Clicks of the Day: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Thursday, May 31 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is.


  • Teacher says zeros prepare students for real world
  • “Two weeks after an Edmonton high school teacher said he was suspended, Lynden Dorval told CTV News why it happened, and why he kept giving zeroes to some students, even after he was told to stop. Dorval teaches physics at Ross Sheppard Composite High School, and doesn’t agree with a directive called the ‘Behavioural Code System’ introduced at the school about a year and a half ago that was meant to replace marks of zero with assigning behaviour codes for formative assessments. ‘Our marks program doesn’t recognize anything that isn’t numerical,’ Dorval, a public school teacher for 35 years said. ‘So of course the student’s marks are only based on the work they have actually done. It’s just like in real life, there are always consequences for not doing things.’”

    What kind of students are we shaping if we just let them breeze through school undeservedly?

  • Hantavirus case confirmed, AHS issues warning for Albertans
  • “AHS officials said a case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome has been confirmed in a resident of a rural community located north of Edmonton, although officials would not release a specific location. The confirmation has prompted health officials to issue a warning not only to residents of the immediate area, but to all Albertans, to carefully handle cleaning up rodent infestations and protect themselves.”

    Careful everyone.

  • Mulcair ‘has some valid points’: mayor
  • “After a brief meeting with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake says the leader of the official opposition has some valid points about environmental sustainability, but the two agreed to disagree.”

    Let’s agree to disagree..

  • Back-to-work law puts CP Rail back on track
  • “Back-to-work legislation for striking Canadian Pacific Rail workers cleared the Senate to become law Thursday, but Labour Minister Lisa Raitt is predicting it will take weeks to clear the backlog of freight once trains start rolling Friday morning. Some 4,800 locomotive engineers, conductors, yardmen and others walked off the job nine days ago, crippling the country’s biggest freight rail carrier.”

    No one’s allowed to strike in this country, it would appear. Lol.

  • Talks between Quebec gov’t, students collapse
  • “Talks between the Quebec government and students have been suspended after four days of negotiations, prompting speculations about an early election in the province. However, Premier Jean Charest downplayed the vote’s imminence.”

    Oh, Quebec.

  • Government-run Tim Hortons loses money, pays staff $28 per hour
  • “A large coffee costs close to $2, but the person pouring it was being paid $20 per hour plus an additional $8 for benefits and employers costs. In total, a cashier was earning an hourly wage of $28. The hospital coffee shop was paying its staff much higher wages than its counterparts because the people pouring the coffees and handing out doughnuts were Eastern Health staff. The average Tim Hortons employee usually gets paid the minimum wage or a little bit higher.”

    They are better paid than I am!

  • Man sought by Interpol auditioned for reality show
  • “The man wanted on an Interpol warrant in connection with a murder and dismemberment investigation auditioned for a reality television show on OutTV five years ago.”

    The stuff people dig up about you when you allegedly kill and dismember someone…


  • North Korea proclaims itself a nuclear state in new constitution
  • “North Korea proclaimed itself a “nuclear state” this week following a revision of its constitution earlier this year. Kim Jong-Il has “transferred the country into an undefeated country with strong political ideology, a nuclear power state, and invincible military power,” according to the updated constitution posted on its portal website Naenara. The website posted the revised constitution on Wednesday, according to Yonhap, the South Korean state affiliated news agency.”

    Oh… cool…


  • Gonorrhoea becoming untreatable, health experts warn
  • “The number of newly diagnosed cases of gonorrhoea in England soared by 25% in 2011 amid fears that the sexual infection is becoming untreatable. There have been cases in Japan and Europe of infections that resist first-choice therapies. The Health Protection Agency said the threat of gonorrhoea was ‘very concerning.’”

    Uh oh.

  • Offices rife with bacteria, with more found in men’s than women’s
  • “Men’s offices contained more than women’s, the researchers found. The arm rests of chairs and hand sets of phones had higher bacterial counts than desk tops or computer components — keyboards and mice. But germaphobes should relax. The findings, published in the journal PLoS One, are no surprise. Humans play host to swarms of bacteria all the time — on our skin, in our nostrils and mouths, and particularly in our digestive tracts. Where we are, they are.”

    Just relax, germaphobes!

  • NYC proposes ban on sale of oversized soft drinks
  • “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in the city’s restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity – an expansion of his administration’s efforts to encourage healthy behavior by limiting residents’ choices.”

    Let’s do it!

  • Are teens becoming abstainers? Study charts declines in smoking, drinking, drugs
  • “Are teens becoming more abstemious? A new survey shows dropping rates of drinking, drug use and smoking among Canadian teens.”


