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Clicks of the Week: November 26 to December 3, 2012 Edition

Welcome to Clicks of the Week: November 26 to December 3, 2012 Edition!

Clicks of the Week is a weekly round up of news. It used to be Clicks of the Day, but Linda’s life got busy so now it’s a weekly thing. Number of Clicks will be dependent again on the busyness of life that week.


  • Speaker rules Redford was not in contempt of Legislature
  • “The drama in Alberta’s legislature escalated Monday, as several members of the official opposition walked out of the house – before the speaker ruled the premier had not mislead the house, as the opposition had accused Redford of last week. On Monday, Speaker Gene Zwozdesky officially ruled contempt of parliament allegations made by the opposition last week had no standing, and the allegations were dismissed. The ruling came after MLAs from the Wildrose party were shut down by the Speaker a number of times during question period – as Zwozdesky would not allow questions on the contempt of parliament issue.”

    What a messsssss.

  • Too many drivers still get behind wheel impaired: police
  • “Strathcona County RCMP, with the help of Edmonton police and Alberta sheriffs, kicked off the first Checkstop of the Christmas season this weekend and despite tougher penalties and increased awareness, police say too many drivers continue to get behind the wheel impaired.”

    Why are people doing this??? Stop it. It kills. It injures. So preventable.

  • Province projects up to $3B deficit, critics concerned
  • “The provincial government has released their fiscal update for the second quarter, and the update outlined major hits to the province’s finances, and critics are worried the province is sitting on an ‘economic time bomb’. Based on results published so far this year, the province is forecasting a deficit between $2.3 and $3 billion.”


  • Beef inspectors told to turn blind eye to contaminated carcasses
  • “Federal beef inspectors at the XL Foods plant in southern Alberta whose E. coli crisis sparked the country’s largest meat recall were ordered to turn a blind eye to contamination on carcasses being processed for sale to Canadians, CTV News has learned, a directive that was imposed by the inspectors’ supervisors lasting four years.”

    What the heck.

  • Local researchers propose tax on sugary, sweetened drinks
  • “Local researchers suggest a tax on soft drinks could help improve the health of Albertans while generating additional provincial revenue. Data shows Albertans drink more than one litre of pop per person, per day – which means the province has the highest percentage of people in the country who consume sugar-sweetened beverages.”

    Probably wouldn’t actually deter people from buying, honestly.

  • Two employment agencies charged for collecting illegal fees from foreign workers
  • “The province has laid charges against two Edmonton-based employment agencies, for allegedly collecting illegal fees from foreign workers. Jonalyn Gandeza and Ira Nadnaden are facing a number of charges, including operating an unlicensed employment agency, charging prospective employees to help them find employment and misleading or deceiving a consumer.”

    Just awful.

  • Some Edmontonians choosing private health care over public for medical needs
  • “Hundreds of Edmontonians are choosing private healthcare over the public system, at a cost they say is worth the extra money. Copeman, Edmonton’s first private healthcare clinic, brings together a number of health specialists including a family physician, dietician, kinesiologist, and neuropsychologist, all under one roof. Becoming a member of the clinic costs $4,200 per adult for the first year, with the price dropping in subsequent years. Lori DaSilva and her family pay thousands per year for health services at a private clinic in Edmonton. They say the services they receive from a private clinic is worth the money.”

    It’s hefty but when you add up all the services you get/unlimited/no waits/etc. it does seem to be worth it…

  • Drunk ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ singer convicted, wears Viking horns to court
  • “The Alberta man who became a YouTube sensation for enthusiastically belting out “Bohemian Rhapsody” from the back seat of an RCMP cruiser has been convicted of impaired driving and refusing a breathalyser test. Robert Wilkinson will have to pay a $1,400 fine and will be prohibited from driving for one year.”

    I thought his rendition was hilarious – but wearing Viking horns to court is pretty dumb.

  • Paul McCartney allows animal advocacy group to lobby at Edmonton concerts
  • “A local animal advocacy group has received permission from Sir Paul McCartney himself, to use his two concerts in Edmonton to lobby for Lucy the elephant to be moved from the zoo. Voice for Animals Humane Society asked the former Beatle if they could set up at Rexall Place for Wednesday and Thursday night’s shows to raise awareness about their fight to have Lucy transferred from the Valley Zoo to an animal sanctuary. McCartney said yes.”

