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Morning Brew: January 22, 2008

Posted by Sisi / January 22, 2008

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Photo: "IMG_8973," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler All About Eve.

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008:

UNICEF has praised Canada's participation in innovative child programs. Canada partly finances the Accelerated Child Survival and Development Initiative, which provides help to around 17 million people in several African countries. Between 2002 and 2006, studies showed that the program helped reduce child mortality rates by 20 percent in the communities that had access to it. According to UNICEF, child mortality rates have greatly declined; in 2006, 9,7 million children died as compared to almost 13 million in 1990. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised to double Canada's aid to Africa, where 27,000 children aged 5 and under die preventable deaths every day.

On the flip side of the coin: Canada ranks very low for the consumer-friendliness of its health-care system, according to a new report that compared it to 29 European countries. According to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Canada would be in 23rd place. The report noted that there is "excellent treatment in emergency rooms," but overall Canada did badly for patient friendliness. The study used 27 indicators to score each country in 5 different categories. Austria was in first place, followed closely by the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and Germany.

Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois has disavowed deputies Pierre Curzi and Stéphane Bergeron, who wish to apply Bill 101 measures to CPEs (Centres de la petite enfance). Before yesterday, the Canadian Press reported an interview with Curzi, who said he would approve of daycares undergoing a francization process. Yesterday, Marois rejected the idea and said CPEs were not one of the party's current priorities.

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