Why Long Work Hours Don’t Work for People or the Planet via @Alternet

In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week… Like shifting […]

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Une personne utilise 500 sacs plastiques par an SB:@Roosloan #FICriticalMathFridays

  Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arK5lxZTYy4

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Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation? via @Gapminder SB:@Roosloan

In this short video Professor Hans Rosling shows that people living in poverty have many children. The poor families suffer from high child mortality, and the largest population growth occurs where people are poor. When parents expect their children to survive, they decide to have fewer babies. Saving poor children is an important factor in […]

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Fidget Spinners=Invitation for Thinking WB: @Roosloan

While sitting in our staff room I over heard frustrated teachers talking about the use of fidget spinners disrupting learning in their classroom. I will confess that since my students were introduc… Source: Fidget Spinners=Invitation for Thinking | A Learning Journey

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How Did The World Population Change? via @Gapminder SB:@Roosloan

In this short video Professor Hans Rosling shows the dramatic change in the number of babies per woman in the last 50 years. Throughout history, women on average have given birth to more than five babies. In the 1960’s the numbers suddenly started falling, and is now down to less than three. Most likely it […]

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This Week @Roosloan Takes Over @_criticalmath! #onted #mtbos

We had two weeks full of thought-provoking articles curated by @MsALambert and this week kicks off another Twitter Takeover.  This edition is curated by PDSB’s Ruthie Sloan.  Read below to learn more about Ruthie’s thoughts on education. What is your current professional role? Gr. 4/5 teacher. What do you enjoy most about your current role? […]

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Quel salaire faut-il pour acheter une habitation au Canada? #FICriticalMathFridays

Le constat de  Rentseeker.ca est sans appel: le Québec est l’une des provinces les mieux lotties au Canada (les habitations y coûtent en moyenne 268000$). Pour un ménage, le salaire moyen annuel nécessaire pour acheter à Montréal est ainsi de 68378$. À Québec, on descend à 56645$ quand, à Sherbrooke, on a juste besoin de 48839$. […]

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Opinion Poll: Young people and free speech SB:@MsALambert

Young people will tolerate many things, but not the intolerance of others. Go to the link below for more. Source: Daily chart: Young people and free speech | The Economist

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The best and worst places to be a working woman SB:@MsALambert

The Economist’s glass-ceiling index measures gender equality in the labour market. In 2005, 60% of women were in the labour force; ten years later, this ratio had edged up only slightly to 63% (it was 80% for men in both years). With relatively few women climbing the ranks, and strong old-boys’ networks helping men reach […]

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Global warming is shrinking a river vital to 40,000,000 people via @DanElliotAP SB:@MsALambert

Global warming is shrinking a river vital to 40,000,000 people. In a study published in the journal Water Resources Research, they concluded that the rest of the decline is due to a warming atmosphere induced by climate change. The change is drawing more moisture out of the Colorado River Basin’s waterways, snowbanks, plants and soil […]

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One Tube of Facial Scrub Has 300k+ Plastic Microbeads via @5Gyres SB:@MsALambert

5 Gyres empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. Source: Microbeads — 5Gyres.org

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MESURER LA SANTÉ MENTALE POSITIVE AU CANADA #FICriticalMathFridays SB:@MsALambert

Source: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/mh-sm/mhp-psm/pdf/pmh-smp2-fra.pdf

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Recognize the  #DayOfMourning with with stats from the @OFLabour

http://ofl.ca/index.php/dayofmourning2014-why-need-day-mourning/

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Food in Nunavut still costs up to 3 times national average WB:@eskura SB:@MsALambert

It likely won’t come as a surprise to northerners, but the Nunavut Bureau of Statistics’ newest food price survey shows people in the territory still pay two or even three times as much as the average Canadian for basic necessities. Every March, the government agency collects food prices in all 25 Nunavut communities and compares that data […]

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Calculate your personal water footprint SB: @MsALambert

In our global economy, each consumer on average ‘eats’ as much as 5 000 litres of water every day (ranging from 1 500 to 10 000 litres per day, depending where you live and what you eat). Everything we use or consume has a water footprint, sometimes close to where we live but often in […]

