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Shut up and Drive

Have you ever been easily tempted to answer a text message, pick up the phone, read emails or seek a radio station while driving from one place to another? People on a daily basis break the law by driving while distracted. Canadians seem to be unaware of the actual facts of texting and driving. Almost quadrupling the risk of being in a car accident just by simply getting distracted by anything inside or outside of a vehicle. Regardless of the pace in traffic, if your car is moving or in break at a red light distracted driving has led to many serious and or fatal accidents.

Insurance rates for cars can rise a lot depending on how serious of an accident you cause by texting and driving, which is considered to be careless driving.” says RGM insurance adjuster, Ross Macdonald.

Recent Canadian polls have collected votes for Ontario’s distracted driving fines to be increased by more than $100. With young adults admitting to becoming easily distracted while on the roads from cellphones, applying make-up to even the radio. Lately Canada has been focusing on getting distracted driving accidents rates down as they notice tremendous incline with young adults. Driver distraction is responsible for up to 80% of car collisions, and cell phone use is becoming one of the largest reasons for being distracted. Due to the increase in accidents caused by distracted driving, Canada has all 10 provinces under a hands-free legislation.Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 11.44.35 AMStill with legislation frequently being updated based on accident rates of distracted driving per year. Young adults are now being strongly targeted for awareness and tips that can achieve safer roads in Canada. Sheridan Visual Merchandising student Jamie is a young adult who has his G2, he admits to occasionally being distracted while driving with changing music with his iPod, and receiving/outgoing calls and texting.

“I usually put my cellphone on vibrate when I’m driving to and from home, but I still get tempted to pick up my phone if I believe I have a chance to do so…” 

Jamie has also witnessed his parents using hand-held free electronics while driving and never seemed to be aware of the potentially dangerous outcomes.

“Even if I hear my cellphone vibrate while I’m driving, it’s still in the back of my mind that I have to answer my phone. I feel like I can get easily distracted regardless.”

34% of young drivers in crashes over the past five years were said to be distracted says ICBC. Distracted driving does not only apply to smartphones, DVD players and radio, but also applying make-up, drinking/eating, reading, passenger/infant distractions, laptops, GPS and even pets. Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year.

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With the lack of awareness when it come to distracted driving, many foundations and websites have made up to provide clever tips to avoid distraction. The goal for public education is not only to raise awareness about this problem but also to persuade people to change their driving habits.

Tips to avoid distraction

  • Use your cell phone only when you’re parked, or have a passenger take the call.
  • Let calls go to voicemail; you can listen and call back once you are free.
  • Turn off or put your cell phone on silent before you start driving.
  • Preset your vehicle’s climate control, radio and or CD player before driving.
  • Plan your route and set your GPS before you leave.

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Sam Smith conquers Grammy’s 2015

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Nominated for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop/Vocal Album, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year! Sam Smith shines at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards winning four out of five nominations.  So many people are happy for this british artist and his new stardom, he has been showing his talent regarding music since his first single “Stay with me”, where he was nominated for six categories for Grammy’s 2014. The talented 22-year-old artist has been showcasing his strong voice and powerful lyrics to the world. Many other famous artists like Rihanna showing their support for Sam and his achievements.

For someone so young hitting the top four awards at the Grammy’s all in the same year is rare and spectacular! Hopefully we will see him featuring with many more major artists and continuing to build his profession for the world to enjoy. His soul-pop feel has caught the ears and hearts of many people for almost 2 years now, and for him to already be credited for his talent is exciting for all fans. He has been on the top 10 charts since 2014 and maintained with each single and collaboration.

Smith has been working for what seems to be such a short time, releasing amazing music, and continuing to get bigger quickly! As he continues to fight his way to the top regardless of what people said about his appearance or sex preferences, the most important thing is that he stayed true to himself. Hopefully we will get to see artists like Rihanna collaborate with the rising artist, especially after a photo posted by Rihanna on her own instagram!

Other than the excitement that has happened at the Grammy’s this year; like Beck’s award win for Best album of the year… and Kanye’s reluctant attitude towards it, the amazing performance by Beyoncè, and continuous award wins for Pharrell Williams’ on his single “Happy”. Sam Smith is the one of the biggest news at the Grammy’s this year. Rising to the occasion we will see much more of this British Pop star and can’t wait for future singles, albums, collaborations and possible tours he may have planned down the road.

Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder!


The average size for women in the US is 12 -14, however we continue to absorb from various media outlets that say that there is only one certain way of beauty. Media for years have been controlling what is in trend and what is beautiful. Many girls and women follow the media which causes them to have self-hate or even pushing themselves to cosmetic surgery to change the way they look. I find we always want to look like someone else instead of being happy, it is up to us to not follow in media’s trends and just love ourselves, after all you are one of a kind.

