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Morning Brew: May 15, 2008

Posted by Gabby / May 15, 2008

Photo: "St-Christophe and Napoleon", by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler La Belle Province, with apologies to the photographer for the mixup.

Your (slightly late) news roundup for Thursday, May 15th 2008.

In Quebec, ER waiting times are not decreasing. According to the Centre de coordination nationale des urgences, the average waiting time is 16 hours and 30 minutes. In short, don't even bother going to the hospital unless you're about to die. So much for the Liberal promises, says the PQ. Health Minister Philippe Couillard stated that a regular average, even one that's this important, is good considering the population keeps getting older.

In other fun and exciting news, American tourists are no longer allowed to bring home polar bear-shaped trophies. This comes from the U.S. government's decision to add polar bears to the list of endangered species, something that Canada has yet to do. Let's remember that polar bears represent an important source of food and/or revenue for many Inuit communities in Nunavut and Northwest Territories.

Statistics Canada says that we aren't quite as tall and thin as we say we are, which skews the obesity and height curves of our nation. Most of their health surveys rely on people to state their data, from which they draw a Body Mass Index. According to self-reported figures, 16% of Canadians were obese, but according to actual measurements, it's actually closer to 24%. A jump of 8%? Methinks we have some image issues to deal with.

News Byte:

According to a survey by Ipsos Reid and, 29% of Canadians don't take all their vacation days, and 33% say that they need more vacation. In Quebec, the numbers go down (18% and 19%, respectively).

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