Bad Air, Bad Health

The effects of pollution on health and how it can be avoided
By Rahman Mohamed

Today global attention is focused on war and international relations.  But on November 20 CBC reported that a study by the McKinsey Global Institute revealed that obesity is costing the world’s economy almost $2 trillion, “nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism”.  According to The Guardian obesity costs the United Kingdom £47 billion a year, more than armed violence, and terrorism, but second in cost to smoking.

Factors for obesity include an unhealthy diet and lack of physical exercise.  In an article published 10 November, WebMD reported that in addition to lung cancer air pollution plays a role in many more health problems than lung cancer and can be just as bad as obesity.

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Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Students Raising funds for Mesopotamian Refugees

York students raising funds and awareness for refugees in Iraq and Syria
By Rahman Mohamed

A movement across Ontario, Life of a Mesopotamian Refugee, built a campaign to raise awareness and funds for refugees in Syria and Iraq, former Mesopotamia, to display the conditions refugees face to local students last week.. This movement was led by the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union (ACSSU). ACSSU has branches at McMaster University in Hamilton, and York, Brock and Ryerson Universities in Toronto. All three played a role in Life of a Mesopotamian Refugee.

Retrieved from Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union on 17 November 2014

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Milk: More or Less

Recall from Canada Food Inspection Agency
By Rahman Mohamed

Canada Food Inspection Agency issued a notice on October 8 that Agropur Coopérative put out a recall for Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario for milk distributed by PC Organics, Natrel, and Irresistibles Bio due to spoilage.  The milk expired between October 18 and October 31.  It’s probably in stomachs now or down the drains so it’s too late to worry.  Canadians (and people around the world) probably still have milk in their fridge.  But are there benefits to milk?

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