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  1. I think so. Eligibility page. I see that there is a requirement to attend school in Canada to be and official contestant for the Euclid, but then on the same page: "Any student may write the Euclid contest. Note that both Canadian and international students that write the Euclid contest are eligible for scholarship consideration." So that's a little confusing
  2. I think your plan is fine. Not yet reading at 5 is normal. HWOT sounds like a perfect choice for you. I had a kid with similar handwriting resistance and delayed fine motor skill. We spend a lot of time with HWOT-sized chalk boards (wet,dry,try) using tiny pieces of chalk (to strengthen pincer grip). Also lots of other fine motor skills activities (snipping strips of paper with scissors, sorting pompoms with forceps, pinching plasticine etc). You don't have to buy all the HWOT branded stuff. Most of it can be done cheaply DIY. Dollar-store chalk boards, or MDF with chalkboard p
  3. The only other math contest he's done is Math Kangaroo (which according to their marketing material here is a "game", not a contest). CEMC Gauss contest felt similar to Grade 7 Kangaroo, but Gauss felt a little more serious, and the Gauss questions are definitely better written than Kangaroo.
  4. Or at least the grade 7 one is. My eldest just did the grade 7 contest (Gauss) remotely, and had a very good experience. I thought I'd post to let you all know that this contest is homeschooler friendly - easy to register as a homeschool, and not expensive. $5 CAD per school plus $4 CAD per kid. (I remember writing these myself in high school. They were fun then too!)
  5. I thought this was a good SIRVA article. I think we will see a relative increase in SIRVA with covid mass vax programs. Lots and lots of HCW workers pressed into working mass vax clinics, not all of whom have great training, I don't think, or may have training that's very out of date.
  6. Add a golf umbrella for super luxury car camping 🙂
  7. This is one of the reasons why group hiking is safer than solo (beyond the obvious). Friends = built in equipment redundancy
  8. Good enough reason! But you could cook soup out of a can on your backpacking stove to go with your hotdogs. And boil up some tea!
  9. They're not for me; too tippy, and not versatile enough (I like to play around with cooking while on the trail). I love my trusty Trangia; it's bomb-proof (I actually have two - my dad's 27 model from the 1970's, and a newer 25). Next best white gas MSR whisperlite from the 90's. Funny stove story: I took a winter camping seminar for scouts leaders a couple of years ago. It was bring your own stove and cook your own lunch. The trainers both had cooking mishaps: The jetboil guy's jet boil tipped over and dumped his lunch on the ground, and the white-gas trainer somehow lit his whole
  10. Why not use your backpacking stove for supper too? Test, test, test.
  11. Yes, extra footwear! You can have rain boots and sneakers and hiking boots and crocs......
  12. So this is meant to be a dry run with your backpacking stuff? (or what backpacking stuff you have so far?) That's a really good idea; it's always best to test equipment in a controlled environment before you take it on the trail. My car camping equipment list is very different than my backpacking list. And my solo car camping list is very different than my family car camping list. Extras that I really appreciate while car-camping solo: a chair (my fave is a taco style chair - they add a lot of comfort to picnic tables), or at the very least, a sit pad or square of foamie
  13. I don't see why not. As a bonus, you mask will actually make it quite discreet I should think.
  14. Weird but true: sniffing isopropyl alcohol prep pads works really well for some people. Especially for short term relief, with essentially no side effects.
  15. You could email Happy Masks and ask them for the details of their Repeat Wash Test. They are pretty good about responding to questions by email. (If you do, let me know what you find out ) 🙂 Airing the ask for a few days will minimized covid self-contamination risk. But the inside surface of masks gets pretty gross - respiratory droplets, sneezes, snot..... I'd probably wash.
  16. Yes. Chest compressions alone is not an aerosol generating procedure. Relatively low risk.
  17. Yes. HCW doing CPR while wearing appropriate PPE (here that would mean n95, faceshield, gown, and gloves) does not count as an exposure. Lack of eye protection would not be acceptable here - it would be counted as an exposure if eye protection was not worn.
  18. OK, if you mean to say that doctors who prescribe as per CDC guidelines are uninformed jerks, then maybe I am a little offended. (But just a little. I'll cope! And we can still be friends. This clearly isn't the right thread for me, is all. Carry on)
  19. No worries. I am not offended. This is a JAWM, afterall. (I did think that it was worth pointing out that there is a distinction between prophylaxis and treatment, and that each has a different standard protocol.)
  20. We have a centralized provincial database for covid vaccinations here too. DH and I both got emails with provincial vaccine receipts that have all the details: what, where, when, given by whom, which arm, lot numbers, all of it's on there. ETA I was vaccinated at a provincially run health unit mass vax site, DH had his at t eh family doctor. All covid vaccinators in the province are using the same database
  21. OP, Just putting it out there that Lyme post-exposure prophylaxis protocols are different than protocols for treatment of established infection (symptomatic Lyme). I feel like they might be getting conflated in this thread. Lyme prophylaxis protocols (Rx within 72 hours of exposure in a Lyme endemic area) involve much shorter duration of antibiotics, usually a single dose of doxycycline.
  22. I don't think this has been posted yet. WHO upgraded their "Coronavirus Disease: How is it Transmitted?" page to formally acknowledge aerosol transmission. CDC has done the same. This is a very big deal. Canadian news has been quiet on the subject. I think because hospital just don't have the resources to treat it as airborne. (We're still in pleated medical ear-loop masks for almost everything, including care of covid patients. Respirators/n95's are strictly reserved for aerosol generating medical procedures only. And, to be fair, it's been mostly working; hospital staff co
  23. It sounds like you are describing a respirator fit test - example of equipment used. I did a re-fit test for a new made-in-Canada (yay!) respirator yesterday. The bitter spray tastes super bitter. It's really gross, and the after-taste for hours.
  24. I was married by a hospital chaplain. I don't have firsthand experience, but I see them at work regularly. Our hospital's spiritual care team does great work. They support patients, families, and staff. I think it would be an emotionally heavy job - though since I'm in emerg, I only really see them at work during crises.
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