Commute from Hell
Work can't help but be affected when people spend almost as much time commuting as they spend on the job. How can a stressful commute impact a person's professional performance? What does it ultimately do to family life, or social engagements? Another in IDEAS' ongoing annual consideration of work-related mobility issues looks at the terrible experience of Toronto commuters.
"Our society is very much geared towards the nine-to-five. Childcare is geared towards the nine-to-five. So, my daycare is open from seven to six. And if we're late, we're charged a dollar per minute. That's very difficult -- if not impossible-- for people who are in these precarious employment situations. So, how is it that we have our society geared towards the nine-to-five, whether it's child care or public transit? And yet we're not adapting to this reality of employment."
-- Stephanie Premji
Guests in the program:
- Stephanie Premjiteaches at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She's part of a seven-year research project called On the Move, which is studying work-related mobility issues across Canada, and around the globe.
- Baolinh is a mother, and a regular TTC commuter.
- Elif lives in downtown Toronto, but commutes for two hours in either direction to get to a job that she loves in Aurora.
- Margot takes Toronto transit to school every day, and is trying to resist the temptation to get a driver's licence and buy a car.
- Rabiul immigrated to Canada as an engineer, and found precarious work as a temporary labourer in Toronto.
- Siddharsana is a student at the Scarborough Campus of the University of Toronto. Almost all of her fellow students are commuters.