Adil Haider

Significant Digits: 27 November 2018

3 on 4 Robbing a jewelry store is generally a pretty dumb idea, for more reasons than I can list here. But if none of those have convinced you to leave these people alone, consider this: they have swords. Wednesday afternoon, 4 men attempted to rob Ashok Jewellers in Mississauga, breaking through the window and brandishing a gun. Little did they know that the store’s three employees would be ready for them, brandishing sabers, and driving off the attack. As if this wasn’t shocking enough, a similar incident occurred last month at a jeweler’s just 100m down the street,...

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Significant Digits: 21 November 2018

90 23 year old Cardinal Licorish was shot to death this Sunday, marking the 90th homicide this year. This grim total is a record, surpassing the crime wave of 1991. Please stay safe out there.   2% In 2014, Canada made a commitment, along with the rest of NATO to devote 2% of its budget annually to defence. According to a NATO report released in July, Canada is only on track to reach 1.23%. The Liberal government, in a recent Halifax summit defended its choice by pointing to Canadian overseas missions in Latvia, air policing in Romania, and training missions in Iraq.   12812 Hectares Last year, BC sprayed 12812 Hectares of forest with pesticide to eradicate broadleaf trees like Aspen and Birch. The province mandates this mass culling in order to make room for more valuable species like Pine and Fir. They may be regretting that decision now, as the same broadleaf trees they’ve been culling are also extremely fire resistant, a strange irony in a province wracked by massive forest fires.   80% The provincial government’s Bill 47, if passed, would allow employers to require a doctor’s note, even for minor illnesses. According to a recent Ipsos poll, 80% of Canadians would come to work, even when ill, if they had to bring in a doctor’s note. Doctors have expressed serious reservations, claiming that they would be...

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Significant Digits: 11 November 2018

38 Seats According to Fivethirtyeight, Democrats are projected to make a net gain of 38 seats in the House of Representatives. Voters, unsatisfied with the Trump administration, gave democrats a strong mandate in the lower house. Returns will likely be coming in throughout next week, so be ready for more updates!   8% Of Torontonians don’t know any of their neighbors, according to a recent study by the Toronto Foundation. Knowing your neighbors correlates with increased civic engagement and lower risk of alzheimer’s in old age. Me personally? The last time I spoke to my neighbors was the last...

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Significant Digits: 2 November 2018

40.5 Million People live in slavery, according to a recent report by The Why Foundation. The slave trade permeates every part of our society, from the Central American children forced to pick the cocoa that goes into your chocolate, to the Congolese forced labourers who mine the Tantalum in your cell phone.   12 Pipe Bombs Were sent to various Trump critics this week. The explosive devices were sent to various high profile politicians and Democratic donors, including the Obamas, the Clintons, and the New York CNN offices. No one was hurt, and a suspect is in custody.   $10M Dollar Reward Is being offered for whoever can solve the murders of Barry and Honey Sherman, one of Canada’s richest couples. The family grew frustrated with the ongoing police investigation after they ignored several key pieces of evidence early on, initially refusing to even categorize it as a homicide.   Up to 1000 According to a recent White house document, that’s how many troops the Trump administration is planning to send to the southern border to intercept the “caravan” of Central American migrants, who are fleeing horrible violence in their home countries.   930 miles In brighter news, there’s a 930 mile long cloud that just appeared on Mars you guys! The cloud is largely made of water ice, and is hanging over the volcano Arsia Mons. Is it...

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Significant Digits: 20 October 2018

15 Men That’s how many people entered the Saudi consulate in Ankara after dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2nd. They included several members of the Crown Prince’s security detail, and an autopsy expert. They carried a bone saw. Mr Khashoggi did not exit that consulate. 50% Women Two African nations, Ethiopia and Rwanda announced this week that their new cabinets will be 50% women. It’s been three years since our prime minister famously declared “It’s 2015!” yet this is a feat still unmatched by most first world countries. 13 Million People Are at risk of starvation in Yemen, according to a recent UN report. The Saudi led war in Yemen has raged for 3 years now, being dubbed “The worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time”. You can donate to famine relief today at https://give.unhcr.ca/page/30622/donate/1?ea.tracking.id=18-SEM_Yemen&gclid=CjwKCAjwgabeBRBuEiwACD4R5msU9CU3ipQOqO3ZK3tmcBHtZpfxZlLwOOWBu9UZ5PiPMtjtXBVPHhoCi4cQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds 1000m Of spiderwebs are covering the area around Lake Vistonida in northern Greece, coating trees, fences, and fields like a thick coat of snow. This arachnophobe’s nightmare was caused as unseasonably warm temperatures increased populations of gnats and mosquitos, the spider’s primary prey. But worry not, the webs are expected to disperse as temperatures cool, and we start to see more rainfall. $30,000 Unhappy about the clubs budgets this year? Just be glad you don’t go to St. Raymond Elementary School in Mississauga, where principal David Clifford was charged with fraud after embezzling...

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