    I am all for having Lucy be in a better environment with other elephants, etc., but if the move could kill her – I don’t see how people can say that’s better??

  • Edmontonians launch Yeggies to celebrate the best in social media
  • “The Oscars. The Emmys. The Grammies. And now, The Yeggies. A new initiative has been launched in Edmonton to celebrate the best social media content and creators the city has to offer. Officially called the Edmonton New Media Awards, the Yeggies strive to recognize some of the forgotten talent in blogging, podcasting, videoblogging and tweeting.”

    How fun!!!!

  • Google updates Street View with panoramic views of Edmonton
  • “Edmontonians now have the option of checking out some familiar city landmarks from the comfort of their own home. Google has launched maps with enhanced, 360-degree panoramic Street View for several Edmonton facilities including City Hall, Churchill Square, the Muttart Conservatory and the Valley Zoo.”

    Pretty neat though I don’t know when I’d ever use it.


  • NFL star kills girlfriend, self, in murder-suicide: police
  • “Kansas City police say NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend early Saturday, before driving to the nearby Arrowhead Stadium where he turned the gun on himself.”

    Messed up…

  • New York City goes without murders, shootings, stabbings for more than one whole day
  • “For the first time in well, a long time, New York City went a whole 24 hours this week without a single murder, stabbing, or shooting. Gotham enjoyed the unusual peace from 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, until 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, when a 27-year-old man was shot in Brooklyn. This rare feat in the city’s history is so rare, that the NYPD can’t even remember the last time it happened, NY1 reports. “Nice way to start the week,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.”


  • Bangladesh factory owner: I didn’t know fire exits were needed
  • “The owner of a Bangladesh clothing factory where a fire killed 112 people says he was never informed the facility was required to have an emergency exit, a sign of how far removed the leaders of the nation’s garment industry are from issues of worker safety.”


  • Critical loans released, averting Greek bankruptcy – for now
  • “European and global financial leaders have agreed to release (EURO)44 billion ($57 billion) in critical loans to Greece and provide billions in additional debt relief in order to help the country stabilize its ailing economy.”

    Good luck Greece.

  • William and Kate expecting their first child
  • “The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her first child, but has also been admitted to hospital for treatment of nausea and vomiting related to her pregnancy. In a statement posted Monday to Prince William and Catherine’s website, the couple said they were “very pleased” to announce the pregnancy, which comes after weeks of speculation that an apparent heir to the British throne could be on its way.”

    A lot of people around the world were excited about this news, lol. It’s meh. I do think Kate is so pretty though!

  • A world map of average life expectancy by country. How does your nation rank?
  • “Here now to provide a some perspective on the matter of mortality is a variegated patchwork comprising 188 of the world’s countries, with each nation color-coded in accordance with the average life expectancy of its citizens.”

    Canada sits at #12.


  • Common diabetes drug may help treat ovarian cancer, says new study
  • “Could a common medication prescribed for diabetes also treat a killer among women? One group is saying yes. is reporting ovarian cancer patients who were taking metformin lived longer than those who didn’t, which may possibly offer scientists more insight on how they can treat, and ultimately cure, the disease. The drug, which is usually prescribed to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, is derived from French lilacs.”


  • Concussions in male, female varsity hockey players more common than reported: study
  • “The occurrence of brain-rattling concussions among both elite male and female hockey players appears to be much higher than reported, suggests a study in which sports medicine doctors were behind the bench observing a season’s worth of games. The study, which followed players on two Canadian university teams during the 2011-2012 season, found the incidence of concussions was three times higher in males and more than five times greater in females than most previous research had found.”


    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Yes, you can get arrested for a Facebook status update now
  • “A 21-year-old Indian woman thought Mumbai shouldn’t have been shutdown for the funeral of an Islamophobic leader. Broadcasting such opinions on Facebook was apparently grounds for arrest.”

    So much for freedom of speech.

  • Photo of New York police officer giving homeless man boots goes viral
  • “A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation… the officer – identified as Larry DePrimo – came up to the man with a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks on the frigid night. She recorded his generosity on her cellphone. The photo shows the officer kneeling beside the man with the boots at his feet. A shoe store is seen in the background.”

    Love. this.

