[oclug] Community Code
milan.budimirovic at sympatico.ca
Fri Apr 29 14:23:32 EDT 2005
Sean Hammond wrote:
>I came across this:
>Apparently in Australia if you're unemployed you have to do some work
>in order to get the dole. This work can be looking for a job, like in
>the UK, but can also be community work such as keeping a local park
>clean or something.
>These CommunityCode guys give people a way to contribute to their work
>for the dole by writing free software code, and hence contributing to
>their community and also learning useful skills, improving their
>What a great idea!
No, it's not.
>Is there anything like this in Canada?
Sort of. The Harris government in Ontario introduced "workfare", which
is a pretty evil thing, because it attempts to sweep under the rug the
*real* problem of poverty, unemployment, and the difficulty many, many
people have in terms of earning a decent living wage in one of the
world's richest contries. Worse, it feeds off people's prejudices by
perpetuating the myth of welfare recipients being lazy bums who don't
want to work.
But I haven't heard of "programming for food" projects. Yet.
>it take to get something like this going some day?
If the Conservatives win the upcoming election, I would not be shocked
if they found a way to make people "earn" their EI.
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