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Miscellaneous head turners
Two things grabbed my attention today.
The first is a line from Michael Ignatieff's speech in Toronto where he pointed out that the unemployment rate in Windsor is akin to one-in-six people not having a job. That's a stunning number. It is one in 10 people in Toronto.
I've read reports on the unemployment rate but for some reason it didn't really sink into me that an unemployment rate of almost 10 per cent is the same as almost one in every 10 people of working age not having a job. Probably more when you factor in the rate does not include unemployed people who have given up looking for a job.
For some reason that number hit home to me just how real this recession really is and how far we have to go to climb back from it.
The other thing is completely unrelated but came in the form of a report in the U.S. on the power draw of video game machines -- namely Xboxes, Playstations and Wiis. Living in a home with two of the three, this blog entry caught my interest.
When a video game console can use up the same amount of power as two refrigerators something is seriously wrong. Especially if the main reason they use so much power is sheer laziness of gamers to save their games and turn their machines off when they aren't being used.
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About Mia Rabson
Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.
Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.
She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.
Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.
Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.
In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.
She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.
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