Rachel Décoste

Why We Need Better Dark-Skinned Dolls

Rachel Décoste | January 27, 2015 | Canada Living
Both American and Canadian media have showcased the new wave of ethnic Barbie-sized dolls. The culturally-attuned figurines fill the gaping void in a transforming consumer base. Dark-skinned dolls with Aryan noses, Elizabethan hips, and Caucasian hair fail to capture the magic that Barbie has brought to little white girls for over 50 years.
Jordan Cieciwa

Do You Know These Shocking Super Bowl Consumption Statistics?

Jordan Cieciwa | January 27, 2015 | Canada Living
One billion chicken wings, which means 500 million chickens will be killed for us to enjoy the game. Pounds of potato chips consumed; 28 million. Pounds of avocados consumed; 53.5 million. Number of football fields worth of farmland to grow all that corn, potatoes, and avocados is 222,792. And last 325.5 million is the number of gallons of beer drank by Americans that day.

When the Music's Over -- Exploring a Home Lost in Time

Freaktography | January 27, 2015 | Canada Living
With some research, a few inquiries and a few hours my friend and exploring partner RiddimRyder were able to locate the house and we set out on a short road trip to shoot and explore this incredible abandoned house on the shores of Lake Michigan. We reached the house early in the morning as a fresh layer of snow covered the ground.
Ana Wang

Can Good Style Change the World?

Ana Wang | January 27, 2015 | Canada Style
With each generation, the adoption of a new style standard represented more than a change in aesthetic tastes as trends represent today in the seesaw of what's-new-what's-next-what's-cool; style has always been tied to some sort of revolution. Today, with nothing that can't be created, nothing that can't be found, nothing that can't be knocked off, we really can have it all.
Kirsty Duncan

Violence Against Women in Canada: Enough Is Enough

Kirsty Duncan | January 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
We know from our daily lives that gender-based violence remains rampant. The facts support this conclusion: half of women in Canada have suffered physical or sexual violence. Exactly when did we, as a society, become accustomed to violence? We must ensure access to coordinated services that keep women and children safe.
Candace Plattor

Relapse Doesn't Have to Be a "Normal" Part of Addiction Recovery

Candace Plattor | January 27, 2015 | Canada Living
Lately I've been receiving a number of articles into my inbox, talking about addicts who relapse after they come out of treatment. Most of these writers are telling me that relapse is a 'normal part of recovery' from addiction. First of all, I don't agree with this premise at all, and secondly, I totally fail to see how it's helpful for an addict coming out of rehab to be armed with that kind of biased and ultimately untrue information.
Shelagh Meagher

Are Your Friends Cheerleaders or Fearleaders?

Shelagh Meagher | January 26, 2015 | Canada Living
The enthusiasm requirement is a biggie, because excitement is infectious. Cheerleaders can get worn out just like the adventurer they're supporting. When you've been whining for two weeks straight or copping out on doing what you've got to do to make it happen, they need to be so keen on your success that they'll keep pushing you right on through it.
Barbara Mintzes

How Health Canada Failed to Uphold Its Own Pharmaceutical Ad Standards

Barbara Mintzes | January 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
Although advertising of prescription medicines to the public is generally banned in Canada on public health grounds, shifts in administrative policy have allowed two types of ads since late 2000: "reminder" ads that mention a brand name, but make no health claims; and "help-seeking" ads that mention a condition, but do not state a brand or company name. We have identified six main weaknesses in how Health Canada regulates this advertising.
Genevieve Michaels

PuSh Festival Vancouver Brings The Performing Arts To Life

Genevieve Michaels | January 26, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
There is something for everyone at PuSh Fest, whether you're a broke student getting into the Vancouver arts scene (like me), or a performing arts industry veteran.
Bill Bogart

There Is More to Obesity Than 'Calories In, Calories Out'

