Coming of age stories featuring teenaged boys fumbling their way into adulthood are fixtures in our popular culture... The Catcher In the Rye ... The Outsiders ... Rebel Without A Cause. Stories with one common thread: danger. Protagonists doing risky things... be it drinking vodka all day long... or racing cars.
And it looks as if art is imitating life: the statistics prove it. Among Canadian boys and young men, aged 15 to 25... accidents are by far the leading cause of death. Suicide and homicide are right behind in second and third place. On top of that, Canadian men are three times more likely to commit suicide than Canadian women. And more than 90 per cent of the people who die in workplace injuries in Canada are men.
This morning, as part of our project on demographic change ... Shift, we're asking why this is such a dangerous demographic. And for their help, we're joined by two young men. Michael Champagne is 23. He's the founder of a group called Aboriginal Youth Opportunities. It helps young people with everything from leaving gangs to learning how to apply for welfare. He was in Winnipeg. And Cory Biagi is a 26 year-old mountain climber and back-country skier. He was in Vancouver. David Hatfield is the Canadian Coordinator of International Men's Day. He was also in Vancouver. And Daniel Kruger is a researcher at the School of Public Health and the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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