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This is how much water Canadians waste WB:@NebulousNicky SB:@MsALambert

Canada is known for its water. After all, we have an abundance of rivers, lakes, and even three oceans, and we’re home to the largest fresh water lakes in the world.But having access to so much water — so much clean water — has its consequences, one of which could be taking it for granted. You’re […]

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What happens when you look at crime by the numbers WB: @KMKowalskiSB :@MsALambert

Statistics can find crime hot spots or flag which police officers are more likely to shoot at crime scenes. Unfortunately, some data risk misleading the police. The best crime-fighting tools would, in theory, prevent illegal activity from ever happening. Some police departments have adopted tools they hoped would accomplish this. They analyze data on past […]

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From April 23 to May 5, @MsALambert is taking over @_CriticalMath! #mtbos #onted

For the next TWO weeks (Yes, two!) Arianna will be taking over Critical Math.  Arianna has curated two week’s worth of articles that you will definitely want to use with your students.  Look for articles on Prime Numbers, water usage, crime statistics, labour+gender and more! To learn more about Arianna, read the bio below. What is […]

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Le Pétrole Coûte Moins Cher Que le Lait, l’huile, etc. #FICriticalMathFridays

La guerre commerciale que se livrent actuellement les principaux producteurs de pétrole a un mérite : le cours du pétrole n’a jamais été aussi bas depuis la crise des subprimes en 2008. Jeudi matin, le baril de Brent s’échangeait à 27,70 dollars, soit 25,43 euros. Une chute des prix qui a amené le quotidien britannique The Independentà […]

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Oil Is Cheaper Than Milk and Water WB:@MarkMelin SB:@MatthewOldridge

Oil is now cheaper than bottled water, Bloomberg TV reporter David Ingles noted last week. In fact, with West Texas Intermediate trading under $30 per barrel, it is over 60 times cheaper than a bottle of Perrier sparkling water, which costs $1,850 by his calculations. Ultimately ground water that is filtered and processed into an […]

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Pop, Milk, Juice, Water: Ideas for Inquiry WB: @MatthewOldridge #mtbos #onted

I am a fan of this type of question, as a matter of fact, I used this one picture as the basis for a whole Ministry of Education project called “Loving the Math, Living the Math”. My feeling was this: something is “out of whack” with the smallest cup. That “something” is the fact that […]

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The Rise of the US Prison Population WB: @MatthewOldridge #mtbos #onted

A lot of social justice math comes from noticing things are out of proportion, or in common language, “out of whack”. Are Americans worse people now than in 1980? I doubt it. Is the rate of incarceration in keeping with with the crime rate? Many think not. Try this fact with kids: the US, with […]

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Proportional Billionaires – What Does It Mean To Be a Billionaire? WB: @MatthewOldridge #mtbos #onted

Humans struggle to understand large numbers. We may have hundreds, or even thousands of certain objects in our lives or our homes. (Like my house has hundreds of Pokemon cards right now). You might be watching your retirement savings grow, and chances are it’s in the thousands period of numbers right now. We don’t need […]

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From April 10-14, Math Educator @MatthewOldridge takes over @_CriticalMath! #mtbos #onted

This week Matthew Oldridge, a Mathematics Educator from @PeelSchools takes over Critical Math!  Tune in for some original content as Matt wrote a few of the articles himself  Also, be sure to browse some of @MatthewOldridge‘s writing on his blog at Medium! What is your current professional role? Resource Teacher-Effective Mathematics. What do you enjoy most […]

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De gardienne d’enfant à éducatrice en garderie SB: @ErikaShaker WB: @haselnut #FIcriticalmathFridays

En 1997, le gouvernement péquiste a mis en place une politique familiale comprenant plusieurs volets. Deux d’entre eux ont été particulièrement marquants. D’une part, on a établi le Régime qué- bécois d’assurance parentale, permettant tant aux pères qu’aux mères de passer du temps avec leur nouveau-né tout en gardant leur lien d’emploi et une partie […]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment in Post-secondary Institutions SB:@ErikaShaker PB:@SEPNetwork

FULL INFOGRAPHIC AT LINK BELOW. Source: Infographics: The State of Fossil Fuel Divestment in Canadian Post-secondary Institutions – The Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN)

