Monday, May 16, 2011

High gas prices have unpaid intern shelling out hundreds on commute - Dan Robson, The Star

It takes two hours for poor Ronny Brown to get downtown. The unpaid intern at Corus Entertainment in Toronto lives at his parents’ house in Cambridge, about 100 kms west of the city. “I have a saying,” says Brown, a 23-year-old broadcast engineer. “It’s two hours, each way, each day.” When Brown started his two-month intern gig in April, he pumped $20 a day into his blue, four-door, nonconvertible Chrysler Sebring everyday. It was the exact cost of his drive to work and back. Then gas prices spiked. Suddenly, his daily 200 kilometre trek was ripping a hole in his savings account. The Sebring was swallowing $30 a day.

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