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Thumbs UP…to Sobeys stores in Nova Scotia are now hosting bi-weekly sensory-friendly shopping hours to make store visits more comfortable for autistic people. Lighting is reduced, music and sounds from grocery scanners are turned off. This aims to ease shopping for people on the spectrum or have other sensory sensitivities. First introduced in Prince Edward Island on Sundays from 6-7 pm. Sensory shopping hours have since been adopted in sister provinces every other Sunday from 6-7 pm.

Thumbs UP…to Wab Kinew of Manitoba’s Anishinaabe people, the 1st First Nations premier of a Canadian province to be elected. Being First Nations and the son of a residential school survivor, Wab has a unique place to encourage more First Nations people to be involved in the democratic process!

Thumbs UP…to right-to-repair New Canadian legislation that aims to address the issue of “planned obsolescence” by allowing individuals, or third-party companies to break digital locks to make repairs and fixes. This change is part of a broader “right to repair” movement. While the recent legislation in Quebec and Europe is a good start, experts say more is needed, including changes to competition law to ensure that replacement parts, schematics, and tools are more widely available.

Thumbs DOWN…to a Fraser Valley, BC a naturopath. Jason Klop for giving fecal transplants to children as young as
2 years old to “cure” ASD. His license was revoked and he has been fined approx. $20,500.

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