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Book Review: Weapons of Math Destruction from author @mathbabedotorg #mtbos #onted

  Cathy O’Neill’s book Weapons of Mass Destruction is a must read if you have ever wondered how mathematics, specifically algorithms, is completely in control of your life. Big data is here, and the people who control it are the ones who control our lives. O’Neill writes as one who used to write the kinds […]

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The 19 agencies that Trump’s budget would kill SB: @ErikaShaker WB:@AaronBlake

Big Bird will be fine. These agencies will not. President Trump released his much-anticipated budget on Thursday, and the funding cuts are being dissected left and right. There are 19 federal agencies that have the distinction of facing a 100 percent cut — i.e. extinction. The cuts to these agencies total about $3 billion. They […]

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Why The Federal Budget Should Focus on Gender Equality written by Armine Yalnizyan

After decades of budgets that favoured men, the Trudeau government has said budget 2017 will include gender-based analysis. It’s what Canada’s economy needs. Infrastructure and innovation have got a headlock on analysis of what will be featured in the next federal budget. But I bet you missed it when, last fall, Finance Minister Bill Morneau […]

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Alberta’s budget: The good, the bad, and the elephant written by Joel French

The Alberta government recently released its 2016-17 budget to lay out its plan for the new fiscal year. The budget is relatively good news for public services, given the continuing impact of the global price of oil and the province’s anemic tax system on government revenues. However, the budget contains no changes that raise new […]

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Our First Twitter Takeover Host is @ErikaShaker from the @ccpa! April 3-7.

To celebrate the official launch of Math That Matters 2 from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Between the Lines, we’re featuring the CCPA’s Director of Education and Outreach, Erika Shaker.  Keep an eye out for Erika’s articles this week as she takes over the Critical Math Twitter feed. To get to know more about Erika, check out […]

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Soylent: ‘Comment j’ai cessé de manger des aliments’ #FIcriticalmathFridays

Dans un billet de blog intitulé ‘Comment j’ai cessé de manger des aliments’, il décrit comment l’expérience a non seulement réduit ses dépenses de nourriture (de 470 $ à 50 $ par mois), mais l’a transformé physiquement (“Ma peau est plus claire, mes dents plus blanches, mes cheveux plus épais”). L’idée de nourriture est dépassée, […]

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Do We Even Need Food? Soylent Has Full Nutrition for $2/meal.

Simple, healthy, affordable food — everything your body needs for less than $2 a meal. Source: Nutrition – Soylent FAQ

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Is 100 Calories of Broccoli the same as 100 Calories of Ice Cream?

The “Calories in, Calories out” idea is such a drastic oversimplification that it is flat out wrong. Foods have complex effects on the brain and hormones. What a Calorie is I want to make sure that we understand each other, so let me quickly define what a “calorie” means. A calorie is a measure of […]

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300k Households Miss Meals Daily – Food Insecurity in Canada

Source: Fact Sheets – PROOF

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11 Infographics on the Status of Women #InternationalWomensDay

lf the world’s potential and unleashing it requires access to decent, good-quality paid work as well as gender-sensitive policies and regulations, such as adequate parental leave and flexible hours. The economics make sense, too: If women played an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as US$28 trillion, or 26 per […]

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How Much Chicken Shawarma Should You Eat?

It has more vegetables, but the chicken shawarma platter at Ali Baba’s Middle Eastern Cuisine also boasts the same number of calories than a cheeseburger and two orders of onion rings. Serving size: 757 grams Calories: 969 Fat: 49 grams Sodium: 3,179 milligrams Carbohydrates: 69 grams Protein: 63 grams Splitting the meal is a key […]

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Subway’s Chicken = Less than 50% Actual Chicken submitted by @T_J_Rooth

Hungry for more detail about that Subway chicken report? Here’s more about the test that everyone’s talking about, including the results on the sandwich chain’s chicken. Subway stands behind its chicken. The sandwich chain is disputing the findings of a CBC Marketplace investigation into fast food chicken. While most of the samples were found to […]

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De l’inégalité en Chine #FIcriticalmathFridays

