Women in Engineering 

Universities Engineers Canada also recognizes the following undergraduate engineering programs for having women account for 30 per cent of their first-year students or having specific initiatives in place to increase the percentage of women among their students: University of Toronto – Women now account for 30.6 per cent of first-year students in U of T […]

Read More


12-year-old Theland Kicknosway running 130K for missing indigenous women 

Theland Kicknosway, a 12-year-old Cree young man living in Ottawa, will begin a 134-kilometre run on March 23 in support of Families of Sisters in Spirit. Kitigan Zibi is the hometown of Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander, two indigenous women who have been missing since 2008 and were last seen in Maniwaki. The community has […]

Read More


#DAPL by the numbers – by @rebekaryvola and @courtsretorts

Source: http://www.nodapl.life/dakota-access-pipeline-in-numbers/

Read More


Crise des réfugiés et migrants 

Des millions de personnes se voient contraintes de partir de chez elles, risquant tout pour fuir conflits armés et catastrophes naturelles. Nous avons de toute urgence besoin de votre aide pour leur porter assistance, non seulement en Syrie, en Jordanie et au Liban, mais aussi en Europe. Une crise mondiale Plus de 65 millions de […]

Read More


Le nombre de migrants dans la « jungle » de Calais n’a jamais été aussi élevé

D’après un nouveau recensement de la préfecture, le camp, créé au printemps 2015, compte désormais 6 901 personnes. Le nombre de migrants vivant au camp de la « jungle » à Calais a très fortement progressé depuis deux mois, s’établissant désormais à 6 901, a annoncé vendredi 19 août la préfecture du Pas-de-Calais. C’est le nombre […]

Read More


Apple: En Chine, un brutal système d’exploitation 

Pollution de l’air, travail forcé, insultes… Fabricant sans usine, l’américain est peu regardant sur le sort réservé à sa main-d’œuvre chinoise. Cancers. Les habitants du village de Tongxin (province du Jiangsu), où est installé Kaedar Electronics, fournisseur d’Apple, ont un taux de cancer sidérant. Neuf des 60 résidents d’un quartier à proximité immédiate de l’usine souffrent d’un […]

Read More


At current rate, gender pay gap won’t close for another 170 years – submitted by @mskawilson

Canada has come 35th — sandwiched between Luxembourg and Cape Verde — in the latest World Economic Forum annual report on gender-based disparities around the world. The U.S. placed 45th in the index, down from 28th in 2015, with the WEF pointing to a fall in the number of women participating in the labor force […]

Read More


UberEats cuts wages by 50% overnight 

All Uber delivery people are contractors. Prior to the changes, cyclists would get $6.50 when they picked up an order — a fee that added up if they picked multiple orders from the same restaurant — and were then paid an extra $1.85 per kilometre of distance travelled. Uber would then take 35 per cent […]

Read More


Is Uber exploiting its Kenyan drivers? 

  Uber’s price structures, globally, are complex and opaque. They have no fewer than six constituent parts: the city you’re in; the type of car you’re in; the base fare; the amount per minute; the amount per kilometre; and any surge multiplier that might be in effect. And the way those parts combine to form the […]

Read More


Can Food Banks Sustain Nutrient Requirements? Inspired by @mskawilson

Approximately 3.7 million Canadians worry about having adequate amounts of food, do not eat suitable quality or selections of foods, and/or have inadequate amounts of food These Canadians live in food-insecure households. Food insecurity is associated with a threefold increase in anxiety, when compared to residents in food-secure homes. Physically, food insecurity is associated with […]

Read More


Is terrorism on the rise? Here’s what the data tells us

Image: Institute for Economics and Peace A look at the numbers reveals that 2015 is the second deadliest year on record. The GTI scores the impact of terrorism based on the number of terrorist attacks, fatalities from these attacks, injuries and damage to property. To account for the lasting effects of terrorism, each country is […]

Read More


Nearly 1 in 100 people worldwide have been displaced from their homes by war and persecution

There are more than 65 million people displaced from their homes, a record high since World War II. This amounts to 0.8% of the global population, or to put it another way, roughly the population of France; or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined. The UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, has been collecting data […]

