The numbers are in: Canadians are better off than Americans



    The Maclean's special Canada Day report

    Canadians vs. Americans: How Canada stole the American dream. Also in
    this week's double issue of Maclean's: Why oil speculators are your
    friend, and Blades of gory - summer brings with it a killer that lurks in
    your own backyard. For information on these and other stories turn to
    www.macleans.ca.

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - Like the perpetual little brother, Canadians
have always lived in the shadow of our American neighbours. But it turns out
that while America was out conquering the world, Canada has been quietly
working away at building better lives. Now we're the ones on top: Compared to
the U.S., we work less, live longer, enjoy better health and have more sex
-and believe it or not, we're now wealthier.
    For the Canada Day special issue this year, Maclean's scoured census
reports, polls, surveys, scientific studies, policy papers and consumer
databases comparing Canadians to Americans in every facet of our lives. We
found that the median Canadian family is 30 per cent wealthier than the median
American family, even though we work shorter hours and take more vacation
(16 days a year, compared to 11 for Americans). We drink more often, but live
longer and have fewer diseases. We have more sex (100 session per year,
compared to 85 for Americans), more sex partners and we are more adventurous
in bed - yet we have fewer sexually transmitted diseases. We take more trips
outside the country, and we spend more time with family and friends.
    In the end, we found that you can't judge a nation by the best it
produces, you have to judge it by the success of the average joe. And the
average joe in Canada is having a way better time. HAPPY CANADA DAY!

    Why oil speculators are your friend

    Last week, U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman tabled a plan to rein in the
world oil price, prohibiting institutions (like pension and hedge funds) with
more than $500 million in assets from investing in energy and agricultural
commodities. Not so long ago, this kind of restriction would have been
considered draconian, if not outright bonkers. Lieberman's brainstorm: if we
could just stop Wall Street from making speculative bets about future prices
we wouldn't be in this fix. But are oil speculators really to blame for high
oil prices and all the pain we feel at the pumps this summer, or are they
actually doing some good? Steve Maich reveals the truth behind high oil
prices.

    Blades of gory

    How can a simple chore like mowing the lawn have life threatening
consequences? Lawn mower blades turn at about 12,000 feet per minute,
delivering the equivalent of a dirty, gas-powered shark bite. Last year in
Canada, as many as 500 children were injured in lawn mower accidents; in the
U.S., the number was about 16,000. And, children aren't the only ones hurt -
238 adults have been hospitalized in Canada from 2004 to 2006. Despite these
numbers, many believe manufacturers aren't doing enough about safety and
consumers remain complacent.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.





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