Student death sparks latest call for intern legislation

September 9, 2013

The 2011 death of a student in the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) radio and TV program has prompted the deceased’s family and local MP to lobby for change to labour legislation around internships. Andy Ferguson was driving home after working a night shift at a local radio station when his car crashed; it is believed he fell asleep at the wheel. Records of emails and text messages, as well as conversations with his friends and family, indicate that Andy was overworked and frustrated with supervisors at the radio station. Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber is pushing for change to regulations and for more protection for the most vulnerable of employees: youth interns. Earlier this summer, Liberal MP Scott Brison also called for more regulations around internships to protect a “vulnerable generation.” CBC