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Spotify to add advisories to podcasts discussing COVID-193 minute read Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — Following protests of Spotify kicked off by Neil Young over the spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, the music streaming service said that it will add content advisories before podcasts discussing the virus.
In a post Sunday, Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek laid out more transparent platform rules given the backlash stirred by Young, who on Wednesday had his music removed from Spotify after the tech giant declined to get rid of episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which has been criticized for spreading virus misinformation.
“Personally, there are plenty of individuals and views on Spotify that I disagree with strongly,” wrote Ek. “It is important to me that we don’t take on the position of being content censor while also making sure that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them.”
Ek said that the advisories will link to Spotify's fact-based COVID-19 hub in what he described as a “new effort to combat misinformation.” It will roll out in the coming days, Ek said. He did not specifically reference Rogan or Young.
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Easing painful goodbyes6 minute read Preview Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018
In December, Chelsea Lincoln’s pet rat, Juniper, developed an incurable tumour. Lincoln then faced every pet owner’s hardest realization. It was time to end Juniper’s struggle.
When the euthanasia appointment time arrived, however, Lincoln didn’t agonize with her ailing pet in a crowded reception area. Instead, she, along with Juniper and her partner, Rand Ryherd, both of Hillsboro, Ore., entered a “comfort room” furnished with soft couches, calming artwork and a plush rug. Lincoln and Ryherd said their goodbyes to Juniper, then summoned the veterinarian with an in-room phone. Sad as she was, Lincoln said, the experience was a relief — particularly after the long wait she’d endured when having Juniper’s sister, Holly, put down at another clinic.
Most U.S. pet owners have their ailing animals euthanized at veterinary offices, which are more widely available and typically less expensive than in-home euthanasia providers. But as house-call services have grown more popular, veterinary clinics have also sought to make end-of-life experiences more personal for both clients and pets, providing separate entrances, candles and soothing music among other touches.
“The home euthanasias are still growing, but clinics are starting to recognize more how important it is,” said veterinarian Mary Gardner, who co-founded the in-home euthanasia network Lap of Love and regularly gives talks at veterinary conferences. “And they’re stepping up now.”
How a prairie landlubber became known for her marine life pillows6 minute read Preview Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
How to dump someone the humane way, according to science4 minute read Preview Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
Planning on dumping a partner, firing an employee or otherwise delivering bad news to someone this week? A new Brigham Young University study offers advice on how to minimize the psychological damage you inflict when you drop a bombshell.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to the science of bad news. One holds you should soften the impact of the news by padding it with an “explanatory buffer,” laying out the case for what you’re about to say before you actually say it. Conversely, other research has found that you should just tear the Band-Aid off, delivering the bad news first and saving your commentary for afterward.
Professors Alan Manning of Brigham Young University and Nicole Amare of the University of South Alabama wanted to untangle part of this apparent contradiction. To do that, they administered a study to 145 undergraduates that involved A/B testing of a number of bad-news scenarios — such as warnings about physical danger and news of a bad medical diagnosis.
For instance, in one of the experiments, they asked participants to imagine they had been dating a person they liked for about a month and that they met up with that person in a café. They were then asked which of the two scenarios would be “least bothersome” to them.
Bride shocked by Obamas’ response to wedding invite2 minute read Preview Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017
When you let your mom handle your wedding guest list, you never know who she’ll try to invite. Your grand aunt Marge’s first husband. The mailman. Maybe even the U.S. president and first lady.
Texas bride Brooke Allen was shocked to learn that her mom, Liz Whitlow, took the liberty of sending Michelle and Barack Obama an invite to her daughter’s March wedding back in December. Allen had no idea her mother had done so, until Whitlow shared the letter she had just received back, congratulating the couple.
“We hope that your marriage is blessed with love, laughter and happiness, and that your bond grows stronger with each passing year,” the card reads. “This occasion marks the beginning of a lifelong partnership and as you embark on this journey, know you have our very best for the many joys and adventures that lie ahead.”
Allen shared a picture of the note on Twitter, writing, “IM HOLLERING.”
Smoothie bowl recipes: Basic, mocha almond, green coconut4 minute read Preview Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016
Canada's 1st hand transplant patient now feels 'whole'7 minute read Preview Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016
Gen X snapping up cottages: Royal LePage2 minute read Preview Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016
TORONTO - A new report from realtor Royal LePage says members of so-called Generation X are buying twice as many cottages as Baby Boomers.
The report says retirement planning and vacationing are among the reasons most often cited by those looking to purchase recreational properties.
Royal LePage says the typical cottage buyer is a couple with children, most likely in the Generation X demographic, which the report defines as those aged 36 to 51.
The report defines Baby Boomers as those between 52 and 70.
Food landscape in Canada unhealthy: researcher4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2016
TORONTO - Canada's food landscape is becoming awash in swamps, or areas where there's an overabundance of unhealthy items, says a University of Saskatchewan professor.
And no matter where in Canada you live or what your income level is, accessing healthy food is not always easy, says Rachel Engler-Stringer.
"Think about your day-to-day movement throughout the neighbourhood or the city or wherever you go. How many times do you encounter chocolate bars, potato chips, pop?" Engler-Stringer says from Saskatoon.
"We're at the point now where you can't even go to a car mechanic without there being chocolate bars on the counter. They're literally absolutely everywhere and our grocery stores are heavily dominated by foods that are not considered healthy.
Surrey, B.C., students to celebrate pride prom4 minute read Preview Sunday, Jun. 19, 2016
SURREY, B.C. - School may be out, but Alisa Atchison has one more art project to complete. The 14-year-old from Surrey, B.C., will be spending her first weekend of the summer making a butterfly themed mask to wear to her school district's first-ever pride prom.
"I always thought that butterflies were really free ... and they're beautiful," she said. "I want to be free and beautiful as well."
Guildford Park Secondary School's gay-straight alliance is hosting the inaugural district-wide dance on Monday evening to give LGBTQ students from different high schools a chance to meet, have fun and feel supported.
"Each student is on their own path and in a different place when it comes to self-acceptance, or being out or not, or figuring out who they are and I think creating that safe space where you can just be who you are, whoever that is, is really, really important," said Guildford Park teacher Heather Kelley.
Canadian designer Vejas wins special prize from LVMH Prize2 minute read Preview Thursday, Jun. 16, 2016
Recipes to help beat the heat6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2016
Even with air conditioning, the last thing you want to do during the summer is turn on your oven and heat up your home. Here are some seasonal recipes that can be prepared with minimal effort and maximum flavour.
TOFU CAPRESE STACK
This fun salad is a riff on a traditional Italian salad. It's a no-cook, easy appetizer with few ingredients — bocconcini cheese, tofu, tomato and basil — that are layered and drizzled with vinaigrette.
"Instead of using only bocconcini cheese, we alternate it and tofu because they're both white and can both be cut into rounds so they look identical," says registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom.
Ontario asked to fight chronic disease among aboriginals2 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2016
TORONTO - Cancer Care Ontario is calling on the province to take urgent action to help a number of chronic health problems among aboriginal communities.
The organization says rates of disease are higher among first nations, Inuit and Metis populations than their non-aboriginal counterparts.
They say 63 per cent of First Nations people living off reserve and 61 per cent of Metis suffer from one or more chronic conditions, compared to 47 per cent of the general population.
Cancer Care Ontario is recommending policies the Ontario government could put in place to combat diabetes, heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease.