If ever a piece in the Toronto Star could describe the situation facing Hamilton, it¹s this one.
Pointing out that while the old manufacturing sector is losing jobs, Tyler Hamilton notes that the energy production sector is poised to spend billions expanding the power system and hiring new skilled workers, as well as replacing thousands of retiring engineers, scientists, and tradespeople.
[C]learly, Ontario has jobs to offer – and high-paying ones. The challenge is to transfer and upgrade skills from one struggling sector so they can fill the growing labour vacuum in the other. It's unclear whether the government – or union boss Buzz Hargrove, for that matter – has figured out a way to connect A with B, or even recognizes that A and B should be connected.>
It seems more time is being spent protecting the old jobs of dying industries that are struggling with change than preparing the workforce for the needs of a growing energy sector that's increasingly clean, green and primed for investment.
Dr Richard Gilbert was even kind enough to do the basic research for us in Hamilton. We just need for City Hall to get off their duffs and for the reactionary old guard to recognize the future or get out of the way.
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