  • Social media grows out of its infancy stage
  • “Social networking is no longer a passing trend as we entered the fully-fledged social media age this year, according to the Nielsen and NM Incite’s 2012 Social Media Report. The core finding of the report is that American consumers continue to spend more time on social networks than on any other category of sites.”


  • Text messaging turns 20. Usage may rise 40 per cent by 2016
  • “Text messages turn 20 Monday and their use may rise 40 percent by 2016, even as mobile-phone owners increasingly rely on Facebook Inc. and WhatsApp to communicate. The first SMS, or short message service, text was sent over Vodafone Group Plc’s network on Dec. 3, 1992 with the message “Merry Christmas.” By 2016, users may send 9.4 trillion texts, generating $127 billion in revenue, up from 6.7 trillion forecast for this year, according to researcher Informa Plc.”

    Happy birthday Text Messaging! Love you way more than phone calls in most day-to-day situations!

  • The world’s first 3-D photobooth turns you into an action figure
  • “From now until January 14, 2013, creative lab Party (read a profile on them here) has set up the world’s first 3-D photobooth in Harajuku (Tokyo). It’s a reservations-only combination 3-D scanner and printer that won’t just capture a flat face shot, but a head-to-toe, 360-degree, topographically accurate rendition of you. The printed portraits themselves are highly detailed, and immeasurably charming.”

    Very cool.


  • $7 for a coffee? Starbucks introduces its priciest brew yet
  • What can you get with $7? Well, you can probably grab a very nice lunch at the food court, or two decent brown-bag lunches from home. Or now, you could get a single cup of coffee. Starbucks has just announced its most expensive coffee yet, a so-called Geisha blend labelled Costa Rica Finca Palmilera.

    What a waste of money!


  • ‘Binge-drinking gene’ discovered
  • “Scientists believe some people have a gene that hard-wires them for binge drinking by boosting levels of a happy brain chemical triggered by alcohol. The gene – RASGRF-2 – is one of many already suggested to be linked with problem drinking, PNAS journal reports.”


  • Carbon dioxide emissions worldwide up again
  • “The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 per cent. So scientists say it’s now unlikely that global warming can be limited to a couple of degrees, which is an international goal. The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world’s biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet’s top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions.”

    We suck.

  • Black hole found, 17 billion times as massive as sun
  • “You would probably not enjoy the galaxy NGC 1277. Never mind that it’s far — 220 million light-years away in the constellation Perseus. The problem is that at its center is a giant, giant black hole, 17 billion times as massive as our sun, so big that scientists calculate it makes up 59 percent of the mass of the galaxy’s disc. Astrophysicists have long believed that there’s a black hole at the center of our Milky Way, but it probably accounts for something like 0.1 percent of the galaxy’s center. The one in NGC 1277, scientists report in today’s edition of the journal Nature, is the second largest they’ve ever observed, and it upends what they thought about how galaxies form.”

    Soooo interesting!!!!

  • Mars rover discovery revealed
  • “In a sand drift on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered … sand. At a meeting of the American Geophysical Union here, scientists working on the mission talked about the analysis of the first soil sample. John P. Grotzinger, the project scientist, inadvertently set off expectations of a major discovery when he told National Public Radio a couple of weeks ago that the data was “one for the history books.” On Monday, Dr. Grotzinger said he was referring to the richness and quality of the data coming from Curiosity’s sophisticated instruments on the soil sample, not that it contained a major discovery. Dr. Grotzinger and other Curiosity scientists said their analysis did not provide definitive evidence for the building blocks of life as some had speculated.”

    Well maybe he shouldn’t have said it was one of the history books!!

    Weird News, Other News, Good News and/or Fluff

  • You can now have Pixar’s cute moving lamp as a pet
  • “Nine years before Pixar presented the world with Toy Story, their first full-length animated film, the computer animation studio released Luxo Jr., an animated short about two anthropomorphized lamps that taught us that humans can form an emotional bond with pretty much anything. Inspired by Pixar’s icon, three New Zealand students designed and built a roboticized lamp, says CNet Australia. The lamp, equipped with six servos and a webcam, can move and play (though it doesn’t seem to be able to hop).”

    So precious!!

  • 25 wonderful words and phrases we learned in 2012
  • “In 2012, we invested in dictionaries. Old dictionaries. Slang dictionaries, mostly, and often we didn’t have to invest much. What we spent at yard sales and used book stores was well worth it, and we’ve been shoehorning great terms like these into office conversations all year.”

