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Hamm-fisted approach

Dear editor,

John Hamm sounds like he's out of touch with Nova Scotia youth and what it's like finding work in today's job market. As recent graduate I would have loved to have had the opportunity to stay in Nova Scotia. I grew up in Nova Scotia and lived in and around Halifax for 24 years; I still consider it home. Despite two degrees and an exhaustive six-month search after finishing school, I was unable to find work in Nova Scotia. I was eventually recruited for my current job and moved to Alberta. Faced with a student debt of $25,000 I needed to make the choice that would allow me to begin to pay off my loans and start a life for myself. I would have rather accepted a lower paying job in Halifax than my current position in Alberta because there is a better quality of life in Halifax.

Too many people in Halifax spent a significant amount of time and money on their post-secondary education, yet are still working low-paying jobs. The problem is not that too many young people are leaving Nova Scotia for the west, it's that the employment market in Nova Scotia cannot support them and they need to leave to find work. In my short time here in Alberta I've met many people from back east. Almost all of them would return if given the chance.

By Andrew Merrill

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