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Number of seniors living in poverty soars nearly 25%

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Nov. 25, 2010
The number of seniors living in poverty spiked at the beginning of the financial meltdown, reversing a decades-long trend and threatening one of Canada’s most important social policy successes. The number of seniors living below the low-income cutoff, Statistics Canada’s basic measure of poverty, jumped nearly 25 per cent between 2007 and 2008, to 250,000 from 204,000, according to figures released on Wednesday by Campaign 2000… Economists say women make up as much as 80 per cent of the increase in seniors poverty.

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Well-educated, older immigrants prefer Canada to U.S., poll finds

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Jun. 23, 2010
In the 148-country survey, Gallup found that 41 per cent of those aged 15-24 would choose to migrate to the U.S., compared with only 27 per cent who chose Canada. But the older cohort, those 25-44, chose Canada over the U.S. 48 per cent to 40 per cent. Among those who have completed only elementary education, the U.S. outstrips Canada by a considerable margin. But among those who have completed secondary education, Canada leads by 59 per cent to 51 per cent.

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The world would love to be Canadian

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Jun. 22, 2010
Given the choice, 53 per cent of adults in the world’s 24 leading economies said they would immigrate to Canada, according to an international survey… It’s a startling finding, one that is reinforced by respondents’ overwhelmingly positive attitudes about Canada’s welcoming and tolerant treatment of newcomers. The results bode well for Canada’s efforts to attract highly educated immigrants as the global search for talent heats up in coming years.

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Aboriginal women do better by degrees

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

April 8, 2010
Despite grim statistics that show a stubborn earnings gap of 30 per cent between aboriginal people and other Canadians, aboriginal women who go to university are actually enjoying a kind of advantage – and one not shared by aboriginal men… aboriginal women are narrowing the wage gap with aboriginal men… Part of the reason is aboriginal women are attending university in greater numbers.

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Budgets, boomers and ticking time bombs

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Feb. 26, 2010
As boomers age, governments will likely contend with rising costs at the same time as a shrinking tax base. Some solutions, such as reducing old age benefits or overhauling health care, are political hot potatoes. But a closer look reveals that the revenue crunch may not be as bad as feared.

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