Your hosts this week, Lynn, Levon, and MarcListen
For most children around the world, most days mean school days.
It’s taken for granted that children will be going to school to learn.
However, that is not the case for millions of children in the world.
These are the children living in 22 conflict zones currently raging or smouldering in countries or regions around the world.
The Unites Nations children’s agency UNICEF, is sounding the alarm.
Levon spoke to Meg French about the gravity of the situation.
She is Chief of international programmes and public affairs at UNICEF Canada
Canada’s new government has said it will legalize, and regulate marijuana in this country.
While some segments of society are happy with the news, others have a concern about health safety.
Some studies appear to show marijuana use can harm the still developing brains of young people.
New Canadian research shows molecular changes in teenage brains showing a resemblance to the brains of people with schizophrenia.
Lynn spoke with one of the co-authors, Professor Steven Laviolette of Western University in London Ontario.
The Canadian Diabetes Association is worried…very worried.
The incidence of obesity and diabetes continues to rise dramatically in Canada, and that includes children.
One of the causes can be linked to our fascination with sugar. Recently Mexico where there is also a serious obesity and diabetes problem, imposed a tax on sugary drinks.
They saw consumption drop substantially. The CDA wants Canada to impose a similar tax.
However, at least one expert says targetting and taxing soft drinks really misses the point. He says there is too much added sugar in a vast number of products people eat daily.
Marc spoke to food specialist Sylvain Charlebois (PhD) of Guelph University who says some products have natural sugars which are not the problem. He says better labelling on all products to show the added amount of sugar would allow increasing aware consumers to make their own healthy choices.