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Ottawa doctor pens nursery rhyme to teach proper handwashing

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An Ottawa doctor has turned to song to teach kids — and adults, for that matter — how to wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs.

Dr. Nisha Thampi, an infectious disease physician at CHEO, the area’s children’s hospital, created a video set to the tune of Frère Jacques and featuring the six-step handwashing method recommended by the World Health Organization.

Thampi’s 25-second rendition, which was co-authored by her daughter and Dr. Yves Longtin, an infectious disease specialist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, is featured in the December issue of The BMJ, or British Medical Journal. 

Thampi said as an infectious disease physician and a mother of two, she thinks a lot about germs at home and school.

“I was trying to find a fun way to remember the stuff,” she said. “There are six steps that have been codified by the World Health Organization, but they’re complex and hard to remember.” 

Thampi said she came up with the idea to rewrite the lyrics to the nursery rhyme on World Hand Hygiene Day in May, when she was thinking about how to help people remember the technique. 

She said studies have shown that handwashing is effective in reducing the risk of diarrhea-related illnesses and respiratory diseases. 

“So I’d say it’s one of the most important and easiest things we can do.”

The video includes such often-overlooked steps as “wash the back,” “twirl the tips around” and “thumb attack,” which pays special attention to the first digit.

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Toronto Book Expo 2020 – Authors, Publishers look forward to a top-notch Canadian book fair

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Diversity has always been a complex issue, no matter where you look.Case in point, world-famous writer, Stephen King, has recently come under criticism for his views on diversity. The best-selling author had stated, “I would never consider diversity in matters of art, only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.” Many criticized the novelist as being out of touch and “ignorant,” but one cannot deny that King’s opinions on diversity, mirror the thoughts of a whole lot of people in the creative industry.

The Toronto Book Expo is coming back in 2020, with a multi-cultural concept that aims to include marginalized authors.  The Expo intends to celebrate literary works of diverse cultural backgrounds, and the entire literary community in Canada is expectant. Book-lovers and writers alike, are invited to three days of uninhibited literary celebration where diverse cultural works will be prioritized. At the event, authors will be allowed to share their culture with a broad audience. The audience will be there specifically to purchase multi-cultural works.

Multicultural literary expos do not come every day. In Canada, there is a noticeable lack of literary events celebrating other cultures. This leads to a significantly lower amount of cultural diversity in the industry. The Toronto Book Expo would aim at giving more recognition to these marginalized voices. Understandably, more recognizable work will be prioritized.

The Toronto Book Expo is making a statement that diversity is needed in the literary community. The statement is truly motivating, especially if you consider the fact that this could mean more culturally diverse works of literature.

There is a lot of noticeable cultural ignorance in literature. This is an issue that needs to be addressed and books are one of the best means of improving multi-cultural diversity in literature. The Toronto Book Expo is going to fully utilize books to fight ignorance in the literary industry.

Real progress cannot be made if there is a substantial amount of ignorant people in the industry. In spite of advancements made in education in recent years, there is still a considerable percentage of adults who remain unable to read and write.The Toronto Book Expo aims to bring awareness to social literacy issues such as illiteracy.

It is important to uphold high literacy levels in the community and to support those who are uneducated. A thriving society cannot be achieved if the community is not able to read their civil liberties and write down their grievances.

The major foundation of a working and dynamic society is entrenched in literature. Literature offers us an understandingof the changes being made to our community.

The event would go on for three days at three different venues. Day 1 would hold at the York University Student & Convention Centre at 15 Library Lane on March 19. Day 2 would be held at the Bram and BlumaAppel Salon Facility on the second floor of the main Toronto Reference Library near Yonge and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto on March 21 and day 3 of the expo would take place at the internationally famous Roy Thomson Hall.

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A Week In Ottawa, ON, On A $75,300 Salary

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Welcome to Money Diaries, where we’re tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We’re asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.Attention, Canadians! We’re featuring Money Diaries from across Canada on a regular basis, and we want to hear from you. Submit your Money Diary here.Today: a biologist working in government who makes $75,300 per year and spends some of her money this week on a bathing suit. Occupation: Biologist
Industry: Government
Age: 27
Location: Ottawa, ON
Salary: $75,300
Paycheque Amount (2x/month): $1,930
Gender Identity: Woman

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Ottawa police ‘accept and appreciate’ concerns of Transpo crash victim’s family

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Ottawa police continued to face questions Monday on how they handled notifying Bruce Thomlinson’s family of his death in January’s fatal OC Transpo bus crash at Westboro station.

In a damning letter published by this newspaper two weeks ago, Elaine Thomlinson detailed a harrowing story of how she was treated by various city officials after the crash. In the letter, she says police failed to notify her family of her husband’s death for 27 agonizing hours after the collision during which the family tried to get updates from both police and the hospital. Thomlinson’s family, still not having been told anything, for a time held out hope that he was still alive.

It was the police board that asked the service for the chance to query police brass Monday at the board’s monthly meeting (but during its in-camera session) about how they notify next of kin of loved ones’ deaths.

“We have procedures in place in terms of how we notify next of kin in incidents where there’s been a death and generally that process is done in co-ordination and in conjunction with the coroner’s office, so I think there’s some discussion that the board wants to have in terms of better understanding that process,” Deputy Chief Uday Jaswal said in an interview.

Speaking before the in-camera meeting, Jaswal could only assume that the discussion would involve the Westboro crash.

“I’m sure the board is alive to all those issues and the reporting of (Ms. Thomlinson’s) concerns and we’re happy to speak to those as well. We’ll wait for the board and they’ll obviously lead that discussion,” he said.

“Anytime there’s a concern expressed of that nature, we do a review of our own actions to make sure if there are areas for improvement,” Jaswal said. “At the end of the day, if the family feels that they haven’t got the best service from the Ottawa Police Service in that very traumatic and difficult time, I think it behooves us to look at ways that we can improve or, at least, clarify for ourselves if there’s things that we need to do differently.”

Jaswal said that review has been completed and that some changes have been made, fitting with an “ongoing” assessment of how police take on that difficult work.

Jaswal said the collision investigation unit, the section which handled the Westboro crash, conducts many next of kin notifications. Jaswal called its officers “very professional, very good at what they do” and said “they work with a great sense of care for victims families and loved ones.

“We’ve heard what Ms. Thomlinson’s had to say, we accept and appreciate the expression of that concern and that unhappiness in terms of the way that she felt we had managed those issues and we want to make sure that if we can improve that we do a better job the next time or at least provide greater clarity for the family in any future case.”

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