Single File

More and more Canadians are choosing to stay single ... to grow old on their own and on their own terms. But the stereotypes of aging spinsters and sad-sack bachelors have stuck with us. We explore the disconnect in our documentary, Single File.


Single File

It used to be that getting married and having kids was expected ... or at least a goal ... something most said they aspired to in their lives. But that's not necessarily the case any more.

This morning, as part of our project Shift, we wanted to take a look at the growing number of Canadians who are taking a pass on wedding bells and diaper pails. In Canada, one in five women between the ages of 40 and 45 has not given birth. Not all of them are single. But many are. And this mirrors the trend in the United States. In the 1970s, one in ten American women hadn't had children by the time they turned 45. Today, it's one in five.

Kim and Tina Pittaway are sisters who are firmly anchored in this demographic. They share a house in Toronto. And they've been looking into the lives and the stereotypes that surround this swelling segment of the population.

Tina and Kim Pittaway's documentary is called Single File.

Last Word - Christmas Truces

And we ended the program today with a preview of Friday's program. Nearly 94 years ago -- in December of 1916 -- Private Ronald Mackinnon wrote a letter home from the trenches at Vimy Ridge. He talked about a Christmas truce between Canadian and German soldiers.

And now, that letter has prompted some historians to re-think what had been the official line about Christmas truces in World War One. We gave the last word to Historian Tom Weber with his thoughts on that letter.

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