June - July 2018

A Word From Our Team

How to Prepare for Exams?


The good weather is back! That's good news, but the lure of the great outdoors makes it difficult for many students to buckle down and concentrate on an important task: preparing for the end-of-year exams. Here are some recommendations to help your students end the year in style!

Develop Healthy Habits When Using Screens

See the Le syndrome du texto* and Le syndrome du cou texto* videos for ergonomic ways to avoid headaches, stiff necks and numbness in the arms and hands when using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Overuse of screens can create headaches and sleep disturbances such as computer vision syndrome. See the video Les écrans sont-ils dangereux pour les yeux?* to find out how to prevent this type of problem. Dry eye is another problem that can crop up when overusing screens. See Les gouttes pour les yeux* for tips on how to choose good eye drops to soothe irritated eyes.

Promote Restful Sleep

As the video Le sommeil des ados* points out, young people have access to their technologies 24/7. Sleep deprivation can be a result, with consequences on their health and academic performance more serious than previously thought. Even if the drowsy viewer has finally nodded off, the blue light emitted by the screens can also harm sleep. See Comment éviter que nos écrans nous empêchent de dormir?* for tips on enjoying a restful sleep and employing blue light to enhance cognitive performance. The video Rabii… et la lumière bleue* also shows how blue light improves short-term memory, attention span and mental alertness. The video Bonnes habitudes pour prévenir l'insomnie* gives excellent advice on the importance of establishing good sleep hygiene, which includes setting up a sleep-inducing routine before bedtime.

Reduce Your Stress

For a close-up view that will demystify the emotions that some students may experience during the exam period, take a look at Comment les émotions nuisent à la cognition* and Gérer le stress des examens*. In the Rabii et l'apprentissage*, viewers put themselves in the shoes of a student in a learning stress situation. A companion program, Rabii et le stress*, explains why and how stress affects our minds and bodies. One symptom: headaches. See how to differentiate between migraine and "regular" headaches and manage them in the Maux de tête* video. See also Prévenir le stress chez les enfants de 12 ans*. De l'anxiété aux troubles anxieux* focusses on the range of anxiety disorders, which afflicts the general population, including youth.

Eat Healthy and Avoid Comfort Foods

Comfort foods (poutine, mac and cheese, large doses of chocolate…) are foods that give us a feeling of well-being, that we reach for to counteract feeling stressed, tired or depressed. But the video Les aliments réconfort améliorent-ils réellement notre humeur?* shows that the feel-good reputation these snacks enjoy is not scientifically based. Opt instead for Le déjeuner idéal* and follow the Les principes de l'alimentation intuitive*. For snacks, go for Les superaliments*.


While each person has different water needs, it is important for everyone to stay hydrated. Water contributes to the proper functioning of our metabolism and decreases the risk of passing painful kidney stones. See the recommendations in the video Doit-on boire 8 verres d'eau par jour?*

Keep Moving!

Want an effective non-pharmacological way to regain concentration? Head out into the fresh air! In the video La gymnastique cérébrale* researchers are unanimous on one point: the best way to keep the brain in shape is to exercise… physically!


And Finally… the Holidays!

Relaxing… Letting Go


An, those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer! Nat King Cole nailed it: for teachers as well as students summer is forever associated with the feeling of freedom that comes from the lifting of everyday pressures; we can finally slow down and relax. Did you know that June 21 has been designated The International Day of Slowness? Of course, the date coincides with the end of classes – but it is also a time to pause for a moment (more or less) to consider the relativity of time.

Does an hour always have sixty minutes, no matter where it is measured? La découverte de la lenteur* explains why, in a rocket, a second lasts longer than on Earth.

See also the video Ralentir* from Format fam!lial which explains how to reduce family pressure and take a Petit cours de lâcher-prise* with Anne Desrochers, a mother of five. Le lâcher-prise au service de la performance* is an ability that many athletes also try to master by controlling their thoughts and heart rate.


Summer and holidays go hand in hand with sun exposure. From May 28 to June 3 is the Sun Awareness Week. See the video Grains de beauté* and learn to identify if a mole is normal or disturbing with the ABCDE rule: A – Asymmetry, B – Border, C – Color, D – Diameter and E – Evolution over time. See also the video Cancer de la peau* which explains that in Quebec, 30 000 cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in 2015, including nearly 1 000 melanomas, the most deadly from. Winter or summer, we need sun protection to shield us form possible skin cancers. See the report Crèmes solaires* for how to choose a sunscreen that is effective and not too expensive among the variety available in stores.

Swimming Safely

June is also the ideal time to begin hitting the beach or pool. National Water Safety Week, June 3 to 10, reminds us of the importance of learning to swim. See our video, produced by the Lifesaving Society, called Swim to Survive. This program demonstrates aquatic skills that are necessary to survive unexpected situations such as plunging unexpectantly into deep water. Swim to Survive reminds us that learning to swim is literally for life.

When we go swimming in a public pool, we are often tempted not to take a shower before entering the water. But swimmers should know that taking a shower can help avoid significant breathing problems. See the video À la piscine, quels problèmes de santé peut-on éviter en se douchant?* to understand why.

Have Fun with Science while Eating!

Who would have thought that science can be found in ice cream cones! See Pourquoi la crème glacée ne tombe pas du cornet?*, Les meilleures conditions pour une crème glacée onctueuse*, Comment fabriquer de la crème glacée sans congélateur?* and the famous Cerveau gelé* (Brain Freeze), that cold snap to the brain that happens when you swallow ice cream too quickly! See also when the Esquimau* was invented, ice cream coated with chocolate and mounted on a stick.

We wish you a not-too-stressful exam period and an enjoyable summer!

The La Collection team


Themes Observed in June-July

Click on the following link to see the full themes of the month of June-July.


The Collection by Themes

  • Ethics and Religious Culture
    • June 8, 632 – Death of Muhammad (62 years old)
  • Environment and Consumption
    • June 15 – World Day against Hunger
    • July 1st – International Day of Cooperatives
  • History
    • June 6 1944 – D-Day and Battle of Normandy
    • June 18, 1673 – Death of Jeanne Mance (66 years old)
    • June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day
    • June 24 – Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day
    • July 1st – Canada Day
  • Meteorology
    • June 17 – World Day to Combat Desertification
  • The Contemporary World
    • June 12 – World Day Against Child Labour
    • June 20 – World Refugee Day
  • Boating, Water Protection 
    • June 2 to 9 – Water Safety Week
  • Health
    • June 1st to 7 – Québec Week of People with Disabilities


New in CVE

  • Demain / Tomorrow

    Can investigative reporting that tells compelling stories about actual solutions to environmental, economic and social crises play a role in solving problems facing nations around the world? Following the publication of a study that forecast catastrophic declines of the human population by 2100, Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent and a team of four activists set out to investigate how ten countries were coping with crises in their lands. The investigators wanted to find out more about what had precipitated disasters in these different regions – and especially what was being done to solve these problems.

    During their journey, they met with visionaries who were reinventing agricultural, energy, economic and democratic systems, as well as educational practices. By showcasing initiatives that are already in place and paying off, the investigators catch a glimpse of solutions that can transform the world in the years to come.

    This program was awarded the prestigious César 2016 for best documentary! Overview of Tomorrow NOTE: with English sub-titles, some interviews in English.