Marilyn Linton


Getting Forgetful? Try This Memory Checkup

Marilyn Linton | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
Oscar Wilde said that memory is the diary that we all carry about. But as we age, some pages in that diary fade, others come up blank, and some are still as crisp and clear as the day we wrote them. That's my impression, anyhow, after having done a wildly popular memory test that was created by scientists at Toronto's Baycrest Health Sciences Centre and MaRS Discovery District.
Heather Wall

Chardonnay Gets its Cool Back

Heather Wall | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
I loved Chardonnay even when Chardonnay wasn't cool. And the coolest of the uncool? Ontario Chardonnay. That's why I spent the weekend in Niagara at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. This is the fourth year for this international event that draws together more than two thousand other lovers of the world's most planted -- and often, maligned -- grape, Chardonnay.
Tosca Reno

The Pornographication of Fitness Needs to Stop

Tosca Reno | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
What most women don't realize is that when they are looking at the faces and bodies of women in physique magazines, most of them have dieted for months to look that way. Or most of them are just days prior to a contest where they have put themselves through rigorous training and dieting to get lean enough.
Devon Murphy


#JFL42: Todd Barry Works the Crowd in a Festival Preview

Devon Murphy | July 22, 2014 | Canada
The good folks at JFL42 must have known Toronto was getting antsy for comedy, because they offered up a taste of the festival -- an amuse-bouche, if you will -- just this past week. I was ever-so-lucky to see one of the best in the biz, festival alumni Todd Barry.

Top 9 Ways to Not Get Raped

femifesto | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
Avoid Rapists: Stay away from those who commonly commit assaults: strangers, family members, friends, partners, spouses, co-workers, bosses, clients, teachers, doctors, teammates, and police officers. Be extra careful during peak times when rapes occur i.e. daytime, nighttime, dawn, afternoon, early evening, tea time, nap time.
Dr Dina Kulik

8 Tips to Curb Mommy-itis (and Get a Moment to Yourself)

Dr Dina Kulik | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
My almost two-year-old started this about a month ago. My sweet, independent toddler now requires 'mommy' when he is sad, or tired, or hurt and is difficult to sooth by anybody else. But it is tiring. Sometimes after a long day of work I would appreciate him calling for daddy. So what works? Here are a few tips.
Alyson Jones

4 Simple Steps To Avoiding Post-Summer Anxiety

Alyson Jones | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
The summer is a great time for doing some thinking and once you have put some thought into your vision for the future, the next steps are to identify and evaluate your priorities and create a realistic plan that will move you forward in these areas. In order to achieve this, I offer a simple and practical structure to get you going.
Bill Bogart

How the Government Can Make Kids' Sports More Affordable

Bill Bogart | July 22, 2014 | Canada Impact
The idea is simple: children need to be more active. Governments have a role to play in encouraging kids to exercise more. A survey found that parents who had children enrolled in activities spent, on average, $1,000 a year for each child. But here let's look at the Canadian Children's Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC) as one important means of lowering costs and increasing access for kids' participation.
Jordan Cieciwa


Incorporate Wellness into Your 9 to 5 Life

Jordan Cieciwa | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
This is what I encounter on a regular basis: I go in to a workplace to spread health and fitness, and get to meet people that are putting their life on hold Monday to Friday. I meet people that are extremely bitter. The reason is that they know they aren't doing the important things. They feel trapped.
Lauren Messervey


The Purpose of Feminism

Lauren Messervey | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
The remedy for all ignorance is simple; compassion and education. If you come across a 21st century "alpha" male basking in North American blindness, be kind. They are less-educated in the ways of human behavior, and perhaps it is best to leave them to it. Pick up the torch, speak up, and educate those who are willing to listen. Your voice has power. Never let go of the truth in equal rights.
Jason Tetro


