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MONTREAL: Child poverty has worsened in Canada over the last decade, a UN official said Friday as she completed a tour of the country.

“Canada can afford to do better,” said Marta Mauras, vice president of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, citing figures from UNICEF that rank the North American country 24th out of 35 industrialized countries.

One in seven Canadian children lives in poverty, according to UNICEF statistics, and the situation is even worse among indigenous children, one in four of whom lives in poverty.

“This is a clear deterioration from 10 years ago,” Mauras said in a statement.

She was invited to Canada by children's rights groups to observe the implementation of the UN convention on children's rights there.

In September, according to the statement, her committee wrote a review of the situation in Canada, expressing “concern over the lack of improvement to Canada's child poverty rate.”

The review also highlighted “continuing Canadian health issues such as unhealthy weights and child mental illness, and inadequate monitoring mechanisms for tracking the well-being of children.”

“The review also found insufficient co-ordination between various levels of government when it comes to serving Canadian children, and unclear accounting of government spending on children,” the statement said.

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December 10, 2012 9:45 am
What a racist comment, as if immigrants from non-muslim countries are okay. Wow. Well, just look at the conditions of indigenous people, everything will be obvious.
December 9, 2012 6:19 pm
If it's worsening in Canada it's because we're letting in refugees/imigrants from muslim countries that can't take care of themselves. We need to stop giving foreign aid to muslim countries and focus on keeping non muslim people healthy and thriving as they seem to benefit most from being helped. That's the best way to get rid of poverty, help those who can change rather than those that cling to 14 centuries of ineptitude.
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