    Lol some weird ones that I’ll try to incorporate into regular speak.

  • Holdout homeowner accepts deal, highway house demolished
  • “Authorities have demolished a five-storey home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation. Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai told The Associated Press the house was bulldozed Saturday after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($41,000).”

    Bizarre story + photos WERE real! And just like that – the home is bulldozed after all.

  • More babies were named Apple, Mac and Siri in 2012
  • “The Apple empire has extended to the baby crib. A new baby name report released this week by BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting information website, shows more parents named their children after Apple-related products in 2012. The name “Apple” was used for at least six girls in 2012, twice as many as in 2011. “Mac,” meanwhile, was used for at least 49 boys, up from 25 a year ago. And at least 17 girls were named “Siri” this year, up from 11 last year.”

    Soo stupid.

  • [Video]: Tiny dog tries to get toy back from mean cat
  • Lol. Pretty cute.

  • [Video]: Sleepy kitty

  • [Video]: Kitten playing in slow-mo
  • Aw.

  • [Video]: Kitten chases tail in a bucket
  • Teehehe.

  • [Video]: Ping pong cat
  • Pretty impressive cat!!

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

Just hanging out on the sectional. ;)

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Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, July 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.


  • Kindness to be found on social media
  • “Banks’ small gesture that began through Twitter has snowballed into something truly amazing and something that is sure to change – in fact I’m sure it already has changed – many lives.”

    Love Make Jen’s Day.

  • One dead, four injured in fire at Edmonton seniors complex
  • “One woman died and several people were rushed to hospital Tuesday after fire broke out at a seniors’ independent living complex in west Edmonton.”

    So sad. :(

  • Edmonton power prices set to surge 28 per cent
  • “Power rates for Edmonton-area consumers without contracts will jump almost 28 per cent in August — from 9.03 to 11.54 cents per kilowatt hour, the highest since February. The 2.51 cent increase will push up the average household’s monthly power bill by about $30.”


  • Sheriffs to take to the sky to catch speeders on Hwy 63
  • “After the province announced increased enforcement of the infamous stretch of highway out of Fort McMurray, CTV News has learned there will not only be officers on the ground, but eyes in the sky – tracking down speeding drivers.”


  • Edmonton company helping obese people sleep easier
  • “Now, the 45-year-old is eager to snuggle down on his own customized mattress, made specifically for obese people weighing 250 pounds or more by an Edmonton company that gives a proportion of the retail sales to support the Canadian Obesity Network. Dr. Arya Sharma, scientific director for the Canadian Obesity Network, believes there is no other such mattress in the world like the one designed by Edmonton mattress manufacturer Araam Inc.”


  • Pilots concerned over Air Canada’s plans to launch low-cost carrier
  • “Air Canada pilots are concerned that the airline’s launch of a low-cost carrier could threaten their job security and working conditions, the union said Tuesday as the plans came closer to fruition after an arbitrator sided with the airline in a labour dispute.”

    Yeesh. Always so much strife within Air Canada, it feels like.


  • Michael Phelps breaks record for most Olympic medals
  • “Michael Phelps swam his way into Olympic history books Tuesday, nabbing his 19th Olympic medal. The 27-year old swimmer took home the silver medal in to 200 butterfly and then anchored the United States to gold in the 4×200 freestyle relay. Phelps broke a record set by Larisa Latynina, a Soviet gymnast who won her last of 18 Olympic medals back in 1964.”

    Goooooo Phelps!

  • Free plastic surgery for bullied teen stirs controversy
  • “The story of a 14-year-old girl who underwent plastic surgery to put an end to years of schoolyard taunting has sparked debate over what many believe is a drastic response to bullying. U.S. teen Nadia Ilse got $40,000 worth of surgery for free through the Little Baby Face Foundation, which offers corrective surgery for children with facial deformities and, apparently, those who are bullied because of their appearance.”

    Not okay…

  • Massive blackout leaves 620 million in India without power
  • “India’s power outage spread to more than half the country Tuesday, making it one of the world’s largest ever blackouts. More than 620 million people have been affected by the outages. That’s more than the combined populations of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.”