Read More


3 inventive ways to end violence against women – submitted by @kescrimg 

One in three women has experienced some form of sexual or physical violence. These creative initiatives want to put a stop to that. Men wear mini-skirts In 2013, a UN survey found that the majority of men in Indonesia – as many as 90% of respondents – thought that women and men should be treated […]

Read More


1 gallon of gasoline…

1 gallon of gasoline…

There you have it! To the best of our ability, on average, one gallon of gasoline produces 18.07 pounds of carbon dioxide. If your car gets 20 miles-per-gallon and you drive 10,000 miles in a year, you’ll produce 4.5 short tons of carbon dioxide. Source: 1 gallon of gasoline · BlueSkyModel

Read More


Let’s do the numbers: the business of fake news

Let’s do the numbers: the business of fake news

Most middle school students can’t tell the difference between fake news from information published by actual news organizations, according to a Stanford University study released today. Researchers asked students to determine the credibility of online posts. Most student — 82 percent — read “sponsored content” as the same as a real news story on a […]

Read More


Inflation killing off Canada’s middle class #worldfinanceweds

Inflation killing off Canada’s middle class #worldfinanceweds

If it feels like you are getting poorer despite relatively low inflation, new research indicates that’s because you are. This week, new figures from Statistics Canada show annual inflation hit 2.4 per cent. That’s up from 2.3 per cent last month, the ninth month in a row of a rising inflation rate. And while the things […]

Read More


“100 trillion dollars was only enough to buy a weekly bus ticket” #worldfinanceweds

“100 trillion dollars was only enough to buy a weekly bus ticket” #worldfinanceweds

Date of Article: June 2015 Zimbabwe has started retiring its almost worthless local currency in favor of the US dollar. Today, 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars are equal to US $1, as a result of hyperinflation which hit the country in 2009. The demonetization process of the Zimbabwe dollar started on Monday and will run till […]

Read More


Inflation May Hit the Poor The Hardest | #worldfinanceweds

Inflation May Hit the Poor The Hardest | #worldfinanceweds

Over the past two years, prices have risen more quickly for many of the things that low-income households spend a lot of their money on, such as rent and utilities. As a result, these households — families earning less than $20,000 — are experiencing a higher rate of inflation than the public at large even […]

Read More


How to explain inflation in simple terms #worldfinanceweds

How to explain inflation in simple terms #worldfinanceweds

Written by Karl Eaves, Public policy nerd, amateur history buff.  21 Jan 2015 There are two types of inflation. Demand Pull. Supply Push. Demand pull happens there is excess demand of a scarce good.  There are 10 kids who all like balloons.  The Balloon salesman only has 5 balloons.  Each kid has $2 dollars.  The […]

Read More


Natural Disasters, Conflict, and Human Rights: Tracing the Connections 

Natural Disasters, Conflict, and Human Rights: Tracing the Connections 

The evidence is clear that poverty is an important factor in understanding the effects of natural disasters. On 10 December 1988, an earthquake registering 6.9 on the Richter scale hit Armenia, killing some 55,000 people and leaving 500,000 homeless. Less than a year later, in October 1989, an even stronger earthquake, 7.1 on the Richter […]

Read More


6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan – submitted by @AJIngrassia1

6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan – submitted by @AJIngrassia1

Submitted by @AJIngrassia1 Tuesday’s quake struck close to the epicenter of the 2011 quake, just 37 kilometers (23 miles) east-southeast of Namie at a depth of 11.4 kilometers (7 miles). The quake triggered a tsunami warning in Japan’s Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures, causing the government to urge thousands to seek higher ground amid warnings waves […]

Read More


Nestle takes 3.6 million litres of water per day from Aberfoyle

Nestle takes 3.6 million litres of water per day from Aberfoyle

SUBMITTED BY KERRY STETSON @kescrimg Meanwhile, Nestle is allowed to keep taking up to 3.6 million litres of water a day for bottling from its well in Aberfoyle while the province reviews its renewal application for a permit that expired in July. Nestle can also take up to another 1.1 million litres a day at […]

Read More


Why is Coke cheaper than water? 

Why is Coke cheaper than water? 

