Retirement lost: More Canadians are cashing out RRSPs early

February 23, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

Lianne Paul had to empty her RRSP in September.

Not because she’s retiring – far from it: The mother of three is in her 40s. And a year after crippling health issues, including PTSD, forced her out of her job, she’s still unemployed. Openings for the same administrative work she’d been doing for years require skills that didn’t exist during her original diploma program.

Before she could qualify for income assistance to help her get by while she looks for a job, Paul had to liquidate all her savings – including the retirement nest egg to which she contributed for a decade.

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‘Canadian families are tapped out’: Tories out of touch with economy, opposition says

February 19, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

Canadians are struggling in today’s economy far more than the federal Conservatives realize, NDP and Liberal opposition critics say.

They point to analysis in a Global News series on Canada’s financial instability trapas proof the post-recession recovery is, for many families, an unfulfilled promise.

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What the feds had to say about Canadians’ labour instability trap

February 18, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

Global News asked to speak with newly minted Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre to get his thoughts on our investigation into the labour and financial struggles plaguing Canadians.

He declined: “The Minister is in briefings all day for the next few days,” we were told last week.

So we sent questions via e-mail, instead, and received an e-mailed statement from his office in response.

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Recession hit hard, recovery came slow for immigrants

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 – Globe and Mail

As employment grows with a reviving economy, so does the unemployment gap between the country’s highly educated newcomers and their Canadian counterparts.

Among university graduates, recent immigrants were hit hardest by the recession, and new research shows they’re still at a disadvantage compared to Canadian-born university grads as the job market picks up.

The employment gap between newcomers and people born in Canada is greatest among those with the highest credentials and educational backgrounds, according to a Community Foundations of Canada report to be released on Tuesday.

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Job shortage adds to Haiti’s misery

Saturday, January 30, 2010 – Globe and Mail

PORT-AU-PRINCE — In a folding chair among the mattresses and laundry lines outside the wreckage of his family’s house, Olivier Jean-Rénauld is writing his résumé.

The 33-year-old computer science graduate and his friend Chéry Luckson are applying for jobs with Médecins Sans Frontières, which has put out calls for logistics workers to help with the NGO’s massive aid effort. The jobs are part-time, Mr. Luckson acknowledges. But when no one has a job and the country’s already faltering economy has effectively ceased to exist, it’s better than nothing.

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