Canada: Rickets on the rise for aboriginal children in the North

Doctor says public health’s efforts to stop resurgence ‘abysmal failure’

By CBC News

Rates of rickets continue to rise among aboriginal children in the North, a trend that has researchers increasingly concerned.

Dr. Leanne Ward, who works with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, did a 2007 study examining rates of rickets in aboriginal children in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut and Alaska between the ages of one and two.

The study found incidences of rickets that were six to 12 times higher than the rest of Canada, a trend that Ward says hasn’t changed.

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Kellogg’s to close London, Ont., plant and lay off 500 workers

By The Canadian Press

LONDON, Ont. — After nearly 90 years in London, Ont., Kellogg Co. will shut the doors of its cereal plant by the end of next year, cutting more than 500 full-time jobs.

Employees were told of the plans during a staff meeting Tuesday, about a month after the company announced a restructuring plan that would have laid off 110 workers by January.

Union president Bob Martin said workers were taken aback by the news, given that they had been working with Kellogg to lower costs.

“It was pretty shocking for us considering all the work we’ve done over the last several years,” said Martin, who represents Local 154G of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union.

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Bank of Canada Governor says Work for Free!

PolazPoloz’s prescription for unemployed youth: Work for free

By TAVIA GRANTThe Globe and Mail

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has sparked controversy by suggesting young people ought to consider unpaid work as a way to gain job experience.

“When I bump into youths, they ask me, you know, ‘What am I supposed to do in a situation?’ I say, look, having something unpaid on your CV is very worth it because that’s the one thing you can do to counteract this scarring effect. Get some real-life experience even though you’re discouraged, even if it’s for free,” Mr. Poloz told reporters Monday in Ottawa.

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Europe in Bad Shape, Would U.S. & Canada Follow

Austerity Is Killing Europeans — Literally. Why Are We So Determined to Follow In Their Footsteps?

What can we learn from Europe’s misery? For our political leaders the answer seems to be: Nothing.

By Richard Eskow

How much sicker does the patient have to get before the doctors stop prescribing poison?

Here are some selected news stories out of Europe:

New York Times: ”Unemployment in Euro Zone Reaches a Record High”
WSJ: “Sixth Quarter of Contraction Looms for Euro Zone”
Der Spiegel: “Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives”
WSJ: “Spain Says Budget Gap Is Wider Than Reported”
New York Times: “European Car Sales Point to Continuing Slump”
WSJ: “Italy Unable to Form Government”
New York Times: “Debt Rising in Europe”

Paul Krugman’s right: This isn’t a recession. It’s  Europe’s Second Depression, and it’s on track to last even longer than the first one. Austerity economics has been imposed across most of the Eurozone, to a greater or lesser degree, with devastating economic results:  This is Europe’s sixth consecutive quarter of economic contraction.

Europe’s Austerity Recession (or Depression) has now lasted longer than the one brought on by the financial crisis of 2008.

The first downturn was brought on by private greed and public negligence. This one’s been brought on by public insanity fueled by private interests.

And the austerity poison is literally deadly: The Lancet, a respected medical journal, reports a sharp increase in suicides and epidemics as the rest of European austerity measures.

There’s at least one heartwarming story to come out of all this misery. Greek and Cypriot entertainers held a  concert on Cyprus– a “mini-Live Aid,” if you will – and instead of charging admission, organizers asked people to bring food for Cypriot families who can’t afford food.

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Canada – Generation Jobless

Canada – There was a time when a University degree assured you a of good job, good pay and a comfortable life. Not any more. Today, the unemployment rate for young people in this country is close to 15% – double that of the general population. But the real crisis is the increasing number of university and college grads who are underemployed – scraping by on low-paid, part-time jobs that don’t require a degree. ….

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http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episode/generation-jobless.html