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Amber Rehman

Co-founder and blogger for http://fatekeep.com

Co-founder and writer for http://fatekeep.com , @HuffingtonPost Blogger, mother/wife. #Antibullying advocate, #SocialGood, #Slacktivism & #food are my passions.

Favorite quote: “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world” – Hellen Keller
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Are You Happy With the Way Quebec's Resources Are Being Used?

1,000,000 people in Quebec don't file their taxes every year. If each of those people owe taxes of... I don't know... let's say $624 each (an extremely low estimate given that the average amount of taxes paid by a Quebecer is around $10,000), then I'd say an investment of $600k in "FILE YOUR TAXES" billboards, print and TV ads might have helped us to avoid this huge debt hole.
04/02/2014 06:28 EDT
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Quebec Teens Feel Bullied By the Charter of Values

Like most religious minorities in Quebec, I am only slightly shocked by the proposed charter of values. The people that at the short end of the proverbial legislation stick are kids. Because our kids will live the rest of their future in the shadow of the laws and governments we support, it is imperative to consult them. So I decided to put my ear to the ground, and asked my youth group girls and their friends what they thought of the Quebec charter of values. Here are some reactions by girls age 12-16, all from different backgrounds and religions.
09/17/2013 12:27 EDT
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Why BeaverTails Are Really Good For You

It's without a doubt, brands reflect the people that manage them. How a company involves itself in a community speaks volumes about the kind of people at the helm. I've had the privilege of interviewing some amazing people that give back in their communities, and Pino Di Ioia was no exception.
08/30/2013 07:35 EDT

Alberta Flood Unsung Heroes: Come Hell or High Water

Last month parts of Alberta were struck with a devastating flood. As we watched the horrific images of beloved Canadian cities immersed in water, Canadians felt connected like never before to its thriving midwest. I arrived in Calgary the day after the flood had devastated most of Calgary's vibrant downtown and surrounding cities.
08/02/2013 04:38 EDT
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How One Woman Revolutionized Halal Food in Canada

Salima Jivraj, the founder of Halal Foodie and the Halal Food Festival in Toronto has become a hot star in one the largest Muslim communities in Canada, Salima has used her food and marketing abilities to bring the Halal food industry, valued at over a billion dollars, to the 21st century.
05/28/2013 05:20 EDT
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One Woman's Journey to Self Discovery and Giving Back

After a life long battle with depression, anxiety and panic, Patricia turned to the universe for answers to cope with her unhappiness. She did the unthinkable and listened to her inner voice and did something most of us would not dare to do. Patricia quit her job to pursue her "Kick Ass Dreams."
05/16/2013 05:35 EDT
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How Facebook Helped Me Be a Better Mom

During life before social media I felt like I was mothering all by myself. No one to bounce idea's off of. Sure, there was the World Wide Web, and there were communities on it, but I didn't have the time to breath, let alone do research on how to truly enjoy my kids. Now, I am an uber-sharer.
04/25/2013 12:34 EDT
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Why You Should Care About International Women's Day

With so many international atrocities committed against women on a daily basis, I as a woman in the west sometimes feel that there is very little that we can do. But living in the lap of luxury doesn't remove the sadness one feels when they see the news reports. I feel overwhelmed by the state of women and believe we should act more. This International Women's Day let us educate ourselves and the society at large.
03/08/2013 08:03 EST
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My Hijab Doesn't Oppress Me, It Empowers Me

The day that I decided to wear my scarf, was the day I accepted I was a feminist. Was a simple piece of cloth a symbol of oppression? I found that women were mistreated all over the world, scarf or no scarf. So at 16, I began my journey to covering my body. I realized, the world would judged me no matter what I did, so I better do what I feel is right. My feminism still remains while I wear the hijab, because for me it was the greatest symbol of choice.
03/05/2013 12:12 EST
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My Bullied Daughter's Loneliness Haunted Me

My daughter would come home sad everyday. She would cry every week. We would have pep talks regularly, but I could not mend her broken heart. I could not take back the words kids said to my child. Her loneliness haunted me. As a mother, I was watching a child dying on the inside. It was like watching a beautiful flower wilting in the cold.
02/26/2013 07:47 EST

Westin Harbour Castle; A Home Away from Home

  To find a good hotel that suits your family's needs is like looking for a second home. For our family the winner hands down has been the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Once a month my husban...
02/26/2013 03:35 EST

Bullied for Being Different

When I discovered that my daughter was having a hard time adjusting to school a few years back, I did everything I could to make sure she understood that making friends was an easy task. If I learned something from my life, it's that we have some of our worst experiences as kids, so that we can grow up with thick skins and deal with the adult world.
02/18/2013 05:47 EST

Defying Your Inner Voice

Unless we self-reflect and make a change we risk becoming the voice we grew up defying. We might live long enough to see ourselves become the villain. The circle of defiance continues except now our children are the rebels and we are the evil empire.
02/02/2013 07:10 EST

Ford Puts Its Money Where Its Motor Is

Ford started "Drive one 4ur community" or "drive one 4ur school" to fill a great need. This program partners up schools and communities that have Ford dealerships to do a fundraising event. Since the Drive One initiative came to Canada in 2010 there have been more than 1,000 events which lead to over 160,000 test-drives. Crazy cool eh?
01/30/2013 05:36 EST
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Tis the Season to Give. Here's Why! #WhatWouldYouGive

In late November TELUS asked their Facebook friends a simple question; if you could give anything to anyone, what would you give? To give is one thing, but to involve the average person and allow them to be part of the sharing is a beautiful thing.
12/27/2012 10:55 EST
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I Still Want to Be Like Mike

I was in Grade five when I fell in love with basketball. Michael Jordan fuelled my over-the-top obsession with the sport. Being a kid with a disability didn't stop me from dreaming of dunking or playing one on one with Michael Jordan. Defying people's expectations has been one of my missions in life.
11/07/2012 05:11 EST

Are We Oversexualizing Breast Cancer?

October is breast cancer awareness month. Yesterday, my 10-year-old son came up to me and asked: "Mommy, do you remember that commercial we saw about those pink things?" He made his hands in a cup formation and covered his chest like a bra. Is there anyone else out there that has some feminism kicking around to feel objectified by overly sexualization of breast cancer? Are breasts selling cancer awareness just like they sell cars, beer, music, cigarette, shoes, and pretty much everything else. Just in case you think I am a prude, I ask you this: Are men asked to wear speedos to raise awareness for prostate cancer?
10/26/2012 12:13 EDT