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Seeking Council

Seeking Council - Oct 19th, 2015

Kevin Saccary and Darrell Flynn

Posted by Robert Doublett

Time for Seeking Council...our weekly look at what's making news within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Today we have Kevin Saccary of District 8 and Darrell Flynn of District 10 in studio.

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Seeking Council

Lowell Cormier and George MacDonald

Posted by Robert Doublett

Time for Seeking Council, our regular check-in with your representatives in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

My two guests today are from the Glace Bay - New Waterford area.

Lowell Cormier is the councillor for New Waterford, Scotchtown, River Ryan, Lingan and New Victoria.

George MacDonald represents part of Glace Bay, Tompkinsville and most of Reserve Mines.

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Seeking Council - Rural Reckoning

Victor David and Bruce Morrison

Posted by Robert Doublett

For the first time ever, there are now more people in Canada age 65 and over than there are under age 15, according to Statistics Canada.

The data agency said Tuesday that Canada's population sat at 35,851,800 at the start of July, a figure that has increased by 308,100 or 0.9 in the past year. That's the smallest annual increase in 17 years, but still the largest pace of growth seen in any G7 nation.

Much of growth came in the form of people coming from other countries, as migration accounted for 60.8 per cent of the population growth. The rest was natural population growth, as people already in Canada had children.

Canada met a milestone that demographers have seen coming for a long time. In the year ended in July, the population of people 65 and older is now larger than the number of children under 15.

There were 5,780,900 Canadians 65 and older on July 1. That compares to an under 15 population of 5,749,400. In percentage terms, 16.1 per cent of Canadians were in the 65-and-over group in July, with under 15's accounting for just 16 per cent of the population.

The cohort of people 65 and up isn't just large in absolute terms, but their ranks are growing faster than the rest of us, too. The population growth rate for the over-64 set increased by 3.5 per cent during the year, four times faster than the population at large.

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