The Best Books For Your Kids To Read In Summer 2017

There’s a lot of talk about where to send kids for the summer – the camps that they attend, the programs they can do or the vacations they might be lucky enough to go on.

But if you have a kid who’s a bit of a bookworm, all you really need to do is send them outside with some good page-turners, and off they’ll go on their own adventure.

Reading is way too often confined to the classroom these days, so we say, why not inspire your kid to get into books on their own free time this summer? Here’s a selection of some of the best new options for kids, along with age ratings and themes.

Happy reading!

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Local Painters Explain How You Can Make Your Wall Painting Look Better

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Painting is the simplest and cheapest way to change or improve your décor. With many assorted colors to choose from, you can show off your style and personality without having to employ other home improvement methods. Every home owner wants their decoration to look good for a long time without wearing off.

Professional painters come with a variety of coatings, paints, and additives that you can opt for to get the most out of your decoration. The following are some of the methods that will help you maintain your paint. Read more on this article. http://bit.ly/2u5vEjY

Hire Professional Drywall Services to Remove Drywall or Dry in Place

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A common building material is drywall which is made of gypsum core placed in between two paper-based sheets. A drywall is easy to build, but it can also weaken and get damaged easily when exposed to water. When your Cambridge property’s drywall has been damaged, professional drywall services are often needed to remove moisture from them and prevent mould growth. There are several factors that you need to consider when deciding whether you want the professionals to remove the drywall or dry it in place.

Sagging Ceiling

A sagging and wet drywall ceiling should be removed to hasten the drying process. This should be done because sagging ceilings trap a lot of moisture which prevents other important structural components from drying up. Even if the drywall can be dried, however, it cannot return to its perfect condition; therefore, it should be replaced eventually. A sagging ceiling is extremely dangerous, so it’s advisable to have it removed by professionals specializing in providing drywall services as soon as possible. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2two2Kb

Universities Are Too Easy On Students Out To Silence Free Speech

Silencing people you disagree with is OK, as long your tactics of disruption, obstruction and physical blockading are not violent.

This is the new doctrine that is rapidly gaining acceptance at universities across Canada.

One could easily write a book about the growing number of incidents where university presidents blithely condone the silencing of speakers with unpopular views (or views unpopular with a vocal minority).

Jordan Peterson

As just one example, this past March a mob of loud protesters effectively shut down a presentation at McMaster University by University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson. They rang bells and beat drums, chanting “Shut him down!” and “Transphobic piece of s–t!” Dr. Peterson could not be heard in the classroom. He eventually went outside, the loud mob following. The University of Toronto psychology professor had been invited to speak at McMaster about freedom of speech and political correctness.

More worrisome than the noisy mob was the response of Patrick Deane, president of McMaster University. He characterized the loud bell-ringing, drum-beating and disruptive chanting as “peaceful protest” which McMaster should allow, and will allow in future.

This same thinking prevails at the University of Alberta. In the case of UAlberta Pro-Life v. University of Alberta, heard in Edmonton June 8 and 9, 2017, the university argues that a loud, unruly, physically disruptive mob should be entitled to shut down campus events, as long as the mob is non-violent.

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The U of A is defending its decision not to discipline any of the students who blockaded a pro-life display on campus in March of 2015. This in spite of clear provisions in the Code of Student Behaviour that expressly prohibit disruption, obstruction and inappropriate behaviour. The code states that its purpose is upholding the freedom to speak, study, learn, write and publish, in the pursuit of truth. The code states that for these freedoms to exist, “it is essential to maintain an atmosphere in which the safety, the security, and the inherent dignity of each member of the community are recognized.”

Nonetheless, the U of A maintains that students who physically obstructed a stationary display with sheets and banners, making it nearly impossible for a campus club to express its opinions, were legitimately exercising their own freedom of expression. This in spite of the fact that, in March of 2015, campus security repeatedly told the blockaders that they were violating the Code. And in spite of a public statement by then-president Indira Samarasekera that the suppression of unpopular views would not be tolerated.

The U of A argues that freedom of expression encompasses all behaviour short of violence. But the university’s own code bans not only violence, but inappropriate behaviour, such as disrupting classes and obstructing university-related functions. The code serves to curtail “behaviours which if left unchecked would, to an unacceptable degree, infringe upon the freedoms described above and thus threaten the proper functioning of the university.”

If the U of A wins in court, its victory will come back to haunt the campus.

Adding insult to injury, after condoning the violation of the code by blockaders, the U of A went on to demand a $17,500 security fee of the pro-life students if they wanted to set up a display again in the future. The university is effectively censoring students who wish to convey peacefully a controversial message that no person is required to accept or agree with. Yet nothing stops the University from demanding $17,500 from the blockaders, whose behaviour and identities are well known to campus security, and who boasted publicly on social media about their “success” in silencing their opponents’ expression. Rather than enforcing the code’s provisions against physically obstructing campus events, the university blames the victims of this misconduct.

Would the U of A condone holding up sheets to prevent students in a classroom from seeing a professor’s PowerPoint presentation about an unpopular theory? Should the professor be required to pay security fees because of his ideas? Why should it be different for a student club that has the University’s approval to set up a display on campus?

If the U of A wins in court, its victory will come back to haunt the campus, because students will realize they can violate the code with impunity, and silence those with whom they disagree.

Calgary lawyer John Carpay is president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (www.jccf.ca) which represents the students in their court action against the University of Alberta. This blog appeared in the National Post, June 13, 2017.

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Atlassian launches a new subscription bundle that includes all of its developer tools

This photo taken on December 8, 2015 shows flags adorning the head office of Australian tech start-up Atlassian .Atlassian today announced the launch of Atlassian Stack, a new subscription service that bundles virtually all of the company’s self-hosted developer tools into a single offering. Starting at $186,875 per year for 1,000 licenses, this new bundle is meant to make the procurement process for enterprises easier and cheaper (despite what looks like an eye watering price at first). Instead Read More

Drywall Services Explain How Drywall Moisture Damage Happens

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Many homeowners assume that the moisture stains they see on their drywall are caused by a pipe leak. More often than not, these stains are simply caused by condensation. This is especially true during winter months, and your Cambridge drywall services would like to share with you how this happens.

Almost all interior air contains some level of moisture. Condensation forms when the air’s moisture content comes in contact with a significantly colder surface. This moisture in the air, which is basically water in vapor form, changes to liquid when it reaches a certain temperature. The temperature at which this transformation happens depend on three factors: Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2sCfnoI