How young is too young?

Saskatchewan reviews minimum working age
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/27/2006

Last March, 24-year-old Grant De Patie was killed shortly after midnight while trying to stop a young man from stealing $12 worth of gas in Maple Ridge, B.C. In August, 18-year-old Jennifer Teague was killed walking home from her restaurant job at 12:30 a.m. in Ottawa. So far this year, at least two more teenagers have died on the job during night-time robberies — one at a gas station in Montreal, the other at a convenience store in Winnipeg.

With so many accounts of young people being killed while working late or on their way home from a late shift, there have been calls to tighten legislation that protects young workers.

However, Larry Hubrich, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, is worried Saskatchewan is gearing up to do the exact opposite.