The media has been the biggest way to spread a message through out the world. For many years girls and women have had issues and insecurities with their own bodies and or the way they look due to the bad habit of comparing themselves to another. Some even push themselves to the point of starvation, depression, self hurting and more. Over the years media’s idea of beauty keeps getting more popular, leading more women and girls to feed into the idea of what people think beauty is, depending on the size of their jeans, what type of make-up they own, or if their clothes are in trend. Has anyone ever seen a commercial advertising a women on her amazing personality? I don’t think so, most of the time you see women indulging themselves in low-fat yogurt, dancing about after shaving their legs, or even strutting around in the newest Victoria secret bra and underwear to seduce men. Some models who are not the average sized woman are then edited with Photoshop giving the overall look of “perfection”. These are the women people aspire to look like, which is either unhealthy and or unrealistic when edited by a professional. The real question is, why do we pay attention? I believe it is because that’s how what we think can bring us happiness, it’s what we are exposed to from media, and society’s view of beauty. It completely surrounds you for life; from the people you surround yourself with and where you were born. Even the small things that hit us the most, like parents repeating “Do you really need to eat more of that?”, or going to your workplace or social life having to deal with people who may make you feel different. Then taking all of that in your daily life, and having constant exposure of media’s idea of beauty.

It can be very overwhelming, people usually take the images they see from the media and interpret it as happiness but realistically this is not the case. I believe true beauty is being yourself, because that is what will truly make you happy. Wanting to be someone else and are willing to risk one’s own health in the process is not my idea of happiness, it sounds more like torture to me. Finding the balance within yourself will make you such a happier person. Naturally being able to balance out your health, and inner self can lead to a happier surrounding of people and things in your life.  You can never really love others until you learn to love yourself, once you do it will continue to reflect in your life.

Even celebrities, the very people who are seen as beautiful in media, wear a lot of make up, are usually photo-shopped, and work out mostly everyday with a hired professional trainer and sometimes are still insecure and frustrated about their life. Singer/actress Demi Lavato, most people know her story but for those who don’t, Demi became famous on Family Channel and Disney where she had her own show, and had about 6 albums out since 2008 to her latest album that debuted in 2011, Unbroken. Demi entered the Television world saying she will not change who she is, and media will not get to her. However, after about 2 years in the lime light Demi began to break down where she became very insecure, which lead her to self hurting and an eating disorder. So that is the sad thing, people who are seen as beautiful still have issues of their own.

So really, the want to look like someone else or the people we see in the media, seems like a really pointless, vicious and unhealthy cycle. We aspire to look like the very own people who have to same amount of insecurities as we do. So why can’t we just be happy with ourselves? Many women who are not exposed to media’s idea of beauty on a daily basis are the ones really enjoying their life. It’s the girls and women who focus on the quality of life, helping others, and aspire to be the best person they can, are the women who really experience true beauty.

Like the famous Italian-French actress, who began her life in television and beauty pageants at the very young age of 14,  one of her famous quotes “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”- Sophie Loren

Exploring the Wander!

This is about the wanderlust side of me and I know everyone has a little bit of wander in them! When I was younger, our family of six MOOREwould go on vacations to places like Cuba, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta. However, the older my siblings and I became the more difficult it became financially to go on vacations. The last vacation I went on was to Florida for a week. It was a lot of fun during my time there but I have always wanted to see more. It has been five years since my family and I went on a vacation  and my wanderlust craving continues to keep getting larger each year. I love watching The Real World on MTV where a certain number of people are selected to live together for three months somewhere gorgeous! The previous season, they went to St. Thomas and even though I was not there I fell in love with the place! They met so many new people, enjoyed the beautiful weather, and grew as people! I have always wanted to travel ever since I was younger. I would love to become a reporter and have the ability to travel the world, meet people, eat new things, and really learn about myself during all of it! I want to feel the thrill of it all and be able to say I have traveled to more than three places outside of Canada! I have always dreamt of a better place then where I am currently living. I knew that there had to be bigger, more beautiful and new things to offer me in this world. All of my life I have lived in either Mississauga or Oakville, Ontario with both places not as glamorous as Paris or Hawaii. Now do not get me wrong, I have been outside of Canada before when I was younger. I have been to Cuba, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Florida but still those four places did not fill my wanderlust craving. With still being eighteen I have plenty of time to make plans to go traveling. I have always dreamed of just gathering essentials and go backpacking through a gorgeous place like Rome or Thailand. I have had this wanderlust craving ever since I was a little girl. I would watch travel and fantasy movies where people fall in love under the Eiffel tower right when it light up at night, or finding treasure on a beautiful beach! Of course I know, that will not happen to me but even meeting new people, eating new foods and finding myself in the process. That is probably the biggest reasons on why I am so passionate to travel, to find myself and really embrace the beauty of different cultures and the world!

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring