Erin Chrusch

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The Only New Year's Resolution I'll Make

Erin Chrusch | March 2, 2013 | Canada Alberta
For the past week or so I've been hearing about how all of my friends and family and acquaintances plan to improve their lives over the next year. There are health-related resolutions, career goals, and ideas for improving relationships. But my resolution is a bit different.
Theresa Wells

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New Year Inspiration: Fort McMurray Philanthropist Is 11-Years-Old

Theresa Wells | March 1, 2013 | Canada Alberta
For me 2012 was a very special year, and 2013 promises to be even better - because this past year a very special young man brought his hopes and dreams into my life, and they are ones that are just beginning to fully be realized.
Leanne Shirtliffe

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Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs Ever

Leanne Shirtliffe | February 20, 2013 | Canada Alberta
'Tis the season...to hear endless loops of holiday music and feel tempted to strangle someone with red and green garland. While some Christmas carols might actually bring joy to the world, there are a lot of songs that we want to throw out with the decaying holly and the ivy.
Kenny Yum

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Why Y? A Generation Comes Of Age

Kenny Yum | January 19, 2013 | Canada
Millennials are coming of age, the oldest within the cohort born after 1981 have reached their 30th birthday, a staggering five million of them are adults. Media coverage typically mentions them in terms of its emerging political clout, their impact on the work place or how they are marketed to. Millennials gets the side-show treatment as most day-to-day coverage is aimed at Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. We've set out to change that. Today, we launch our series Asking Y, a long-term commitment from HuffPost Canada and AOL Canada to report on Generation Y, Millennials, Echo Boomers or those I'll simply refer to as those 30 and younger.
Leanne Shirtliffe

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Top 13 Horror Movies for Parents

Leanne Shirtliffe | December 30, 2012 | Canada Alberta
Halloween might kick off the season of scary movies, but if you have young children, October 31st is a horror show of its own. For most people, raising children is the scariest thing they do, so here are thirteen horror movies for parents.
David Dodge

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Light Up Alberta Doubles Down on Solar Electricity in Alberta

David Dodge | December 29, 2012 | Canada Alberta
To Warren Sarauer putting a solar electric system on his roof was a no-brainer but when some innovative electricity retailers in Alberta decided to offer almost double the going rate for his exported solar energy he was ecstatic. Sarauer is a big solar energy supporter - through his company Evergreen and Gold Renewable Energy he puts renewable energy systems into people's homes. But last year he tackled a project that would set an example for his clients, he built a net-zero office.
Theresa Wells

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Embracing 'Steve:' The Fort McMurray Dating Scene

Theresa Wells | December 16, 2012 | Canada Alberta
You see, there is a gender imbalance in this region. There are a lot of men compared to women, and many women come here with their significant others, so single women can be a bit more rare (although they do exist, as I know several). This means men might have to work harder to impress those women, although some, like Steve from site, have a tendency to lose focus on what really matters when it comes to interpersonal relationships (and it isn't how many twenties you have in your wallet, incidentally).
Emelia Symington Fedy

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This Yoga Festival Is Making Me Feel Like Crap

Emelia Symington Fedy | November 15, 2012 | Canada British Columbia
I am at a yoga festival with thousands of yogis from across the U-S of A. We are all gathered here to practice, to play, to work hard together and I am sitting all by myself feeling like shit. This is the kind of festival where white people gather to affirm each other's privilege and their butts and my job is to be their teacher assistant in the process. As I am a naturally cynical person you may ask: Why Emelia, would you go to such a thing you were preparing to dislike so much?
Emelia Symington Fedy

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Jade Eggs And The Dave Matthews Band: Inside A Vaginal Weightlifting Class

Emelia Symington Fedy | November 4, 2012 | Canada British Columbia
I go up to the 20th floor and she lets me into a tiny studio apartment crammed with women sitting on cushions on the floor. The room is (in my small town opinion) gauche. A white fake fur rug, red satin pillows, gold cord wrapped around the sheer drapes. None of the 12 middle-aged women look like they want to be there. The instructor begins, "Vaginal weightlifting dates back thousands of years to the emperor's concubines in China. They would teach the emperor how to pleasure his many women, how to give and receive multiple orgasms and how not to come."
Heather Magee

