Friday, November 13, 2009

The Big Questions for Canada


The government is very sustainable, modelled after the British form of government. It is a parliamentary democracy, complete with a legislative, executive, and judicial branch. There is a monarchy and Prime Minister and several political parties.

Environmental Issues:
air pollution and resulting acid rain severely affecting lakes and damaging forests; metal smelting, coal-burning utilities, and vehicle emissions impacting on agricultural and forest productivity; ocean waters becoming contaminated due to agricultural, industrial, mining, and forestry activities

Canada, as a developed country, is also one of the richest countries in the world. It has a high literacy rate, and minimum schooling age of 17 years. The increased focus on education leads to a stable economy and well educated population. The abundance of water and natural resources allows for the small, but positive growth rate in this country to be sustained.

The Big Questions for Honduras


Here, a lot of people starve. They don't feed themselves. Over half the country is below the poverty line. They use very little oil, and there is little travel period. Lots of the agriculture work is done by hand. There is enough water right now, but it’s quickly being polluted by factories and other industries.

The government is sustainable, and is very much modeled after the U.S./British form of government (no monarchy). However, there isn’t enough food to go around, even though very few people are unemployed (less than 4%). The growth rate isn’t high, but the country is barely sustaining itself as is.

The water needs to be cleaned up by finding a way for the factories to stop dumping in the main river. Food and better paying jobs need to be available widespread. However, the lack of food and large amounts of disease are what help keep the population from spiraling out of control.

There are too many people and not enough resources or space to sustain the people Honduras. In addition, Honduras tends to be lumped in with the rest of the poor, Central American countries, and doesn’t receive as much foreign assistance.

Economic Stats of Honduras and Canada


GDP: $33.72 million

Per capita: $4,400

Urbanization rate is 48%, mostly concentrated in Tegucigalpa.

39.2% work in agriculture, 20.9% work in sales, and 39.8% work in services

Sugar, coffee, and textiles are the main natural resources as well as economic engines.


GDP: $1.3 trillion

Per capita: $39,100


Urban population: 80% of total population

Natural resources:
iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, molybdenum, potash, diamonds, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydropower

Agricultural products:
wheat, barley, oilseed, tobacco, fruits, vegetables; dairy products; forest products; fish

motor vehicles and parts, industrial machinery, aircraft, telecommunications equipment; chemicals, plastics, fertilizers; wood pulp, timber, crude petroleum, natural gas, electricity, aluminum

Population Stats in Honduras and Canada

Canada--Population Stats

Population: 33,487,208

Projected Population in 2025: 37,558,781

Infant Mortality: 5 deaths per 1000 births

Fertility: 1.6 births per woman

Life Expectancy: 83 years

Percentage under 15/over 65: 31.3%

Country is growing at a very slow rate due to low birth rate.

Honduras: Population Stats

Population: 7, 792,845

Projected population in 2025: 10, 865,162

Infant mortality: 24.03 per 1,000

Life expectancy: 69.4 years

Fertility: 3.27 kids per woman

Percentage Under 15/Over 65: 41.7 percent

This country is growing, but at a slower rate due to the high HIV infection rate.