Entre 1978 et 2015, la croissance chinoise a incontestablement permis de sortir le pays de la pauvreté. La part du pays dans le PIB mondial est passée d’à peine 4 % en 1978 à 18 % en 2015 (alors que sa part dans la population mondiale déclinait légèrement, passant de 22 % à 19 %). Exprimé en parité de pouvoir d’achat […]

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A 100-hour Work Week + No Overtime Pay – The Story of Canadian Temp Workers

Muhammad Umar Naseem always thought Canada would provide him with a fair chance at a better future than his native Pakistan.“I liked Canada. I thought it was more peaceful country than any other countries. Like Canada has rules … better than Pakistan and they are being practiced. That is what I was expecting.”He wasn’t expecting […]

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More than 160,000 march in Barcelona to demand Spain takes in more refugees

At least 160,000 protesters have marched in Barcelona to demand that Spain’s conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees from war-torn countries like Syria. Spain has accepted just 1,100 refugees of the over 17,000 it has pledged to take in. Marchers held a large banner and signs in Catalan with the slogans ‘Enough […]

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Fresh Air In a Can Gives You 130 breaths for $20

In what may be the most ingenious money-making idea since bottled water, two entrepreneurs have set up a business selling fresh Australian air to China. John Dickinson and Theo Ruygrok are the co-founders of Green and Clean Air, a business based in Australia that puts air in cans and sells it to people struggling with […]

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Panasonic wants employees to relax, limits work days to 11 hours

To encourage a better work-life balance, Panasonic has put a work curfew of sorts on its workers. Japan is notorious for its long working hours, which have been blamed for a national health crisis known as “karoshi” — death from overwork. Panasonic hopes to curb this, instructing its 100,000-ish employees to work no later than […]

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Equivalent of 300 Football Fields Destroyed Every Hour for Palm Oil

Cultivating the product, found in most processed foods and cosmetics, kills animals and displaces people. A hundred years ago, an estimated 230,000 orangutans roamed the earth. Today, fewer than 50,000 are left in the wild, living exclusively on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra — islands that happen to be ground zero of one of […]

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Nouvelles données sur les inégalités #FIcriticalmathFridays

  Avec un résultat choc : la part des 50 % des Américains les plus pauvres est passée de 20 % à 12 % du revenu national entre 1980 et 2014, alors que la part des 1 % les plus riches passait dans le même temps de 11 % à 20 %. Pour résumer, les […]

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Bill Gates makes $100/second and other facts

The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, can do a heck of a whole lot with his $72 billion worth. 1. The Richest Man In the World Gates was in No. 1 position on the Forbes list from 1995 to 2007 and again in 2009. On May 16 Bloomberg announced that Bill Gates was back on top […]

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Economic status is more strongly inherited than height

Social status is more strongly inherited even than height. A family’s status in society can persist for eight centuries or more, according to a new study by two economists using the educational status and surnames in England between 1170 and 2012. That’s 28 whole generations. Surnames were first adopted by the upper classes in England, […]

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Canadian Couples Spend $30k on Average Wedding

A new survey of thousands of couples reveals just how much people are shelling out for their big day. “The average cost of a wedding remains close to US$30,000, with couples spending roughly US$250 per guest to attend,” said Andy Whittaker of WeddingWire, the company behind the 2015 Newlywed Report. That breaks down to a 120-person guest list at a standard wedding. The venue […]

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The richest families in Florence in 1427 are still the richest today

  Intergenerational mobility is concerned with the relationship between the socioeconomic status of parents and that of their children as adults. Societies characterised by a high transmission of socioeconomic status across generations are not only more likely to be perceived as ‘unfair’, they may also be less efficient as they waste the talents and skills […]

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No Gov’t could survive if 3.5% of the population mobilized non-violently

No Gov’t could survive if 3.5% of the population mobilized non-violently

Researchers used to say that no government could survive if five percent of its population mobilized against it. But our data reveal that the threshold is probably lower. In fact, no campaigns failed once they’d achieved the active and sustained participation of just 3.5% of the population—and lots of them succeeded with far less than […]

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Trump’s Picks Face Record-Setting Opposition – submitted by @kescrimg

