Maclean's: Canadian girls aren't guinea pigs!



    Is an upcoming mass inoculation of a generation unnecessary and
    potentially dangerous? Also in this week's Maclean's: Canadian gangs
    target recruits from war-torn Africa, and Canada's crackdown on terrorist
    money financing - Customs is cashing in. In the issue hitting newsstands
    starting today.

    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - In almost every instance, the response of
medical authorities and government officials is the same: bad reactions are
rare. It's obvious that even in the best-case scenario, many believe there is
still not enough known about the HPV vaccine to warrant mass inoculation
programs. And yet, nearly every province in Canada has, in recent weeks, put
forth some plan to implement an HPV vaccination program that will see the mass
inoculation of an entire generation of girls - some as soon as this September
- with no serious acknowledgement of the potential health risks they might
face.
    "While everyone debates the moral and political consequences of endorsing
Gardasil," writes Maclean's assistant editor Cathy Gulli, "the fundamental,
essential medical and scientific debate remains untouched." So, in a few
weeks, when thousands of girls concerned about Facebook and who will be in
their class this year - not HPV - go back to school, many will become part of
the biggest Canadian science experiment in decades. They will be the guinea
pigs.

    African immigrants recruited for Canadian gangs

    Gangs have existed in Winnipeg for years. But these days, parts of the
city's broken-down core look more and more like Baltimore's, a violent
downtown with a new breed of gangs joining older, established ones. The Mad
Cowz, who first appeared on police radar in 2004, distribute crack cocaine in
the west end. Sometime after their loose formation in 2000, they began
targeting and recruiting youth from Winnipeg's refugee and immigrant
community. "Their splinter group, the African Mafia," writes Maclean's
correspondent Nancy McDonald, "was formed in the summer of 2005." Its members
came from countries such as Sudan and Somalia. Both gangs rely on displaced
youth who have been exposed to a high degree of violence.

    Customs cashes in on Canada's crackdown on terrorists

    People are free to bring as much money as they want in and out of Canada.
If you prefer to tote your millions in a money clip, so be it. But it is
illegal not to tell Customs. It's all part of the government's crackdown on
money laundering and terrorist financing. Anything more than $10,000 must be
declared at the border; if not, you might never see it again. "In the first
three years of the new law," reports Maclean's senior writer Michael
Friscolanti, "Customs had already nailed $145 million in undeclared cash."

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.9 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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