Erol Vekil

Why Do We Act Like We'll Live Forever?

Erol Vekil | April 28, 2017 | Canada Living
The truth is most of us cannot achieve a majority of our dreams and just when we think we did, we realize that there's still something hollow and unfulfilling within our inner selves. We are fed constantly with an unrealistic philosophy of optimism; one of the many defensive strategies conjured to fill the void created in one's inner self. The notion that life is auspicious and alluring has to be embedded into our minds in order to deflect and distract us from the epilogue.
Maggie Moon

5 Ways To Eat Smarter This Week

Maggie Moon | April 28, 2017 | Canada Living
Many Canadians are looking for quick and easy ways to freshen up their weekly meal plan. Instead of a drastic overhaul or resorting to dieting, here are my five tips for quick wins and smart substitutions you can make to your daily meals and snacks.

What You Can Do To Avoid Being Priced Out Of The Rental Market

YPNextHome | April 28, 2017 | Canada Business
In most Canadian cities -- and many smaller communities too -- renters are increasingly being priced out of the market. It's no secret, real estate is hot hot hot, and it's not just the prices of homes and condos that's gone off the chart, as part of the active market, rental prices have also skyrocketed.
Rhonda Scharf

I've Fallen (But I Can Get Up)

Rhonda Scharf | April 28, 2017 | Canada Living
When we get discouraged, it is easy to just give up. To take that "all or nothing" attitude and walk away from it all. It would be easy to sit on the couch and rationalize that I can't exercise at all because my knee was injured. To stop looking at the college pamphlets; to resign yourself that you will never get a promotion; to eat that extra large piece of chocolate cake because you deserve it! It would be easy to give up.
Sari Friedman

How You Can Reduce The Financial Stress Of Attending A Wedding

Sari Friedman | April 28, 2017 | Canada Living
If you open a wedding invitation with a sense of dread, it turns out you're not alone. Let's face it, even if you love the people getting married, it's hard not to have visions of dollar signs pop in your head, and feel the impending drain on your bank account.
Victor Wong

3 Things You Need To Know About Shingles

Victor Wong | April 28, 2017 | Canada Living
Canadians are busier than ever before, but with extracurriculars and busy work lives, we're seeing increased levels of stress. In fact, experts now believe that some diseases are up to 90 per cent stress-related. One example I see all-too-often is shingles, which takes advantage of the weakened immune system to activate in the body.

7 Ridiculously Outrageous Recipes You Need To Try Now | April 28, 2017 | Canada Living
Warmer weather is almost here and we couldn't be more ecstatic! This means grilling season, weekends at the cottage and poolside tanning. While we're excited for tasty fresh salads, smokey barbecue and ice cream, we can't help but reminisce on all the comfort foods that the colder months had to offer.
Dr. Raywat Deonandan

The World Isn't Facing An Overpopulation Problem

Dr. Raywat Deonandan | April 28, 2017 | Canada Living
Draconian measures driven by xenophobia are not necessary to slow the expansion of our numbers. Nor do we need pandemics, famines or wars to cull our numbers. So long as we continue to invest in education, public health, access to contraception and global trade, our numbers are likely to decline naturally and painlessly.
Makeda Waterman

My Life Changed The Moment I Stopped Settling For Mediocrity

Makeda Waterman | April 28, 2017 | Canada Living
After working in the corporate world in the United States and Canada for a decade, I started to feel empty inside. My personal and career relationships were intact, but like many nine to fivers, I knew that there was more to life than the four walls of my cubicle.
Michelle Cohen

We Are Witnessing The Slow Death Of Ontario's Rural Hospitals

Michelle Cohen | April 28, 2017 | Canada Politics
I am one of a large number of physicians who have been forced to choose between office work and certain types of hospital work because the latter is no longer close and accessible. The number of family physicians attending deliveries has been in decline for a long time, and accessibility is a key reason.
 Lindsay Pleskot

Vegan Almond Feta From SPUD

Lindsay Pleskot | April 27, 2017 | Canada Living
Packed with powerful plant foods, this Vegan Almond Cheese is just another option for more variety in your diet (because let's be honest- I'm not kicking the brie out anytime soon!).
Candice Batista

5 Ethical Gift Ideas For Mother's Day

Candice Batista | April 27, 2017 | Canada Living
If you are racking your brain trying to figure out what to buy your mom for Mother's Day, why not choose something ethical. Paying it forward with gifts that help others is a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day, right? Here are four ethical gifts that are beautiful AND give back.
Jamie Logie

Seeking Perfection Is An Easy Way To Sabotage Your Fitness Goals

Jamie Logie | April 27, 2017 | Canada Living
When it comes to health and fitness, perfection is simply unattainable. Trying so will only leave you feeling frustrated, unmotivated and mad at yourself. When you focus on progress you allow yourself to acknowledge that your diet, your fitness and your overall health pursuits might not always go perfectly.
Kathleen Trotter

My Favourite Things: The Spring Edition

Kathleen Trotter | April 27, 2017 | Canada Living
I am currently renewing my fascial stretching certification from the Stretch To Win Institute. (Fascia is sheets of connective webbing that encases and connects the entire body; it unites bones and muscles.) I do partner fascial stretching with clients, but attending the course reminded me how wonderful the motions feel in my own body. I am now re-motivated to prioritize fascial stretching after every run.
Jerry Diakiw

Dispelling Misconceptions Of What It Means To Be Intersex

Jerry Diakiw | April 28, 2017 | Canada Living
Back in the 1970s as a vice-principal of a local high school, a grade nine student registered as "male" informed me he was now "female." The gender spectrum at that time was largely an official mystery. She, requested the use of the girl's washroom and I made arrangements to have her use the female staff washroom.
Carla Collins

Telling Dark Jokes Helped Me Cope With My Mother's Death

Carla Collins | April 27, 2017 | Canada Living
I firmly believe that bringing levity and shining a light on any tragic topic helps alleviate the fear and horror of it all. However, it wasn't until a couple of years ago when my beloved mother and kindred spirit unexpectedly passed away that I truly took up a near-permanent residence on the dark side of humour.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Access To OCD Treatment Is Limited. And That's A Problem.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | April 27, 2017 | Canada Living
There's a serious gap in the health-care system when it comes to treating patients with obsessive compulsive and related disorders. And limited knowledge is to blame. Most community doctors aren't fully informed on the ways to diagnose and treat OCD and related disorders, and patients are often going undiagnosed for years.
Rose Reisman

The Best And Worst Foods For Fighting Spring Allergies

Rose Reisman | April 27, 2017 | Canada Living
While spring is a welcome change from the drudgery of winter, it comes with its own challenges for many: allergies. Sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes are not only annoying, they can be extremely disruptive to one's daily life and can go on for months. So what causes these irritating symptoms?
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The Upsides To Growing Old

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | April 27, 2017 | Canada Living
There is no shortage of jokes about old age and what old people can get away with, like, you can eat dinner whenever you want or make remarks younger folks would get arrested for. But seriously, there are aspects of aging that really can make a difference in how we relate to what is still in store for us.
Davina Hamilton

New City, No Friends

Davina Hamilton | April 27, 2017 | Canada Parents
I wasn't going to Canada alone. Me, my husband and our two children, aged two and four, would be going together in what we'd described as an experiment and an adventure. The experiment would be experiencing life in Toronto to see if we could live out there permanently. No matter the outcome, it would certainly be an adventure, particularly for our children, who were excited about returning to Toronto, following our first trip to the city the previous year.
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