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!!!!!

Thor Photo of the Day:

The two besties :)

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