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 looming three-day walkout may actually provide Hartwick and a former university classmate with a few days of work. He and a friend have posted an ad on Craigslist offering to run a $40-a-day camp for children affected by the strike, focusing on outdoor activities and environmental education…

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