Opinions with an Accent

Teaching Sign language in our schools

“Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people.” – Helen Keller Each year over one thousand babies will be born without hearing, joining a growing population of 3,500,000 people with some form of hearing impairment, 350,000 of which will be totally deaf. That number will rise …

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Welcome to St. Thomas, the city of unbridled pessimism.

If a question is asked about St. Thomas, the answers will vary from the very positive to the extremely negative. That range of responses tend to be expected but the number of negative comments always seem to vastly outweigh the positive ones. It seems that residents focus more on the …

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Congratulations! You have won a cruise!

It appears to have become a regular occurrence. The telephone rings at random times during the day and a recorded female voice proclaims, “Congratulations”. The pre-recorded message continues, explaining that you have won $25,000 dollars towards a 6 day cruise, or sometimes it is a cruise outright, because your name …

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Happy 2013!

Well it is the start of a new year so let’s have a look back at 2012. Compared to 2011, 2012 was a very good year for the St. Thomas Blog. In terms of Unique visitors, we went from 61,030 visitors in 2011 to 128,553 in 2012, an over 100% …

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Privacy vs Security – The online conundrum

In the wake of yet another mass murder, police departments in the United States are scrambling to find ways to avoid such tragedies in the future. The NYPD (New York Police Department) are looking to the internet to alert them to possible individuals who are likely to be involved in …

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The War on Christmas?

It seems that every year there is discussion about the “War on Christmas” and how “they” are trying to stop everyone from saying Merry Christmas, or celebrating Christmas, or something else! There are certain television networks who seem to focus on this more than others, but all seem to mention …

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I hate being Bi-Polar, it's wonderful.

What do the following have in common? Angelina Jolie, Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Eric Clapton, Tom Cruise. What about Sting, Drew Carey, Stephen King, Craig Ferguson, Barbara Streisand, Anthony Hopkins. All of them have, or do suffer from some sort of mental issue. It may be depression, dyslexia, obsessive compulsive …

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I hate being Bi-Polar, it’s wonderful.

What do the following have in common? Angelina Jolie, Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Eric Clapton, Tom Cruise. What about Sting, Drew Carey, Stephen King, Craig Ferguson, Barbara Streisand, Anthony Hopkins. All of them have, or do suffer from some sort of mental issue. It may be depression, dyslexia, obsessive compulsive …

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November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic cancer is a malignant neoplasm originating from transformed cells arising in tissues forming the pancreas. The most common type of pancreatic cancer, accounting for 95% of these tumors, is adenocarcinoma (tumors exhibiting glandular architecture on light microscopy) arising within the exocrine component of the pancreas. A minority arise from …

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Election Day and Republican Rape

In the United States, today is election day. Unlike Canada with it’s mainly dour, unremarkable, and most often forgettable politicians, this election has given the public introductions to names such as Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Tom Smith and Chuck Winder. Need reminding who these gentlemen are? They are all Republicans who have …

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Let's delete cyberbullying

Since the advent of the internet, a new form of bullying has emerged. No longer restricted to the school yard, now bullies can reach out and punch their victims digitally through the use of social media and instant messaging. Those who are bullied are finding it harder to avoid their …

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Let’s delete cyberbullying

Since the advent of the internet, a new form of bullying has emerged. No longer restricted to the school yard, now bullies can reach out and punch their victims digitally through the use of social media and instant messaging. Those who are bullied are finding it harder to avoid their …

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When you are wrong, you are wrong!

There are some trains of thought that suggest saying sorry is a sign of weakness, a sign that you made a mistake, something you never, ever admit to. Other trains tell you that to be a gentleman (or at least try to be) you have to apologize  put your hand up …

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Sending our kids the wrong message?

The Ontario Ministry of Education requests a lot of data from schools and school boards every year, one of which being something called a Destination Report. In this report the destinations, where the students went after graduating from High School, are recorded and broken down by both the time it …

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Kate Middleton and the rise of the Paparazzi

Unless you have been living under the sea for the last couple of weeks, you will have heard, and perhaps seen, the photographs of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, taken while she was on holiday, and in various states of undress, including topless. The photographs have been published in …

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Children can no longer fail, but should they?

Lynden Dorval, a teacher who formally worked at the Ross Sheppard High School, was fired by the Edmonton School Board Superintendent because he ignored a directive from his Principal, Rob Bradley, who had instigated a policy of not assigning an incomplete if an assignment isn’t completed. According to RateMyTeacher (ca.RateMyTeacher.com) …

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