What did us good this week

Our columnists return to news that has delighted them in recent days.




Two teenagers prove the Pythagorean theorem

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Ne’Kiya Jackson and Calcea Johnson on the show 60 Minutes

This story is incredible. Everyone knows the Pythagorean theorem, which allows you to calculate the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle. The proof is algebraic: a⁠2+b⁠2 =c⁠2. For 2000 years, it was believed that a proof based on trigonometry was impossible. It was only in 2009 that an American mathematician achieved this. But in Louisiana, a math teacher challenged her high school students as part of a competition. Huge surprise: two of them, independently, succeeded in the challenge, providing two new proofs of the famous theorem. Their names are Calcea Johnson and Ne’Kiya Jackson and the show 60 Minutes of the American channel CBS devoted a segment to them this week.

Philippe Mercury, The Press

Watch the segment on the CBS website

Zendaya’s bird

PHOTO ANGELA WEISS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Zendaya at the annual Met Gala

The annual Met Gala is an opportunity for major haute couture designers to have fun. This year, my favorite is the superb dress designed by John Galliano for actress Zendaya, inspired by the colors of peacock plumage. A dress made of organza, lamé, satin, with touches of metallic paint, without forgetting the genius detail: a blue bird delicately placed on the neck of the star actress of Dune. Gorgeous ! And what about the sand dress designed by Olivier Roustaing (Balmain) worn by South African singer Tyla. A reminder that haute couture is an art.

Nathalie Collard, The Press

See the most spectacular dresses of the evening

Better fight against interference

PHOTO ADRIAN WYLD, CANADIAN PRESS ARCHIVES

Commissioner Marie-Josée Hogue

Foreign interference is “widespread, insidious and harmful to Canada’s democratic institutions,” Judge Marie-Josée Hogue recently concluded. This is what we learn in the initial report of the public commission of inquiry into foreign interference, which she chairs. In the process, the Liberal government (which had until now dragged its feet on this issue) announced the tabling of a bill which is intended to be a shield against interference. Among other things, it formalizes the creation of a register of foreign agents of influence, as well as that of a position of “independent commissioner for transparency in matters of foreign influence”. These initiatives are not going to provoke heated discussions at dinner time, but they are to be welcomed. They are more than necessary to ensure the integrity of our democratic process.

Alexandre Sirois, The Press

Less insurer paperwork for doctors

PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, LA PRESSE ARCHIVES

The Minister of Labor, Jean Boulet, announced that he will table a bill to reduce paperwork, so that family doctors can free up 500,000 additional medical appointments for patients annually.

Quebec is finally tightening the screws on insurance companies to reduce the paperwork required of doctors. The Legault government will table a bill that will prohibit insurers from requiring a doctor’s prescription to reimburse services such as physiotherapy and massage therapy, or equipment such as orthotics. Another important new feature: the frequency of medical monitoring of workers on sick leave will now be decided by doctors, and not by insurers. Family doctors estimate that they currently spend 25% of their time completing paperwork, particularly for insurance companies. It’s way too much. A family doctor should practice medicine, not fill out unnecessary paperwork. Quebec estimates that this will free up between 300,000 and 500,000 appointments per year with family doctors.

Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot, The Press

Read the text “A bill will end the requirement for certain medical notes”


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