Wednesday July 20, 2022
Works like crazy

Let's get right to the heart of the matter. You want crazy? How many kids did you know who glued their fingers together? We're gonna guess at least a couple. 

In the wacky world of '70s commercials, à la K-Tel, the announcer often cited an endless list of product uses. Krazy Glue was no exception.

A fishing rod, a cycle grip, model planes, and model trains. Sure. But fingers? Clearly not on the list.

But sometimes crazy takes you in new directions. Just ask the team at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

They've developed a supramolecular adhesive that can withstand temperatures from −196 degrees to +200 degrees Celsius, works just as well under water, and can be broken down and recycled for use again without any deterioration of strength. It's a game changer.

No word yet on how to remove from skin ;)
Bigger correction expected
The Bank of Canada's huge 100 basis point hike of the overnight rate on July 13 sent economists spinning.

It was the largest single increase since 1998, and with it comes a renewed forecast for what's in store for the housing market. Oxford Economics has adjusted its projection that prices would fall 24% by early 2024, now predicting a correction of 27%.

Even a week before the BoC's policy meeting, Nanos conducted a survey of Canadians. It found only 30% expected higher housing prices, down from a whopping 70% during the investor's paradise of 0.25% rates at the peak of the pandemic.

With the 100bp rate hike, any holdouts in the belief that prices will continue to rise have probably changed their minds. 

“Indeed, the proof is that even just an initial nudge in interest rates was enough to crack expectations and trigger a correction. The latest move by the Bank of Canada will wash away any remaining froth," said Robert Kavcic at BMO.

Average borrowing costs are now up to 4.5% from 1.5% at the beginning of the year, and the stress test now sits at 6% and 7% for variable and fixed rate mortgages, respectively, up from 5.25%.
Justin Trudeau visits Canada
Source: Twitter/@JustinTrudeau
With Parliament on hiatus for the summer, the prime minister has embarked on a trip across the country, visiting several communities over the last week.

On Friday, he was spotted reading stories to camp children in Gatineau, followed by a visit to a Methodist church in Scarborough on Saturday.

On Monday, he flew across the country to the Okanagan region of B.C., where he will spend the week visiting local communities.

He hasn't done media availability, delivered a speech, nor does it appear that he has any fundraisers on the horizon.

Typically, this type of behaviour is indicative of the early stages of a campaign. Speculation has been growing that with Pierre Poilievre likely to win the Conservative leadership, Trudeau may be planning on calling a snap election in the fall.

While it would likely invoke the ire of the NDP who have agreed to support the Liberals through to 2025, some strategists have pondered the idea in an attempt to capitalize on moderate Conservative voters displeased with the direction of the party should Poilievre win.
Random airport testing resumes
Just over a month after suspending the use of random COVID testing of vaccinated travellers upon arriving at Canadian airports, the government has reinstated the policy.

Officials say that random testing is vital to detecting new variants entering the country, and with the onset of the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron, the government decided to reimplement the measure.

While it's back for the foreseeable future, it will be conducted differently this time. Originally, travellers would have their passports stickered after clearing customs, with the sticker colour indicating whether or not the person was to be tested. They would then proceed to the area in the airport reserved for testing. 

Now, an email will be sent 15 minutes after a person clears customs, letting them know they've been randomly selected to conduct a test. It will no longer be done at the airport, but the traveller will need to arrange for one at a pharmacy or clinic near their dwelling within 24 hours. 

Those who test positive will need to isolate for 10 days.

The measure is being reimplemented just days after an Ipsos poll revealed that 70% of Canadians think the country's travel restrictions have become a national embarrassment.
Real life super hero
Source: Lafayette Police Department
A 25-year-old man named Nicholas Bolstic was driving just after midnight in Lafayette, Indiana when he saw a house engulfed in flames.

He pulled over and immediately ran into the house to see if anyone was stuck inside. He went in the back door and up the stairs to find four kids sleeping, aged one to 18, woke them up, and rushed them down the stairs to safety.

Upon exiting, he was told another child was still stuck inside. Without thinking twice, he ran back in, despite more of the house having caught fire and the danger exponentially greater after just minutes.

He raced back up the stairs, guided by the cries of the six-year-old girl trapped in the blaze. He was able to find her, but wasn't able to go back the way he came.

The two were forced to exit through a second-storey window, one that Bolstic shattered with his bare hands to provide a path to safety for him and the child.

The girl was almost completely unharmed, but Bolstic was seriously injured, having inhaled a great deal of smoke and likely severed a tendon when he broke the window.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Bolstic's medical bills. Courage personified.
Look ma, no brush
Source: University of Pennsylvania
A team of dental researchers and engineers at the University of Pennsylvania came together to create what they're calling the biggest disruption to daily dental care in decades.

Hyun (Michel) Koo, a professor at Penn's Dental School of Medicine and one of the authors of the study says that the electric toothbrush was really the last major innovation in daily teeth cleaning.

That's why the microrobot design the teams have come up with is so special. Using robots made of iron oxide nanoparticles, the two teams have created a product that can brush, scrape and floss your teeth all in one.

The devices herd together and can take multiple forms, being controlled by catalytics and magnetism, and are able to clean even the most rigid and hard-to-reach part of the human teeth.

The creation actually came to be almost by accident. Both teams were working separately, driven by vastly different interests in iron oxide nanoparticles.

When it became clear that their interests could converge, the writing was on the wall for them to work together to build a tool that will be tremendously helpful.

Talk about serendipiteeth.
Mister, mister, mister bubbles
Source: Sarah Steimer
As Sarah Steimer eloquently puts it, everyone likes to carry out their ancestral traditions, especially as they relate to food. A recipe passed down through the generations is something venerated by many a family, and cooked to perfection with pride.

For Steimer, the tradition of her ancestors was a little less conventional, but certainly no less interesting. Enter the beer spa.

A beer spa is not a satire, and does not contain, as Steimer put it, activities like putting beer caps over your eyes instead of cucumbers.

It's designed to pamper the body with the scientifically proven benefits of beer on the pores. Barley, hops, and yeast all have properties proven to be anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and several others.

So when you go to a beer spa and take a sauna while knocking back a massive stein of Pilsner, you're doing yourself a favour.

You're then just spoiling yourself when you get to the finale of the experience, which is a literal beer bath. Soaking your body in a bath made 20% from beer, as well as vitamins, saccharides, yeast, herbs, and hops for sure sounds weird.

The question isn't would you do it, it's how fast will you be signing up ;) 
Charging stations galore
From (almost) east to western sea, Shell will add a total of 79 new EV charging ports at its existing gas stations along major Canadian highways by the end of the year.

The company announced the development late last week, saying the ports will be built from Ontario to B.C., adding them to 39 of its existing gas stations amid an exponential increase in demand for electric vehicles across Canada.

It is trying to keep up with the demand, with plans to have 500 charging stations unveiled by 2025, according to Kent Martin, the GM of Shell's Canadian division of mobility.

Overall, the oil giant wants to ride the wave as the world transitions to electric. It plans to have over a million charging stations globally by the end of the decade.

There are a total of 16,000 charging stations currently available across Canada, though they are positioned in just 6,800 separate locations, and 90% of them are in Ontario, Quebec, and B.C.
Hammer time
That big Bank of Canada rate hike got us thinking about prices so we decided it was time to play everybody's fave real estate quiz - name the price. 

Today's lovely abode can be found in Stoney Creek. Here are the details - 

Welcome to 18 Alpine Avenue! No details were spared in this fabulously renovated bungalow on a large corner lot in Hamilton's "battlefield" area. This home has been professionally renovated top to bottom and boasts 5 bedrooms with a huge, two bedroom in-law suite with a separate entrance and laundry facility. Must be seen to be fully appreciated.

Find the price here!
Have a great day ahead Staker!

Today's edition was written by Michael Cowan and Maureen Norman
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