  Trump’s Cabinet Picks Have Faced Record-Setting Opposition By ADAM PEARCE FEB. 9, 2017 Historically, the Senate voted with little opposition to confirm a president’s first slate of cabinet nominees. As Congress has become more partisan and quicker to oppose incoming presidents, more nominees have faced contentious confirmation votes. With less than half of his […]

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Systemic Racism by the Numbers via @OCASI_policy

Systemic Racism by the Numbers via @OCASI_policy

Carding 27.4% of carding incidents in Toronto was for Black people (while Black people represent 8.1% of the population in Toronto). Source: “Carding drops but proportion of blacks stopped by Toronto police rises” by By Jim Rankin, Patty Winsa, Andrew Bailey and Hidy Ng. July 26, 2014. Toronto Star. Black youth (age 15-24) are 2.5 […]

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À quoi servent vos impôts : Exercice 2013-2014 #FIcriticalmathFridays

À quoi servent vos impôts :  Sommaire Voici notre bref sommaire des dépenses fédérales en 2013-2014. Agence du revenu du Canada (3 cents) Aide aux aînés (15 cents) Autres dépenses de fonctionnement (12 cents) Autres principaux transferts aux autres administrations (6 cents) Autres subventions et contributions (13 cents) Défense nationale (8 cents) Frais de la dette publique (10 cents) Prestations d’assurance-emploi (6 cents) […]

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Restoring the run: Okanagan Nation fisheries success story celebrated 

The scene on the banks of the Okanagan River Channel Wednesday morning was chaotic as hundreds of children and adults gathered for the ceremonial release of 10,000 sockeye salmon fry into the channel. “This is a huge success story that we are all celebrating together. How cool is that?” said  Chief Jonathon Kruger of the […]

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Whale found dying off coast of Norway with 30 plastic bags in its stomach 

Scientists in Norway found more than 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste inside the stomach of a whale stranded off the coast. At a glance | Plastic in our seas Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic debris such as bags, bottles and food packaging seeps into our oceans As plastic degrades slowly, it […]

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How much is too much? $250 million home with 21 bathrooms for sale

About 924 Bel Air RD Luxury developer Bruce Makowsky,’s greatest masterpiece. Located in the confines of ultra-exclusive Bel Air Enclave. The pinnacle of splendor & luxury. 38k sq ft new construction home +17k sq ft of entertainment decks, 2 master suites, 10 over-sized VIP guest suites, 21 luxurious bathrooms, 3 gourmet kitchens, 5 bars, massage […]

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What does the Canadian Gov’t spend money on?

EditOverview of Canada’s federal government spending for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 Where the money comes from: Corporate income tax (14 cents) Earnings by Crown corporations and revenues from the sale of goods and services (11 cents) Employment Insurance premiums (8 cents) Non-resident withholding taxes, customs import duties and excise levies (8 cents) Personal income tax (48 cents) […]

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Trump’s Immigration Order Could Make It Harder To Find A Psychiatrist Or Pediatrician

Among the 778,781 physicians whose records we analyzed, 21 percent (164,111) graduated from a foreign medical school. Compared with domestic medical graduates, physicians who trained abroad disproportionately work in the specialties with the largest doctor shortages: psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics. For example, 27.6 percent of all psychiatrists and 26.4 percent of physicians […]

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Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich (Long Read) – The New Yorker

Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization. Source: Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich – The New Yorker

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Current facts and figures of refugees and displaced people worldwide

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless peoplewho have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as […]

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Poverty and Mental Illness on #bellletstalk day

People with mental illness often live in chronic poverty. Conversely, poverty can be a significant risk factor for poor physical and mental health. The relationship between poverty and mental illness is both straightforward and complex in its pervasive reach. Understanding this broader context is key to addressing poverty in order to promote mental health and […]

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Crowd Estimation Math submitted by @kescrimg

The women’s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday. Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzed photographs and video taken of the National Mall and vicinity and estimated that there were about 160,000 people […]

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Women’s March: the numbers behind the global rallies

  From the 673 events that took place across the world on Saturday to the staggering estimated 500,000 participants in Washington DC, here are the numbers behind the Women’s March. CLICK LINK BELOW FOR VIDEO WITH NUMBERS FROM THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT. Source: Women’s March: the numbers behind the global rallies

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Louer son frigo pour l’acheter, et payer trois fois plus cher #FIcriticalmathfridays

Les Canadiens dépensent annuellement 260 millions de dollars dans des magasins où il est possible de louer pour acheter. Mais ces consommateurs paient souvent des prix exorbitants qui ne seraient pas autorisés dans certains États américains. Les commerces de type « louer pour acheter » ciblent les personnes qui ont des problèmes financiers et des difficultés à […]

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Minimum Wage Is the Main Reason People Depend on Food Stamps 

Much is said these days about raising the minimum wage (and it should be raised), and indeed, on January 1, 2016, 13 states did raise theirs. But what sounds like good news is unlikely to have much effect on the working poor. In New York, for instance, the minimum went from $8.75 an hour to […]

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Chances of Getting Attacked by a Grizzly submitted by @BetsyDeVos

Bears are making a comeback across North America, and here’s what you need to know if you cross paths with one. In August, a grizzly bear killed a hiker in Yellowstone National Park—a tragic yet extremely rare event, experts say. The chances of being injured by a bear are approximately 1 in 2.1 million, according […]

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Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa

Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa

CULLMAN, Ala. — The love seat and sofa that Jamie Abbott can’t quite afford ended up in her double-wide trailer because of the day earlier this year when she and her family walked into a new store called Buddy’s. Abbott had no access to credit, no bank account and little cash, but here was a place […]

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Eight billionaires ‘as rich as world’s poorest half’ 

Oxfam research finds the eight richest billionaires have as much wealth as 3.6 billion people combined. Source: Eight billionaires ‘as rich as world’s poorest half’ – BBC News

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2 richest Canadians have more money than 11 million combined

The two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, according to a new report from a group of international aid organizations. The report also said that the world’s eight richest people have as much wealth as the poorest 50 per cent of the world’s […]

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Comment Apple écrase ses sous-traitants #FIcriticalmathFridays

  Apple dégage de plus en plus de marge, réalise de plus en plus de bénéfices. Tim Cook est certes moins créatif que Steve Jobs, mais c’est un maître pour « rationnaliser » la production et faire pression sur les sous-traitants. Au détriment des travailleurs ; la preuve en chiffres.   Source: Comment Apple écrase […]

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Every Single Word Spoken by Racialized Character in Harry Potter as a %

Every Single Word Spoken by Racialized Character in Harry Potter as a %

  Harry Potter and the run-time of racialized characters. (POC = Persons of Colour) Total talk time for POC: 5 minutes and 40 seconds Total run time of all films: 1,207 minutes That comes out to 0.47% of screen time in which POCs speak throughout the entire series. This is split among 12 characters and […]

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Data Representation of Oscar Winners by Race

In the entire history of the Academy Awards, all but eight of the Best Actor and Best Actress winners have been white. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is under fire this year because all ten nominees for best actor and actress are white. This isn’t a new phenomenon. All of them were […]

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US Citizens use GoFundMe to pay for medical treatment

Source: GoFundMe shows how much we need Obamacare | Fusion

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Florida restaurant fines employees for mistakes

Source: Florida restaurant wants employees to pay out of pocket for doing a bad job | Blogs

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Amsterdam: Contactless payment jacket to help people donate to the homeless with the tap of a card

Statistics indicate the number of people without a permanent place of residence in the Netherlands increased from roughly 13,000 to 31,000 in the years between 2009 and 2015.”Homeless people who want to buy cans of beer, have nothing to gain from this jacket, they just want cash,” said Annemiek van Bemmelen of StoelenProject, a homeless […]

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Drug firms poured 780 million painkillers into West Virginia amid overdoses

Drug firms poured 780 million painkillers into West Virginia amid overdoses

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series. For the second part, click here. The trail of painkillers leads to West Virginia’s southern coalfields, to places like Kermit, population 392. There, out-of-state drug companies shipped nearly 9 million highly addictive — and potentially lethal — hydrocodone pills over two years to a single […]

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If a robot takes your job, you get $2000 a month…

