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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.


“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.

“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.

“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.”


“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 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.

“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.

“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…

“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.

“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??

“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!!!!

“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.


“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…

“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.”


“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.”


“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.

“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!

“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.


“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.”


“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

“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.

“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 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 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!

“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.


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!


“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.”


“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.

“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!!!!

“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

“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!!

“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.

“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.



“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.



Lol. Pretty cute.












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, Current Events, Lists

Clicks of the Day: Monday, April 16, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, April 16 2012’s Clicks of the Day!


  • Few Canadians volunteer like Katniss Everdeen, stats show
  • “Katniss Everdeen, heroine of The Hunger Games, captured a nation with just two words: “I volunteer.” That may be because it remains a largely novel concept to most folks, if a new report is any indication. A scant 10 per cent of Canada’s volunteers accounted for more than half of all hours given to non-profit and charitable organizations in 2010, according to data released Monday by Statistics Canada. In other words, even as 47 per cent of Canadians age 15 and older volunteered at some point during the year, the majority of time came from a small proportion of citizens.”

    Sad. I admit I don’t volunteer as much as I want to (or should).

  • Chretien says Liberal-NDP merger would stabilize Canadian politics
  • “Jean Chretien is still promoting the idea of Liberals and New Democrats merging into one federal party, despite strong objections to the NDP’s approach to Quebec independence. The former Liberal prime minister tells The Canadian Press a merger would bring stability to federal politics.”


  • Five reasons Canadians should care about the Alberta election

    “The outcome of the election on April 23 will have reverberations across Canada. Global News looks at what is at stake for Canadians inside Alberta and beyond.”

    Lots at stake.


  • El Salvador heralds 1st murder-free day in nearly three years
  • “No one was murdered in El Salvador on Saturday, officials said, in what was the first homicide-free day in nearly three years for the Central American country plagued by violent drug gangs. “After years when the number of murders reached alarming levels of up to 18 per day, we saw not one homicide in the country,” President Mauricio Funes said in a statement released on Sunday. The murder-free day was the first recorded since leftist Funes took office in June 2009.”


  • Rape victims say military labels them ‘crazy’
  • “These women joined different branches of the military but they share a common experience: Each received the psychiatric diagnosis and military discharge after reporting a sexual assault. CNN has interviewed women in all branches of the armed forces, including the Coast Guard, who tell stories that follow a similar pattern — a sexual assault, a command dismissive of the allegations and a psychiatric discharge. Despite the Defense Department’s “zero tolerance” policy, there were 3,191 military sexual assaults reported in 2011. Given that most sexual assaults are not reported, the Pentagon estimates the actual number was probably closer to 19,000.”

    That’s awful.

  • Rampage suspect says he acted to save Norway
  • “The man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb-and-gun rampage in Norway last summer said his actions were justified to save the country from multicultural forces as he went on trial Monday. Anders Behring Breivik raised his arm in a fascist-style salute — a symbol of “strength, power and defiance against Marxist tyrants,” to quote the 1,500-page manifesto attributed to him — as soon as his handcuffs were removed in court Monday. “I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty,” he told the court.”



  • Salty fast food: Canada has saltiest fries, sandwiches and salads, study finds
  • “French fries sold at major fast-food chains in Canada contain more than double the amount of salt of those sold at U.S. locations, according to a new international study that found salt levels in fast foods varied significantly in different countries. “Governments setting and enforcing salt targets for industry would provide a level playing field, and no company could gain a commercial advantage by using high levels of salt.” That’s why the federal government should consider the findings of the study and revisit its sodium-reduction strategy to require reformulation, said Campbell.”

    So unhealthy yet.. so delicious, lol. But I am happy to say I don’t eat at fast food chains really.

  • Birth numbers suggest female-fetus abortions more common in Asian-Canadian communities: study
  • “A study showing that South Korean- and Indian-born women in Canada have an unusually high proportion of boys born as second babies is shining a spotlight on the issue of sex selection through abortion. The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, looked at all non-multiple births in Ontario between the years 2002 and 2007, which totalled 766,688. “Our findings raise the possibility that couples originating from India may be more likely than Canadian-born couples to use prenatal sex determination and terminate a second or subsequent pregnancy if the fetus is female,” says the study, which was led by Dr. Joel Ray, a physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.”

    Awful. :(

  • Toronto reports first case of human rabies since ’31; 1st in country since ’07
  • “Toronto Public Health has confirmed that a person in the city is being treated for rabies. It is the first case of human rabies in Toronto since 1931 and the first in the province since 1967. Human rabies cases in Canada are very rare. There have only been three in the last 12 years: one in Quebec in 2000, one in British Columbia in 2003 and one in Alberta in 2007.”


