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Unemployment rates for August 2023, by Canadian city

The national unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent in August, 2023.

  • St. John’s, N.L. 6.1 per cent
  • Halifax 7.1 per cent
  • Moncton, N.B. 5.5 per cent
  • Saint John, N.B. 6.2 per cent
  • Saguenay, Que. 4.4 per cent
  • Quebec City 3.2 per cent
  • Sherbrooke, Que. 3.1 per cent
  • Trois-Rivières, Que. 4.0 per cent
  • Montreal 5.1 per cent
  • Gatineau, Que. 4.5 per cent
  • Ottawa 4.9 per cent
  • Kingston, Ont. 3.9 per cent
  • Belleville, Ont. 10.5 per cent
  • Peterborough, Ont. 4.0 per cent
  • Oshawa, Ont. 5.1 per cent
  • Toronto 6.5 per cent
  • Hamilton, Ont. 5.3 per cent
  • St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.9 per cent
  • Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.6 per cent
  • Brantford, Ont. 4.8 per cent
  • Guelph, Ont. 4.2 per cent
  • London, Ont. 5.6 per cent
  • Windsor, Ont. 5.8 per cent
  • Barrie, Ont. 4.5 per cent
  • Greater Sudbury, Ont. 4.5 per cent
  • Thunder Bay, Ont. 4.6 per cent
  • Winnipeg 5.3 per cent
  • Regina 5.0 per cent
  • Saskatoon 5.4 per cent
  • Lethbridge, Alta. 5.5 per cent
  • Calgary 5.8 per cent
  • Edmonton 6.1 per cent
  • Kelowna, B.C. 2.6 per cent
  • Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 6.0 per cent
  • Vancouver 5.8 per cent
  • Victoria 3.5 per cent

Source » The Canadian Press via the Winnipeg Free Press

Justice denied » Glen Assoun has died. He was 67 years old.

Glen Assoun in 2019. Credit » Tim Bousquet

Glen Assoun in 2019. Credit » Tim Bousquet

Tim Bousquet, Halifax Examiner »

Glen was discarded as a child, failed at every turn through his teenage years, and then as an adult framed by Halifax police for a murder he did not commit.

Who am I to judge Brenda and Glen’s relationship? A sex worker fighting a crack addiction involved with an uneducated, aimless alcoholic; no one would make a romcom out of this. But as I dove into their respective life stories, I saw through the stereotypes and found two distinctive, complex people, each in their way spirited and humorous, both righteous after a fashion. They found love — like everything else in their messed-up lives, it was a rocky, confused, sometimes ridiculous love, but love nonetheless. In each other, they found refuge from a community that was ignoring them when it wasn’t hating on them.

Glen was a broken man, broken emotionally and physically. And financially. He hadn’t held a paying job in 17 years, and in his condition, he was unemployable in any event. He couldn’t provide for himself. A preacher who had befriended Glen invited Glen to live in his apartment in one of those towers by the Mic Mac Mall. I visited once. Glen did not look good, and living off the charity of others was obviously adding to his burdens.

Meanwhile, all the people who had wronged Glen — the cops who framed him, the prosecutors and judge in the kangaroo court that convicted him, the cops who destroyed evidence that should have freed him, the prison guards who beat him, the prosecutor who made even his parole so onerous that it put him in the mental health ward, the former Justice minister who refused to act on his case — all and each of them continued to live in relative wealth and comfort, respected in their careers.

Justice? Don’t talk to me about justice.

Please take a moment to read Tim’s article and to spare a thought for Glen. May he rest easy now.

Canada’s population grew at almost twice the pace of other G7 countries from 2016 to 2021

Our world has dramatically changed in recent years. Yet, one thing that has not changed from the the past five years is that Canada remains the fastest growing country in the G7.

Canada is now home to almost 37 million people, 5.2 percent more than in 2016. Most of that growth is attributable to more people arriving in Canada from around the world to start a new life. Approximately 1.8 million more were calling Canada their home in 2021 compared with five years earlier.

Most of that increase occurred prior to the pandemic, with Canada’s population rising by a record high of 583,000 people (+1.6%) in 2019 alone. While the pandemic slowed the movement of people around the world, immigration still contributed to Canada’s population growing by 0.4% in 2020, the fastest among G7 countries.

The latest census confirmed that, for the first time since the 1940s, the population of the Maritime provinces grew at a faster rate than the Prairie provinces. This change was largely due to an influx of Canadians migrating to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island from other parts of the country.

Yukon‘s population grew 12.1 percent, the fastest pace nationally. The population in PEI grew 8.0 percent, and British Columbia grew by 7.6 percent.

Newfoundland was the only province to see its population decline (-1.8%) from 2016 to 2021.

The latest census showed that immigration continued to be the biggest driver of Canada’s population growth from 2016 to 2021.

Source » Statistics Canada

Fun Fact » The average age of residents in all of Canada is 41.9 years.

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