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Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Heather Magee | November 3, 2012 | Canada British Columbia
Often when I tell people that my partner and I aren't sure if or when we'll start a family, the same few questions arise. Can you imagine yourself 20 or 30 years down the road, with no children or grandchildren? Don't you want someone to carry on your family's lineage? Won't it be lonely with just you two?
Erika Lust

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The Kind of Porn You SHOULD be Watching

Erika Lust | August 19, 2012 | Canada Living
Porn is out there, it's accessible, and it's here to stay. Sex and porn are so inextricably linked that it's as impossible to imagine the world without the one as it is without the other. The problem with most porn is that it reflects a weird world of hairlessness, bleaching athleticism and diminutive speech. It's not real, and this can lead to some serious social problems for teens.
Deena Douara

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The CNN Bubble: Where America Is the World

Deena Douara | May 5, 2012 | Canada
There are a lot of important things happening in the world right now. What are they? I couldn't tell you; I watch CNN.
Elaine Dembe

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Finding Inner Peace at the Food Court

Elaine Dembe | April 17, 2012 | Canada Living
I'm sometimes known as the Queen of Quinoa for my healthy eating habits. So you can imagine the shock on a patient's face when I bumped into them at Costco's snack bar where I was face deep in the most delicious beef hot dog, bun oozing with Heinz ketchup, French's mustard and Bick's green relish. Oh, and I was also inhaling a side of fries.
Deborah Moskovitch

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This Family Day, Don't Play Games with Your Children

Deborah Moskovitch | April 17, 2012 | Canada Living
Single parent households, blended families, same-sex families, cohabiting families. There so many more configurations that I haven't even mentioned. But when you're divorced and single, the expression "family day" suddenly takes on a very new meaning. 
Miranda Frum

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Up in Smoke! Saying Adios to Cigarettes

Miranda Frum | March 18, 2012 | Canada
In recognition of National Quitting Smoking week, two of Huffpost's young contributors, Miranda Frum and Daniel Alexandre Portoraro, have volunteered to quit smoking and keep a daily journal about it. Readers: Support them! And please share your own struggles about trying to kick an addiction, whether it was cigarettes or anything else.
Rana Florida

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Creative Spaces: Where to Find Inspiration

Rana Florida | March 18, 2012 | Canada
Creative workers need peace and quiet and privacy, but they need social stimulation. Can you do that in a fish bowl-style cubicle? Drab furniture, white walls, no natural sunlight, and bland, boring spaces do little to ignite the imagination.
Georgialee Lang

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How Not to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

Georgialee Lang | February 21, 2012 | Canada Lifestyle
Telling your spouse you want a divorce is always a difficult moment. Many men and women simply don't have the guts to say it as it is, so they take the coward's way out by living their lives as if they were single. Meanwhile, their spouses are experiencing waves of...
Ben Johnson

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Why Artists Should Hate the Internet

Ben Johnson | February 16, 2012 | Canada Business
By so enthusiastically embracing this newfound ability to share everything, artists' work is being inherently devalued in the rush to simply "get it out there." Sure, you're anxious to share your passion with the world, but think about who is really benefiting from all your hard work before you click that submit button.
Jane Siberry

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A Musician's Journey Into the New Millenium

Jane Siberry | December 29, 2011 | Canada Living
If you ask someone if they like music, they look at you strangely. It seems to be a universal given. Like asking someone if they like breathing. Can you imagine a world with no music? How quiet it would be? How hard it would be to celebrate? How difficult to fight gravity? How impossible to dance?
Trina Read

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Is Sex Addiction Real?

Trina Read | December 28, 2011 | Canada Living
I think the trick to defining sex addiction is to determine 'normal' sexual pursuits. This is an exercise in subjectivity as every person has their own comfort level and preference: some people want sex three times a day (or more), some have exotic tastes, and others favour vanilla sex.
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