Finding the perfect setting to get some work done can be a nigh impossible task. Sure, a cafe, library, or even an empty house can seem like the ideal environment for productivity, but we all know that isn't quite the case.
An annoying conversation between to gal-pals sitting next to you, a sniffling weirdo who won't stop sneezing, the EDM beats from your neighbor downstairs, all are examples of the one thing that can ruin a good study session: noise.
Anyone who needs to get work done out of an office space has no doubt encountered such audio-issues, and everyone has their own unique solution. Listen to lyric-less music, play a set-list of nature noise tracks, or put on some storm sounds.
But wouldn't it be nice if there was one website that does it all, playing all the popular sounds people use to be productive? Big surprise given this very long lead up: that site exists, and it's called "A Soft Murmur."
Created by Gabriel Martin, A Soft Murmur is like a music mixer for sounds that help you stay focused. You can play rain, fire, white noise, crickets, and more with just the press of a button. Better yet, you can mix all of the tracks to create a productivity-sound unique to you.
Do you work best during a lightning storm with the chirping of birds overhead? Maybe you're a forest fire with crickets in the background kind of person? Or perhaps a singing bowl in a coffee shop kind of gal with some white noise added in? Okay, you're probably a little nutty if you're that last one, but regardless, A Soft Murmur lets you listen in no time at all.
So block out all those annoying punks at whatever cafe you're working at and plug in your head phones and get listening to A Soft Murmer here.
By evaluating six metrics — "transparency in government," "transparency in society," "transparency in economy," "civic honesty," "perception of theft" and "car dealer reviews" — the company put our fine city in 54th place out of 350 cities included in the study.
A new study by the Angus Reid Institute has revealed divided opinions about racism in Canada, with only 24% of Quebec respondents agreeing that "Canada is a racist country" — the least of any province. That's compared to 44% of Saskatchewan respondents.
The study categorized respondents into four camps, "detractors, guarded, accepting, and advocates," in order to determine where Canadians stand on perceptions of race relations and racism.
The study looked at the difference in price between tap water and bottled water as well as the variations in water scarcity in each region. Compared to other Canadian cities, Vancouver has the most expensive overall water prices and Toronto has the least expensive overall prices.
The study found that Montreal has an abundance of water, with "water stress" under 10%. The median monthly cost of tap water is €0.99 Euros (~$1.46 CAD).
For affordable bottled water, the study found that the median price in Montreal was €0.38 Euros (~$0.55 CAD). Branded water from Evian and Nestle was slightly more expensive in Montreal, at €1.27 Euros (~$1.86 CAD) and €1.11 Euros (~$1.63 CAD) respectively.
In Toronto, for example, the monthly cost of tap water is much higher than Montreal at €3.78 Euros (~$5.56 CAD) but the median price of brand-name bottled water is much lower, at €0.93 Euros (~$1.36 CAD) for Evian.
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July – August 1954: "Ottawa - Vancouver (British Empire and Commonwealth Games) developments in Northern Territories - Quebec."
June – August 1959: "Tour of Canada (All provinces included)."
May – June 1962: "Ottawa, Montréal, London, Toronto, Vancouver. Second Commonwealth Study Conference."
October 1964: "Charlottetown, Québec, Ottawa. To attend commemoration of the Confederation meetings at Charlottetown and Québec."
March 1966: "Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal; to present Medals to the recipients of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award."
June – July 1967: "Ottawa, Montréal; in Ottawa, to attend ceremonies related to the Centennial Anniversary - Visit Expo '67."
October 1969: "Ottawa, Nfld., N.B., Québec, Alta, B.C., to study operations of Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme."
October 1974: "Gander, Botwood, Nfld; Fredericton, N.B.; Montréal."
July 1976: "Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Montréal (XXIOlympiad)."
October 1979: "To attend meeting of Commonwealth Study Conference. Toronto, Calgary, Montréal, and Attend celebrations marking 150th Anniversary of Upper Canada College, Toronto."
June 1980: "HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Fifth Commonwealth Study Conference - Canada 1980."
October 1987: "North Saanich, Qualicum Beach (private retreat). Vancouver, Victoria, Esquimalt: to participate in opening sessions of government heads of Government Meeting; Regina, Fort Qu'Appelle (private retreat), Saskatoon, Yorkton, Canora, Veregin, Kamsack, Kindersley, in Saskatchewan. First visit to Saskatchewan since 1978; Québec, Sillery, Cap Tourmente, Rivière-du-Loup, La Pocatière: first official visit to Quebec since 1964."
May 1989: "Visit to Montréal (Provincial dinner, luncheon-meeting with Montréal Canadian Club), Varennes (IREQ), Sherbrooke (Gold Award Presentation, Civic Welcome, 35th anniversary of University), Lennoxville (United Empire Loyalists of Canada Committee, Bishop College School Cadet inspection, Bishop's University Chapel and Arboretum, Civic Welcome), Compton (concert at Domaine St-Laurent organized by Government of Canada)."
October 1993: "Toronto (WWF Canada; Duke of Edinburgh's Award; Upper Canada College; Empire Club). Montréal (Duke of Edinburgh's Award). Stopover at Gander, Newfoundland."