    Technology/Social Media

  • Text messaging Canadians sent an average 2,500 texts every second in 2011, total of 78 billion
  • “In news that probably won’t surprise parents of text-obsessed teenagers, Canadians sent an average of almost 2,500 SMS messages every second last year, for a total of about 78 billion. That figure was up almost 40 per cent from 2010, when the texting tally hit 56.4 billion messages.”


  • Twitter wanted to buy Twitter
  • “Facebook snapped up photo-sharing app Instagram last week for $1 billion, but the social network wasn’t the only one interested in purchasing the photo-filtering wonder app. Twitter “expressed interest” in purchasing Instagram just a few months ago, according to the New York Times.”

    Hot commodity!

  • Is Pinterest really worth $7.7-billion?
  • “Facebook values Instagram at $1-billion and LinkedIn has a market cap of $10-billion. Twitter claims it is worth $8-billion. So where does that leave the new kid on the block Pinterest? Well, it looks like you can pin $7.7-billion on your Pinterest board. Pinterest is important because the traffic is growing and statistics are impressive. It is known for its magazine-quality images. Pinterest is to artful images what Twitter is to artful words. What’s more, Pinterest appeals to college-educated females between the ages of 25 to 44. A sweet demographic known for its spending decisions and habits.”

    That’s a lot of worth.

  • Fake reviews leave business owners skeptical
  • “Thanks to the internet and social media, reviews of a business or restaurant are just a click away. But how many of them are fake? Business owner Lauren Bonnett and others, feel consumers should be skeptical when reading online reviews. Many websites allow you to rate a business. Some have staff and automated filters designed to catch fake or malicious reviews. But how easy is it for one to get through? Yelp, Tripadvisor, urbanspoon, google places and yellow pages. Of the 100 fake reviews, only 5 were caught and filtered out and only by Yelp, but the website did allow others through.”

    I wrote 25 of those fake reviews for this story. ;) Always take reviews with a grain of salt! I assure you all of the reviews I put on this blog are real though, lol.

  • Edmonton mother and son play video games together, and write a book
  • “Edmonton gamer Teace Snyder has co-written a book in defence of video games with, of all people, his mom. Mother and son figured it was time to balance out the misinformation and fear mongering that has led to “gamer shame” — gamers feeling ashamed for playing video games or spending time gaming. Snyder and other gamers have long known there’s more to video games than entertainment, he says, but he’s relieved and happy to see that verified by his mother’s research and the research of others. For example: video games are given to burn victims to reduce their pain because their attention is distracted; games are prescribed for relaxation; games are used to teach diabetic children what to eat; and games are used to train soldiers for combat. There’s also gamefication — using the principles of gaming to raise money for community projects.”

    Really interesting!

  • Japan bank to install palm-reading ATMs
  • “A regional bank in central Japan will become the country’s first financial institution to adopt automated teller machines that will identify users by their palms. Under the system, developed by Fujitsu Ltd., users will be able to prove who they are simply by scanning their hands and entering a PIN and date of birth, the bank said. Demand for a system that does not require a cash card or a passbook increased after the earthquake-tsunami disaster that ravaged northeast Japan last March in which many people lost personal possessions and were left without the means to get at their money.”

    Cool. (Interesting why the demand for such a system came from after the tsunami).

  • The technology beind the Tupac hologram at Coachella
  • “By now you have probably seen the footage of long-deceased rapper Tupac Shakur performing at Coachella. Whether or not you thought you thought it was creepy, the technology behind the holographic resurrection is actually pretty cool. The blend of previously recorded live footage and CGI was created by Digital Domain — James Cameron’s visual effects company that was also responsible for the ersatz Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — under the supervision of Dr. Dre.”

    Pretty cool.


  • Indie book publishers call Amazon, not Apple, a ‘predator’
  • “A growing number of independent book publishers say that by tying the hands of Apple and the major publishers, the United States will enable Amazon to mow down competition in a price war. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit last week accusing Apple and the country’s five major book publishers of colluding to raise prices that consumers pay for electronic books (e-books). Three of the five publishers have already settled, largely by agreeing not to prevent retailers from discounting titles. But the DOJ got it wrong, say the indies. According to them, Amazon, not Apple is a bigger threat to competition. “I hope this lawsuit fails,” said Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, an e-book publishing and distributing company. Randall White, chief executive of Educational Development Corp. (EDC), told The New York Times: “Amazon is squeezing everyone out of business” and he called the company a ‘predator.'”


