Category Archives: society

Disney: Augmented Reality Coloring Books

As the father of two beautiful girls under five, my home is a storehouse of coloring books, crayons, markers, paint brushes and colorful creations from the little ones.

I was really excited to see the augmented reality coloring book application prototype that Disney recently demoed:  Children color a special sheet and the mobile app translates the image into a real-time 3D model of the picture your child is coloring.

When this launches I am going to be the first to pick up the coloring book and gift it to my kids!

Refugees to Canada need to seek Refuge from uncaring Tories.

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On Friday, doctors in several cities across Canada protested the changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) announced by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenny. The changes come as part of new tougher reforms to refugee legislation. The IFHP gives health-care coverage to refugee claimants and protected persons who do not qualify for provincial or territorial coverage. Most of these people are fleeing war, torture or rape and as such, these cuts will leave the most vulnerable people in our society more disenfranchised.

The changes will go into effect on June 30 2012, after which claimants will be denied access to a range of hospital services, medications and vaccines unless their situation is deemed urgent as defined by the new policy. In scenarios given by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, individuals will only be treated if their condition poses a risk to public health or safety. Individuals with chronic diseases such as lung disease, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease will not be covered since they do not pose a public health or safety risk. The Conservatives have justified the cuts with claims that it saves money, promotes fairness, and protects public health.

Canada has always been known as a global leader of humanitarian concerns. It seems that the changes made by the Government are inconsistent with Canadian values. Do we want to be a society that will not take care of the most vulnerable among us? As Ghandi once said: “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members”. Perhaps this is a step in the wrong direction, what do you think?

Mayor Ford & Torontos Fast Food Obsession

Why are we obsessed with his eating habits? 

Fast food has been in the news lately. This Tuesday a Torontonian filmed our Mayor Ford entering a KFC on Jane St. near Wilson Ave and mocked him for eating there. The video was feature prominently on http://www.thestar.com. The video was rude and The Star was being TMZ like in its promotion of the video … but it did make me reflect on the prominent role that fast food plays in our lives.

A recent study looked at six major fast food chains, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Subway, operating in 6 different countries, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  The study found that Canada is one of the countries that serves the saltiest food, United States being the first and the worst.  Research indicates that too much salt intake leads to high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.  If other countries can serve food with less salt, then what is wrong with our country?

Popeyes deep fried chicken – a Toronto favourite

I propose that our government collect studies  comparing levels of blood pressure in countries and it’s correlation with Fast Food consumption. Then I propose that a tax be levied on fast food and foods with trans fats to discourage consumption. In the long term it may even help reduce health care costs … and it may motivate me to curb my own cravings of Hero Burgers (one of the few halal burger joints in the GTA).