I can hardly remember a time when Stephanie Nolen wasn't my favourite reporter in Canada. So needless to say, I am enjoying her latest book, 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa.
But this figure astounds me: $6.6 billion (USD).
That's how much the United Nations believed Africa needed in 1999 to fund a response to AIDS. The continent got $560 million.
But how's this for a figure? $8.9 billion (CDN = 8,323,980,546 USD).
It's so much cash, it's sick. And it's just the surplus in our rich province. Imagine the difference it could make somewhere other than here.