Federal proposals on unpaid internships ‘galling,’ advocates say
If implemented, the changes would allow for four-month unpaid internships in federally-regulated sectors like banking and telecommunications.

The advocacy group representing Canadian students and interns has withdrawn from the federal government’s consultations on how to improve protections for young workers because the proposals will allow unpaid internships, the Star has learned.

If implemented, the changes to the Canada Labour Code would permit unpaid internships of up to four months in federally regulated sectors like banking and telecommunications — so long as the position is “primarily for the benefit of the intern” and does not replace a paid position.

But advocates say the proposed guidelines are a recipe for exploitation.

“Essentially what the federal government is going to be allowing here is for four-months unpaid probationary periods for all new hires,” said Andrew Langille, general counsel for the Canadian Intern Association.

On Monday, the organization wrote to newly appointed Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk to express “grave concern” over the proposals, which were initiated under Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.

“We are appealing to you to immediately halt the implementation of the loopholes established by the former government,” the letter reads.

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Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 8- Kennedy Baker 

Kennedy Baker is a former senior international elite gymnast who competed for USA and is now a sophomore at the University of Florida majoring in telecommunications. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Team USA National Team Member 2010-2014 
  • 2009 Visa Championships junior bars champion
  • Competed at 2012 US Olympic Trials finishing eighth in the all-around
  • 2013 P&G Championships bronze medal winner on the balance beam

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.950
  • Bars: 9.85
  • Beam: 9.925
  • Floor: 10.000

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Earned her first 10.000 of her college career on floor against Alabama on 2016-01-29
  • All-American on floor
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (2015)
  • Four-time SEC freshman of the week recipient
New descriptions for the Ghostbusters team!

Kristen Wiig is Erin Gilbert: Particle physicist, academic firebrand, spectral warrior

Melissa McCarthy is Abby Yates: Paranormal researcher, supernatural scientist, entity trapper

Kate McKinnon is Jillian Holtzmann: Nuclear engineer, munitions expert, proton wrangler

Leslie Jones is Patty Tolan: Ghost tracker, municipal historian, metaphysical commando

Chris Hemsworth is Kevin: Telecommunications expert, reception services technician, unemployed actor
Libraries celebrate 20th anniversary of telecom act
Please help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Telecom Act (hashtag #96x20) and share how your #librariestransform with high-speed broadband all week.

Powered by the Telecom Act, #librariestransform communities across the country. We went from 28% of all public libraries providing public internet, to nearly all of public libraries wired with wifi today!

For advanced Finnish learners: Elisa (a Finnish telecommunications company) has made an impressive number of e-books available for free through its own website. The list of books includes Finnish literary classics, as well as famous international works translated into Finnish. In my opinion, reading Finnish literature is a great way to improve language skills, so what are you waiting for? ;)

You can access the books here: