5 Things You Need to Know: April 6, 2016

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1. No Sign of Winter’s End in Barrie
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Like the guest that wouldn’t leave, ol’ man winter is back, but Environment Canada says Barrie should miss the brunt of the snow; says the Barrie-area will likely be on the low-end of 5-10 centimetres and the Midland-area will be on the high end. Parts of Muskoka may have 25-30 centimetres to worry about.

2. Queens Park Supports First Responders with PTSD

Vandenberg Air Force Base Hot Shot fire fighter Brad Mabery cuts a tree with his chainsaw with the help of Marissa Halbeisen while cutting and clearing a fire line on June 28, 2012 in the Mount Saint Francois area of Colorado Springs, Co. They are helping to battle several fires in Waldo Canyon. The Waldo Canyon fire has grown to 18,500 acres and burned over 300 homes. Currently, more than 90 firefighters from the Academy, along with assets from Air Force Space Command; F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; Fort Carson, Colo.; and the local community continue to fight the Waldo Canyon fire.(U.S. Air Force Photo by: Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock) (Released)

Queen’s Park has passed legislation to support first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It creates a presumption that PTSD diagnosed in first responders is work-related, allowing  for faster access to benefits and more timely treatment. Evidence shows that first responders are twice as likely as the general population to suffer from PTSD.

3. Nutrition Labels May Be Misleading

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If you check food labels for nutrition facts to keep your diet in check, you may need to check a little deeper. Cornell University research has found the labels are way off in terms of calories and portion sizes, leaving out the impact of toppings, sauces and condiments – the things you see on the picture on the box of cake mix,  for instance. What’s on the nutrition label does not take into account the frosting and sprinkles that might be pictured on the box.

4. Bye Bye, Mouse

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Microsoft may be looking to replace the traditional computer mouse with a ‘smart ring’. Newsweek reports  recent filing with the U.S. Patent office  describes a ring that would slip over your index finger, detecting its movements to manoeuvre the cursor; rather  than clicking on a mouse, you would tap your finger to carry out a task.

5. Aerosmith Contemplating Farewell Tour in 2017

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While Steven Tyler takes a hiatus to promote his upcoming county album, he confirmed that the next time Aerosmith will be on tour together, it will be to say goodbye. “I’m doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August,” Tyler tells Rolling Stone. “And then in 2017 we go out with Aerosmith. We’re probably doing a farewell tour. Look, there’s two bands that still have the original members, us and the Stones. I’m grateful for that.” Read more about that here.