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Junk food tax misses the point

Justice Marshall
Feb 3rd, 2012
The argument for taxing “high-sugar” junk food like soda pop has been brewing for years and is currently reaching a fever pitch. In a highly publicized article published February 1 in Nature journal, scientists claim that “sugar is a poison and should be as tightly regulated as cigarettes and alcohol.” 
The original article is available to subscribers only. However, a quick Google search 24 hours later turned up 446 news results. Clearly, this issue has some teeth.
 
It’s pretty hard to make a case for the social benefits of consuming junk food at our current obesity rates.

Bling and glitter are back this Christmas

Vanessa Saw
Dec 13th, 2011

Graphic by Vanessa Saw.

The holidays are a great time to reunite with family and friends. With so many people to see and so little time, the easiest way to convene is definitely at parties -- which calls for the year’s most styling challenge: holiday party outfits.

This season, anything shimmery has snuck its way into a variety of styles, material and pieces. From subtle to bright, casual to haute-couture, bling is back.

There are many ways to incorporate the trend into casual, semi and formal gatherings. Here are some ways to shine this holiday season:

 

Photo courtesy of Shoeperwoman.

Glitter

Why I won’t be growing a moustache for “Movember”

Justice Marshall
Nov 7th, 2011

Flickr photo by Joel Washig 

It’s not that I don’t like moustaches. “Free moustache rides” is still one of my favourite lines ever. And I can totally get behind publicizing men’s health issues. (The statistics are shocking, especially in mental health and suicide.) But there are two big reasons I don’t do Movember: I don’t want to unwittingly promote controversial cancer screening to the male masses, nor do I wish to be a cause-marketing dupe for companies (and industries) that do not reflect my values. 

Facebook gives big rewards for bug reports

Staff Reporter
Aug 31st, 2011

Find a glitch in the popular social networking site, and be rewarded. With more than 750 million active users, Facebook said that the program would allow individuals to be recognized and it would econcourage others to join, reports The Economic Times. Facebook has already paid out more than $40,000 in three weeks, and one individual has already received more than $7,000 for flagging down six different issues with the site.

"A couple of years ago, we decided to formalise a 'whitehat' programme to encourage these researchers to look for bugs and report them to us ... A few weeks ago, we took that programme to the next level, we started paying rewards to those who report bugs to us," Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan said on the official blog.

Newfoundland and Labrador will fund trials for controversial MS treatment

Emily Barca
Sep 13th, 2010

Dr. Paolo Zamboni

An announcement was made Monday by Newfoundland and Labrador Health Minister Jerome Kennedy that his province would begin clinical trials of a controversial new therapy for multiple sclerosis called liberation treatment.

"We'll be providing funding to commence trials in this province. It will be led by two neurologists at the MS clinic in St. John's and it'll be a province-wide study," Kennedy said during the annual meeting of Canada's provincial and territorial health ministers.

The government said that up to $320, 000 will be spent on the study, with more money pledged if required.

"Prince of Pot" Marc Emery faces sentencing today in Seattle

Linda Solomon Wood
Sep 10th, 2010

Marc Emery in 2007 in a photograph from the creative commons, compliments of Wikipedia

After a long extradition fight that ended earlier this year, Marc Emery is finally going to prison, news reports say.

Observers expect Emery to receive a five year prison term.

Emery's legal team essentially agreed to this in a plea bargain earlier in the year and Emery is expected to pull out of the agreement if the judge tries to impose a longer term.

"It has always been my sincere belief that the prohibitions on cannabis are hurtful to U.S. and Canadian citizens and are contrary to the constitutions of both countries," the 52-year-old wrote in the Sept. 1 letter.

"I regret not choosing other methods -- legal ones -- to achieve my goals of peaceful political reform," the former candidate for Vancouver, B.C., mayor continued. "I have no one to blame but myself. … In fact, one of my heroes, Mahannes Gandhi (sic), often said that an important principle of civil disobedience is acceptance of punishment by the state without complaint.

"I, too, accept my punishment without complaint."

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