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Canada Day 2018

Happy Canada Day

I’m writing this in a Canadian institution, Tim Horton’s while my wife is making use of another Canadian institution, namely free healthcare at the local hospital. (She is fine, just a routine appointment).

As we celebrate Canada’s birthday, let us also think about all the things that Canada and Canadians do for ourselves and the world.

Let us think about indigenous people on whose land we are on. In London, Ontario where I am writing this, it is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron (Neutral), and Wendat peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. 

Let us also think about those in our armed forces both serving and who have paid the ultimate price.

Let us think about those in critical and not so critical services who are working today.

Let us think about those who are suffering, whether the death or sickness of a loved one to just trying to get through the day.

Canada is a great country but we also have challenges still to overcome. If we take the energy and enthusiasm we have on this day and apply it to tomorrow, the next day and into the future, there is nothing we can’t solve.

Whatever side of the political spectrum we all unite in this day. Let’s take this forward and solve things like homelessness, universal health care and clean water for all Canadians. There are solutions to all of these problems. Us and our appointed representatives simply have to have the will to do it.

When people ask “Why should we do these things?” We respond “Because we are Canadian and it’s the right thing to do.”

Happy Canada Day.

Think Smartwatches Are Dumb? They Saved These Peoples’ Lives

Caitlin McGarry writing in Tom’s Hardware brings us some examples of a very important aspect of smartwatches. – Health Monitoring.

Currently, smartwatches from Apple, Fitbit and others can tell you your heart rate and track your workouts. Some can even analyze your sleep. But these companies want to go beyond the basics by developing ways to tell you when something is wrong. A smartwatch could even diagnose your condition all on its own.

In fact, it’s already happening.

As each generation of smartwatch comes out it’s another example of mass market driving product size and prices down to help people.  The article also goes into detail about some other advances going on in both research and regulation.

 

Election Night

(I had written this to both Twitter and Facebook earlier tonight, but I think it’s work reposting here)

I think election night is one of those nights that everyone on social media gets a free pass to rant. Emotions are running high on both sides. Just remember we all have to live with each other tomorrow and we can’t change the results.

The voters have spoken for better or for worse. This does not mean if you are not happy you give up. It means if you think the government of the day is not doing their job then you make them know that. Do it in a way that does not involve name-calling. Stick to facts.

There have been good and bad candidates in all parties which means there are good and bad candidates that have been elected. Remember almost all of them ran to serve.

Double check things you read. Get to know your MPP, ask them to be involved in their communities, the good ones will want to know what is going on. Make sure they and the community at large know about the challenges that many people in this province face. We have never been in a better era to let these sort of messages be heard. (for better or for worse). Be well.

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