Archive for September 2009
By Rachel Muenz Concern over the H1N1 vaccine is growing and Canada still doesn’t have effective legal protection for people if getting the shot results in injury.
By Rachel Muenz There’s been a lot of talks lately about how many Canadian TV shows have been picked up by U.S. networks this fall. But while U.S. TV has the most Canadian content, Canadians are having a decent impact on other areas of U.S. pop culture as well.
By Rachel Muenz Apparently, Canada doesn’t think its university students can handle long articles. Either that or it just uses language more efficiently than its U.K. counterparts. Based on a random selection of five articles each from five Canadian online publications for students and five from publications in the U.K., Canadian articles are over 120 words shorter than those in the U.K.
By Rachel Muenz Many have said one good thing about the H1N1 outbreak in Canada’s aboriginal communities is that it has brought attention to the lack of basic needs they face. But, it’s doubtful anything will actually be done about improving living conditions in reserves across Canada.
By Rachel Muenz Ontario’s environmental services, retail, and professional services sectors have the largest number of companies using clean power, according to information from Bullfrog Power.
By Rachel Muenz Often, people read books as children that they think are the best things ever only to be disappointed when they return to them as adults. But there some children’s books that, whether you re-read them or explore them for the first time as an adult, are still great adventures. Here, in my opinion, are the best kids’ books anyone of any age can enjoy:
@ Copyright 2003, Wally Bock Here are some books about writing that I really like. They are offered subject to the following qualification. Over the years I’ve read a ton of books about writing. What I have not done is make a comprehensive survey of the literature on writing. I’ve read what looked interesting to me.
By Rachel Muenz Almost every article I’ve read in urban newspapers about the countryside and its people seems to rely on stereotypes. Maybe it’s just because I’m from a small town and more sensitive to these things, but media coverage of rural areas often appears condescending.
When I first started working in radio I had a lot of dropouts Poor reception of radio quality on the reel-to-reel I would bike down to the CBC building on Front Street with my red Yakota bike That bike was “stoked” The saddest thing was a light being stolen Why can people be so mean?
Writing and the written word have been a major part of Trecia Harley’s life ever since she could remember. As a child she loved to read and be transported to another world. The magic of words was her main pastime growing up in Parry Sound, Ontario. Thus, writing became her favourite form of expression. Trecia attended the University of Toronto where she studied English Literature, History and Celtic […]
By Rachel Muenz Every English teacher I’ve ever had has always said using plain, clear language is best in any kind of writing. Authors don’t make readers think by language that’s impossible to understand, but by the complex themes and ideas, they write about.
By Rachel Muenz Dolphin was going to kill the dog because it had desecrated the tree. The tree was the most beautiful monument he had ever seen. He liked it because it reminded him of a snake and he loved snakes and though it was carved with the names of kids who’d been shot to death, it didn’t call them heroes and it didn’t call their killers evil. It simply […]
By Rachel Muenz A friend of my family, who is a nurse, and her colleagues have always refused to get flu shots. When their hospital tried to make the shots mandatory for all staff, they went to the union to put a stop to that plan. They certainly won’t be getting the H1N1 vaccine when it arrives this fall.
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By Rachel Muenz In this tough job market and with a load of student debt to deal with, many college and university graduates like me have had to move in with parents to survive. When I tell people I’m living and working from home, they always say something like, “That’s great! You must be saving a lot of money.” This is true, but I’ve found it can also lose you […]
By Rachel Muenz It wouldn’t be surprising if the Nintendo Wii became an integral part of mental health therapies in the future. Though Wii is mostly being used for physical rehabilitation and fitness in hospitals and nursing homes, it also seems to be gaining a place in the mental health field as well.
By Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra Toronto, Ontario – September 1, 2009 – The economic recession is affecting more than people’s pocketbooks. It’s also influencing their choice and use of colour. That’s the finding of CIL Paints, following a detailed study of colour trends by its international team of colour experts.
By Rachel Muenz When I first meet someone, the last thing I usually tell them is that I’m a triplet. Most people make a scene when they find out and I’d rather avoid that. I love it when people act normal as if being a triplet is an everyday thing because it is.
By Rachel Muenz One afternoon Cori found a token and stayed on for the whole route pressed to the back with her nose against the glass, watching the city leak out behind the red and white canister of people. Someone had opened a window at the front of the streetcar and the air chilled her throat all the way down to her stomach.