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May 2007
Vol. 8, no. 5

Perspectives on Labour and Income

The busy lives of teens
Katherine Marshall

Early training and skills development can open up opportunities and choices. Apart from schooling, teenagers can also begin to build up their human capital by working at a paid job, participating in volunteer activities, and even doing household chores. But an inordinate amount of time spent on unpaid and paid work activities could lead to unhealthy levels of stress and reduction in well-being, and negatively affect education outcomes. This article examines trends in the number of hours teenagers spend daily on education-related activities, paid work and housework.

Fuelling the economy
Cara Williams

One of the hottest commodities today is a barrel of oil. And Canada, with the second largest proven oil reserves in the world (after Saudi Arabia), is well positioned as one of the few countries outside OPEC with significant prospects for production growth. A look at economic activity and employment in the oil and gas industry, from exploration to retail.

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