Bill Bogart | January 26, 2015 | Canada Living
A recent study has tied body mass index (BMI) to pollutants. That investigation suggests that exposure to second hand smoke and roadway traffic may be linked to increased BMI in children and adolescents. Several other studies and reports also raise fears about pollutants and other chemicals and their links to obesity.
Marilyn Linton

Finding the Right Moisturizer to Deal With Your "Winter Skin"

Marilyn Linton | January 26, 2015 | Canada Living
During a winter such as this one, our red, dry and flaky skin screams for something smooth and soothing. But is a little hand cream all we really need? When it comes to something called winter skin, is there really such a thing?
Rachel Décoste

Success Comes in All Shapes, Colours and Sizes

Rachel Décoste | January 27, 2015 | Canada Living
For two decades, the Screen Actors Guild has been highlighting its members' best performances. The annual gala isn't as white as the 2015 Oscar nominees, but it's pretty close.‎ ‎Some say the lack of meaningful roles or developed character arcs -- especially for Asians, Latinos and African Americans -- contributed to their perpetual absence in the winners' circle. Others point to audiences' intolerance for non-white central characters. At the 2015 SAG awards, ‎Viola Davis became the third actor of colour to ever take home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Drama.‎ ‎
Alyson Schafer

Top Parenting Myths Debunked for New Moms and Dads

Alyson Schafer | January 25, 2015 | Canada Living
Being a new parent means that you are often bombarded with advice and suggestions about raising a child. Family, friends and even strangers will no doubt offer their two cents on all sorts of topics. Problem is, how do you know who to listen to? I debunk some top myths to help soon-to-be moms and dads navigate the world of parenthood.
Marvin Ross

The Mental Health Commission of Canada Is Stuck in Groundhog Day

Marvin Ross | January 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
The Mental Health Commission of Canada has just released the first of two reports on indicators showing how poorly we treat those with mental illness in Canada. I really have to ask why, as this is something we already know.
Jason Tetro

How Chewing Gum Can Help Your Oral Health

Jason Tetro | January 25, 2015 | Canada Living
The question has plagued dental professionals for years. Is chewing gum good or bad for your teeth? Last week, an international team of researchers provided the first comprehensive look at the impact of gum on oral health. It seems a few minutes of gum chewing might be an excellent way to keep a healthy mouth.
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

Thank You for Speaking Out About Your Fertility Struggles, Jaime King

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | January 23, 2015 | Canada Living
Jaime you decided to come forward with your personal experiences and give a voice to all of those who found that trying for a baby didn't go as they planned. You didn't have to share this information, but you did. By doing so, you brought awareness to infertility and hope to women all over the world. You've given a ray of hope to those who needed it amidst the flurry of injectable medications, ultrasounds, and doctor appointments. You've brought encouragement to those who went through the "two week wait" with baited breath only to be heartbroken and disappointed.
Dan Kraus

The Rewilding of Southern Canada Has Brought Back the Raven

Dan Kraus | January 23, 2015 | Canada Impact
The common raven is part of a pattern of rewilding migrations to southern Canada that have occurred over the last century. Bald eagles, fishers and beavers have similar homecomings. These species originally occurred in southern Canada, but retracted their ranges to northern, wilder homes.
Amitha Kalaichandran

How To 'Get Engaged' in 2015

Amitha Kalaichandran | January 23, 2015 | Canada Living
Make 2015 the year where you make the effort to engage with each other -- even strangers. It doesn't mean you have to talk to every stranger you meet, but at least keep your eyes and ears open to what you might learn and experience. It could be something small such as making eye contact with others when you walk down the street.
Jordan Cieciwa

If Health Is Your Mission, Follow These Rules

Jordan Cieciwa | January 23, 2015 | Canada Living
Fun fact: At this point most people are already quitting on their New Year's resolutions. It is more often than not because they have tried to do too much. If health is your mission, focus on these points. 1) Get portion sizes under control -- We simply eat way more than we need.

When Mother Earth Has Nothing Left To Give, We Must Slow Down

Ecojustice | January 23, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
We must learn from people who have a deep connection to place and accept that the earth has limits that must be respected.
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