Natasha Koifman

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How to Find the Real Look of Love From the Right Person

Natasha Koifman | September 16, 2014 | Canada Living
My parents have been married for 45 years and I was with them this past weekend and they are definitely still in love -- they hold hands, tease one another and they have that special gaze when they look at each other when they think nobody is watching. I believe in real love -- I witnessed it my whole life. Here's what I think I know.
Alyson Jones

Mistakes Form the Yellow Brick Road to Wisdom

Alyson Jones | September 16, 2014 | Canada Living
The most important step is to accept that we are all human. We all make mistakes. We all mess up. In fact it is my belief that this is most likely the purpose to life. Mistakes are opportunities, but through these opportunities we grow and learn what we are made of and what we have to contribute.
G(irls)20

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STEM: It's a "Girl Thing," Too

G(irls)20 | September 16, 2014 | Canada Impact
Women make up over half of the world's population but only a third of engineering jobs across the globe are held by women. I believe this problem, like many others, is significantly centered on mindset and perceptions.
Leah Eichler

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Be Kind When You Quit Your Job, You Just Might End Up Back There

Leah Eichler | September 16, 2014 | Canada Business
Leaving a job can often feel like a breakup. But what if that breakup is only a temporary? For many it is, and a study published this summer in Personnel Psychology, shows that "boomerang" employees, or workers who return to a company after leaving voluntarily, can comprise about 10 to 20 per cent of an organization's new hires.
Vicki Murphy

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What I Really Want To Tell You About Pregnancy

Vicki Murphy | September 16, 2014 | Canada Living
I'm torn because my family always comes first, but I also have these ideas and opportunities and the iron is hot and I'm not getting any younger and this is my time, bitch. I'm riddled with guilt just typing that, because society and my upbringing and all that bullshit has programmed me to believe I'm a mother now, so I'm supposed to sacrifice my own dreams for everyone else's. But I'm determined to try my best to fuck that noise and do it all, even if I don't do any of it perfectly. I'd rather live with failure than regret.
Bill Bogart

Why Mexico's Ban on Advertising Food to Kids Might Not Work

Bill Bogart | September 16, 2014 | Canada Business
This summer Mexico put in place a ban of food advertising to children. The target is junk. Restricting advertising to children is good policy as one part of efforts to have our kids eat nutritiously right from the start. However, in this increasingly interconnected world it is harder and harder for any one society to effectively constrain such promotions.
Andy Nulman

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What I Learned This Week: Family Doesn't Always Come First

Andy Nulman | September 15, 2014 | Canada Business
"Family always wins...but doesn't always come first." Whatever decision has to be made, it should be with the ultimate goal of doing right by your family. And sometimes that means taking a tougher decision with a long-term view instead of an easier short-term, unequivocal yes.
Robbie Praw

12 Things You Should Know About Toronto's Comedy Festival, #JFL42

Robbie Praw | September 15, 2014 | Canada Living
What the hell were we thinking? A comedy festival, with a weird pass and even a weirder name immediately following what can only be described as the centre of the entertainment universe! But then it happened. Toronto comedy fans have secured this event as not only Toronto's biggest comedy festival, but as one of top five comedy festivals in all of North America!
Douglas Hoyes

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Just Because You Can Get a Big Mortgage Doesn't Mean You Should

Douglas Hoyes | September 14, 2014 | Canada Business
If you can't afford the monthly mortgage payment (and property taxes, and repairs and maintenance) your mortgage is too big. The "equity" answer is that if you have less than 10 per cent equity in your house, you are at higher risk of financial problems.
Jason Tetro

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Looking for a Fun, Easy Way to Keep Your Mouth Healthy? Try...Gum

Jason Tetro | September 14, 2014 | Canada Living
It's amazing what we do to maintain oral health. We brush our teeth, floss those gums, swirl mouthwash, endure whitening strips, and even suck on myriad different breath fresheners. All the while we hope to keep our dentists happy with our efforts. Now another option to help keep our teeth white and our breath pleasant has emerged: probiotic gum.
Jane Blaufus

