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Social Issues
Aboriginal adults accounted for 22% of admissions to sentenced custody in 2007/2008, while representing 3% of the Canadian population. (Full Story)
Police-reported crime in Canada continued to decline in 2008. Both the traditional crime rate and the new Crime Severity Index fell 5%, meaning that both the volume of police-reported crime and its severity decreased. Violent crime also dropped, but to a lesser extent. (Full Story)
Despite changing family structures, the geographic dispersion of families and increased dependence on the Internet as a source of information, Canadians identified the family as the most helpful resource in an individual's social network during times of major change. (Full Story)
By Giulio Meotti, Journalist, Il Foglio
In Feyenoord, veiled women can be seen everywhere, darting like a flash through the streets of the neighborhood. They avoid any sort of contact, even eye contact, especially with men. Feyenoord is the size of a city, and there are seventy nationalities coexisting there. (Full Story)
Eating out has gained attention as a potential contributor to the rising prevalence of obesity. Research has shown that people who often eat out tend to consume more calories than do those who usually eat meals prepared at home. The greater frequency of eating out among men with a higher income may be associated with their relatively high odds of being overweight. (Full Story)
Inuit adults were less likely to report excellent or very good health than were their counterparts in the total Canadian population, according to a survey by Statistics Canada released on December 3, 2008. Only 50% of Inuit adults stated that their health was excellent or very good in 2006. (Full Story)
Hannah struggles with her fertility; she wants a child and hasn't been able to bear one. It's painful for her to be around other people's babies, and we all know it because she doesn't shy back from expressing it. (Full Story)
By Miriam Rabkin, Contributor to Tolerance.ca®
During my winter holidays this past December, I visited friends who had just received the Nintendo Wii for Christmas. At first I made fun of them – grown adults playing games after all! But after a few days of watching them play, I was intrigued and had to try this out to see what the big deal was about. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed myself. That winter morning, as I simulated playing tennis and boxing, I realized that I was quite good at it. Moreover, it was great exercise, and even an interactive activity, since I was playing against my friend. This was quite a revelation for me - as an adult female who just doesn’t “do” video games. (Full Story)
By Tijdo van der Zee, freelance journalist
On a rainy December day in 2007 the editors of the local newspaper Amsterdams Stadsblad received a reader’s letter. It caused a big quarrel. Should it be published in the reader’s section? (Full Story)
By Derek Cassoff, B.A., Concordia University, journalism
Fadi Fadel, left, with a new Iraqi army officer in Najaf, Iraq.
In April 2004, Concordia alumnus and humanitarian aid worker Fadi Fadel was kidnapped in Iraq and, after 10 harrowing days, released. While the ordeal brought him his 15 minutes of fame, the story of his true heroism began years ago and continues still. (Full Story)
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