  • When Big Brother watches IT
  • “The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on how IT departments are coping these days with the biggest threat to data security — namely, employees in the IT department. That the “enemy within” is the biggest threat to an enterprise is nothing new, but buried in the article was something that struck me as, well, Orwellian. The WSJ reports that some organizations “are even using new technology to look at the language of their IT staff’s emails to determine whether their behavior or mind-set has changed.””


  • Online journalism shines in 2012 Pulitzer picks
  • “As far as awards go, the Pulitzer Prizes are the traditional standard of journalistic excellence. But this year’s winners, just announced, show that the judges continue to have an eye for new sources of quality journalism. While newspapers like The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times celebrate their wins on Monday, online-native sites Politico and the Huffington Post are also breaking out the bubbly… This year, Pulitzer officials note that digital content “played a role in seven winning entries… Digital content was a particular emphasis in the breaking news category this year, with the call for entries that emphasize speed and real-time reporting.”

    Awesome. The way of the future. (The future is here?)


  • The Office might get a reboot next season
  • “What do you do when negotiations with the cast of a seasoned sitcom stall? Well, if you’re the producers of The Office, you apparently think about replacing the actors wholesale. That’s right: According to Deadline, series executive producer Greg Daniels is debating making the next season of The Office a reboot, bringing in a slew of different characters to replace stalwarts John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, and B.J. Novak—not to mention the potentially farm-bound Rainn Wilson—whose contracts expire at the end of this spring.”

    Orrrr just end it because replacing the actors would make The Office not The Office anymore.

  • WAIT IT’S NOT OREGON? ‘Simpsons’ creator reveals actual Springfield location Sunday night
  • “”The Simpsons” used its blackboard opening sequence Sunday to reveal that Springfield is located… somewhere far from you. “The true location of Springfield is in any state but yours,” Bart wrote on the blackboard in the opening of Sunday’s “Beware My Cheating Bart” episode. That followed the beginning of the opening sequence, which read ‘The Simpsons Now Entering Oregon.'”

    Seems silly now. They’re just trying to backtrack because they didn’t make a whole special promotion out of the revelation.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Sleepy Air Canada pilot thought Venus was a plane
  • “A sleepy Air Canada pilot first mistook the planet Venus for an aircraft, and then sent his airliner diving toward the Atlantic to prevent an imaginary collision with another plane, an official report said on Monday.”

    LOL what.

  • Fans say goodbye as ‘1000 Awesome Things’ blog winds down
  • “Millions will say goodbye to a blog this week that since 2008 has shone the spotlight on some of life’s simple joys. On April 19, award-winning blogger Neil Pasricha will post his final entry on, a “time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things.” The blog began in June 2008, a time of darkness for the writer as he struggled with a failing marriage and a suicide attempt by his close friend. Each day Pasricha would post a reminder of the good things in life – small pleasures that are often overlooked, thought about but never written down.”

    I guess blogs can’t go on forever. I love 1000 awesome things!

  • [Video]: Policeman vs. Kitty
  • “An overly affectionate cat interrupts a very patient policeman while he has a driver pulled over.”

    Pretty bad video quality but funny nonetheless!

Loki Photo of the Day:

Big face Loki. :)

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Clicks of the Day, Current Events, Lists

Clicks of the Day: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Wednesday, February 22 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Health Quality Council of Alberta releases report into health care issues
  • “After interviewing more than 2,000 doctors and extensive in-depth discussions with stakeholders, the HQCA made 21 recommendations.In the final report released Wednesday, the concerns over unacceptably long wait times were justified… The report adds no deaths can be attributed to excessive wait times.”

    Interesting findings. Still no one can see the system is working…

  • Most expect to work beyond age 66: poll
  • “As Canadian live longer and face tougher financial choices in their golden years, fewer than a third of respondents in a new survey plan to be fully retired by 66. Sun Life Financial’s annual Unretirement Index poll, released early Wednesday, found that only about three in 10 Canadians surveyed said they plan full retirement at that age. Nearly five in 10 – about 48 per cent – said they plan to work part-time or freelance while they ease into retirement.”

    It’s good to keep busy even later in life but it’s sad more and more people need to work longer in order to keep on top of debt.

  • The ‘Riskiest’ Cities In Canada: Study Finds 50 Cities At Risk Of Cybercrime
  • “The study ranked cities based on access to Wi-Fi hotspots, consumer spending on computers, the use of the Internet and smartphones, and behaviour on social networking sites.Burlington was followed by three British Columbia cities, including Port Coquitlam in second place, Vancouver in third and Langley in fourth.”

    Edmonton takes the 9th spot (up from 13th last year). Let’s all be a little more careful and a little smarter when it comes to passwords, online banking, online shopping, scams, etc.

