HR Strange But True!
February 01, 2002

Something of a career change

A town in western Canada needs workers to help develop its wine-tourism industry. Meanwhile, the provincial government plans to eliminate about one-third of its 34,000 civil-service jobs in the next three years.

The town, seeing the obvious solution to everyone's problems, has placed newspaper ads inviting the laid-off civil servants to come work there.

"Our community recognizes that these are smart, well-organized people who could help us put our tourism infrastructure in place," said Kenn Oldfield, spokesman for the Oliver Economic Development Society in Oliver, British Columbia.. He said the town needs more accommodations, restaurants, boutiques, tour companies, professionals and tradespeople.

Liz Woods, Okanagan representative for the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, doubted many people would be willing to move their families to Oliver without knowing how they might make a living there.

Mayor Linda Larson said Oliver offers "a great climate, inexpensive housing, lots of recreational opportunities and a safe, friendly and attractive place to live."

Source: Associated Press

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