News for August 17th 2015

by Saturn de Los Angeles

A campaign to strengthen the provinces anti-smoking regulations is underway. 

According to CBC News, a group representing 174 municipalities across Quebec -including Montreal- passed a resolution on Sunday, urging the province to push the regulations on public smoking even further.

As consultations on Bill 44 begin this week, topics on the table will include a crack down on tobacco and e-cigarettes, prohibiting smoking on terraces, in vehicles in the presence of 16 year olds and the sale of flavoured tobacco. 

The municipalities are calling to have Quebec's smoking rate drop by 10 per cent over the next 10 years as well. 


by Patricia Petit Liang

A new learning movement is gaining popularity in different parts of Canada as students prepare to head back to school.

According to CTV News, students watch online lessons and do their homework at school as part of a new teaching method called the “flipped classroom”.

A high school in Ontario flipped their classrooms- but required all students to have a laptop or tablet in order to watch the lessons, making it difficult for low-income students who may not be able to afford their own laptops.

However, flipped classrooms seem to have a positive influence on students.

A high school in Michigan saw failure rates decline and graduation rates rise after implicating this new teaching method.

About two-thirds of Ontario students interviewed said they preferred learning in class and doing homework at home instead.


by Catlin Spencer

A drinkable book has proved effective in it's first field trials in filtering contaminated drinking water.

According to the BBC, the books pages can be torn out and used to filter up to 100 litres water each, as the pages contain silver or copper nano-particles that kill bacteria.

The book was developed and tested by Doctor Teri Dankovich of the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The paper successfully removed over 99 per cent of bacteria at 25 contaminated water sources located in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh.

While it is still unclear whether the paper can remove other disease-causing microorganisms, Dr Dankovich says she hopes to see results for removing protozoa and viruses in the future.