    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Too funny: Google wants .LOL domain
  • “Google has applied to control a slew of domain names that are not only related to its core business but have “interesting and creative potential.” The company announced on its blog on Thursday that it has submitted applications to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the following domains: .google, .youtube, .doc and .lol.”

    “Lol!” My favourite acronym!

  • [Infographic]: 20 reasons to switch to Google+
  • Including “integration with Google services” – “better mobile app” – “easier profile setup” and more!

    I have been trying to use Google+ more…


  • Google unveils big changes to shopping business
  • “Google Inc unveiled major changes to its shopping business on Thursday that will likely prove controversial in the e-commerce world. Starting in the fall, product search results for users in the United States will be influenced by how much retailers and advertisers pay, a company executive said. In the past, product search results were based mainly on relevance and the program was free.”

    That does make a difference.

  • Oil industry will need 9,500 jobs by 2015: Report
  • “The three-year race to find a new generation of skilled oil and gas workers is on. No fewer than 9,500 jobs will need to be filled by 2015, according to a report by the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada, released Tuesday.”

    That’s a whole lotta jobs.


  • Transit of Venus: a celestial site to see on June 5
  • “t won’t happen again in our lifetime, or our kids’ lifetime. Next week’s transit of Venus won’t be repeated until 2117. But we can see it for a couple of hours — if we are in the right place.”

    Very rare!

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Girl, 6, does not reach spelling bee semifinals
  • “Lori Anne Madison, 6, stepped boldly Wednesday afternoon to the microphone, lowered it a bit to fit her height, and took on the word ‘ingluvies’ at the National Spelling Bee. The youngest person ever to compete in the bee stumbled on the term for a bird’s craw, spelling it ‘engluvies.’”

    Good for her for making it into the bee in the first place! :)

Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

Thor and Loki looking out the bathroom window.

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Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, May 16 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is.


  • New downtown arena images revealed, questions over funding remain
  • “New concept images and video of the proposed downtown arena were released Wednesday, but questions still remain over how the project will be paid for. The price tag has reached $532 million as a result of surrounding infrastructure including cost of land, LRT connections, and sidewalks. There’s also a $21 million community rink that is not included in the budget. The city was seeking $100 million in funding from the province, but Wednesday’s council meeting revealed that the city has yet to hold formal discussions with the province about arena funding.”

    Oh the arena saga…

  • Food truck fight underway in downtown Edmonton
  • “A popular Edmonton food truck has been asked to move from its current downtown location, after complaints that it was stealing business from a nearby restaurant.”

    Sad that it had to come to that! The food truck should be fine wherever it goes though, loyal customers. :)

  • Economic outlook predicts Alberta will lead through 2013
  • “Resource-rich Western Canada is going from strength to greater strength, according to a new Conference Board forecast on the economy. The think-tank’s spring outlook predicts Alberta will lead the country in economic growth both this year and next with 3.8 and 3.7 per cent gains respectively. In fact, the four western provinces will claim the top four growth rates in 2012 and 2013, all bettering or equalling the average growth in the country.”

    Well done, Alberta.

  • Alberta interested in joining Ontario in doctor fee overhaul
  • “With Ontario making the first move to reduce doctors’ fees for hundreds of services, Alberta is now saying it too wants to overhaul the way it pays its doctors. Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne says his province is looking to overhaul its physician pay formula and wants to be part of national discussions on how to rein in escalating fees… If the provinces unite on the issue, it could lead to a complete revamp of the way health care is funded in Canada – a revamp that many say is long overdue.”


  • Protest gangs storm into Montreal university classes, force students out
  • “Protesters stormed into a university, many of them with their faces covered by masks, and worked through the hallways Wednesday on the hunt for classes to disrupt. The protesters were enforcing their declared strikes, and resented the fact that some students have used legal injunctions to return to school. Carrying a list of scheduled classes, about 100 hard-core protesters marched through pavilions at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal.”

    Wow. Strike and protest if you must but you’d think they could respect/leave the students who want to continue learning alone…

  • Quebec to suspend school semester amid protests
  • “The Quebec government will introduce emergency legislation that would suspend the school semester for striking students in an effort to end months of violent protests over tuition increases across the province. The bill would temporarily halt the spring semester in post-secondary institutions affected by the boycotts — 14 CEGEPs (the province’s public colleges) and 11 universities.”


