Joshua Ostroff

Nestlé Isn't Alone, Every Damn Drink Maker Is Taking Our Water

Joshua Ostroff | September 26, 2016 | Canada Business
Go on and boycott Nestlé. Here's a handy guide to all their products. But realize that despite Nestlé being a bad corporate citizen and the world's biggest bottler of water, boycotting them will not solve the problem. The issue isn't just bottled water, it's that we allow companies to drain our water table for what amounts to free. It's time to disrupt the entire beverage market's business model, which is to extract an ingredient for basically free and sell it for an absurd amount. We need to charge them a rate for that extraction that serves the public interest.
Jessica Gerlock

When It Comes To Mental Health, Love Goes A Long Way

Jessica Gerlock | September 26, 2016 | Canada Living
When living with a mental illness, you feel scared and alone. You might have the best support system around you but you still feel like there is no one. It feels like nobody understands what is going through your mind and you are living in this dark scary world. You end up pushing away your family and friends. You become selfish and you don't care how you treat other people and how your actions affect them.
CIBC Run for the Cure

Fundraising And Hope Are Our Strongest Weapons Against Breast Cancer

CIBC Run for the Cure | September 26, 2016 | Canada Impact
I can't remember a time when breast cancer didn't cast a shadow over my life. For more than three decades it has been a constant, unwanted and unwelcome companion. When I was 14, my mother passed away from breast cancer. She was 39 years old. Prior to that, the disease took her older sister at the age of 42. I'm not sure why I was shocked when I was diagnosed in 2002, in my thirties.
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Good Posture Matters More Than You Think

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | September 26, 2016 | Canada Living
When you were growing up, your parents or teachers probably told you to sit and stand straight, instead of slouching your back and shoulders. They themselves may not have exactly known why that was important, it just seemed that way. But more recent science has found that they were actually right in many more ways than they imagined.
Dr. Reinhold Vieth

Too Little Sunshine Can Take A Toll On Your Health, Too

Dr. Reinhold Vieth | September 26, 2016 | Canada Living
Throughout this beautiful summer, now nearing its end, we have heard a lot of warnings about the UV index, and have been told to stay out of the sun. So, am I confusing people by saying that avoiding sunshine could hurt you?
Puja Uppal

10 Things I Wish You Knew About My Struggle With Depression

Puja Uppal | September 26, 2016 | Canada Living
I thought I could just "think positive" myself out of it, and when that didn't work I tried to make myself as perfect as I could. I was fooling myself. Publicly I wore a mask of the cheery girl I used to be, privately I was barely keeping my head above water. That's when suicide entered my mind. It was like my new obsession.
Peter Harris

5 Reasons Employers Hate Your Resume Before They Even Read It

Peter Harris | September 26, 2016 | Canada Business
Is your resume failing to get the response you're looking for from potential employers? Maybe they're not even reading it.... there are some common resume blunders that can turn employers off even before they get to the sections describing your skills and experience.
Amanda Buessecker

It's Not 'Cool' That My Next-Door Neighbours Are Syrian Refugees

Amanda Buessecker | September 26, 2016 | Canada Living
Being a refugee isn't fun, you see. It is not an adventure. It isn't an extended vacation at the expense of another. It is a sacrifice. It is a last resort. They may be safe here, but they wish that their own country wasn't at war. They would rather be there than here. Frankly, it sucks that my new neighbours are Syrian refugees.
Jason Tetro

When Influenza Attacks, It Causes A Cellular Coup d'État

Jason Tetro | September 26, 2016 | Canada Living
Much like any viral infection, the invasion leads to a shutdown of normal processes as the virus uses up all the nutrients and resources to make more copies. Yet the mechanism of this takeover has been for the most part a mystery. That may change as a group of Israeli researchers have provided a glimpse at how influenza takes over the cell.