  • Anonymous reveals name of Vic Toews’ alleged mistress
  • “Hacktivist group Anonymous has released more details about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who was under siege on twitter last week for his controversial ‘online snooping bill.’ Anonymous’ latest leak claims to reveal the woman involved in Toews’ now-public divorce. In a seven-minute YouTube video, Anonymous names Stacey Meek as his alleged mistress, claiming that she was a babysitter with whom he had an affair between 1986-1993.”

    I’m actually surprised there isn’t more media coverage on this…

  • Quebec Man, Sentenced To 6 Years For 24th Drunk Driving Conviction
  • “The St. Ubalde, Quebec, resident was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for his 24th drunk driving conviction, in what is believed to be an all-time Canadian record. But Gingras’ numerical achievements don’t end there. According to La Presse, the 67-year-old man has drunk driving convictions going back 47 years, as well as six convictions for driving while under a ban, four convictions for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer, and 30 convictions for theft and assault. In all, he has racked up 58 charges in 47 separate cases.”

    And yet… only six years in jail? He’s obviously not getting it. And next time he could kill someone. I’m surprised he hasn’t yet. Wow.

  • Health Canada backs vegetable oil claims but experts are skeptical
  • “While the food industry applauded Health Canada’s decision to approve a new claim that advises Canadians to replace saturated fat with vegetable oil, health experts and nutritionists say the move isn’t in the best interests of Canadians and will likely mislead consumers.”

    Eating healthy is too hard (and expensive) anyway.

  • Google Plans to Sell Internet-Enabled Glasses By Year-End
  • “Google plans to start selling glasses by the end of the year that can stream online information and make it visible via a small screen near the eyes, the New York Times reported.”

    The future is coming!

  • Will You Be Twitter’s 500 Millionth User?
  • “Shortly after 1 p.m. ET, Twitter hit 500 million users, according to Naturally, the analyst company is on to the next benchmark — the countdown to 600 million registered users. The estimated time until the next Twitter celebration is only 108 days away. There were an estimated 922,000 users accounted for in the past 24 hours.”

    Twitter is on fire! Also:

  • Twitter co-founder Stone says it’s unhealthy to stare at tweets all day
  • “‘To me, that sounds unhealthy,’ Stone told a Montreal business luncheon, recounting how some people have said they’re so engaged, they’ll log onto Twitter for 12 hours straight. ‘I like the kind of engagement where you go to the website and you leave because you’ve found what you are looking for or you found something very interesting and you learned something. I think that’s a much healthier engagement.'”

    Lol. Yeah #yeg!

  • A Famous Inventor’s Forgotten Idea: A One-Handed Touch-Screen Keyboard
  • “We’re talking about an interface with exponential possibilities. If the five-button keyboard gives us 2^5 binary combinations (or 32), realize that a 10-button version could offer 2^10 (or 1024) different letters and commands. Scale the idea to the typical 100-button QWERTY on our laptops, and your options are labeled in scientific notation. Just when you thought typing classes were a dated idea…”

    Sometimes I wish my phone were easier to touch screen type with one hand!

  • US congressman chimes in on Jeremy Lin’s roots
  • “Amid a recent war of words between Taiwan and China over the ancestral homeland of rising NBA star Jeremy Lin (林書豪), a US lawmaker yesterday stressed the Taiwanese American’s US roots during a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou.”

    Lol, funny.

  • Social messaging cost carriers $14B in SMS revenue
  • “The research firm revealed yesterday that carriers lost $13.9 billion in SMS revenue in 2011 because of consumers chatting with friends on social-messaging applications. Those applications range from everything from Facebook’s mobile app, which features chatting, to instant-messaging apps. Apple’s iMessage is also included in that list… ‘Social messaging has disrupted traditional services, and operators’ revenues in this area will come under increasing pressure.'”

    Who needs texting any more when you’ve got Facebook and Twitter and iMessaging… :) lol.

  • Texting makes you a linguistic Soup Nazi, study says
  • “A study suggests that those who text more are less accepting of new words and more rigid about existing ones.”

    That’s a weird find.

  • [Video]: Dog Chases Mountain Lion Into Los Altos Tree
  • “Sure, they can be ferocious predators, but sometimes a mountain lion appears as docile as a common house cat. The latter happened in the Los Altos Hills Tuesday morning, when Cody, an 85-pound German shepherd, chased a trespassing mountain lion into a tree in his owners’ backyard.”


  • [Photos]: 20 Cats In Sinks
  • “What is with cats loving to lounge in sinks.”

    Lol, love it!!!!!

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The two besties :)

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