Bell accused of breaking labour law with unpaid interns

the war against internship slavery in full effect


Two former interns have filed complaints with government against Bell Mobility, alleging the telecom giant broke labour laws by not paying them for work they did for the company.

“It felt like I was sitting in an office as an employee, doing regular work. It didn’t feel like a sort of training program,” said Jainna Patel, 24, who was an unpaid intern with Bell for five weeks last year.

“They just squeezed out of you every hour they could get and never showed any intent of paying.”

She filed a complaint with federal authorities in May 2012, which has yet to be resolved.

Patel and others were “associates” in a Bell program that invites 280 post-secondary grads per year to work voluntarily in Bell’s Mississauga, Ont., complex, for three to four months at a time, on projects that are supposed to enhance their future careers.


The State of Asian Pacific Americans in Theatre: Why Does It Still Suck Ass?

The Smacktress

About a week ago I had a casual, shoot-the-shit type of phone conversation with a New York theatre actress friend of mine, and the topic turned to the visibility of ethnic minorities in American theatre, film and television. I was alarmed to discover that this friend sincerely believed that all three mediums were now practically overflowing with minorities, and that everything was now officially even-steven and hunky-dory.

Yes, this actress was Caucasian, and had she not been a New Yorker, I would have dragged her to last night’s riveting panel discussion hosted in Hollywood by Actors’ Equity Association: An Actor’s Life For Me – Celebrating Asian Pacific Americans in Theatre.

Moderated by actors Jennifer Chang and West Liang, who read a beautiful letter of support from Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, the evening opened with a stunning vocal performance by comedic writer/actress and singer Deborah S. Craig

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