  • Alzheimer’s drugs do little to slow disease, our analysis shows
  • “No currently available Alzheimer’s drug provides much, if any, improvement, and all can cause side effects. Still, if you feel compelled to try a drug to help someone you care for, you could consider donezepil (Aricept) or galantine (Razadyne). Neither works better than other Alzheimer’s drugs, but they might be somewhat better tolerated and are available as low-cost generics.”


  • One in five middle-aged US adults have at least two chronic health problems
  • “Americans seem to be getting sicker. The number of Americans aged 45 and older with at least two chronic health conditions has grown by 17 percent in the last decade, research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found. The research found that over 20 percent of Americans between the ages of ages 45 to 64 have at least two ongoing health problems, up from about 15 percent in the year 2000, HealthDay reported.”


  • Study finds working final month of pregnancy as bad as smoking
  • “Researchers say that working during your final month of pregnancy is as harmful as smoking. The research, performed by the University of Essex, showed that just like lighting up, working late into pregnancy leads to newborns that are a half pound smaller than infants whose mothers quit work between their sixth and eighth months of pregnancy.”

    Excuse to slack off in that final month now! :)

  • Can a faster condom help prevent HIV?
  • “Meet Pronto, a condom that claims to go from package to shaft within three seconds. Pronto is the work of South African inventor Willem van Renburg, who sought to develop a barrier method that didn’t “kill the mood” with all that awkward fumbling. Seeing that South Africa is home to the world’s highest population of HIV-positive people, the device could also help prevent the virus’ spread in a matter of seconds.”

    Interesting concept.

  • Desk-bike marketer hopes to get more workers into shape
  • “You’re a savvy worker, so you can multitask with the best of them, pinging out text messages while listening to conference calls and tending your Twitter stream. Pleasanton, Calif., entrepreneur Bryan Wassom wants you to consider adding one more task: pedaling. Millions of office workers spend long hours at their desks. But they need a little exercise too, and Wassom’s preparing to market his own workaholic’s solution – it’s a desk crossed with a modified recumbent bike.”

    Nice idea!

  • Future foods: What will we be eating in 20 years’ time?
  • “Insects, or mini-livestock as they could become known, will become a staple of our diet, says Gaye. It’s a win-win situation. Insects provide as much nutritional value as ordinary meat and are a great source of protein, according to researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. They also cost less to raise than cattle, consume less water and do not have much of a carbon footprint. Plus, there are an estimated 1,400 species that are edible to man.”


    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Facebook will change your profile to Timeline this fall, like it or not
  • “Timeline, Facebook’s hypergraphical profile triumph, has been around for almost a year—and there are still people either ignorant of or averse to the redesign. Tough pokes, says FB: you’re getting switched before the year is over. TechCrunch reports all of Facebook’s Timeline holdouts will soon see a message prompting them to prepare for the switchover, providing a chance to hide photo albums of you shotgunning beers and add “Life Events” like marriage and lockjaw. Then, after seven days, boom—you’re Timelined, and there’s no going back.”

    I’m surprised it’s taken this long for them to force Timeline on everyone.

  • Guy Adams suspension, now lifted, punctuates Twitter censorship evolution
  • “Not only does this particular event smack of heavy-handed special treatment since NBC is Twitter’s corporate partner in covering the Olympics, but it marks the latest milestone in Twitter’s eroding commitment to free speech and keeping its hands off your tweets.”

    Oh Twitter. :( More on that –

  • The real reason Twitter apologized for suspending journalists’ account
  • “Quite simply, Twitter never wants to be responsible for pro-actively monitoring content. That’s why it requires reports for every violation. That’s why it keeps emphasizing it was following the rules. That’s why it’s apologizing. It wants the precedent that this has set — monitoring a tweet and then acting upon a violation — to be erased, because it wants never to have that responsibility on its hands, no matter who asks, whether it’s a celebrity or corporate partner, or perhaps more crucially, the government. So as far as Twitter is concerned, potentially screwing up that precious arrangement is really the only thing it did wrong. And it’s real sorry about that.”

    Ohhh Twitter.

  • Microsoft debuts ‘Modern email for the next billion mailboxes’
  • “Microsoft Tuesday previewed a new webmail service called that will soon replace Hotmail. The company hopes that new features built into the web-based Outlook client will draw web users away from competing services like Gmail and Yahoo.”