A survey gives some early insight into how U.S. residents feel about universal basic income. Nearly half of Americans are in favor of giving cash handouts of $500-$2,000 a month to residents when robots take their jobs. A survey of 500 individuals in the U.S. released today found that 46 percent of people support the […]

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These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media (must-see infographic)

Although this is from Source: These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America – Business Insider

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Vietnam Memorial: A Thought Experiment submitted by @hpiccioto

Above: This is a tourist’s map of the Mall in Washington, DC. Notice the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial on the left. The Memorial is a powerful monument honoring the Americans who died in the Vietnam War. The name of each of the 58,000 American victims is engraved on the wall. Below: This is a modified map […]

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Jusqu’à 50 000 personnes sans-abri… #FIcriticalmathfridays

Jusqu’à 50 000 personnes sans-abri… #FIcriticalmathfridays

Axée sur le savoir et proactive, la Mission multiplie ses efforts pour faciliter l’accès de ses clients au soutien médical, psychosocial et psychologique dont ils ont besoin, favoriser leur réadaptation et leur réintégration dans la société et sensibiliser le public aux enjeux liés à l’itinérance.   Itinérance On estime que 30 000 Canadiens et Canadiennes se retrouvent en situation d’itinérance […]

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At $2/attempt, would you try the claw game to catch a lobster? Is it worth it? Is it ethical?

  The joystick is seized. The claw is positioned within the lobster tank. It descends on your command. Are you sure you want to claim your prize? Source: Consider the Lobster Claw: Why a Twist on an Arcade Classic Delights and Disturbs Us – The Atlantic

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Trump’s 17 member cabinet is wealthier than 43 million American households combined

Tay’s ~wildest dreams~ don’t even compare to this wealthy bunch. There’s no question about it: Donald Trump’s presidential cabinet is on track to be the richest in modern history. But just how rich are we talking here? Let’s put it this way: If all of Trump’s appointees are confirmed by the Senate, his cabinet will […]

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Trump’s 17 member cabinet is wealthier than 43 million American households combined

Trump’s 17 member cabinet is wealthier than 43 million American households combined

Tay’s ~wildest dreams~ don’t even compare to this wealthy bunch. There’s no question about it: Donald Trump’s presidential cabinet is on track to be the richest in modern history. But just how rich are we talking here? Let’s put it this way: If all of Trump’s appointees are confirmed by the Senate, his cabinet will […]

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Venezuela seizes 4 million Christmas toys to distribute to poor

Venezuela’s consumer agency confiscates four million toys from a company it accuses of hoarding. Officials accused the company of hoarding toys and hiking prices in the run-up to Christmas. Last week, the government issued an order to retailers to reduce prices on a range of goods by 30%. Business owners say the order is a […]

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Growth Spurt: What skyrocketing child care fees mean for families via @ErikaShaker and @ccpa

It’s no surprise—to anyone with even a modest awareness of the subject—that child care is expensive. But when we released our recent report (A Growing Concern: 2016 child care fees in Canada’s big cities), what did raise some eyebrows was the speed and intensity with which fees have increased over the past two years: on […]

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The most and least expensive cities for child care via @ccpa

The study reveals the most and least expensive cities for child care in Canada. It examines median unsubsidized child care fees in Canada’s biggest 27 cities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as the different subsidization regimes that reduce costs for low-income families. It finds Canada’s child care systems can vary dramatically from province […]

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Madagascar’s £152m vanilla industry soured by child labour and poverty 

Roughly 80% of the vanilla sold on the global market comes from Madagascar. Madagascan vanilla is used in chocolate, cakes and ice-cream sold to consumers around the globe by some of the world’s biggest brands. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world. Prices fluctuate, but industry reports show the commodity is currently […]

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A dangerous month on the roads led to 70 collisions with pedestrians, cyclists

  November had many days showing spikes in accidents involving cars. Wet conditions played a factor on some days, while at nights earlier sunsets impacted drivers. Either way, says one advocate, “you need to be paying more attention.” Here’s how the month played out. It was a cloudy Wednesday evening with a light rainfall when […]

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Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time

  Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015. Heroin deaths spiked too, rising by more […]