Lidl Freeway Cola and Aldi Vive Cola were sold at 42p each for two litres, meaning the maximum sugar intake cost the equivalent of just 4.8p. While supermarkets are keen to slash prices of cola and other fizzy drinks, bottled water costs far more per litre in contrast. For example, a 1.5 litre bottle of […]

Read More


Climate change: Personal Arctic sea-ice loss measured due to global warming

Climate change: Personal Arctic sea-ice loss measured due to global warming

For each ton of carbon dioxide emitted, an extra three square metres of Arctic summer sea-ice is lost. The impact of individuals’ carbon emissions on the loss of Arctic summer sea-ice has been calculated for the first time. For every ton of carbon dioxide that people emit, the summer sea-ice in the Arctic is 3sq […]

Read More


To reduce student stress, Dalhousie lets the dogs in 

To reduce student stress, Dalhousie lets the dogs in 

This comes as Queen’s University released a report making 116 recommendations to increase awareness of campus mental health issues in the wake of a series of student deaths there in 2010 and 2011. Victor Day, a psychologist with Dalhousie’s counselling services, says that psychological problems among students are increasing. Anxiety is the most common – […]

Read More


North Carolina man steals $1 from bank, just to get free health care in jail

North Carolina man steals $1 from bank, just to get free health care in jail

Life hasn’t been kind to 59-year old James Verone, a resident of Gaston County, North Carolina. After losing his job as a delivery man which he held for 17 years, he also lost his health insurance. That’s prevented him from seeking medical help for a number of painful complaints: slipped […] Source: North Carolina man […]

Read More


Can Nintendo fix dysfunctional family relationships?

Can Nintendo fix dysfunctional family relationships?

Nintendo is promoting Mario Party: Star Rush by pointing out a new survey conducted by Wakefield Research that many parents say they don’t have enough time to spend with their kids. As the big N notes, “parents tell their children they are too busy to play with them an average of eight times a week, […]

Read More


HSR Ridership Has Slow Growth

HSR Ridership Has Slow Growth

“As of June 2013, PRESTO now accounts for 7.72% of all trips taken.  This number is low in comparison to other Transit Providers who are seeing 60% of the fares being paid for with PRESTO,” wrote Nancy Purser in a report to Council’s Public Works Committee. HSR users are sticking to paper tickets instead of […]

Read More


As Truth and Reconciliation Commission ends, hard facts about residential schools remain chilling

As Truth and Reconciliation Commission ends, hard facts about residential schools remain chilling

 132 residential schools in total were created.• Residential schools did not exist in Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island • An estimated 60 per cent of church-run residential schools were operated by Roman Catholics; 25 per cent by Anglicans and 15 per cent by the United Church of Canada. Several others were operated by Presbyterians and […]

Read More


Forks Over Knives | 10 Things I Wish All Americans Knew About the Meat and Dairy Industries

Forks Over Knives | 10 Things I Wish All Americans Knew About the Meat and Dairy Industries

5. A $5 Big Mac would cost $13 if the retail price included hidden expenses that meat producers offload onto society.Animal food producers impose $414 billion in hidden costs on American society yearly. These are the bills for healthcare, subsidies, environmental damage, and other items related to producing and consuming meat and dairy. That means that each […]

Read More


The Dutch prison crisis: A shortage of prisoners 

The Dutch prison crisis: A shortage of prisoners 

A decade ago the Netherlands had one of the highest incarceration rates in Europe, but it now claims one of the lowest – 57 people per 100,000 of the population, compared with 148 in England and Wales. But better rehabilitation is not the only reason for the sharp decline in the Dutch prison population – […]

Read More


The lavish wedding of the daughter of an Indian politician has sparked outrage

The lavish wedding of the daughter of an Indian politician has sparked outrage

The wedding in numbers Total cost of wedding: 5bn rupees Gold-plated invitation cards, fitted with LCD screens: 10m rupees The bride’s wedding sari: 170m rupees Bride’s jewellery: 900m rupees 3,000 bouncers and 300 policemen on security duty along with sniffer dogs and bomb squads The world’s most expensive weddings

