly closed door.

Bernie M. Farber, former CEO, Canadian Jewish Congress

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Malnutrition’s grip

Re Critics Slam Canada’s Northern Food Program (Nov. 4): The failed Nutrition North Canada program replaced the successful Food Mail Program, a healthy food subsidy to Northerners.

Nutrition North is the same subsidy, the same pot of money, now given to retailers. This is a strange interpretation of the phrase “market-driven.”

Furthermore, there have been complaints of poor accountability and oversight in this perk to business. Is there price gouging by retailers? Do fish swim?

Meanwhile, malnutrition in Northern communities, particularly among children, is epidemic.

Linda Leon, Whitehorse

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Uncle Sam’s outlook

Re Republicans Win, But America Suffers (Nov. 5): Barack Obama is not blame free, but a key part of the inability to move his platform forward is an opposition ideologically obsessed with ensuring his failure, indelibly coloured by an overlying taint of racism.

Jeffrey Simpson mentions Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United, two Supreme Court decisions that also dramatically tilted the landscape from policy to money.

Another, Shelby County v. Holder, was a brutal misreading by a slim majority of the Supreme Court that gutted the Voter Rights Act and permits individual states to introduce blatant restrictions on voting rights that have a massively disproportionate impact on poor and minority voters.

Congressional district gerrymandering at the state level ensures a disproportionate number of Republican victories that are offside to the larger popular-vote measurements. These self-imposed brakes on progress promise that the ideological impasse will continue for at least the next two years.

Frank Malone, Aurora, Ont.

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Just wondering …

Re Targeted Strikes Hit IS Construction Sites (Nov. 4): So, Canadian F-18s destroyed heavy engineering equipment and vehicles in Iraq. Did Tony Blair and George W. Bush get it wrong – did they really mean “weapons of mass construction”?

Wilf Roy, North Vancouver

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