A Growing Chill For Canada

Growth is faltering. Will Canadians lose their social perks?

As a high school guidance counselor, Joe Santalucia usually exudes optimism. Not these days. Locked out of his Toronto school from Sept. 8 to Sept. 28 in a province-wide dispute over budget cuts and working hours, he sees less security and leaner times looming. "The government is trying to balance the books, so when we go to the hospital, we have to wait five hours," says Santalucia, 42. "Education is suffering. We will have to live with less and less."

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