"You can go home now!" he yelled again. "We voted to Brexit!" I tried to tell him that I am from Canada and Hong Kong, but he didn't care. London was the last place I thought I'd encounter this kind of hate. Where had I moved to?
"Children need to be occupied, they need structure, they need predictability," the experts tell us. Heaven help you if you don't make sure to keep those sticky little hands busy between late June and Labour Day every year. After all, children need structure right? No they don't.
Nothing feels safe. Nothing feels right. And there is the "who-cares-anymore" well of depression. You are in a place you never imagined, much less prepared for: you are in hell. Dealing with this anguish and sorrow is a rocky, uneven road. Eventually, you manage to put one foot in front of the other, even if you have been robotic and numb.
My wife and I recently spent five days over the Memorial Day weekend playing tourist in Washington, D. C. It is an impressive city populated with grand buildings and memorials. Yet, like the recently repaired cracks in the Washington Monument, I couldn't help noticing the cracks in America's philosophical edifice.
It's interesting to note that as we're seeing record-high prices and pricing increases in the buying and selling of residential real estate, we didn't see a translation of that to the maximum rent increase allowable. Instead we saw something towards the middle of the possible 2.5 per cent.
Numbered at 1.8 billion, the world is now home to the largest generation of young people aged 10 to 24 in its history. Having grown up in a digital era and more connected than ever before, younger generations are able to see the world's boundaries as more fluid, recognizing their shared interests and values with people around the globe.
I believe an earth-shaking metamorphosis is underway. The good news is that the millennial generation gets it and, as natural early adopters, are blending into whatever comes along almost symbiotically as each next big thing enters their very different (from baby boomers) lives.
An openly gay frontman, an Armenian violinist, a drummer, guitarists, poets, and composers -- Mashrou' Leila is either nothing like you'd expect of Lebanese musicians, or everything. And they're playing in Toronto for Pride this year.
I thought we'd go to a cottage in the summer, take our own trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. I'd wanted to go to Japan. Now it feels like I'm counting backwards. I'm in the negative numbers, counting how many years I've been divorced. How many years we could have been married if only...
Many observers did not expect it. Former British prime ministers, academics and other experts warned about the negative consequences of a vote for Brexit, but nonetheless a majority of the voting public ignored this advice. While it is too soon to fully judge the implications of this vote, it does not bode well for Britain.
It is end-of-June: one would think summer and holidays would be on this teacher's mind. Instead, I have been reflecting and writing about my teaching practice, in anticipation for another school year this coming fall, mulling over my personal philosophy about care and how it underlies everything I do in the classroom.
With home affordability rapidly deteriorating in Ontario and British Columbia, the public wants action on soaring house prices. On the other hand, outside those two hot provinces, house prices in Canada are falling, on average. How do you cool off two Canadian housing markets without tanking the ones that are already struggling?
Business sells business best -- not government folks. Ukrainian officials are putting forth a good sales pitch: they sell themselves as pro-western and pro-business in a country which has a 99.7 per cent literacy rate and is just a two-day truck drive from most EU hubs.
To those politicians today with the power to compel people to your will with fear and anti-immigration sentiment -- stop blaming immigrants for neoliberal policies that relentlessly concentrate wealth at the top while leaving the majority with weakened social programs, poverty, uncertainty and fear.
The spread of infectious diseases at large events, also known as mass gatherings has become a major concern as a result of numerous outbreaks. The issue has become so great mathematical models have been developed to predict an outbreak depending on the event.
If you've seen Shark Week on Daily Planet, you'll know that these days I go out of my way to swim with sharks. So I thought I would offer a little 'how-to' guide on swimming with sharks. To keep things simple, I'll share five tips that I've learned from diving with shark experts over the years, and list them in a handy acronym that's easy to remember; kinda like when you're at the beach and you hear someone yell: "SHARK!"
I think it's important that we don't cling to the rules our mothers taught us "just because that's the way it's always been done." If your legs look better with hose, wear hose. If you find that brown and black is not a good combination for your skin tone, then don't wear it. Don't be a slave to fashion rules -- old or new.
Lliam Hildebrand is first and foremost a boilermaker. On his last oilsands project in northern Alberta, a colleague said to him over lunch, "Man, oil prices are still dropping. They're going to go below $30 soon, and if we don't start diversifying our jobs into renewables, our union is screwed."
What truly scares me is that if Trumpism can make the unthinkable happen in the UK, could the unthinkable happen in the U.S. too?
Canada Day is coming up, and while it's always fun to head to a huge celebration in a big city, it can also be a good time to get off the beaten (and crowded) path for a more relaxed and local experience. If you're craving a more laid-back Canada Day experience there are many options all over the country.
The B.C. government has placed two bets over the Site C project: one that B.C. Hydro can keep construction costs to $8.8 billion, and, two, that it can find customers for the power. Left to cover the ante? Taxpayers.
Preparing and completing an Ironman is one the greatest physical challenges any human can endure -- but one of the most rewarding. So that's why we talked to Toronto native Lynn Tougas, who has competed in several to date. If you're planning to compete, check out her 10 tips for success!
The sixth annual Indian Summer Festival is fast approaching, and arts and culture lovers all over our city are gearing up for what promises to be the most intellectually stimulating ten days of the year. Taking place from July 7th to 16th, the festival combines a range of events featuring thinkers, artists, and leaders from Canada, South Asia, and beyond into a program that promises to be enlightening, entertaining, and inclusive.