Read More


Neiman Marcus Is Selling Frozen Collard Greens For $66 Plus Shipping

Neiman Marcus Is Selling Frozen Collard Greens For $66 Plus Shipping

For example, its “Christmas Book” holiday gift guide is offering his-and-hers “Island cars” for $65,000 each. And a trip to castles in the U.K. for eight will set you back a cool $700,000. But a different kind of item is now raising eyebrows: The department store is selling collard greens for $66, plus $15.50 in […]

Read More


Wealth of people in their 30s has ‘halved in a decade’

Wealth of people in their 30s has ‘halved in a decade’

People in their early 30s are half as wealthy as those now in their 40s were at the same age, a report finds.Today’s 30-something generation has missed out on house price increases and better pensions, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.Those born in the early 1980s have an average wealth of £27,000 […]

Read More


ExxonMobil Contributes $ to Climate Change Skeptics

ExxonMobil Contributes $ to Climate Change Skeptics

Put a Tiger In Your Think Tank ExxonMobil has pumped more than $8 million into more than 40 think tanks; media outlets; and consumer, religious, and even civil rights groups that preach skepticism about the oncoming climate catastrophe. Herewith, a representative overview.   Source: Put a Tiger In Your Think Tank | Mother Jones

Read More


What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

What is it? The Dakota Access Pipeline Project (DAPL) is a $3.78 billion conduit being built from the oil-rich Bakken fields in North Dakota, near the Canadian border, through South Dakota and Iowa, to Patoka, Illinois, where it will join up with existing pipelines to transport up to 570,000 barrels a day of crude to […]

Read More


Syrian refugee crisis | Oxfam Canada

Syrian refugee crisis | Oxfam Canada

October 28, 2016 As winter takes hold, conditions for those affected by the conflict in Syria continue to worsen.Thanks to the Government of Canada donations made up to February 29, 2016 were matched dollar-for-dollar to the Syrian Emergency Relief Match Fund. Global Affairs Canada matched every eligible dollar, up to a total of $100 million, donated by […]

Read More


Despite Low Pay, Poor Work Conditions, Garment Factories Empowering Millions Of Bangladeshi Women

Despite Low Pay, Poor Work Conditions, Garment Factories Empowering Millions Of Bangladeshi Women

Workers’ rights have also somewhat improved over the past year – a labor law passed last summer allows employees in Bangladesh to form labor unions without the approval of factory owners (there are now more than 120 registered garment trade unions, up from only three in 2012-2013). Laborers also saw their minimum wage jump from […]

Read More


21 Things I Learned About Bitcoin From Living On It For A Week

21 Things I Learned About Bitcoin From Living On It For A Week

1. It is possible to live on Bitcoin in San Francisco for a week. It cost me about 4.85 Bitcoins. I sometimes had to live on the fringes to get by. 2. It is only recently possible to live on Bitcoin for a week. Three of the four merchants I relied on for my most […]

Read More


A Trip to The iFactory: Inside Apple’s Chinese Core

A Trip to The iFactory: Inside Apple’s Chinese Core

As groups of 300 are processed with military precision, an electronic billboard outside the recruitment center tells them what they can expect: starting salary is around $285 a month or $1.78 an hour. And even with the maximum 80 hours of overtime a month, the Chinese government considers them too poor to withdraw any payroll […]

Read More


McDonald’s guarantees your order in 60 seconds or you get free burger

McDonald’s guarantees your order in 60 seconds or you get free burger

“…the McDonald’s staff, who will have to spend four hours a day watching sand trickle down an hour glass as merciless customers gaze upon them, silently praying that they screw something up so they can get a free lunch.” Source: McDonald’s guarantees your order in 60 seconds or you get free burger ‹ Japan Today: […]

Read More


An App to help you with Sleep, Kids, Stress…everything!

