A number is never just a number -- Gone fishin'

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• 47
Percentage of Canadian workers who say they need a vacation more today than they've needed one in four years. (Source)

• 10
Number of statutory holidays Canadians are entitled to in a year. Lowest of 40 countries in an international survey of vacation time. (Source

• 30
Number of statutory holidays citizens in Finland, Brazil and France enjoy every year. (Source

• 2
Number of paid vacation weeks most employees in Canada are entitled to after being on the job for more than a year. (Source

• 54
Percentage of Canadians who say they use all of their vacation days. They report feeling better about their jobs when they return. (Source

• 22
Percentage of Canadians who say they cancelled vacation plans due to work. (Source

• 49
Percentage of Canadian employers who say they expect workers to check in periodically while on vacation. (Source

• 85
Percentage of Canadians who think humans will be able to vacation on another planet within the next 100 years or more. (Source

• 24
Percentage of Canadians who prefer to stay at home during vacation (staycation). (Source

• 59
Percentage of Canadians who vacationed in their home province in 2006, up from 48 per cent in 1999. (Source

• 48
Percentage of Canadians who told EKOS they planned to cut vacation spending in 2009. (Source)

• 14
Percentage of Canadians who say they feel guilty taking a vacation. (Source

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's Trish Hennessy has long been a fan of Harper Magazine's one-page list of eye-popping statistics, Harper's Index. Instead of wishing for a Canadian version to magically appear, she's created her own index -- a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world. Hennessy's Index -- A number is never just a number -- comes out on the first of each month.

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