STUDENTS CHOOSE FAST FOOD OVER HEALTHY MENUS
As a growing number of Canadian schools move to ban the sale of junk food in cafeterias, some students are turning up their noses at the new healthy menu options and heading for nearby fast food joints to get their fix of fat. The problem is especially bad in the Atlantic Provinces, where children are at the highest risk of being overweight, according to Statistics Canada. Many students believe fast food is the more socially acceptable option, and to some it just tastes better. “There’s not a lot of stuff at the school that tastes good,” says a Fredericton student. According to Statistics Canada, obesity is two times more deadly than cigarettes, alcohol, and drunk driving put together.
Source: CTV News
U OF T STUDENTS TALK THEIR WAY INTO HONOURS
University of Toronto students Michael Kotrly and Joanna Nairn reinforced Canada’s reputation for the gift of the gab by winning the World Universities Debating Championship in Dublin. The championship, considered the top debating competition for English-speaking universities around the world, featured 324 teams of two members each from schools in countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Israel, the United States, England, and Russia. (Debating teams from many Ivy League schools worldwide participated, too.) The event featured 740 one-hour debates, and will be held in Vancouver next year. Go Canada!
Source: The Toronto Star
TEEN WITH PEANUT BUTTER ALLERGY DIES AFTER A KISS
A Quebec teenager with a peanut allergy died after kissing her boyfriend, who had eaten a peanut butter sandwich only hours before. The teen, who had a severe peanut allergy, went into anaphylactic shock immediately. Even after being given a shot of adrenalin, which usually helps block an allergic reaction, she couldn’t be revived. A pediatric allergist said, “If remnants of peanuts are on the tongue or the lips, they can still cause a reaction.”
Source: CTV News
COP WANTS TEENS TO DRINK IN PUBS
A police inspector in North Wales thinks 16-year-olds should be allowed to drink in local pubs to reduce the problems of underage drinking. He believes controlled drinking in pubs will allow teen alcohol consumption to be monitored, and therefore safe. A survey of 2,000 local teenagers by North Wales police found that 88 percent of girls and 79 percent of boys aged 16 have already been drunk. It turns out teens in the inspector’s local area spent £75,000 on alcohol last year—that’s almost $151,000 Canadian!
Source: BBC News
Compiled and summaries by Shenieka Russell-Metcalf