Every December, many people turn their attention to helping the homeless and hungry people they ignore the rest of the year.
However, it’s not just our fellow humans who could use our support. Many animals—of the nonhuman variety—are vulnerable and suffering, and could benefit from our assistance at this time of year.
Here’s 10 ways that you can help the animals this holiday season.
What's the biggest tip you've ever received?
Okay, multiply that by at least a hundred and you've got the mysterious benefactor who's been leaving thousands of dollars in tips in the U.S.
Going by the handle @tipsforjesus on Instagram—his (her? them?) bio simply reads "Doing the Lord's work, one tip at a time."—this mad tipper has given away over US$55,000 since the beginning of September.
So far, all that's known about the tipper is that they wield an AMEX card, have a predilection for college football, and travel frequently; huge tips have popped up in Michigan, Indiana, Chicago, Washington state, Utah, and Los Angeles.
Do you snap selfies? If so, you're not alone.
Fifty-three percent of Canadians have taken a selfie, according to surveys conducted by Vision Critical for Virgin Mobile Canada.
Why do selfie-shooting Canadians do what they do?
- Capturing memorable moments (44 percent);
- No one else to take the photo (33 percent);
- Sharing good photos of themselves (31 percent).
The survey results also show that men and women who are familiar with the phenomenon are just as likely to take selfies. However, men are less likely to share those selfies with others.
I can't remember the last time I used a Yahoo service, other than Flickr. I definitely haven't done a Yahoo web search for years.
Nonetheless, someone must still be using Yahoo, as the company has just released its ninth annual Yahoo Canada year in review, looking at the top search trends of 2013.
B.C.'s unexpected election results, Lululemon's see-through pants, and Roberto Luongo made the lists.
Top 10 Searches
1. Miley Cyrus
2. Rob Ford
4. Kim Kardashian
5. Fifty Shades of Grey
6. New iPhone
7. “Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke
8. Kate Middleton
9. Kate Upton
Right about now, students at postsecondary schools across Metro Vancouver are looking a little paler and having trouble sleeping. One institution, Simon Fraser University, is letting the dogs out in order to help its students de-stress.
Jennifer Perutka, marketing and communications coordinator for SFU Health and Counselling Services, explains in a news release: "Health and Counselling Services tends to see more students during this time as stress levels rise, and it’s important to tend to student needs beyond our clinic and counselling services." The puppies are from the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society and are being trained to be service dogs.
Did you stay out of the malls on Black Friday? Are you doing your best to ignore the online sales of Cyber Monday?
If so, tomorrow (December 3) might be more your speed: Giving Tuesday. That's when charities will try to shift the focus from shopping to donating and volunteering for nonprofits.
One online platform that connects donors with Canadian charities is Vancouver-based Chimp. What's interesting about Chimp is it's a charity itself. You create an account on Chimp, add money to it, and then direct how and where Chimp distributes the cash.
You might know a coworker who receives a monthly food subscription box, like those offered by Vancouver's Snackbox. Well, people living south of the border can subscribe to a new service that's decidely crappier.
Every month, San Francisco-based PoopBuddy sends subscribers a set of themed "eco-chic" dog waste bags. For US$8 to US$10 a month, you get at least 80 bags plus a couple of "surprises" (treats or accessories). On its website, PoopBuddy says one of its goals is to raise awareness of the importance of picking up dog poop:
It's World AIDS Day today (December 1).
Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS, filmed this video and penned this open letter to mark the occasion:
I invite you to join me today in uniting with people around the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
We want all those in need – wherever they live, whoever they love, whatever their drug use history, however they earn a living – to have supported access to the best HIV treatment and care, and the most effective prevention strategies, in a stigma and discriminatory free society.
Squamish’s new sightseeing gondola is scheduled to open in May 2014. But locals chomping at the bit can buy an annual pass starting today (November 28).
The Sea to Sky Gondola is making a limited number of one-year passes available for a limited time. The cost: $99 per adult, $69.95 per youth (13 to 18 years old), $39.95 per child (six to 12 years old), and $249 per family (two adults and two children). The passes, which can be purchased on the Sea to Sky website, are valid from May 16, 2014, to May 31, 2015.
Wish that someone would finally call Kanye West on his bullshit? You’re going to love a new interview on The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 in New York City, where the hosts have no interest in pitching him softball questions.
West—who is introduced as Kanye Kardashian—is asked about how he has more contradictions than the term smart war. These include the fact that can’t shut up about the evils of major corporations yet happily pimps for Adidas and Nike, and how he constantly feels the need to tell everyone he’s a genius even though real geniuses do no such bragging.