Top 10 Destinations For Your First Solo Trip

travelcuts | September 26, 2016 | Canada Travel
Whether you're joining an organized trip or setting out with nothing but a backpack and a guidebook, your first solo trip can be daunting. Yet, you'll soon find it's one of the most rewarding ways to travel. If you're teetering on the edge of going solo, or already planning where to visit, we have ten suggestions to kick-start your wanderlust.
Amber Mac

5 Tips For Powering Down And Sleeping Better

Amber Mac | September 26, 2016 | Canada Living
As a busy entrepreneur growing two businesses, I travel for work on a weekly basis. After hours on planes, speaking on stage, or doing media interviews, it's tough for me to wind down at the end of the day. However, I know how important it is that I get enough sleep when I'm staying in a hotel far away from home.
Marvin Ross

'Psychiatric Refugee' Story Can't Justify Charter Challenge

Marvin Ross | September 26, 2016 | Canada
People deserve to know and to understand what the Mental Health Act is about. They deserve to know the processes that are in place to commit someone against their will and to treat them. And they need to know the safeguards that are in place to prevent excesses and protect the rights of the individual.
Lynn Keane

After Suicide: What I Wish I Could Say To My Son Daniel

Lynn Keane | September 26, 2016 | Canada Living
Why didn't you answer our calls that night? We couldn't figure out why you hadn't come home for dinner. When did you last think about your family that terrible night? Did you consider, even for a moment, that our lives would be a living hell after you were gone? Why didn't you tell us that you hated who you had become? You had lost hope. Despite all of the good in your life, I think there was a layer of fear and uncertainty that left you adrift.
Stephen Punwasi

Pricing Our Monarchy: The True Cost Of Having A Royal Family

Stephen Punwasi | September 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
The cost of hosting Will and Kate is three times the amount given to study foreign ownership by the federal government. Or 75 per cent of the projected revenue to come in from the Vancouver Vacant Home tax. Not exactly chump change to fly them around for a vacation.
Joshua Ostroff

To Police Unions: Stop Protecting Rotten Cops

Joshua Ostroff | September 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
People like to excuse police violence by claiming that it's just a few bad apples. Perhaps that's true, but then who is electing the police union leaders who make it their job to defend these bad apples? See, here's the thing about bad apples -- if you don't root them out, then the whole barrel will rot.If the police union was really protecting the police force, then they'd be the most outspoken critics of police brutality and unnecessary police-involved shootings. But they're not.
Ashleigh-Rae Thomas

Depression Isn't A Personality Flaw

Ashleigh-Rae Thomas | September 23, 2016 | Canada Living
When I was going through it, and if I'm being honest, I still am, I felt utterly alone. The symptoms of depression sometimes present themselves as flaws. I kept thinking if I adjusted my attitude or if I weren't such a bad person then I would feel better. Because we think it's something we've done or that it's our fault, we don't seek treatment. Too many of us aren't reaching out for help when we're experiencing these things.
James Di Fiore

Country Girl Moves Family Back To The Sticks

James Di Fiore | September 23, 2016 | Canada Living
When I met the future mother of my children there was one specific quality that made me fall in love more than all the rest; Michelle was from a small town in the country. She also had a way of pointing out my big city shortsightedness. You can't teach that. You really can't.
The Maddie Project

Our Daughter Fell Through The Cracks Of Our Mental Health System

The Maddie Project | September 23, 2016 | Canada Living
Our daughter was born on March 2, 1990 and died on March 15, 2014. Just 24 years old. She died from an accidental OxyContin overdose... We decided to tell her story to make people aware of the problems that could result from untreated mental health issues.
Dean Herd

I Have Been Running From Social Anxiety For 20 Years

Dean Herd | September 23, 2016 | Canada Living
Fearing they will act in a way that is humiliating or embarrassing, people facing social anxiety disorders pass through life feeling extremely uncomfortable in social settings. Rather than endure the extreme discomfort which results, they expend great energy trying to avoid anxiety-provoking situations.
Fransi Weinstein

I'm Starting To Fall For Fall

Fransi Weinstein | September 23, 2016 | Canada Living
I'm probably getting ahead of myself. The leaves haven't even started to change colour yet, at least not downtown where I live. And there's really no chill in the air either, just the humidity's gone, which I love. So from my perspective, the weather couldn't be better. But it is almost the end of September and I've always dreaded Fall.
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