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Is Kingston, Ontario's economy a model for North Country prosperity? Photo: Brian Mann
Is Kingston, Ontario's economy a model for North Country prosperity? Photo: Brian Mann

Does Canada's economy offer clues, ideas that could help the North Country?

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This week we'll be looking in-depth at the very different ways that the recession has hit Canada. Over the last three years, communities and workers north of the border have fared much better than their counterparts here in the North Country.

Unemployment on the Canadian side of the lakes is far lower -- around 8% in Ontario and 7.7% in Quebec. In fact, through the Great Recession, Ontario and Quebec have actually grown jobs. And workers in those provinces who lose their positions can expect to be out of work for only half as long before they find a new job, when compared with workers in the US.

In a partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann is traveling in Canada, talking with experts and workers. He spoke with Martha Foley.

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Jeff Garrah, CEO of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation. Source:  KEDC

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