Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The FP set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to some of the innovators, visionaries and scientists on the cutting edge of the new cutthroat economy about a blueprint for Canadian success. You can find all of our coverage here.What will it take for Canadian companies to survive and prosper in the cutthroat global ideas economy?Financial Post columnist Kevin Carmichael will join Jim Balsillie, Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators, for an exclusive conversation co-presented by the Centre for International Governance Innovation.Watch our live discussion starting here at 9 a.m. on Friday.Have a question for Balsillie? Leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“All of the evidence shows that if a young person is out of work for a year or more at the beginning of their career, that affects them throughout their working life,” Mr. Ryder said as he took the helm at the Geneva-based ILO today following his election in May.“There’s no way back for most of them. So we have to act urgently, we have to act now and we have to target young people.” Mr. Ryder said the ILO intended make youth employment “one of the priorities” in the coming months, adding that programmes offering youth work experience or training held promise and should be explored as one way of helping the 75 million unemployed young people find work.“Sounds expensive? It’s affordable,” said Mr. Ryder, a former General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. “It’s an investment, not a cost.”On the wider jobs crisis, Mr. Ryder highlighted that ILO can play a crucial role in helping global policymakers seek inclusive solutions as part of a social dialogue.“Where people come together and find solutions which may require some pain, some sacrifice on their behalf, they’re much more willing to do so if they’ve been a party to reaching an agreement than simply on the receiving end of somebody else’s decision,” he said.Mr. Ryder also emphasized the international nature of the crisis, and argued that only an international response could adequately tackle it.“This crisis needs to be treated on the scale that it exists, the global level,” he said. “We have to construct global solutions. There will at the end be no sustainable national solutions to a world crisis.”But while Mr. Ryder said job creation was a clear goal, the question of job quality was also a critical issue – not only for individuals but also for the global economy.“Rights at work are essential to recovery,” he said. “I think we should not be led into the belief that creating more jobs means jettisoning international labour standards.”Mr. Ryder pointed to statistics showing that half of Europe’s poor households are dependent on one wage earner in the family. That underlined the importance of creating more quality jobs, he argued. “Standards provide the rules of the game in the world economy and they are a very important part of getting out of this crisis,” he said.
Jimmy Osmond as Captain Hook Credit:Simon Hadley Birmingham Hippodrome’s artistic director and chief executive Fiona Allan said: “Everyone here at Birmingham Hippodrome has been deeply saddened to hear of Jimmy’s sudden illness.”Jimmy loved being a part of the Hippodrome’s well-renowned panto, and his portrayal of Captain Hook was both dastardly and heartwarming. He won the adoration not just of our audiences, but also of all our staff – we all send Jimmy and his family very best wishes for a speedy recovery.” Osmondis the youngest member of the sibling musical group the Osmonds. Jimmy Osmond suffered a stroke whilst starring as Captain Hook in a pantomime – but managed to finish the show.The 55-year-old entertainer was rushed to hospital after appearing in Peter Pan at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Thursday.A spokesperson said he had completed the performance and signed autographs for fans before being taken for treatment.Osmond is now taking time out to recover and will not return to the production, the spokesperson said.A statement published on the venue’s website said: “On the evening of Thursday December 27th after pushing through the evening’s performance of Peter Pan at Birmingham Hippodrome, Jimmy Osmond was driven straight to hospital and diagnosed with a stroke. He is grateful for all the well wishes and will be taking time out in the new year.”The part is being covered by Osmond’s understudy Luke Redford and Darren Day will take over from later this week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.