Vaccinating Ontario’s teachers

It seems obvious that Ontario’s teachers are last on the priority list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and will not be vaccinated until the end of Phase 2. Teachers should be vaccinated as soon as possible to keep support staff, students and their families safe. Teachers should be considered frontline workers as they educate children in schools across the province. The country is presently rampant in variants which can take a devastating toll on anyone who becomes infected. Everyday teachers and school staff continue going to work risking their own health doing what they love, to teach.

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Inactivity

Studies show that 1.5bn people worldwide are so inactive they are risking their long-term health. But fixing this problem could help save both people and planet. Inactivity is probably the fourth biggest killer in the world – yet it’s barely discussed. What do you think may be the solution to sedentary living that could save both the planet and people.

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Why are NFTs Special

As you probably already know, NFT stands for non-fungible token. In economic terms, a fungible asset is something with units that can be readily exchanged like money. A non-fungible token is a unit of data on a digital created by Blockchain. It can be any digital file such as art, audio, videos, items in video games and other forms of creative work but is unique. For example, with money, you can swap a $10 bill for two $5 bills and it will have the same value. However, if something is non-fungible, it is unique. It as one-of-kind properties so it cannot be replaced with something else. For example the painting such of Mona Lisa, which is one of a kind. You can easily take a photo of the painting or buy a print but there will only ever be the one original painting. NFTs are “one-of-a-kind” assets in the digital world, but they have no tangible form of their own. The digital tokens can be thought of as certificates of ownership for virtual or physical assets. In other words, the owner has of an NFT is the owner of that digital file. Still confusing isn’t it?

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Inflation is Coming

It may be no surprise for anyone but it seems a big inflation hike is coming. If you think about it, your groceries cost more, your bills seem higher than usual and real estate is getting more expensive. All of a sudden, your dollar suddenly can’t buy you nearly as much as it used to. Are you feeling the crunch?

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Has Ontario Entered it’s Third wave?

The experts in the province’s hospital association science advisory table say that Ontario has entered the third wave, citing rises cases and variant spread. However health officials say it remains unclear how severe the third wave will be. Even though we are in the early stages of the third wave, the question is, did the second wave even finish?

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Income Tax Website Locked Out

For Canadians it’s that time again, to report your income tax for the year. However, most were surprised when they were locked out of their online taxpayer accounts on Saturday. The Canada Revenue Agency once more grapples with another cybersecurity breach. An investigation revealed that some usernames and passwords may have “been obtained by unauthorized third parties and through a variety of means by sources external to the CRA,” and that it could take another month for it to be resolved. Meanwhile, many taxpayers are still struggling to regain access to their accounts after it locked more than 100,000 as a “precaution” in February. Without online capability, would you consider another method of reporting your income tax?

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A Year Since Lockdown

Just a year ago, many of us were planning gatherings, trying to balance commute schedules while trying to fit our lives into a tight work structure. Hard to imagine so mush has changed now. Hopefully, you have remained safe and healthy with the support of your family, friends, and co-workers. Where were you when you first heard everything was about to go in lockdown?

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Newspaper Scam?

Ontario’s Newspaper publishers Torstar are not the wisest of investors. Known for outsourcing work abroad, they tell customers to support the local paper. Another lost bet is hoping that their shift to on the online gaming market will pay off. They intend to launch an online casino betting brand in Ontario. They claim the revenue from the new business will help support future efforts as advertising dollars dry up. However, most agree that Torstar will use this as a cash grab funded by the govermnent under the guise of a “bail out”.

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Zoom Meetings

Some people feel that Zoom meetings and videoconferences on similar platforms can leave us drained. Nonverbal cues are harder to send and receive through video chats. Sometimes seeing yourself for extended periods of time and having limited mobility can become a source of stress. While developers look for solutions, researchers are not sure how videoconferencing apps will incorporate solutions to these problems.

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Virtual Events

With in-person gatherings restricted during the pandemic, conferences and trade shows are forced to go online. This completely changes how people connect with one another, and restricts networking opportunities. Have you participated in a virtual event or organized one? How would you make the virtual event experience feel more personal?

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