By Star Editorial Board Thu., May 9, 2019 Throw the book at ’em has taken on a bizarre twist down in the Niagara West region of Ontario. That’s where Progressive Conservative MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s constituency staff called the cops on a group of library-loving seniors who showed up to read books as a way of protesting the Ford government’s library cuts. Now, it’s awfully hard to imagine how Oosterhoff’s staff felt so under siege after just a few minutes with some 15 retired librarians and book club members that such drastic action was necessary. Was it was the craft paper book covers, with neatly typed quotes about the importance of libraries, that left staff feeling they had no choice but to call 911? “I don’t think we looked threatening,” said one retired librarian and member of a local book club. Article Continued Below Oosterhoff — who until now has been best known for being Ontario’s … [Read more...] about They threatened to read — so a PC MPP’s office called the cops
The draft Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), which seeks to curb online falsehoods, is expected to become law. Against this backdrop, a falsehood, or fake news, is an extremely relevant topic to address with regards to content consumed by children. With so much online content available, it is easy for young minds to fall prey to fake news. Young children are highly impressionable, and as they get older, studies have shown that 20 per cent of children between the ages of eight and 15 believe everything they read online. In a world where children aged five to 16 years old get on average more than six hours of screen time a day, they are overwhelmed with information. This information is often unverified or biased, attempting to influence their habits or colour their views. The danger of fake news lies in its potential to distort reality by challenging notions of right or wrong and normalising behaviour that children are taught to see as radical or … [Read more...] about Views: Teach children critical thinking skills
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Fri., May 3, 2019 PHILADELPHIA—The danger is to write it off as an aberration, to think that a horrible Game 3 of the Raptors-Sixers series — coming on the heels of six good Toronto outings as it did — was just one of those things and that if the Raptors give their collective heads a shake and come to their senses, the world may once again feel right. It would be easy to think that, and in some ways understandable. This is a veteran Toronto team that has shown an impressive level of consistency all season, never too high and never too low. But it would also be oh so ridiculous to think this is just more of the same, and not dealing with it could very well cost them their season. “We’ve got to change it, man,” coach Nick Nurse said here Friday. “You can sit around and say ‘It’ll be OK,’ but I tend to take the version of ‘We’ve got to make it OK.’” But … [Read more...] about Raptors think bigger after sizing up Game 3 damage
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and National Environment Agency said paper materials were the most regularly recycled items. Singapore Press Holdings Many Singaporeans are doing their part to go green, but a large proportion are recycling items wrongly, two studies have found. In a joint press release on Monday (April 29), the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and National Environment Agency (NEA) said that 60 per cent of Singapore households recycle regularly, but findings from two surveys conducted also showed that many were misinformed about what should or should not go into the blue recycling bins. The complementary studies – NEA’s biennial Customer Satisfaction Survey on Public Waste Collection Scheme 2018 and MEWR’s Survey on Household Recycling Behaviours, Attitudes and Knowledge – surveyed 2,003 and 3,445 households respectively between June 2018 and February 2019. Paper items most regularly recycled … [Read more...] about 60 per cent of Singaporean households recycle regularly, but many still think clothes and shoes can go in the blue bin (they can’t)
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?