Retaining youth

Retaining youth is, and has been, a concern in most every region of this country and studied to varying degrees.

Retaining youth as editor Harding raised in his March 17 editorial is, and has been, a concern in most every region of this country and studied to varying degrees. So please permit this geezer to offer his analysis and solution.

Since Saskatchewan was formed in 1905, the population increased slowly hovering below one million with a high in 1966 of 955,000. It was largely rural and a family with three-to-six children once resided on every quarter section. There were no suitable jobs, there was no McDonald’s and post secondary training was rare.

With mechanization, the major employer (agriculture) could not absorb them so after high school they relocated, mostly to jobs in the industrial East. Thus three of five communities were disseminated and many disappeared. It was harsh economic reality.

Suddenly, in the 1960s, another transition began as most high school, community college and university grads found a decent livelihood on the Prairies as the oil and mineral industries emerged. Later, workers and their families came in as work opportunities expanded.

The solution is clear and it is not rocket science. Unless there are employment opportunities the youth will, and are, relocating.

Of course there will always be some who choose to relocate for other reasons, but having an income is key. This scenario is common in many regions of Canada, as studies have shown, so it is not exclusively a Vancouver Island phenomenon. We have to find our niche too, as happened in other places.

Alex KobelakParksville

Just Posted

Nine animals find fur-ever homes after special Parksville SPCA event

Province-wide half-price adoption deal homes 212 animals

Man, 50, dies following incident in downtown Parksville

Teenage girl hailed as hero for intervening after witnessing situation unfold

BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs move game to Parksville due to ice rink closure

Prince George and Bulldogs to battle it out Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Oceanside Place

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Fisherman missing near Lake Cowichan’s Shaw Creek

Family is asking for everyone and anyone to keep their eyes open,… Continue reading

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

Most Read