welcome to the 1850’s?

(okay, maybe the picture is a little exagerated for Alberta…)

From the Globe and Mail…

Alberta eases child-hiring rules

Friday, June 24, 2005 Updated at 1:06 PM EDT
Globe and Mail Update

“Restaurant owners in Alberta are now able to hire children as young as 12 without first getting provincial approval as a result of what government officials call a “procedural change” in employment practices.

But labour groups have charged that the switch leaves vulnerable children at the mercy of an industry already difficult to police and say it amounts to a little more than concession a sector desperate for cheap labour.

“We’re horribly opposed to this,” Jason Foster, director of policy for the Alberta Labour Federation, said.

“We think this is bad public policy, bad for children, bad for customers and bad for Alberta’s reputation.””

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