Toys ‘R’nt’ Us

CBC is reporting on a new Stats Can report:

New Brunswick’s birth rate declined by 2.2 per cent between 2003-2004, according to a Statistics Canada report released Monday.

Leslie Geran, a Statistics Canada analyst, said young adults are moving to other provinces, which continues to drive down the province’s birth rate.

“People that are moving out generally are the ones who are in their most fertile years,” Geran said.

Since 1983, New Brunswick’s birth rate has fallen by 33 per cent.

Only Newfoundland and Labrador experienced larger declines.

Only Newfoundland. Well, true to form, at least New Brunswick is not dead last.

It must be the end of days. Even the Times & Transcript is reporting this story this morning.

Maybe it’s time to take care of one of my pet peeves. The government has a ‘Components of Growth’ page on their web site. This estimates population changes on an annual basis. I think it’s time to rename this ‘Component’s of Decline’.