  • Is roadkill coming to Canadian dinner tables?
  • “The Conservative government intends to change regulations to allow animals to be killed on the farm before being processed for human consumption. The opposition New Democratic Party says this will lead to roadkill being sold to Canadians… Under current regulations animals must be alive when they are shipped from a farm to a federal facility in order for the animal to eventually be processed for human consumption. The government is proposing a change to the regulations to allow the shipment of dead animals. The government says this will only be done in limited circumstances and food safety will not be compromised. The Official Opposition says the change will result in loopholes that will have Canadians eating roadkill.”

    I see.

  • Canadian luxury homes selling in record numbers
  • “Luxury homes are selling in higher numbers, and at higher price points, than ever before in a number of markets across Canada, according to a new survey of the high-end real estate market. Of the 16 major Canadian markets surveyed by RE/MAX in its Upper-End Report, 13 posted an increase in high-end sales, with 10 of those markets setting records.”



  • North Korea ‘resumes work’ on light water reactor
  • “North Korea has resumed work on a light water reactor that could be used to support its nuclear programme after ”months of inactivity”, a United States institute says.”



  • Signs of brain disease found in soldiers exposed to IEDs
  • “Researchers studying the brains of soldiers exposed to blast injuries have found evidence of a degenerative disease also detected in athletes who have suffered repeated blows to the head, raising a worrisome prospect for thousands of combat veterans. Scientists from the United States and England say brain tissue in four American military members showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a progressive disease normally linked to repetitive concussions.”

    Oh no.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Google Search just got 1,000 times smarter
  • “Starting today, a vast portion of Google Search results will work with you to intuit what you really meant by that search entry. Type in an ambiguous query like “Kings” (which could mean royalty, a sports team or a now-cancelled TV show), and a new window will appear on the right side of your result literally asking you which entity you meant. Click on one of those options and your results will be filtered for that search entity. To understand the gravity of this change, you need to know about the fundamental changes going on behind the scenes at Google Search. As we outlined in our report earlier this year, Google is switching from simple keyword recognition to the identification of entities, nodes and relationships. In this world, “New York” is not simply the combination of two keywords that can be recognized. It’s understood by Google as a state in the U.S. surrounded by other states, the Atlantic Ocean and with a whole bunch of other, relevant attributes.”

    So Google is becoming Skynet, lol.

  • A new wedding web app connects the guests
  • “A new web app lets the bride and groom-to-be create a social website that connects guests with each other before the big day. Called Weduary, the web app provides a simple way of creating a modern-looking wedding website, and allows the couple to invite guests using Facebook. The site tells guests which of their Facebook friends will also be attending and points out people at the event who may have common interests and mutual friends. If a guest is attending alone, the Flirt section of the site shows other singles who will be there.”

    Interesting. I already have my wedding blog but I am intrigued with this.


  • Over consumption is killing off the world’s most precious wildlife, from tigers to tuna
  • “The Living Planet report revealed how more than 9,000 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and fish are faring reveal a planet in crisis, with serious implications for human health, wealth and well-being. Freshwater creatures in the tropics have seen the worst declines, of around 70 per cent, while tropical species as a whole have seen populations tumble by 60 per cent since 1970. In Asia, tiger numbers have fallen 70 per cent in just 30 years. Industrial fishing has caused a catastrophic loss of fish such as northern bluefin tuna in the western Atlantic.”

    Awful… mankind is awful.

  • Ancient ‘Loch Ness Monster’ suffered arthritis
  • “Ancient creatures resembling stout-necked Loch Ness Monsters apparently developed arthritis in their monster jaws, revealing that even such lethal killers could suffer from and eventually succumb to diseases of old age, researchers find. Scientists reached that conclusion while investigating the fossil of an extinct marine reptile known as a pliosaur. The carnivore was apparently an old female extending some 26 feet (8 meters). It had a 10-foot-long (3 meters), crocodilelike head, short neck, whalelike body and four powerful flippers to propel it through water to hunt down prey.”

    No one / thing is invincible! Also – I love Loch Ness Monsters and Loch Ness-like Monsters… so interesting.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Love question in bottle floats 9000 km for answer
  • “A message in a bottle, posing a question about love and dropped into the sea off Indonesia, has been found more than a year later and 9,000 km away in Mozambique, on the east coast of Africa. The message’s author, Anne O’Sullivan, was travelling on a cruise ship past the central Indonesian island of Komodo when she tossed the bottle overboard. “We’re sitting in our balcony pondering. Is it better to love or be loved? Your answer will be appreciated. Call us or write to us,” the Australian teacher’s note read. Fifteen months later, she received a telephone call from a woman in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, telling her: “I found your bottle. It’s better to be loved. But to be loved you must love.””

    What a cool story.

  • [Video]: Kitty sings the blues
  • Aw :)

Thor Photo of the Day:

Drinking from her decat-feinated cup, lol.

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