Canada's Dodge offers little hope for 2002 economy

CANADA - Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge in a speech on Wednesday chipped away at hopes the Canadian economy might recover in 2002 from its current slowdown, a sickly state worsened by the attacks on the United States last month.

Dodge said negative effects of the suicide attacks on New York and Washington made clear that Canadian economic growth would be close to zero or negative in the last half of 2001, bringing average growth for the year down to 1-1/2 percent.

"The recent events are un