The Era of Social Media

Everyone knows that you need to use technology and social media with caution. Other than apps collecting our data, it seems that too much time scrolling through them can be harmful, especially for mental health. Social media can be known to spread a great deal of misinformation.

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That “LIKE” button

Ever since the “Like” button was introduced in social media, do you feel that the work you create online is heavily motivated towards getting as many “likes” as you can. According to a Facebook engineer, the only motivation was to “spread positivity and love in the world.” No one could have imagined that people would become deeply depressed for lack of Likes.

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New Vaccine and Trials?

BBC News reports that a coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford appears safe and trains the immune system. Trials involving around 1,077 people showed the injection led to them making antibodies and white blood cells that can fight coronavirus. Meanwhile, Ontario is searching for those eligible to get a COVID-19 antibody test through OHIP, laying out limited circumstances for its use beyond research. Do you think this may actually work?

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Tik Tok Ban

Last month, the president told reporters at the White House on Monday afternoon that his administration will take action to ban the video-sharing app unless it’s sold to a US company by September 15. It seems that Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States. A hostile takeover perhaps?

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Groceries Online

It seems that more Canadians are shopping for their groceries online, consumers and other businesses in the food supply chain may end up paying a steep price for the convenience. Walmart Canada, for instance, has shifted the cost of its e-commerce onto suppliers, charging an extra five per cent on products sold online in what appears to be setting a precedent for grocers. Do you think that added costs could ultimately lead to less variety and quality in the food supply, higher prices and a weaker Canadian food system?

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As the pandemic changes work-life, fresh challenges may lead some to question whether they’re doing a good enough job. Self-doubt can sometimes trigger an imposter syndrome. You may feel that success isn’t a product of your own abilities, although you may have proven yourself many times in your job. Don’t let it get you down, you just need to approach it differently.

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Unsafe September

For September, the premier of Ontario plans to have 78% students back in school against solid medical advice. That’s over 1.6 million students & staff at risk of covid. 1 billion dollars was already cut from the Education Building Maintenance fund and he ministry of education has no strategy for a safe return. They have left school boards fending for themselves. Would you feel safe sending your kids back to school?

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Return to Office

Despite safety and social distancing protocols, only a fifth of workers in Canada say they would willingly return to their physical workplace as soon as it is allowed. Others say they would return but only for a few days a week to limit interaction. Would you be comfortable going back to the office this Fall?

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Toxic Chemicals

If Fast Food wasn’t bad enough, new research shows that half of all take-out food packaging tested from several major fast food chains contain toxic “forever chemicals”. Testing revealed traces of toxic chemicals known as PFAS, in the food packaging of Burger King’s Whopper and McDonald’s Big Mac, French fries, and cookies, and Wendy’s cookie bags. Will that stop you from buying fast food? Probably not.

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Cinemas Still Closed

Even though the government has announced indoor establishments can reopen in most of the province as part of its Stage 3. Cineplex says its employees “aren’t in a position” to open movie theatres in Ontario during the pandemic. Even if opened, would you be comfortable going to the movies?

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