Mihira Lakshman on Maritime hopes at the Junior World Track and Field Championships / Tintype tale / Phone-in: What should Maritime employers do to attract younger workers ?
Humidex of 27 And 24 Laps To Go : The pace is blistering and so is the track. Hot, humid weather is playing a role at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Moncton. It's great for athletes in certain events - not so much for others.
From high in the stands, with an eagle eye view of competition,the CBC's Mihira Lakshman has been setting Personal Bests all week, blogging and reporting on the international event.
Bad News/Good News: Yesterday, Rosemary Beckett joined us to talk about antiques and collectibles and mentioned the best way to clean silver : in a word - gently - without abrasive materials. That reminded photographer Peter Barss of West Dublin, Nova Scotia of a job he was once asked to do, and couldn't. He writes: "A customer had tried to clean an old tintype, a beautiful and rare family photo from the 1800s. She tried to clean off a couple of spots, and with one swipe of a soft cloth she wiped off two faces. She asked if there was any way to restore the image. Nope... and tintypes don't have negatives. No reprints."
That's a sad story. And here's one that could have been.
In the early 1970s, Peter spent a year and a half documenting the lives of the fishermen in Lunenburg County. His photographs and interviews became a national bestselling book, Images of Lunenburg County , and images and text from the book toured Canada, the USA and UK. But in 1987, when the Barss family was away, their house burned to the ground. All the negatives and taped interviews from the project were lost. But this story - unlike the tintype one - has a happy ending. The Nova Scotia Museum owned the only extant complete set of prints of Peter's work, and lent them to Craig Yorke at Image House, who converted them to digital files. Now, the works that formed the basis of Images of Lunenburg County, are on display once again. You can see them at the Anderson Gallery in Lunenburg until August 4.
You're The Boss Of Me ? When it comes to the current job market, there's more to it than the basic equation of supply and demand : X number of jobs and Y number of qualified workers. These days, there are often big gaps in expectations between the person hiring and the jopb applicant. And we're not talking about stereotypes : you know - the unreasonable manager who wants more credentials and experience than any twenty-something could hope to have and the twenty-something who wants to work from a coffee shop with a laptop all day.
But the workplace dynamics of 2010 doen't resemble what you see on the TV series Mad Men. The pecking order isn't what it used to be. Technology doesn't tie people to an office desk for 8 hours a day, but it can enable the job to pursue employees anywhere 24/7. And while money is important, workers might value certain types of compensation more highly than the weekly wage.
But when employers and employees don't agree on mutual goals, you see workplace turnover, which is costly - whether it's in the private or public sector. And it's not like we have lots of time to figure this out. Baby Boomers are retiring, there's a shrinking population entering the workforce and younger Maritimers with student loans to pay off are as likely to pursue jobs in Alberta or Abu Dhabi as they are in their home provinces.
We asked : What should Maritime employers do to attract younger workers ? Our guests were Vinod Rajasekaran (author of The Road To Retention, a study for the Public Policy Forum) and Sarah Craig (Employment Coordinator with the Faculty of Business at UNBSJ).
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