Julie Blais Comeau

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Sticky Situation: Are Flowers the Best Hospital Gift?

Julie Blais Comeau | April 16, 2014 | Canada Living
I will be visiting a friend in the hospital this weekend. I want to bring something but I am not sure about flowers. It seems to me that they could be quite cumbersome when you have to take them home. Not to mention that some patients are allergic to them. I would appreciate it if you could please give me some gift suggestions to ease my choice.
BabyPost

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10 Cute Spring-Inspired Baby Names

BabyPost | April 16, 2014 | Canada Living
If your baby's due this spring, you may want to welcome him or her with a name that rings true to the season. Below we've rounded up some of our faves.
The Purple Fig

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The Disease That Causes Unusual Weight Gain in 17 Million Women

The Purple Fig | April 16, 2014 | Canada Living
For more than a decade, I searched for an answer, a cure, for the symptoms causing my life to slip away from me. Initially, doctors assumed the swelling in my legs was a result of fluid coming from my veins. I underwent five different surgeries in hopes of change, but in each case was left disappointed.
Sandra Charron

Medicating Mental Illness Can Be as Necessary as Treating Cancer

Sandra Charron | April 16, 2014 | Canada Living
To tell someone with mental illness that treatment is not necessary in order to overcome the symptoms of the disease is about as sensitive as telling someone with a treatable cancer that surgery, chemo, and radiation won't be necessary.
Katie Boland

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A Quarter-Life Crisis Sent Me to Therapy

Katie Boland | April 16, 2014 | Canada Living
I sat in a therapist's office two weeks ago. "I think I'm having a nervous breakdown," I told her. Summer ended. My relationship fell apart. Then, it just disappeared. Then, I wondered if I'd made it all up. I felt like my friends didn't like me anymore. There's been a lot said about the quarter-life crisis. Is that why a lot of my friends and I needed help?
Trina Read

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Advice for 50-Something Women Looking to Date

Trina Read | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
The biggest challenge for the over 50 group is that many have been in long-term relationships and haven't dated for years; they need to learn how to date all over again. It's a terrifying prospect for them to get naked and intimate with someone new.
BabyPost

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Will An Unusual Baby Name Affect Your Child's Chances In Life?

BabyPost | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
There have been numerous studies that have tried to examine the effect an unusual name has on an individual throughout their life. It is believed that an individual's identity is partly formed by the way we are treated by other people and that a name may influence our interactions with the world around us.
Kathleen Finlay

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Hospital Abuse of Anti-Psychotic Drugs Must Stop

Kathleen Finlay | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
A shocking CBC/Canadian Press investigation has again confirmed how powerful anti-psychotic drugs are being abused. This time, the news is about quetiapine, marketed under the brand name Seroquel, being given to female inmates in Canadian prisons.
Dana Larsen

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Top 6 Ways Health Canada Is Screwing Up Medical Marijuana

Dana Larsen | April 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
If Health Canada spent as much time and money on researching medical marijuana and creating a properly run system as they have on court battles against patients, then we'd all be a lot better off. But unless you've just taken a big bong-hit, I wouldn't hold your breath.
Stephen Hwang

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Why Your Doctor Could Be Biased

Stephen Hwang | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
In a recent study researchers called doctors' offices in Toronto while playing the role of a person looking for a family physician. Doctors' offices were 58 per cent more likely to offer an appointment if the caller mentioned that he or she had a high-status job than if he or she mentioned receiving welfare.
Terra Mckean

I Finally Found My Sister After 15 Years... Through Facebook

Terra Mckean | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
My photo was posted to Facebook on March 7 at noon and it was shared by over 10,000 people by that evening. I was overwhelmed by the response and support from the Facebook community. In the next 24 hours, it reached 15,000 shares and I received 150 messages, one of which -- on March 8 at 7:53 pm -- was from the person I spent half my life looking for.
Andrew Feldstein

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If Things With Your New Foreign Bride Fizzle, You Face Fees

Andrew Feldstein | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
Of course it's romantic to have sunset ceremony with a senorita on the Costa del Sol. But before you start picking out wedding invitations and planning on bringing your sweetheart back to Canada, there is a lot of wisdom in getting the facts about your legal obligations if you to want to marry someone from a foreign country and sponsor them to come to Canada.
Franchesca Warren

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Advanced Placement Classes Saved My Life

Franchesca Warren | April 15, 2014 | Canada Impact
While being selected to be in Advanced Placement courses saved me, it always made me wonder how many more "at risk" kids these classes could help? What if students who had the ability were offered to take classes that were so rigorous that it forced them to be engaged?
Marilyn Linton

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We Need to Talk About Women's Health

Marilyn Linton | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
"Why blog about women's health?" someone asked me. Maybe it's because I'm old enough to remember the days that women didn't talk about breast cancer or when many of us assumed that heart disease was considered something that only happened to men.
Jordan Cieciwa

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If You Could Have More Energy, Would You Want It?

Jordan Cieciwa | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
If everyone took care of those pillars of health, it would take less than 2 and half hours a day to change. A few more minutes to eat and grab health meals. That extra hour of sleep instead of TV, and 40 minutes to make your body and mind switch into a new gear to be ready to interact with friends and family.
Brynn Harrington

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Teach Your Kids That Money Isn't the Only Reason You Work

Brynn Harrington | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
Somewhere, somehow, during his short time in the planet, my son has absorbed the idea that people work to make money, and if money were no object, people might make different decisions. In part, he's right. For most of us, money is one reason we work. But I want him (and his sister) to grow up believing that it's not the only reason.
Anne Theriault

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Calling Out Mansplainers Isn't the Same as 'Silencing' Men

Anne Theriault | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
Dear Tom McLaughlin And Joshua Sealy-Harrington: We need to talk about your recent article in the Globe and Mail about being "silenced" based on gender. First of all, let's get a few things straight here: You are not being silenced. Yes, sometimes your opinions will be discounted because of your identity -- because you know what? In the context of social justice, lived experience trumps everything else every time.
Jens Wieting

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Great Bear Rainforest Will Win With Extra Time

Jens Wieting | April 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
There is another reason why we cannot afford to take much longer to increase conservation and tighten the rules. One major logging company operating in the region is not a member of the Joint Solutions Project. Instead, TimberWest has a long history of opposing increases in conservation and undertaking extremely profit-driven logging operations in the southern-most portion of the Great Bear Rainforest with very little remaining old-growth.
Hannah Jack

Please Don't Associate Me With 'Bud Light Living'

Hannah Jack | April 14, 2014 | Canada Living
What I think is important to remember is that the twenty-somethings of the 60's weren't any different than us. They had the same advantages and disadvantages that we have -- I mean, minus iStuff. But they felt comfortable enough to get weird and be anti-establishment and fight for what they believed in. Why don't we?
Natasha Koifman

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How To Fall in Love... With Art

Natasha Koifman | April 14, 2014 | Canada Living
I fell in love with the first piece of art I ever bought. It was one of Roberto Dutesco's The Wild Horses of Sable Island photographs and it was called, coincidentally, "Love." I purchased the work in a gallery in Soho, New York City, because it spoke...
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