In a viral TikTok, Shina Nova shared photos of food prices in Indigenous communities in the country. We see things like a pack of grapes being sold for $28.19 and ketchup costing $16.79.
In the most recent Statistics Canada food price survey for Nunavut, from 2018, we can see the price difference between food products in Nunavut vs. Ottawa.
A 0-2 kilogram pack of grapes like the one we see in Shina Nova's video cost $6.59 in Ottawa but $14.21 in Nunavut.
Some other stark points of contrast in the 2018 survey were cheddar cheese ($18.30 in Ottawa, $28.67 in Nunavut), soda crackers ($8.87 in Ottawa, $17.69 in Nunavut), and 50-54 grams of chocolate bars ($27.09 in Ottawa, $53.06 in Nunavut).
Videos by Ky Flaherty (@arcticmakeup) on TikTok go even further to show that it's not just food prices that are noticeably higher in Nunavut, but household products too.
Reply to @jaclynalexisss #greenscreenvideo #greenscreen the last one 😢 #nunavut #inuit #nativetiktok #arcticmakeup #fyp
Flaherty shows a photo of Kirkland diapers costing $53.79 in Iqaluit and $37.99 on Costco's website.
In an interview with MacLean's, Flaherty explained that she creates these TikTok videos to bring to light the need for affordable food in Canada's North, which she referred to as "suicide prevention."
"There's no possible way for anyone to thrive in life when they can't even get their next meal. Food is a basic necessity and if you can't get that, there's no way for you to truly be okay," Flaherty said.
Both Shina Nova and Ky Flaherty have been able to spread awareness of the food disparities that exist in Canada by reaching millions on TikTok.
Canada’s two official languages, English and French, are known by more Canadians now than ever before, according to data recently published by Statistics Canada.
As of 2016, when the last national census was conducted, the national rate of bilingualism in Canada jumped to 18.0%, the highest it has ever been. And StatsCan has been tracking Canadian bilingualism in some form since 1901, so we can trust them when they say the bilingualism rate in Canada has “reached the highest proportion ever.”
What’s arguably more interesting is how this recent uptick in Canadian bilingualism is somewhat unprecedented. Canada’s national bilingualism rate has barely moved in the past 15 years, staying roughly at 17.7%. And outside of Quebec, most provinces and territories experienced a decline in bilingualism from 2006 and 2011.
That isn’t the case anymore, with bilingualism on-the-rise in a every single province and territory, excluding British Columbia and Manitoba. According to the new data, the areas that experienced the sharpest rise in French-and-English speakers were the Northwest Territories, New Brunswick, Yukon, and Quebec, of course.
To no one's surprise, Quebec boasts the highest rate of bilingualism within its population, at an impressive 44.9%. New Brunswick is a far second at 34.0%, with Yukon, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and the Northwest Territories all boasting bilingualism rates above 10%, too.
Quebec is becoming more bilingual, too. In 2016, there were a little over 3.6 million bilingual people living in Quebec, an increase of around 300,000 people from 2011. This increase in Quebec’s bilingual population accounted for 64.0% of Canada’s total growth of the bilingual population.
One of the more interesting findings included in the StatsCan census brief, titled “English–French bilingualism reaches new heights,” is the age at which Anglophone Canadians outside of Quebec learn to speak French, and how they do it.
According to the 2016 data, most native English-speakers outside of Quebec achieve bilingualism in school between the ages of 5 and 19 years of age.
It’s no big surprise that students in the younger end of that age bracket pick up French in school, since it’s far easier to pick up a new language when you’re around 5 to 9 years old. But for the first time, bilingualism increased for all student age groups, particularly students in the 10-to-14-years-old group.
So if you're in Ontario and hate being forced to take French class, just tough it out, because you can actually learn the language if you try.
In reality, Montreal ranks high among the safest cities in the country - it's actually the 4th safest city in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. Coming in last was Saskatoon, ranked 15th. You can see the full rankings here.
Toronto and Vancouver ranked dead last of all Canadian cities
It's official: a new report released by Statistics Canada Monday suggests Montreal's got a leg up in terms of life satisfaction. It would appear as though all the bike paths and lactose-free lattes in the world aren’t enough to bring smiles to VanCity. In the first Canadian report of its kind, it turns out holier-than-thou Vancouver – the jewel of Western Canada – has the most miserable people in the whole country, even worse than Winterpeg and Hamilton. Meanwhile, Toronto slash T-dot slash centre of the universe slash Drake, was rated second last.
According to the study, the three happiest places in Canada are Sagueney QC, Trois-Rivieres QC and St. John’s NL.
Statistics indicate that the corporate centres of Canada like Toronto and Vancouver are rather unsatisfying to live in! Even small towns like Windsor, Ontario beat them out. For those of you who’ve never had the pleasure of visiting, Windsor might be caricatured as a place where most folks live in boarded up houses by day and raid abandoned grocery stores for canned goods by night.
NOW ENTERING WINDSOR, ONTARIO - POPULATION: STOP SIGN
Now onto the most important town of the lot: MTL. While Montreal beat out the big cities by a fair margin, overall we didn’t rank as happy as you might assume. Montreal only placed 13th out of the 33 cities surveyed, sneaking just slightly above of the national average. And yes, if you look at the chart a little closer you’ll come to the shocking realization that Montreal residents are less satisfied with life than those of Saskatoon! I know what you’re probably thinking: what the hell is a Saskatoon?
And while I fully realize that having to feng-shui all those dead faced commuters at Berri-Uqam during rush hour on a daily basis is probably the most depressing thing in the entire world, the only fun thing to do in Saskatoon is get drunk and drive a combine (which is fvcking incredible for those of you who haven’t tried it).
Overall, it seems British Columbia is one of the least happy provinces in the country, with most of their cities and regions ranking near the bottom. Even beautiful Victoria is only ranked 27th. Conversely, despite all its problems, Quebec is rated as the happiest province in the country. Who knew?
Other interesting facts from this study:
People aged 40-60 reported lower levels of life satisfaction.
Women on average are happier than men.
Aboriginal people had higher levels of life satisfaction.
Generally speaking, the smaller the town the happier the people.
San Francisco has just become the first major North American city to ban the sale of single-use water bottles on all public property and city-sanctioned events.
Should Montreal do the same?
The movement to ban water bottles in SF is largely inspired by the environmental damage caused by the packaged water industry. 17 million barrels of crude oil are used to make the 29 billion water bottles sold in the U.S. (a majority imported from Canada), and only 13% of the 29 billion are actually recycled.
We aren't much better. Quebec houses more than a few bottling plants, and Montreal makes some good money re-packaging its own tap water to be sold in bottles (looking at you Aquafina), so should the city even entertain the idea, given how much money it produces? Would Canada let Montreal do this?
With enough backing from the provincial government, a water-bottle free Montreal could be possible. Every province can regulate its own water standards (based on national guidelines), so a ban on water bottles could be pushed and approved by Quebec, and only enforced in Montreal if other cities aren't into it.