How to Avoid Germs in the Washroom

Jason Tetro | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
The summer time means lemonade, beaches and more time in public bathrooms. But while the stall looks like sweet relief through beer goggles, it's actually a cesspool of germs. Nobody wants to waste sunny days in bed with a cold or flu, so we've asked The Germ Guy, a.k.a Jason Tetro, to arm you with the weapons to fight a microbial army.
Terezia Farkas


Why Farmer Suicide Rates Are the Highest of Any Occupation

Terezia Farkas | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
Farming is a fairly isolated occupation with a small, close-knit community of co-workers and family. In the small farming community, the saying that everyone knows everything about each other is true. Going to a mental health professional or admitting you are depressed quickly becomes the news. This reduced sense of confidentiality ensures farmers don't talk about their depression.
Andree Lau


Baby Led Weaning Is Why My Kids Are Great Eaters

Andree Lau | July 22, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Starting baby on solids is a big deal. We're worried about them choking, not eating enough, not getting enough nutrients... Babies can feel our stress. And no one eats well when they're stressed. So just sit back and let your brilliant baby do his/her thing.
Sandra Charron

Can We Let Go of These Mental Illness Stereotypes?

Sandra Charron | July 21, 2014 | Canada Living
I have openly talked about my use of laxatives for years; I make no secret of the hours and days spent avoiding food, and more specifically eating it; I talk about my death and my desire to die as though I were sharing a favourite recipe; my naps are long, and often I refuse to actually wake from them, instead pulling covers over my head and pointing to the door with a hissed, "Get out get out."
Christine E. Laprade


What Meditation Can Teach the World

Christine E. Laprade | July 21, 2014 | Canada Living
Meditation might just offer what the world needs, if only human beings could be gifted with a modicum of mindfulness. And mindfulness is, if you ask me, widely, appallingly underestimated. Not to be confused with self-awareness!
Denette Wilford


'Hotel Hell' Review: Go With Gordon Ramsay On This One

Denette Wilford | July 21, 2014 | Canada TV
The words "poop on the wall" and "mosaic of semen" aren't exactly the descriptors that have me excitedly reaching for the remote, but because "Hotel Hell" stars Gordon Ramsay, I pressed play with only the tiniest bit of hesitation.
Abby Langer

Kids Don't Need Sugary Snacks After Sports

Abby Langer | July 22, 2014 | Canada Living
Would it be such a hardship to end the practice of snack sign-up in favor of everyone bringing their own snack? That way, parents who love Kool-Aid and cookies are free to stuff their kids with garbage. Telling my kids to decline snack at the end of practice is always an option, but I don't feel like my kids should have to be put in that position.
Jason Tetro


The Long-Term Trauma of Gastrointestinal Infection

Jason Tetro | July 20, 2014 | Canada Living
Most of us have experienced at one time or another that rumble in the gastrointestinal jungle. But there is a darker side to these maladies manifesting at the microbial level. Though we may not feel these consequences in the short term, research has shown there may be more difficult times down the road.
Marvin Ross


Harper Calls it "Mental Health Reform," I Call it a Sham

Marvin Ross | July 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
The establishment of a Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) by the Harper Tories in 2007 has been seen as a progressive step towards ensuring that those with mental illnesses begin to receive the same level of health care as those with other illnesses. But, in my opinion, it was nothing more than a clever ploy to make it look like something positive was finally being done. Those who suffer from mental illness deserve the same level of care and treatment as those who suffer with other illnesses. No society can call itself progressive when it allows such needless suffering as those with mental illnesses, addictions and their families do.
Sean Casey


The Prostitution Poll MacKay and Harper Don't Want You to See

Sean Casey | July 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
There is a $175,000 poll the Harper government commissioned seeking the actual views of Canadians about prostitution. Peter MacKay has steadfastly opposed releasing the contents of that poll, despite the fact that the information contained might have been helpful to the Justice Committee's deliberations. Department of Justice Official testified that the poll contained "useful information" in crafting the bill. At the parliamentary hearings last week, I once again asked Minister MacKay about this poll. Here is the official parliamentary record of that exchange.
All posts from 07.22.2014 < 07.21.2014