Volume 93, Issue 93

Fridday, March 24, 2000


Compaq Centre targets brain-drain

No more lazy days of summer

Cancer centre hires 11 new radiation therapists

Eastern university caps tuition

Chatting with a hockey legend

Smokers get a breather

Crib notes for the desperate


Bass Ackwards

Caught on campus

No more lazy days of summer

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

Approximately $51 million will be invested in the Ontario Summer Jobs Program this year to create employment opportunities for youths, the provincial government announced yesterday.

Dave Ross, spokesperson for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said Minister Dianne Cunningham announced 57,000 employment positions for young people would be created this summer.

The announcement demonstrated the province's continuing commitment to youth employment, Ross said, adding the goal was to place youths in trade-related positions.

"Ontario's growing economy is benefiting young people. Each year, the government has set progressively higher goals for its summer jobs strategy and each year the goal has been exceeded," Cunningham said.

"Since 1995, we have doubled the number of successful job searches through the Ontario Summer Jobs Program," she added.

Ross explained that in 1995, the province created 24,000 job positions in the summer. "It grows and grows and grows," he said.

Melanie Alexander, manager of the resource centre at Youth Opportunities Unlimited in London, said the provincial government could either hire students to work within their own ministries, or give various companies money to hire students to work for them. "It's all listed by city," she said.

Although Alexander said there was no specific deadline for the applications, she suggested students apply as soon as possible, as the province would consider applications on a first come, first serve basis.

"It's very popular with students," she said. "There's certainly never a shortage of students to take the positions."

Any student wanting to participate in either of these programs must be returning to school in the fall, Alexander added.

"The government has done a lot in the past few years," said Sharon Lee, co-ordinator of employment services at Western's Student Development Centre.

Although the programs are beneficial overall, Lee said there were some disadvantages, namely the salary. "It's minimum wage. That's what they've always paid.

Furthermore, some of the positions are not always career-related, as they mostly relate to the federal government. "Sometimes they are very basic."

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