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We list water as our most important natural resource, but why do we waste so much ? Phone-in : Would you support a driving retirement program for seniors ?

 
We list water as our most important natural resource, but why do we waste so much ? Phone-in : Would you support a driving retirement program for seniors ?
Waste good water ? Who - me ? We use five times as much per capita as we think we do

From Morning Shower To Brushing Before Bed : Our days start with water consumption and continue in one way or another until we turn in at night. We drink water, wash dishes and clothes in it, and flush away our waste with it.But what happens when we stop to think about all the ways we use water - something we usually do without much thought at all ?
The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Attitudes Survey of more than 2000 Canadians (commissioned by RBC & Unilever) was released Wednesday. It shows that in Atlantic Canada, we believe that water is a more important natural resource than forests, agricultural land, or fishing.
But when it comes to drinking water, we seem to be more suspicious of what comes out of the tap than other Canadians. Only 32% of Atlantic Canadians drink tap water - the lowest of any of the regions surveyed. The CBC's Angela Chang spoke with people in Fredericton to find out where they get their drinking water.
When you look at all the ways we consume water, the survey mentioned exhibits a wide range of attitudes - from concern to outright delusion. For instance, when asked what amount of water we each use per capita every day, the average Canadian believes it's around 66 litres. In fact, its close to 330 litres.
Dr Graham Gagnon holds the Canada Research Chair in Water Quality & Treatment
in Dalhousie University's Department of Civil & Resource Engineering. He's been looking through the Canadian Water Attitudes Survey and joined us to discuss what's notable about attitudes towards water in our region.


Parking the Car For Good : It's an uncomfortable, stressful and emotional situation for just about everyone when a family decides it's time for Mum or Dad to hang up the car keys and stop driving. For many seniors it can mean a devastating loss of independence - a loss that can be particularly acute in suburban or rural areas where public transportation - or even taxis - may be non-existent.  
But the consequences of NOT dealing with the risk to public safety are worse, says a strongly worded editorial in the latest edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It concludes that many people turn a blind eye to those risks when it comes to elderly seniors who shouldn't drive.  And  it suggests that -  just like planning for a job retirement, we should be planning for driving retirement and create programs that do two things:  help seniors drive safely for as long as possible and help them get around when they can't.
Our guests were Dr Noni MacDonald (who co-wrote the CMAJ editorial) and Dr Paige Moorhouse. Dr MacDonald is a professor of pediatrics at Dalhousie University.  Dr Paige Moorhouse  is a geriatric specialist at Dalhousie who's involved in two research projects related to driving and dementia.
Our question : Would you support a driving retirement program for seniors ?
 

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