  • Twitter users put Canadian Olympic broadcaster on pedestal
  • “Canadians are far happier with their Olympic television experience than Americans, according to an analysis of Twitter comments in the early days of the London Games. Ottawa-based media monitoring company Media Miser found 50 per cent of the tweets referencing CTV – the main broadcaster in Canada’s Olympic Consortium – were positive in the first three days of competition. The rest were negative (28 per cent) or neutral (22 per cent). The network has made an unprecedented amount of coverage available to its viewers, with more than 5,000 hours available on televisions, phones, tablets and computers.”

    Go CTV!!!

  • Olympics streaming at the office wastes $650 million
  • “Productivity experts are predicting that this year’s games could result in a summer slowdown perhaps unlike any other in history, with millions of American workers devoting portions of their day to track and field instead of, say, tracking customer orders. The wasted time could result in a $650 million hit for U.S. companies, according to an estimate by Captivate Network, a digital media company.”


    Weird News, Other News, Good News & Fluff

  • [Photo]: Black cat walking along burnt picket fence
  • Really cool photo!!

  • Oregon man sentenced to jail for collecting rain water
  • “Gary Harrington, an Oregon man, will be spending a month in jail, after being convicted on nine misdemeanor charges. His crime? “Illegally” collecting rain water on his own property.”

    Say what!

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

Bugging Thor during naptime. ;)

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Clicks of the Day: Monday, July 30, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, July 30 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.


  • CTV Edmonton – Black Friday: 25 Years
  • Check out the CTV Edmonton feature page for Black Friday’s 25th anniversary! (I had nothing to do with it but it’s still worth looking at ;)) Scary. I hadn’t been born yet when this happened.

  • Northlands looks to expand K-Days beyond fairgrounds
  • “Northlands is mulling over a different format for next year’s summer fair to go along with its new name. Northlands spokeswoman Jennifer Sheehan said Monday the fair will likely feature events spread across the city in 2013 as a means of building community support.”


  • Eat Street is coming to Edmonton!
  • “‘They say an army marches on it’s stomach, well so does a city in my opinion and Edmonton is certainly marching forward with a growing appetite and Eat St. is happy to feed that need by highlighting the biggest and best food trucks around.'”


  • Popularity of Pigeon Lake partly blamed for recent problems
  • “Days after a blue-green algae advisory was issued for the popular destination for Edmontonians – officials are pinning at least part of the blame on an influx of human activity in the area over the years.”

    Though warnings don’t appear to be keeping people out.

  • Ottawa keeping penny alive till 2013 to appease retailers’ concerns
  • “Canada’s one-cent coin has been granted a brief reprieve from the scrap heap in order to placate retailers worried about a lack of pennies during the late 2012 holiday season. The federal government announced Monday it is postponing plans to stop circulating the one-cent coin this fall and will instead end distribution in February, 2013.”

    The penny is persevering!

  • Hundreds of women join RCMP harassment class-action lawsuit
  • “Hundreds of current and former female Mounties have come forward to join a class-action lawsuit alleging harassment within the ranks of the RCMP. The lawsuit — filed by 19-year RCMP veteran Janet Merlo — will be heard in B.C. Supreme Court starting Thursday. Merlo’s lawyers expected dozens of other women to come forward after Merlo filed suit in March but attorney Jason Murray says more than 200 people have contacted his firm to join the lawsuit.”



  • Colo. shooting suspect charged with 24 counts of murder
  • “Prosecutors filed formal charges Monday against Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others at a midnight movie screening. Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder related to the shooting rampage in the Denver suburb of Aurora.”

    That’s a lot of counts…


  • Two HIV patients now living virus-free offer hope for a cure
  • “AIDS researchers are still buzzing about a finding announced at the International AIDS Conference in Washington last week that provides insight into how an eventual cure for HIV/ AIDS might be developed. Presented as a “late-breaker” finding on Thursday, Boston researchers described the cases of two HIV-positive patients who underwent bone marrow transplants and later developed undetectable levels of HIV in their blood. The two cases are reminiscent of the so-called “Berlin patient,” Timothy Brown, the only person known to have been cured of infection… Kuritzkes and his team say it is too early to call the patients “cured,” because the men are still taking HIV drugs. But the results are intriguing to AIDS researchers.”

