Laurel O’Gorman is one of the faces of Occupy Toronto. She believes the capitalist system has robbed her of her future.
At 28, she’s studying for a master’s degree in sociology at Laurentian University in Sudbury. She’s also the single mother of two children.
“I’m here because I don’t know what kind of job I could possibly find that would allow me to pay rent, take care of these two children and pay back $600 each month in loans,” she said.
Ms. O’Gorman is in a fix. But I can’t help wondering whether she, and not the greedy Wall Street bankers, is the author of her own misfortune.
Just what kind of jobs did she imagine are on offer for freshly minted sociology graduates? Did she bother to ask?
Did it occur to her that it might be a good idea to figure out how to support her children before she had them?
COMMENT: This actually reminds me of an earlier posting:
Would You Hire This Woman?
Punk-style Mom complains about welfare.
Elita McAdam is a 37-year-old single mom. She has a 20 year old daughter and a 7 year old son.
The Toronto Star says, "The boy's father left the scene years ago." which implies that her daughter has a different dad.
McAdam has red and black checkerboard hair and what appears to be a pin through her lower lip. That's not exactly business style grooming.
But, then McAdam doesn't need to look business-like because she's in school.
In a job-oriented skills training program at a community college? No. She's studying sociology at university.
But if she's not satisfied with welfare, why doesn't she aim at the quick appropriation of some money-making skills?