Fresh out of the education program at Simon Fraser University near Vancouver, it's been a tough school year looking for work for Peter Hartwick, the Associated Press reports. The 26-year-old is a trained, certified teacher, but with an ongoing labour dispute that has hung over the province's schools — culminating in a full-scale walkout set to begin Monday — Hartwick hasn't been able to do much actual teaching.

"With the ongoing strike, human resources isn't really taking applications for new jobs," Hartwick said in an interview. "They're doing more crisis control, so there haven't been a whole lot of hires."

Paradoxically, the...

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