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Pet policies: premises that say yes to pets as well as no pets allowed

Pet policies: premises that say yes to pets as well as no pets allowed

| March 22, 2017

Why do some establishments embrace pets and others frown upon Fido?  Many private businesses do not permit pets, concerned about allergens, phobias, pets destroying merchandise or interrupting a customer’s experience. However, you’d be shocked at the franchises that welcome pets:    Brands that do not allow pets in stores:   Home Depot banned pets from its Canada stores in […]

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Oxygen in use signs make oxygen treatment safer for all

Oxygen in use signs make oxygen treatment safer for all

| March 21, 2017

“Oxygen In Use” door signs are essential around areas where oxygen treatment is given. What exactly is an oxygen treatment? Some diseases and conditions can prevent people from getting enough oxygen, so an oxygen tank is supplied in a metal cylinder or other container.  This treatment can be administered at a hospital, another medical setting, or at […]

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Gender-inclusive restroom signs fight for transgender citizens’ rights

Gender-inclusive restroom signs fight for transgender citizens’ rights

| March 21, 2017

When you see this sign, what’s your first reaction? Progressive? Hyper politically-correct? Radical? Polarizing? For the nearly one million people in the U.S. who identify as transgender, it can provide relief from the daily struggle they face just to use the restroom. This gender-inclusive sign promotes equal access to public restrooms, easing the discrimination that […]

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For people with disabilities, inaccessible county fair bathrooms are a huge problem

For people with disabilities, inaccessible county fair bathrooms are a huge problem

| March 21, 2017

From riding rickety roller coasters to gorging on the funnel cake, there is nothing like a good county fair. For vendors or community activists, fairs are ideal opportunities to set up a booth to sell items or champion a cause. As hubs of both entertainment and community, it’s vital that everyone has access to these […]

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The Office Courtesy Series: 10 Tips for Microwave Etiquette At Work

The Office Courtesy Series: 10 Tips for Microwave Etiquette At Work

| March 20, 2017

Ah, the microwave. An essential, wonderfully convenient item in the workplace…except when the only available appliance to heat up food is a microwave splattered with someone else’s pasta sauce.  As office workers, what can we do to minimize microwave mess? Guidelines for microwave etiquette will help ensure a clean environment. Microwaves are breeding grounds for […]

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Starbucks tells smokers: no smoking within 25 feet of stores

Starbucks tells smokers: no smoking within 25 feet of stores

| March 19, 2017

Americans and Canadians who enjoy a cigarette with their Starbucks café mocha may want to change their routine. A new company ban that went into effect on June 1st, 2013 prohibits smoking within 25 feet of a Starbucks store. Smoking is already banned inside Starbucks stores. However, the new ban extends to all 7,000 company […]

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Are ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs in hotels enforceable?

Are ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs in hotels enforceable?

| March 19, 2017

How much power is behind a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign? In general, hotel rules state  that guests are entitled to a certain degree of privacy, at least until the checkout time of the agreed departure date. Do Not Disturb signs often work as an effective deterrent, but can they legally keep someone out? Is there […]

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One Carleton student’s fight for campus accessibility earns national attention

One Carleton student’s fight for campus accessibility earns national attention

| March 18, 2017

Did you attend a college surrounded by hills, or in the case of yours truly, loads of mini-hills on one giant hill (hi, Brandeis)? Recall the dread you felt when you learned your new dorm was on the sixth floor? These situations make coming and going from your room or walking to class a full-on […]

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Smoking bans could save over 9 million lives in India

Smoking bans could save over 9 million lives in India

| March 18, 2017

New research claims that an astonishing nine million smoking-related deaths could be prevented over the next decade with smoking bans. A team of scientists from the U.S., England, and India created a math model to devise strategies to reduce future heart attack and stroke deaths from 2013 to 2022. They deduced that the two most […]

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Hospitals say yes to visits from household pets

Hospitals say yes to visits from household pets

| March 18, 2017

When you’re stranded in a hospital bed, all you want is to be reminded of the comforts of home. Many hospitals use in-house trained animals for pet therapy, but most generally don’t allow household pets to visit patients. However, it looks like some are starting to open their doors. Some facilities are  exceptionally progressive, such […]

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