Paris rallies in ‘solidarity’ after horrific Charlie Hebdo shooting

A sophisticated, calculated attack carried out by masked gunmen who tried to silence the voice of a satirical French magazine instead prompted thousands to take to the streets of Paris Wednesday night with a message of their own: “Not Afraid.”


White Coats for Black Lives


From coast to coast medical students are using their white coats to show solidarity. Students at the Medical College of Georgia silently protested the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

The soon to be physicians said it is people like Brown and Garner who they will be serving in the future. The white coat die-in gave students a chance to show that as they are learning in school now, all lives matter.

“Being healthy is more than having a healthy heart, it’s about being safe in the environments that they live in and where they are growing up,” said second year medical student and Class President Katherine Menezes.

What you need to know about Ebola

Every nation in the world seems to be on high alert because of the terrible consequences we all could face if this deadly virus were to spread out of control, like it has in Western Africa.
The fact is, every person needs to do his or her part to make sure Ebola doesn’t spread; so, here are 8 things you can do to prevent the virus from spreading.
1. Avoid bats, monkeys, chimps and gorillas
Scientists believe this is where the virus originated so the best way to avoid the deadly virus is to avoid the creatures that are being blamed for starting this whole mess.
2. Wash your hands
This one should be pretty easy. Wash your hands thoroughly and if soap and water aren’t available, use some sort of anti-bacterial gel.
3. Avoid someone suspected of being infected
You can wear protective clothing and a mask; but, the best way to prevention is avoiding the problem all together. For instance, if someone is ill, try to stay away from them.
4. Unprotected sex can spread the disease
Ebola is spread by contact with the fluids of someone who is infected – including saliva, sweat, blood, vomit and urine. The virus can also be spread through semen so wearing a condom could reduce the chances of catching the virus. Unfortunately, if you’re having intimate relations with someone infected, a condom probably won’t eliminate the threat. However, there are many reasons why having unprotected casual sex is dangerous without even considering Ebola. So, do the right thing.
5. No more shaking hands
While shaking someone’s hand is the polite thing to do, it’s the most common way of spreading the flu, colds and all sorts of viruses. The best practice in this day and age is to avoid shaking hands all together.
6. Keep everything clean
If someone is sick, it’s extremely important to keep everything clean like towels, bed sheets, pillow cases, etc. Clorox in the wash will help kill the germs. The World Health Organization says Ebola could be transmitted through bed linen.
7. If you suspect Ebola, get to the hospital
Hospitals are working diligently to train staff members on the proper procedure in dealing with Ebola. If you suspect you’ve been contaminated or have the symptoms, it’s important to get help.
8. Know the warning signs.
A temperature of 101 or higher, muscle aches, vomiting or a rash might indicate you have Ebola. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Stomach pain, diarrhea, unexplained bruising or bleeding and even a loss of appetite could serve as warning signs, as well.
For more information on Ebola, visit the World Health Organization.
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Canadian Tax bill

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VANCOUVER – A new study says the average Canadian family was spending more on taxes than on food, shelter and clothing combined.

The Fraser Institute study says that in 2013, the average Canadian family earned $77,381 and paid $32,369 in total taxes, or 41.8 per cent of income, compared with 36.1 per cent for food, shelter and clothing combined.

By comparison, in 1961 the average family earned about $5,000 and spent 56.5 per cent of its income on food, shelter and clothing, while $1,675 went to taxes (33.5 per cent).

How to develop effective study habits


Make things interesting. Logical arguments will not give you motivation to study. Thinking that if I study hard and get into a good university and get a good job, etc., will not interest you. Love what you do. Try to find the beauty of every subject, and most importantly try to link it with the events of your life and things that interest you.
This linking may be conscious (ie. performing chemical reactions, physical experiments or manual mathematics calculations in order to prove a formula) or unconscious (eg. You go to the park and look at the leaves. Then you think to yourself, Hmm, let me review the parts of the leaf we learned in bio class last week). Even though this might not sound the most ideal method for theoretical subjects such as English, use your creativity to make stuff up. For example try to write a story with all subjects starting with S, all objects starting with O, and no verbs containing V.

How to fall asleep fast


1Turn off all electronics. To fall asleep, your body increases levels of hormones which induce sleepiness as it gets darker outside. This makes you tired and ready to crawl into bed shortly after it has gotten completely dark. If you are on your laptop, cell phone, tablet, or watching TV, and video games, you are inhibiting the creation of these hormones. Remove all electronics with bright screens at least an hour before bed so it will be easier for your body to get tired.
Some studies show that people who play video and computer games more than seven hours a week sleep more poorly than those who don’t. If you fit that criteria and have chronic poor sleep, try cutting down on your gaming time.
Besides the bright light from the screens, social media outlets (like on your phone and computer) can cause stress and raise anxiety levels. Say no to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Email, Texting, and any other social media outlet you participate in at least an hour before sleeping.[1]

Separation anxiety: Many questions as Scottish vote nears


LONDON — If Scots vote Thursday to sever their 307-year-old union with England, the repercussions of a split may be felt globally — from entrenched economic and defense treaties to a flag that will go from three colors to two.

Would an independent Scotland still be a member of the European Union and NATO? What currency would it use? How will its oil wealth be divided up? Will its social welfare protections be better or worse off? Will there be an exodus of business down south? Will Scots living in England need to apply for visas? Will jobs be lost?

Unionists and pro-independence backers continue to answer these questions in different ways, and some of the institutions directly concerned have preferred not to answer them at all.

Can Doug Ford win Toronto’s mayoral race?


Can he win?

In some ways, he’s his brother’s polar opposite: a teetotalling, red-meat avoiding extrovert. In most other respects, there’s no mistaking Douglas Bruce Ford, Jr. for anyone but the mayor’s brother.

It’s there in the pin-striped bravado, the bluster, the unstinting allegiance to family and fiscal conservatism. As a rookie councillor, he had sweeping influence. He was the face and mind behind key political battles, such as the fate of the Port Lands and the standoff with Chief Bill Blair. While he is often characterized as a more polished, less controversial version of his brother, history suggests otherwise.