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Student Newsletter

The Informer
Volume 2, Issue 7

March 2009
World News National News Quebec News
Earth Day Facts

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World News
Peak of Brain Power
A U.S. study found that brain function peaks at age 22. People in their early twenties showed more skill with quick thinking and reasoning. Happily, word skills and general knowledge improve as we age.

Obama Extends Hand to Iran
U.S. president Barack Obama proposed ending 30 years of hostility between the U.S. and Iran. Iran does not think Obama’s words are enough to fix their troubled relations. Iran has agreed to join in talks about Afghanistan.

Eat Well & Save

Games Trivia

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Exxon Valdez, 20 Years Later
It has been 20 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. The spill was the worst in US history. Damage to wildlife is still seen 20 years later.

Spear Taken from Man’s Head
After 5 hours of surgery, Brazilian doctors removed a 15-cm spear from a man’s head. The man was shot by a friend while diving near Rio de Janeiro. The man is doing well and should fully recover.

Newsletter Editor
This project made possible through funding from a joint IFPCA funding initiative of the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills and the Direction de l’éducation des

adultes et de l’action communautaire.

National News
Forget the Gym, Use Public Transit!
A survey found that public transit users can stay fit by walking to and from stops. Canadians who use cars are less likely to get their 30 minutes of daily exercise. More public transit use could mean a healthier Canada.

Never too Old to Win the Lottery
After 25 years of playing the lottery, 90-year-old Maurice Ducharme won big in the 6/49 lottery. The Ontario war vet says he will split his $4.4 million with his four children. He will use the rest to live a good life.

59% of adult Canadians are overweight or obese.

4 Canadian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
Four more Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. The men were only days away from returning home. Comrades are calling the four men “unsung heroes”. 116 Canadian soldiers have lost their lives since the first troops were deployed in Afghanistan.

17 Dead in Nfld. Helicopter Crash
Newfoundland is mourning the loss of 17 people who were killed in a helicopter crash. The helicopter was ferrying offshore oil workers when it crashed into the ocean. One passenger survived.

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Quebec News
Quebec Sees Deficits
Quebec’s government says the province will run deficits for the next four years. Their new budget is meant to boost the economy. Sales tax will be raised by 1% in 2011. An extra $15 billion will be spent on social services and infrastructure.

Police Ordered to Turn in Stun Guns
Quebec police have to turn in their Taser stun guns for testing. Some argue that Tasers are too dangerous. Others argue that they are safer than guns. Tasers are used across Canada, but Quebec is the first to order testing.

Quebec says its jobless rate will jump to 8.9% in 2009

No Greater Effort for Earth Hour
On March 28th, people from the around

Actress Dies after Fall on Quebec Ski Hill
Natasha Richardson died after a fall on a Quebec ski hill. The British actress wasn’t wearing a ski helmet. She said she was fine and turned away an ambulance. She died later from a brain injury. The accident has fueled debate about helmet laws in Quebec.

world shut off their lights for Earth Hour. While the event was a global success, Quebec’s support was not impressive. The province made no greater effort in 2009 than in 2008.

Earth Hour asks people to take action on climate change. To find out more, go to:

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Get Ready for Earth Day!
April 22nd is Earth Day. Keep these facts in mind to get ready for the day.

Follow these tips to make the most of food
1. Plan meals around in-season fruit and 2. Eat before you shop. People buy more 3. Clip coupons and use them.

Tips to Eat Well on a Budget

A cigarette butt takes one to 12 years to decay.


when hungry.

Recycling a pop can saves enough energy to watch TV for three hours.

4. Look at upper and lower shelves at the 5. Avoid ready-made meals.

store. Items at eye level cost more.

Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees.

84% of household waste can be recycled.

Games and Trivia
Fill in the missing numbers so every row, column, and quadrant has the numbers 1 through 9.

I arrive once in every second, once in every minute, and once in every year. What am I?

1. English grammar: make an adverb from the adjective “careful”. 2. Find the link: card - board - video. 3. What is the largest land animal on Earth? 4. What is the capital of Kenya?

Check answers below.
Trivia: 1. carefully 2. game 3. African elephant 4. Nairobi

To find out more about QELA, go to

Riddle: The letter "e" (sEcond, minutE, yEar).

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