Our Panel at the 2015 Law Union of Ontario Conference

This Saturday  we are participating in a panel on legal education, inequality and jobs at the annual Law Union of Ontario conference  in Toronto.

Students can attend for free and for community members its $50. The speakers are Andrea Demchuk, Josh Mandryk, Claire Seaborn, Omar Ha-Redeye and Andrew Langille. We look forward to seeing you there!


TIME: 10:45 AM -12:15 PM

A. Legal Education, Inequality, and Jobs

Location: Thomas Lounge

This panel will be taking a candid and broad look at the state of legal education and the legal services industry labour market. The panel will be tackling some of the systemic and structural problems facing the legal profession and will be discussing what can be done. The LPP, articling crisis, privatized legal education, unpaid labour, and the problems facing equity seeking groups will be discussed.


Toronto Spur Festival

This weekend (April 9-12) Toronto hosted the Spur Festival at University of Toronto’s campus. Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada. Founded in 2013, the festival has grown from three to five Canadian cities (Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver), with plans for further expansion across the country. The Festival is produced by the Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues.

We were able to stop in to Spur this weekend to check out Sunday’s The Future of Work session, which was moderated by Jacquie McNish and included three participants: Ross Perlin (author of Intern Nation), Carl Cederstrom and Bhaskar Sunkara. Topics of interest included worker misclassification, unpaid internships and precarious employment.

Each participant brought a unique perspective to the discussion and as always, it was a pleasure to hear Ross speak about his more recent research on youth unemployment and unpaid internships. Well done!

CIA Executives: Claire Seaborn and Barbara Ciochon

CIA Executives: Claire Seaborn and Barbara Ciochon


Left to Right: Andrew Langille, Ross Perlin, Joshua Mandryk and Claire Seaborn

Appearance before the HOC Finance Committee

Today President of the Canadian Intern Association Claire Seaborn appeared as a witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. She provided a written submission, five minutes of oral submissions, and answered questions from the Members of Parliament on the committee.

Today’s meeting was part of the federal government’s Pre-Budget Consultations and focused on maximizing the number of jobs for all Canadians (click here to view the Notice of Meeting and Orders of the Day). Some other witnesses included representatives from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Canada’s Building Trades Union, and the Canadian Arts Coalition.

Claire Seaborn also appeared before the Finance Committee in April 2014 as a part of their study on youth employment. In June the committee released a report that cited many of our submission and adopted our recommendations (more here).

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Wall of Fame: The Globe and Mail’s 2015 summer program

Congratulations to The Globe and Mail for making it onto our Wall of Fame for their 2015 summer program! The advertisement itself states:

The Globe and Mail is looking to hire reporters, editors, digital/video/multimedia specialists, designers and others for the summer of 2015. These are fully paid jobs and not internships. We are seeking freelance writers and editors, experienced journalists from other organizations, recent graduates or students in their graduating year.

Unpaid internships (both legal and illegal) are extremely common in journalism and we would like to commend the Globe and Mail for providing paid positions. One benefit of offering paid summer positions is that no applicant is restricted from participating based on financial need or socioeconomic status. We hope other Canadian media follow the Globe and Mail’s example and offer paid summer positions or ensure that their internships comply with provincial employment laws.

Read the full 2015 summer program advertisement here.


September 2014 Meeting in Toronto


Come out for a meet and greet with the Executive Team of the Canadian Intern Association. Learn about what we do and how you can join the movement. We’re actively looking for new coordinators to work with the association.


Meeting from 7:00-8:00PM at the Ryerson University Student Campus Centre (55 Gould Street, Toronto) in the Margaret Laurence Room.

Drinks/Social from 8:00-9:30PM at Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St E


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E-mail questions or comments to info@internassociation.ca