Deena Douara

'Where Are You From?' Is Clumsy, but Not Racist

Deena Douara | October 9, 2015 | Canada Living
There are a range of reasons people have asked me about my background and reasons I'm curious about yours. Maybe I've traveled to your country of heritage and would like to share my experience; I'd like to visit one day and would welcome your insights. We shouldn't have to pretend not to see skin colour, hear accents, or recognize features. No, we're not all the same -- but why is that the goal?
Parmjit Parmar

My Guide to a Great San Francisco Experience

Parmjit Parmar | October 9, 2015 | Canada Travel
San Francisco, rich in history, culture and culinary delights. It can be an expensive city full of contrasts, having both techies and hipsters, the uber-wealthy and sizeable homeless population. It's a city with an eclectic mix of architecture and 19 distinct neighbourhoods just begging to be discovered. t.
Jill Owen

How to Throw the Ultimate Friendsgiving

Jill Owen | October 9, 2015 | Canada Living
Whether it's as an expat abroad or just one province over, those of us living away from home can't always make the trek back for Thanksgiving. This usually results in a healthy dose of FOMO for the holiday festivities back home, but not to fear -- friendsgiving is here!
Kathleen Finlay

Our Health-Care Systems Need More Compassion

Kathleen Finlay | October 8, 2015 | Canada Living
The sense of disrespect many encounter in their efforts to protect a hospitalized loved one is often compounded by the emotional trauma that comes later with a feeling of abandonment in a sea of unanswered questions.
Zoë Gemelli

Taking Selfies During the Throes of Depression Helped Me Heal

Zoë Gemelli | October 8, 2015 | Canada Living
Lay all of these photos out against each other and it tells a story of the ebbs and flows of depression. I didn't once take a selfie thinking it would be the reminder of how bad it can get. I'm a photographer and just have the innate need to document, even if it's my own angst or joy.
Peter Jaworski

Commodifying Blood Donation Could Solve Canada's Shortfall

Peter Jaworski | October 8, 2015 | Canada Business
The Voluntary Blood Donations Act" prohibits paying and receiving payment for blood, either directly or indirectly. With this bill, the legislature has made the giving and receiving of blood a sacrament. The simplest solution to the blood and plasma shortage is to desacralize blood and plasma. Instead of bowing our heads to this idol, we should see it as the false idol it is, and get back to having a market in blood.
Melanie Nathan

The Innovative Ways GPS Is Being Used in Today's Society

Melanie Nathan | October 8, 2015 | Canada Business
The Global Positioning System, more commonly known by the abbreviation GPS, is much more than a simple map tool for driving. While using GPS satellite navigation can help save time and gas money on long car trips, GPS applications go far beyond travel to areas such as farming, animal tracking, and even gaming.
Mandy Mail

Why Students Should Take Time This Thanksgiving to Re-Evaluate Their Finances

Mandy Mail | October 8, 2015 | Canada Living
After six weeks at school, students may be surprised by how much it actually costs to live independently. When I first moved out on my own, I was amazed by all the hidden costs. Living at home, my parents covered most expenses -- from groceries to toiletries -- and I never gave it a second thought.
Martha Muzychka

Harper Is Throwing a 'Veil' Over the Women's Issues That Matter

Martha Muzychka | October 8, 2015 | Canada Politics
Every day we see another poll, another tracker, another analyst examining this or that issue. The latest is the niqab, the face veil some Muslim women wear. But women's issues and politics in Canada encompass more than a face veil. In fact, I'm going to come out and say there are far more pressing issues we have to deal with from a woman's point of view than whether or not some women wear a veil. Stephen Harper's continuing waving of the veil in our faces is nothing more than a distraction and a deflection from what truly matters.
David Suzuki

The Ecological and Economic Costs of Food Waste Is Staggering

David Suzuki | October 8, 2015 | Canada Living
In North America we tend to focus on how food is grown and harvested -- organic, free range, cage-free, Marine Stewardship Council, fair trade, non-GMO, vegetarian-fed and locally grown among them. From a sustainability point of view, though, the most important question is missing from these labels: Will this food be eaten or will it end up contributing to the world's growing food-waste problem?
Jean Luc Boissonneault

10 Ways to Reclaim Your Willpower

Jean Luc Boissonneault | October 7, 2015 | Canada Living
Did you know that your willpower depends on a limited psychological resource. That means that the more willpower you currently have to exercise the harder it will be to make a change. What you need to do is try to change your environment to remove as much need for willpower as possible.
Abby Langer

Not All Processed Foods Are Created Equal

Abby Langer | October 8, 2015 | Canada Living
Wait! Aren't I supposed to be the champion of whole foods? The trumpeter of processed-food evil? The promoter of home cooking? The voice of nutrition reason? Yes, I am. But I'm also a mom, I'm also realistic, and I also know that most people can't and shouldn't cut out all processed foods.
Cheryl Muir

How I Coped Through Illness and Injury

Cheryl Muir | October 7, 2015 | Canada Living
Two months ago, I was in a car accident. I was rear-ended at 60kph by a guy driving recklessly behind me. This split-second action threw me into a tailspin of injuries, endless medical appointments and insurance headaches galore.
Patrick Luciani

Mexico's Soda Tax Isn't Going to Reduce Obesity

Patrick Luciani | October 8, 2015 | Canada Living
Now we have two reasons to be skeptical about Mexico's soda tax effectiveness: very little incentive to substitute to other drinks and not much pass through to consumers. Based on that we can expect the Mexican tax to be a bust both on the consumer's pocketbook and health.
Lisa Borden

This October, Let's Stop Pinkwashing Breast Cancer

Lisa Borden | October 7, 2015 | Canada Living
Despite the lovely pink ribbon, toxic ingredients are polluting us. Maybe it's just the cynic in me, but I think it should be common sense that we can't shop our way to a cure -- especially by listening to companies who claim to be supporting us and fighting breast cancer, while selling products that can contribute to causing the very disease.
Sari Friedman

How to Make Your Home Festive for Thanksgiving

Sari Friedman | October 7, 2015 | Canada Living
Decorating your home for Thanksgiving is really about creating an environment that embodies all things warm and inviting and it's the little details that make a big impact. Here are five tips on how to cost-effectively get the look you want this holiday season.
Angie Campanelli

Our Thigh Gap Obsession Worries Me for Young Women Everywhere

Angie Campanelli | October 7, 2015 | Canada Living
When I was a teenager and well into my twenties, women encountered similar pressures both on television and in print. The difference is that now we can't just blame corporate advertisers for showing unrealistic body proportions. This time, it's real people teaching other real girls how to strive for and achieve these (at times) unhealthy body sizes.
Joshua Ostroff

Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour Is Broken

Joshua Ostroff | October 6, 2015 | Canada Living
This was my first Madonna concert and, having grown up on her music, I was very excited. Of course, I was also very excited to go see "The Matrix Reloaded."
Simone Katerine

8 Ways to Improve Your Love Life Today

Simone Katerine | October 7, 2015 | Canada Living
One thing I've learned in my seven plus years of writing about sex and relationships, is that the word "sexpert" gets thrown around a lot. I've even had the word featured under my byline (I thought everyone knew it's the blind leading the blind, here?) However, when it comes to Sexperts, Rebecca Rosenblat is the real deal.

7 Steps To Take When You Are Diagnosed With A Food Allergy

HypeFoodie | October 7, 2015 | Canada Living
Getting a food allergy diagnosis is a life changing event. It can be overwhelming at first, but there are many resources available online and through your allergist to help you and your family adjust to a new allergy friendly lifestyle.
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