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Canadians trust doctors less, journalists more: poll

Morning Radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

Who can you trust? A new poll suggests Canadians' trust in professionals is on a decline. The poll found that compared with results from 2003, pharmacists, doctors, airline pilots and teachers experienced the largest drops in trust.

Pharmacists, for instance, were trusted by 66 per cent of Canadians polled, down by 25 per cent. Doctors dipped 22 points and are trusted by 63 per cent of those polled.

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This still places them at the top end of trusted professions, but it's a serious dip.

At the very bottom of the list are chief executive officers, with just 20 per cent of Canadians indicating trust; national politicians with 25 per cent, and car salespeople, with 20 per cent, according to the Gazette. But trust in each of those professions has actually increased since 2003. "Basically, the ones that are going up are the ones that really didn't have much farther to go down," said Darrell Bricker, a spokesman with Ipsos Reid, which conducted the poll

And journalists? We rose one per cent to a whopping 32 per cent, just below auto mechanics and one above lawyers.

He shall be a good man: Elton John is a dad to a baby born on Christmas Day to a surrogate in California. The name? Levon, of course.

The infant's full name is Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and he weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

"Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents," said John and his long-time partner, David Furnish in a statement, according to CNN.

Like his namesake in John's early 1970s hit "Levon," the child was born on Christmas Day. How much engineering did it take to get those stars aligned? Nice one.

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Online, again? You might not be surprised that Canadians spend more time online than any other country. In a story in today's Globe, there are a number of startling findings by measurement company comScore.

For one, Canada was the only country in which users logged an average of more than 2,500 minutes online a month, which is almost 42 hours, according to the piece. Israel was second with an average of around 2,300 minutes, while a few other countries were around the 2,000-minute mark.

We adore YouTube, too, with a No. 1 per capita consumption of video. And while we've waned on being tops at Facebook use, we have become the top Wikipedia users.

What do you think: Are Canadians just more internet-savvy? Or should we think about getting out a little more?

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Tralee Pearce has been a reporter at The Globe and Mail since 1999, starting as a writer in the paper’s Style section. She joined the new Life section for its launch in 2007. She covers parenting and family issues for the daily section. More

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