Ken Becker

How Insulting Canada Has Become an Industry

Ken Becker | July 29, 2015 | Canada Living
The Canadian news media are again proving to be a PR bonanza for a smart satirical comedy show south of the border. Comedy Central, HBO and others have learned that all you have to do is insult Canada in any way and you're guaranteed free publicity from coast to coast to coast.
Sharon Rider

One Blood Test Saved My Life

Sharon Rider | July 29, 2015 | Canada Living
I was married with two children and needed to have two surgeries due to back pain I had been experiencing for seven years. Pre-surgery blood tests revealed that I had the hepatitis C virus and had been living with it unknowingly for 23 years.
Her Magazine

Doctors Performing C-Sections Shouldn't Make Unnecessary Cuts

Her Magazine | July 29, 2015 | Canada Living
Three weeks after my third C-section, I decided to take off my bandage and I was truly horrified. I saw a 2nd incision above my previous C-section scar. What on earth was this OBGYN thinking? I was shocked and angry and really felt violated. I was exhausted and excited to meet my baby, and it really didn't occur to me to remind the doctor on call to cut over my previous C-section. You would think this was common practice and that there were notes in my file about my discussions and expectations for this procedure. Was he careless? Was he disrespectful? Was he in a rush? Was it just easier for him to make a new incision?
Sacha DeVoretz

The Benefits Of Daily Horoscopes

Sacha DeVoretz | July 29, 2015 | Canada Living
Beginning August 5th through October 31, the Saturn Sisters will bring the cosmos down to earth in their horoscope content for LOFT.com daily (and monthly). From your career to your love life to your finances and family, their spot-on daily and monthly forecasts help you to master your game plan and get the most out of your unique stars.
Cheryl Muir

4 Signs You Have Outgrown Your Circle of Friends

Cheryl Muir | July 29, 2015 | Canada Living
Here's the deal: when you change your life, some people aren't meant to stick around. When you think about it, it makes sense. If we are the sum of our five closest friends and you're striving to do more and be more, it stands to reason that your set of five close friends will change over time. And yep, you guessed it, I'm writing about this because it happened to me recently.
Marcia Sirota

What Grief Taught Me

Marcia Sirota | July 29, 2015 | Canada Living
When I was 25-years-old and early on in my medical training, I got a phone call from my mom one day. With no preamble, she blurted out, "She's gone!" At first, I didn't know who mom was talking about. Then she said the name. It was Esther, my infant niece.
Ashley D. MacKenzie

Living The Imperfect Vancouver Dream Is Perfect For Me

Ashley D. MacKenzie | July 29, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
No, it's not cheap to live here. And yes, we could have bought a house in the suburbs for the same cost as our condo, but that's the thing -- we don't want a house. We don't want extra square footage that we're going to fill with things we never use. We just want to live the life that feels right for us.
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

All Parents Should Send Their Kids to Summer Camp

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | July 29, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Because camp isn't just a place, it's a state of mind.
Lisa Jackson

Yukon Dancers Sparkle at Panamania

Lisa Jackson | July 28, 2015 | Canada Living
The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers travelled 5,000 kilometres from Whitehorse to perform onstage at the Aboriginal Pavilion, as part of the 17-day Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival that ran parallel to the Pan Am Games.
Sarah Vermunt

Here's Why You Should Re-Examine Your Goals

Sarah Vermunt | July 28, 2015 | Canada Living
When I'm helping clients set goals for their careers, one of the most important questions I ask them is "why?". Why are they setting that particular goal? That simple question helps them determine whether the goal is aligned with what they actually want.
Lisa Abram

A Strange Turn in the Road of Life

Lisa Abram | July 28, 2015 | Canada Living
There may be a point in our life when we approach the stop sign of mortality at the same intersection of humanity and friendship. As my husband and I recently found out, this conjoined incidence can happen without warning. In preparing for our annual trip to Palm Springs, I withdrew...
Tiffany Leigh

How I Found My Favourite Chardonnay

Tiffany Leigh | July 28, 2015 | Canada Living
For a rookie chardonnay sipper like myself, I was eager to learn about the masterful combinations created in this wine style. And I believe that's the beauty of this event. It is open to the public and provides an opportunity for you to try a multitude of wines from around the globe.
Dr. Allana Polo

Four Summer Foods Disguised as "Healthy" Choices

Dr. Allana Polo | July 29, 2015 | Canada Living
There are some hidden dangers you need to know about if weight gain is a concern, if you want to take advantage of summer activities to slim down or if you have health concerns that need to be kept in check. Here are four summer foods, disguised as healthy choices, that may actually be causing you to gain weight.
Jon Packer

We Can Decide What Our Pan Am Legacy Will Be

Jon Packer | July 28, 2015 | Canada Living
The legacy debate this week is now about whether the Pan Am Games will lead Toronto to an Olympic bid. The reality is it doesn't matter. Toronto has already won by hosting a pan-American event that has taught us we can make this city any way we choose.
Miriam Pearl

Six of My Best Time-Saver Tips for the Busy Cook

Miriam Pearl | July 28, 2015 | Canada Living
There is constant food prep for each child you have with celiac or allergies; three meals a day plus snacks seven days a week, 365 days a year. At first I was scrambling trying to figure out what to feed my kids until I learned to manage it all with these six simple time-saving ways to prepare meals and snacks. Today this is my gift to you!
Sandra Hanna

5 Tips to Stretch Your Dollar This Summer

Sandra Hanna | July 28, 2015 | Canada Living
With the unlucky loonie continuing to drop, Canadians are pinching their pennies and watching their savings. According to a recent survey from digital offers site RetailMeNot.ca, 73 per cent of Canadians are worried about the nation's economy. However, a little savvy spending will help to satisfy needs and wants.
Ashley Redmond

I Went Six Days Without Netflix

Ashley Redmond | July 27, 2015 | Canada Living
This Netflix cleanse was obviously not on purpose and I don't advocate it for everyone. But by forcing myself to be alone and engage in activities that I like such as organizing and chatting on the phone I was allowing myself to be with my thoughts and be present in the moment. It was kind of awesome.
Lynda Fishman

Eulogy For Harold

Lynda Fishman | July 27, 2015 | Canada Living
Going to a funeral is difficult. That deafening silence in the chapel brings back painful memories and stirs up emotions that I work so hard to control. No matter how much time has passed, that aching and longing for my parents and sisters is never buried too deeply, always bubbling...
Jonathan Rizzolo

5 Crucial Steps to Beating Food Addictions

Jonathan Rizzolo | July 26, 2015 | Canada Living
By far the most common challenge for keeping up a healthy diet is giving up food addictions. If you could break free from your cravings, healthy habits would take over and your new lifestyle would become a breeze. Wouldn't that be nice? Easier said than done.
Jason Tetro

You Won't Believe Where Researchers Found Lyme Disease

Jason Tetro | July 26, 2015 | Canada Living
For us in Canada, the results should be an early warning sign of things to come. As average temperatures rise, so will the risk. This means the timeline for spread could be shorter and Lyme disease may be coming to a wilderness near you.
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