Aya

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CBC News
Students aim to cure design flaws in peekaboo hospital gowns

A group of Halifax university students want to close the curtain on peekaboo hospital gowns that sometimes reveal too much, and have designed three prototypes that aim to preserve a patient's sense of dignity. The ongoing research project is being conducted by Saif Syed, a Dalhousie University medical student, in conjunction with students from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University).

CBC News
Couple asking for donations for Jamaican school instead of wedding gifts

A Nova Scotia couple planning a destination wedding is forgoing wedding gifts and asking guests to bring donations of books, colouring supplies and candy for students at a small school in Jamaica. Shayla Loppie and Nathan Simon said they want to give back to a country they love-they've visited Jamaica three times already-and to teach their five-year-old son how blessed they are to live in Canada.

CBC News
Female plumber offers course to help women do their own repairs

An all-women plumbing company in Lower Sackville is launching a course to teach female homeowners how to fix common plumbing issues so they don't have to rely on professionals for help. The course is being run by Small Jobs Plumbing, which is owned by Tammy Buchanan and her business partner, Sherri Lee.

The Signal
The next step in the evolution of news: Chat apps

Popular messaging platforms no longer just for sexting and selfies If you roll out of bed and check WhatsApp before you have your first cup of coffee, you're not alone. Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are no longer the kings of social media - and news organizations are beginning to take notice.

CBC News
Iraqi-Canadian woman starts her own driving school to help Arab newcomers

The owner of a Nova Scotia driving school is helping Arab newcomers to Halifax settle in their new home by getting their Canadian driver's licence. Susan Alibadi escaped the war in Iraq and then immigrated from Jordan to Canada in 2009, settling in Halifax with her son and two daughters.