    Encouraging :)

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Olympics 2012: Twitter users blamed for disrupting TV coverage
  • “Games organizers are blaming Twitter users for overloading data networks with their tweets, as they attend the London Summer Olympics. According to organizers, the deluge of tweets has already disrupted TV coverage of the cycling road races. Each competitor’s bike has a GPS chip, which transmits vital data to chart their progress in the race. Commentators were apparently unable to advise viewers of the positions and timings of the racers, because the data could not get through from the GPS satellite navigation system.”

    Lol oh Twitter.

  • NBC, Twitter at centre of global Olympics social media firestorm over suspension of reporter’s tweets
  • “Twitter Inc and NBC Universal’s move to suppress a British reporter’s tweets related to the network’s Olympics coverage may have backfired after the incident became fodder for Twitter chatter around the world on Monday. The microblogging service suspended Guy Adams, the Los Angeles correspondent for London-based daily The Independent, after he sent a tweet on Friday revealing NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel’s email address. Adams was among a number of Twitter users in the United States who vented their frustration with NBC, a Comcast Corp subsidiary, for showing the London Olympics’ opening ceremony on tape delay to coincide with evening prime time in the United States. “The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven’t started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think! Email:,” Adams tweeted. As part of his suspension, Adams’ account and his tweets were rendered invisible. But in a twist of irony, the incident went viral on Monday, as “Guy Adams” became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.”

    Woow. Lots of Twitter drama this Olympics, eh.

  • Twitter cuts off Instagram: Is this sour grapes or will we soon face a difficult choice?
  • “Are you fond of connecting with Twitter followers on Instagram? Well, unless you already synced up your accounts and followed everyone you wanted to, you’re out of luck. Twitter no longer allows Instagram to access its API and pull in “friends from Twitter.” The move does not bode well for apps seeking frictionless sharing with the platform in the future.”

    Ruh roh.

  • Insect-like robot can walk, leap on water
  • “Canadian scientists say they’ve made a robot that not just walks on water like the water strider insect but leaps over the surface like its living counterpart. A number of tiny robots that can walk on water have been developed that could skim across lakes and other bodies of water to monitor water quality or conduct surveillance operations, but none have been able to make leaps across the water as a water strider does.”


  • Pedestrians distracted by smartphones a growing problem
  • “A young man talking on a cellphone meanders along the edge of a lonely train platform at night. Suddenly he stumbles, loses his balance and pitches over the side, landing head first on the tracks. Fortunately there were no trains approaching the Philadelphia-area station at that moment, because it took the man several minutes to recover enough to climb out of danger. But the incident, captured last year by a security camera and provided to The Associated Press, underscores the risks of what government officials and safety experts say is a growing problem: distracted walking. On city streets, in suburban parking lots and in shopping centers, there is usually someone strolling while talking on a phone, texting with his head down, listening to music, or playing a video game. The problem isn’t as widely discussed as distracted driving, but the danger is real.”

    Guilty of distracted walking.


  • Most Canadian moms take leave from work after childbirth: StatsCan
  • “A new Statistics Canada report says most Canadian children between the ages of one and three living outside Quebec had working mothers who took some type of leave following childbirth. The agency says 90 per cent of those children had working mothers who took a leave from their jobs, which lasted an average of 44 weeks.”

    I surely believe it!

  • Gay marriage boosts NYC’s economy by $259 million in first year
  • “Gay marriage is generating millions of dollars for New York City’s economy. Since gay marriage was legalized in New York state a year ago, marriage license fees, local celebrations and wedding-related purchases have boosted New York City’s economy by $259 million, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Tuesday. “Marriage equality has made our City more open, inclusive and free — and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement.”

    Woo hoo!


  • Chronic drought to become commonplace, scientists warn
  • “The four-year-long drought that affected western Canada and the U.S. at the turn of the century was the worst to hit the region in 800 years, say scientists who warn that dry spell was nothing compared to the “megadroughts” still to come.”


  • Modern culture emerged in Africa 20,000 years earlier than thought
  • “Modern culture emerged in southern Africa at least 44,000 years ago, more than 20,000 years earlier than anthropologists had previously believed, researchers reported Monday. That blossoming of technology and art occurred at roughly the same time that modern humans were migrating from Africa to Europe, where they soon displaced Neanderthals.”

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