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Rob Ford's Sudden Illness Should Remind Us to Plan for the Worst

Jane Blaufus | September 14, 2014 | Canada Living
The fallout from Rob Ford dropping out of the mayoral race is yet to be seen but there is a hidden picture which bears discussion -- the age old myth: "it might happen to you but it won't happen to me!" When an illness strikes or a death occurs it is too late to take care of many important issues.
Lori Gard

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Love Is the Antidote to Loneliness

Lori Gard | September 14, 2014 | Canada Impact
All it takes is one rock to start an avalanche. That's all it takes. And in like manner, all it takes is one person to begin a cascade of love. That love and care and compassion and concern -- it's a free fall after that one encounter.
Kim Smiley

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I Can Keep a Secret, Can You?

Kim Smiley | September 13, 2014 | Canada Living
As a girl, a wise woman told me my eyes would elicit people's secrets throughout my life. I took her words to heart. From that day forward, I resolved to be a gatekeeper not a gossiper, and in some mystical way, like a magnetic field, her prophecy came true.
Henrik Kjellberg

Top 5 Tips: How to Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Henrik Kjellberg | September 13, 2014 | Canada Travel
With hotels around the country offering great late summer deals, taking an affordable, local vacation might be easier than you think. I've put together five tips on how you can be a tourist in your own city, so you can turn any staycation into a dream vacation. New experiences await, just around the corner!
Yummy Mummy Club

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The Cost of Spanking Our Children

Yummy Mummy Club | September 13, 2014 | Canada Living
I often hear this when talking about discipline methods for children. The key word in this sentence is "okay." What is our definition of this term, and is "okay" really what we want for our children? We now have a greater understanding of the impact of spanking and yelling, and how it negatively affects a person throughout their adult life.
Mona Elisabeth Brother

What Can the Arctic Governments Do About Climate Change?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | September 13, 2014 | Canada Impact
The Arctic is one of the places where climate change is most rapid and easy to observe. As it is also very sparsely populated, it is easy to think that, similar to the small island states in the Pacific, the Arctic peoples have to pay a big price for developments elsewhere.
Noralou Roos

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Canada's Healthcare System Thrives When There's a Human Touch

Noralou Roos | September 13, 2014 | Canada Living
It seems there is a disconnect between Canadians' personal views and their idea of how well the health system works for society at large. Canadians tout the public health care model as a big part of our national identity, say their experiences are mostly positive -- but then worry the system is failing.
Peter Lewis

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Education Costs Just Keep Rising, So Start an RESP for Your Kids Now

Peter Lewis | September 13, 2014 | Canada Business
It's no secret that Canadian students are stressed out financially. Many graduates are taking on a significant level of student debt. Recent numbers from the Canada Student Loans Program reveal that in 2012-2013, 472,000 full-time students and 9,600 part-time students took out $2.6 billion in loans from the federal government. Between 2005 and 2012 alone, Statistics Canada also reported that student debt grew by 24 per cent. All of this reminds us that saving early for university or college should be a top priority for new parents if they want to help set their kids up for the greatest potential success.
Erin Wotherspoon

When Serial Dating Becomes a Full Time Job

Erin Wotherspoon | September 12, 2014 | Canada Living
Some of us were born to be rocket scientists, others Olympic athletes. Me? Well I was born to serial date. And there's absolutely nothing I can do to change that. It's completely out of my control. Poor me.
Betty Ann Heggie

When Women Use Masculine Energy in the Workplace

Betty Ann Heggie | September 12, 2014 | Canada Business
If you are a woman working in a male-dominated environment it is easy to feel like a square peg in a round hole. You need to bring your authentic self to work to feel good about yourself, but your natural approach to situations is often different than that of your male co-workers. Rest assured that fitting in and being yourself are both possible.
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