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National News
Prince Edward Island's plan to become predominantly wind-powered and an energy-exporter to New England has begun to crumble. Part of this is because they didn't approve of the prices private developers were proposing, as the province would have had to increase electricity costs. Their dilemma is an example of the common problem renewable resources present: while it's important for governments to lessen their reliance on fossil fuels, moving to methods like wind power cost considerably more.

File this under "pretty obvious." Montreal think tank, Association for Canadian Studies, found that it's mainly young, rich men who watch and play hockey.

The Leger Marketing poll they commissioned discovered that out of 1,500 people, almost 60 per cent earning at least $100,000 a year watch hockey. This percentage decreases as income drops. Also, the richer the person who responded to the poll was, the more likely they would be a supporter of fighting in hockey.

International News
The 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,300 feet underground for nearly 70 days have finally been rescued. Using a 13-foot tall capsule built by Chilean navy engineers, the miners came up from the mine one at a time, in a rescue that took close to 22 hours to complete. All miners emerged in fairly good health, and officials have promised to provide aftercare for the miners for at least six months after the rescue, until they can be sure that each miner has readjusted to life on the surface.

A report from the World Economic Forum released October 12 lists Iceland as the top country for women's equality. The global ranking measures factors including economic and educational attainment, political empowerment, health and survival. The report, which ranks 134 countries, shows Nordic countries are the top leaders in gender equality, with Norway ranked second and Finland third. Pakistan, Chad and Yemen are at the bottom of the list.

Canada was listed as the twentieth country, as women measure well in terms of economic participation, education and literacy rate. There is still a wide gender gap on the political landscape; women make up 52 per cent of the population, but occupy only 22 per cent of the seats in the House of Commons.

compiled by Jessica Ireland and Erika Faust