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World Population Day was July 11
In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed as World Population Day.
The Day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues and the need to find solutions for these issues. In 2001, world population stood at 6.1 billion, and was growing by 77 million per year.
The UN estimates there will be between 7.9 billion and 10.9 billion people in 2050, with 9.3 billion the most likely projection.
At present, nearly 1 billion children are about to enter their adolescent years. They need supportive relationships and respect. In return, the world needs their active participation. You can help by:
- Involving young people in decision-making processes
- Educating to improve knowledge and life skills
- Engaging in dialogue
- Promoting female empowerment and gender equality
- Facilitating youth leadership, citizenship and partnership with adults
- Reducing poverty and increasing opportunities
- Recognizing differences based on age, gender and culture, and
- Enlisting other parents, teachers and communities in support of young people's participation.

Early Surrealism- The work of Toronto Artist, Alex Tavares  
see: http://alexjtavares.com
The Undertakers and the Dealers
"My paintings from Nairobi and the early years in Canada are reflections of powerful emotions. They are journeys on canvas to Goa, the place I love and where I wanted to die, but can never return without compromising personal or political integrity." ~ AJT

GLANCE AT... CANADIAN ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE - 2002
http://www.tc.gc.ca/pol/en/Report/anre2002/2A_e.htm
 

2002

Percentage change
2001 2002

Annual percentage change 1996 2001

GDP at Basic Prices
(Millions of constant 1997 dollars)
   

Total Economy

977,620

3.1

3.9

Goods

301,307

1.5

3.2

Agriculture

12,303

(7.2)

0.6

Forestry

5,660

(1.3)

1.7

Mining

36,488

(1.5)

2.4

Manufacturing

164,749

2.4

3.8

Construction

52,073

3.4

4.3

Services

676,313

3.8

4.2

Retail trade

55,527

6.0

3.8

Transportation and warehousing

44,516

0.0

2.8

Merchandise Trade (Millions of dollars)    

Exports

410,330

(1.0)

8.2

Imports

356,109

1.6

8.1

Income (Dollars)      
Personal Disposable Income per capita

22,151

3.5

3.8

Canadian Dollar (US cents per unit)

63.7

(1.4)

(2.5)

Employment (Thousands)

15,412

2.2

2.3

Population (Thousands)

31,414

1.0

1.0

Prices      

Total Economy (1997 = 100)

107.5

1.1

1.5

Consumer Price Index (1992 = 100)

 

 

 

All Items

119.0

2.2

1.9

Transportation

134.4

2.8

.1

Source: Statistics Canada Cat. 11-010, 13-001, 15-001, 62-010; Bank of Canada


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