The future of work: a coming catastrophe or opportunity?

So far in the federal election, none of the political parties have spent much time talking about a topic that will be extremely important in the coming years – the future of work. Will automation eliminate huge numbers of jobs and, if so, what are the social implications of so many people suddenly being out of work? Today in The Conversation Canada, Wayne Simpson of the University of Manitoba writes that more informed debate is needed on concerns about widespread technological unemployment because “the long history of technological displacement of workers has coincided with massive job creation.”

Also today, our experts look at the recent controversial 14-day prison term for U.S. actor Felicity Huffman and the role white privilege played in the light punishment, what does it mean to be conservative in Canada (and is Andrew Scheer really a conservative?) and how technology can assist family members and healthcare professionals who care for people with dementia.

Hockey season starts soon – not only the NHL, but local hockey. Thousands of young Canadians will be hitting the rink to play our national sport. Research by Veronica Allan of York University suggests the structure and culture of minor hockey in Canada, with its focus on competition, is limiting the game’s potential benefits for young players.


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Even though the future is unknown, Canada’s employment rate has risen steadily from 53 per cent in 1946 to more than 61 per cent today. (Shutterstock)

The future of work will still include plenty of jobs

Wayne Simpson, University of Manitoba

Our inability to foresee the jobs of the future should be tempered by the realization that that jobs have always appeared in the past, regardless of technological advances.

Felicity Huffman leaves federal court with her husband William H. Macy, left, and her brother Moore Huffman Jr. rear center, after she was sentenced in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, Sept. 13, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Felicity Huffman: White is the colour of remorse

Michael Orsini, University of Ottawa; Linda Mussell, Queen's University, Ontario

The fallout from the Huffman case has been intense, with much anger centered on the light punishment meted out to a white A-list celebrity versus the excessive charges levelled at Black defendants.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks at a news conference in Saskatchewan in August 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell

Are Canadian Conservatives actually conservative?

Jerome Gessaroli, Simon Fraser University

What would a classically conservative government have to offer Canadians this election?

Technology can be used to support the caregivers of people living with dementia, however, developers and designers need to take caregiver needs into consideration. Shutterstock

Using technology to support caregivers of older people with dementia

Janet Fast, University of Alberta

Technological solutions may help to relieve the burden of care for family, service providers and caregivers working with the elderly.

Youth hockey’s play-to-win culture means that children’s personal development is pushed to the side in pursuit of victory. Shutterstock

Play-to-win attitudes in youth hockey sacrifice personal development for victory

Veronica Allan, York University, Canada

Organized sports can foster positive development in children. However, the competitive nature of youth hockey produces a pressure-to-win environment, where personal development is pushed to the side.

La Conversation Canada

La jeune militante Greta Thunberg s'est joint à des manifestants devant le siège des Nations-Unis, à New York, le 30 août. Sa voix s’ajoute à d’autres prises de parole réalisées dans l’espace public en faveur d’une action climatique immédiate. AP/Bebeto Matthews

L'écoanxiété mène au retour de l'action citoyenne

Chantal Pouliot, Université Laval; Audrey Groleau, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR); Isabelle Arseneau, Université Laval

Les citoyens détiennent des savoirs pertinents et sont capables de saisir les enjeux complexes des questions socialement et scientifiquement vives, dont les changements climatiques.

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