Buckingham Palace Set for $450 Million Reno as Royal Family Gets 10% Funding Increase

Buckingham Palace Set for $450 Million Reno as Royal Family Gets 10% Funding Increase

Britain’s Crown Estate, which controls the country’s biggest and most important assets, including property owned by Queen Elizabeth, returns a portion of its annual profits to the royal family in the form of a ‘Sovereign Grant’ that’s paid via the U.K. Treasury department. The payment will be increased to 25% (from 15%) for the next […]

Read More


The Growth of Walmart in the US

First Meeting for Ontario’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women

First Meeting for Ontario’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women

Quick Facts One in three women will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime. In three-quarters of sexual assaults the woman knows her attacker. Sexual assault victimization rates are five times higher for women under the age of 35. Women represent 83 per cent of victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence is significantly […]

Read More


Applied or academic: High impact decisions for Ontario students 

Applied or academic: High impact decisions for Ontario students 

A new report recommends significant changes in Ontario high schools. According to the report, forcing students to choose between academic and applied courses in grade 9 is disadvantaging many students. Students are making binding decisions in Grade 9: 60% of students who take applied mathematics in grade 9, take the majority of their courses in […]

Read More


Facts and Stats | Canada’s Largest Youth Shelter

Facts and Stats | Canada’s Largest Youth Shelter

There are an estimated 10,000 homeless youth in Toronto during any given year and as many as 2,000 on a given night. Who Are Homeless Youth? Young men: 64% of homeless youth (youth are under 25) are male. 91% of these men and 72% of females are between the ages of 19 and 25. Studies […]

Read More


Cobalt Mined with Child Labour used by Apple, Samsung, Sony & others, 

Cobalt Mined with Child Labour used by Apple, Samsung, Sony & others, 

In the process, Amnesty spoke to 87 current and former cobalt miners, including 17 children. Children told Amnesty International they worked for up to 12 hours a day in the mines, carrying heavy loads to earn between $1 and $2 US a day. In 2014, approximately 40,000 children worked in mines across southern DRC, many of them […]

Read More


Case: The Ford Pinto | Business Ethics

Case: The Ford Pinto | Business Ethics

In the “Fatalities” report, Ford engineers estimated the cost of technical improvements that would prevent gas tanks from leaking in rollover accidents to be $11 per vehicle. The authors go on to discuss various estimates of the number of people killed by fires from car rollovers before settling on the relatively low figure of 180 […]

Read More


Flint Water Crisis Fast Facts 

Flint Water Crisis Fast Facts 

Read Fast Facts from CNN about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. “Flint, located 70 miles north of Detroit, is a city of 98,310, where 41.6% of residents live below the poverty line and the median household income is $24,679, according to the US Census Bureau.The median household income for the rest of Michigan is […]

Read More


Water fight: Nestlé’s ambitions meet resistance in small-town Ontario

Water fight: Nestlé’s ambitions meet resistance in small-town Ontario

Who owns water? Nestlé’s ambitions in Southern Ontario raise big questions about an essential – and finite – resource “Formerly the site of a chicken-processing plant and, later, a small water-bottling facility, the five-acre plot at 7334 Middlebrook Road near Elora, Ont., attracted no more attention than neighbouring land when it quietly came up for […]

Read More


Nestlé and Coca-Cola Attempt to Block National Parks From Banning Bottled Water Sales

Nestlé and Coca-Cola Attempt to Block National Parks From Banning Bottled Water Sales

Single-use water bottles generate up to 20 percent of the waste in National Parks but Congress is preventing their ban. “In 2015, more than 305 million people visited national parks, easily eclipsing the all-time visitation record that the National Park Service recorded in 2014. Around 365 of 409 parks recorded record visitation numbers, and park […]

Read More


Pizza Hut Has the Best View of the Pyramids…

Pizza Hut Has the Best View of the Pyramids…

  Coordinates Coordinates: 29°58′45.03″N 31°08′03.69″E Ancient name Khufu’s Horizon Constructed c. 2580–2560 BC (4th dynasty) Type True pyramid Height 146.5 metres (481 ft) (ancient) 138.8 metres (455 ft) (contemporary) Base 230.4 metres (756 ft) Volume 2,583,283 cubic metres (91,227,778 cu ft) Slope 51°50’40 2015 FINANCIAL DATA FOR YUM! Brands (Pizza Hut’s Conglomerate)

Read More


KFC, Pepsi, and Diabetes

“I collect things like this—examples of food company marketing alliances with health and nutrition organizations that by all rights should be advising their members and clients not to eat much of the company’s products.  This one promotes mega-size Pepsi to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation… Source for Collaboration between Pepsi and JDRF: […]

Read More