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"I agree with the Labour Ministry cracking down on this," said one poster, Heather Li.
"This hasn't been a secret," Knight said.
"We thought the socially responsible thing to do was at least to provide a bridge for those young people who want to get into the magazine world," Knight said.
In a move that has both angered and puzzled publishers, the Labour Ministry turned up the violations during inspections in December at the Walrus and Toronto Life Magazine, published by St. Joseph Media.
Like the Walrus, Knight said the 200 employee company would "absolutely love" to pay its interns but simply didn't have the cash to do so.
Doug Knight, president of St. Joseph Media, said in an interview that he couldn't understand why the province had opted for enforcement rather than engage in a conversation on the issue.
Accessing the Toronto Life website page on internship applications produced an error Thursday.
Most comments on Canadian Magazines blog website backed the province:
As part of its educational mandate, Ambrose said, the Walrus had offered "amazing training" in the form of unpaid, six month internships that led to good jobs. Five interns were terminated from the program as of April 1.
beyond magazines, the ministry said.
Ambrose said there may yet be an appeal.
TORONTO Unpaid internships at two of the country's best known magazines violate provincial labour laws, the Ontario government said Thursday, adding other sectors will soon face scrutiny as well.
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Two interns at Toronto Life are out the door and others, planning to start in May, will no longer be offered positions.
"The rampant unpaid internships in journalism are creating an elitist divide in an industry that's originally rooted in standing up for disenfranchised voices."
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"The Ministry of Labour will be launching an enforcement blitz this spring focused specifically on internships across a variety of sectors," the statement said.
work for trainees. The government said the rules are aimed at ensuring young people are fairly treated.
Both publications questioned why the crackdown was happening now, given that their programs had been running publicly for years.
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