You Say You Want a Revolution?
I can’t help but be somewhat cynical about the purported 370,000 jobs that may open up in Canada at some point this year. Not that I wish to see the glass as half empty but sometimes it is. And in the case of Harper’s House of Horrors promising new jobs in 2012 I would suggest the glass is completely empty.
I wouldn’t fall hook, line and sinker for that news flash until I am signing my new job contract on the dotted line. Consider for instance:
- Industrial Revolution – Watch turning points in history – industrial revolution What a golden era in North American history! Major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and technology had a profound effect on the social, economic and cultural conditions of the times. Almost every aspect of daily life was influenced in some way. Most notably, average income and population reached unprecedented, sustained growth. Childhood was invented for the middle and upper classes. Education, although not mandatory in the 17th and 18th centuries, was accessible. Watch top 50 inventions of all time
Reality: Unbelievable amounts of pollution began spewing into our atmosphere for the first time in history. The low-class got many jobs in the manufacturing, mining, and transportation industries without the right to unions or minimum wage pay. They worked up to 14 hours per day but were usually paid for less. There were no child labour laws, keeping the child mortality rate as high as it was pre-revolution. Children were not paid as much as adults even though their productivity was comparable. Childhood didn’t exist for the poor. The poor lived in cramped, squalid houses on the streets whereas the middle to upper classes lived far more comfortably. The shabby homes shared toilet facilities with open sewers, and families were at risk of developing pathologies associated with persistent dampness. Disease was spread through a contaminated water supply. Watch the children who built Victorian Britain Part I
- IT Revolution -Watch the information revolution then and now scudda-hoo! scudda hay! The fastest growing industry in history began in the early 20th century and suddenly exploded in the 1990s, still progressing in leaps and bounds. The success of the IT industry is unprecedented. Communication worldwide is as quick and effortless as clicking a button on a computer or iPhone. Cell phones and Blackberries carry software applications including the internet, Microsoft software package, games and much more. Losing information in the mail is a thing of the past. Access to information for schools, hospitals, laboratories, corporations etc is abundant and easy. Read Bill Gates’s dream: A computer in every home.
Reality: Watch internet for rural areas Lesser developed countries, as well as minorities in developed countries, have not even come close to reaping the benefits of the internet: the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow. Domestically there is a two-tier computer system in providing high-speed internet services to rural and urban communities, known as the “digital divide”. Watch The digital divide. This is crucial since those without high-speed internet services could be cut off from affordable information about education and healthcare. African-Americans and Hispanics are less than half as likely as Caucasians to explore the internet from home, work or school, meaning minority groups are at a disadvantage in competing for entry-level jobs. Donna L. Hoffman, a professor at Vanderbilt University says, “The big question is why African-Americans are not adopting this technology, it’s not just price, because they are buying cable and satellite systems in large numbers. So we have to look deeper … I think there is still a question of ‘What’s in it for me?’” Read computers for Jamaica
- Global Work Force – Watch Sikorsky to cut global workforce by 3 percent. Immigration Canada opened its doors for hundreds of thousands of professional and skilled workers. Many prospered and helped to improve Canada’s overall economy and employment rate. Families helped provide the country with a more regulated number of young workers as Canada’s baby boomers moved closer to retirement. Canadian families were having fewer children (from 2.5% to 1.3%) and foreign families helped to maintain the 1.3% stat and prevent it from falling any further. Watch Canada immigration – fast track immigration for skilled workers
Reality: Watch course 3 – cheap labour will cost you more Many skilled, foreign workers were hired by companies for much lower wages than Canadian workers, costing Canadians countless jobs. Skilled workers had to be re-trained in order to comply with Canada’s safety regulations and this took considerable time and cost. Welfare increased in order to provide new immigrant families with a source of income, as did subsidized housing; this in turn increased Canadian taxes. Many landed immigrants with criminal backgrounds were admitted into Canada via arranged marriages. Marriages occurred as a means to bring over relatives rather than functioning as legitimate marriages. Outsourcing usually meant sweatshops and “slave” labour: some workers received only 68 cents an hour from American and Canadian employers. In some cases this meant the quality of products was noticeably reduced. watch more American workers outsourcing own jobs overseas
Change, even on a revolutionary scale, can be a good thing. But with great change comes great responsibility, and many corporations and individuals fall far short of that ideal when it comes to cost-saving labour and increased communication. Then again, so do certain “conservative” governments as of late.
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