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5 raisons de ne pas boire de l’eau en bouteille – #FIcriticalmathfridays

L’eau en bouteille vous fait perdre de l’argentRésumons cela par quelques petits calculs: Publicité Prix eau robinet: 3€/1000 litres soit Prix eau bouteille: 0.35€/1 litre soit 0.35€/l pour l’eau en bouteille contre 0.003€/l pour l’eau au robinet ! Soit un facteur 100 d’écart ! Toujours pas convaincu? Faites le calcul sur le budget à l’année:Si […]

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Qualité de l’air : de nouvelles limites d’émissions polluantes dans l’Union européenne #FIcriticalmathfridays

Alors que de nombreuses villes européennes sont touchées par un épisode de pollution très marqué, l’Union européenne vient de se doter de nouvelles normes. Le durcissement des mesures antipollution doit permettre de réduire, d’ici à 2030, d’un peu moins de la moitié (49,6 %) l’impact sanitaire de la pollution de l’air par rapport à ce qu’il […]

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‘aPodments’ – will 10ft by 10ft micro-homes make cities too overcrowded?

Judy Green, 67 says she enjoys living in her 10ft by 10ft micro-apartment in Seattle Kris King spreads his arms as he shows off his Seattle flat: Even Mr King was initially shocked by the size of the apartment he rented near downtown, which is roughly the size of a large parking space. Not great […]

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Pourquoi tout le monde déteste Martin Shkreli – #FIcriticalmathfridays

“Martin The God”, Martin le dieu. C’est le surnom qu’ont trouvé un ou plusieurs hackers pour Martin Shkreli, ex-directeur général de la start-up Turing Pharmaceuticals, en piratant son compte Twitter, dimanche 20 décembre. L’homme, qui a démissionné de son poste après son inculpation trois jours plus tôt pour fraude, s’est fait connaître au mois de septembre dernier en faisant grimper de 5 400% le prix […]

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Turing’s Martin Shkreli regrets 5,000% price hike—says it wasn’t high enough 

In response to an audience member who asked him if he would have done anything differently in regard to raising the price of the drug, Daraprim, Shkreli replied, “I probably would have raised the price higher.” That price hike, which brought a pill of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 earlier this year, has drawn fiery […]

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In the UK, Pfizer and a partner hiked anti-epilepsy drug price 2600% overnight 

US pharma giant Pfizer and a partnering distributor have been slapped with a record fine for hiking UK drug prices by 2,600% overnight. In September 2012, the amount the National Health Service (NHS) was charged for 100mg packs of anti-epilepsy drug phenytoin sodium went from £2.83 to £67.50 ($3.56 to $84.98), according to the UK’s […]

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U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

  Heart disease, accidents, overdoses and other top causes of death all increased in 2015 According to the new report, males could expect to live 76.3 years at birth last year, down from 76.5 in 2014. Females could expect to live to 81.2 years, down from 81.3 the previous year. Life expectancy at age 65 did not […]

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How Two Indigenous Solar Engineers Changed Their Village in Chile

Liliana and Luisa Terán are two indigenous women from northern Chile who traveled to India for training in installing solar panels. Together, they have not only changed their future, but that of their remote village, Caspana, as well. “It was hard for people to accept what we learned in India,” explained Liliana Terán. “It was […]

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Thousands of snow geese killed in Montana after landing in toxic water

Witnesses said the pit looked like “700 acres of white birds,” on Nov. 28, Thompson said Tuesday. Since then, employees of MR and Arco have used spotlights, noise makers and other efforts to haze the birds off the water and try to prevent others from landing. The companies estimate that over 90 per cent of […]

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Gender inequality in STEM is very real for Canadian women

In the last few decades, very little has changed for Canadian women in science, technology, engineering and math Last week, Nobel laureate Tim Hunt made some foolish remarks to a group of scientists and journalists: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall […]

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Statistics: Domestic Violence

Statistics: Domestic Violence

Did You Know… Domestic violence is a gendered crime… Spousal violence has been consistently identified as one of the most common forms of violence against women in Canada.1 The majority of spousal violence victims are women, representing 83% of all victims (2007).2 Women are almost four times more likely than men to be victims of […]

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