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Canadians slow down

The Canadian Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has given her annual report, in which she says that while Canadians are “generally living long lives” there are some worries, notably substance abuse and a “rise in sexually transmited infections”.

“The opioid overdose crisis in Canada is alarming. It may be shortening our national life expectancy, for the first time in decades,” she says.

More alarming, perhaps, is that almost 20% of Canadians “report a crime rate that discourages them from walking at night in their neighbourhoods,” which is a bit of a problem, given that 80% of Canadians aged 18+ do not take enough physical exercise.

And more women are drinking themselves to death, perhaps in despair at being attached to Canadian men: “The alcohol-attributed death rate for women increased by 26% from 2001 to 2017, compared with a roughly 5% increase over the same period for men.”