2013

Media Bites: All the Many "Valuable" Lessons We Learned in 2013

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The Canadian press has been offering no shortage of year-in-review columns as of late. What's my pick for top story of 2013, you ask? I don't know if I have a headline per se, but I do have a theme: the decline of Brand Canada. If there's one thing Justin Trudeau, Rob Ford, and the Senate scandal have in common, after all, it's that they all prove, in different ways, that Canada is not nearly as serious, respectable, and mature of a country as we often like to believe.

Why Calgary Should Consider a Winter Stampede Post-Flood

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

The benefits of a winter carnival branded with the Stampede name are massive. Given how close the city was to seeing its biggest tourism event wiped out, having a cushion made of the dollars a second $150-million-plus annual festival would bring in may be worth discussion.

How Calgary Can Learn from New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Recovering from one of the most damaging natural disasters in Canadian history also means assessing the toll of the flood. There are some good reasons why New Orleans' situation is vastly different from the challenges Calgary confronts. However, Calgary faces some tests that New Orleans didn't.

How Technology Can Reduce Unemployment Rates

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png Being a typical product of the public education system provided in Saudi, I've always dreamt of finding a job in the public sector after graduation. It wasn't until I participated in The U.S.-Saudi Women forum on Social Entrepreneurship, that I realized the importance of entrepreneurship.

What if All the G20 Leaders Were Girls?

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png Imagine the G20 Leaders (Zuma, Obama, Harper, Pena Nieto, Rousseff, Fernandez de Kirchner, Jinping, Keqiang, Yudhoyono, Abe, Geun-hye, Singh, Putin, Erdogan, Merkel, Hollande, Cameron, Letta, Abdullah and Gillard). Open your eyes. Now imagine 20 girls. What you see are the G(irls)20 Summit delegates.

Is Heroin Making a Comeback in Canada?

Alixander III | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Alixander III

Heroin has recently claimed the lives of some unlikely victims in Toronto this year, and some others seem to be off the deep end nearing the end. My friend just died, apparently from snorting what couldn't have been a huge amount, on a rare occasion. From what I can tell, 2013 has seen a spike in opiate use, specifically smoked and snorted heroin, in Parkdale and beyond. I don't think the Dandy Warhols will save us this time; the only visible means to effectively address the problem is to explore the void that creates demand for it. From where does the propensity to knowingly consume a deadly substance in pursuit of release from a harsh reality stem?

Dear Graduation NINJA (No Income, No Job, or Assets)

Gerry Som | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Gerry Som

So, should the NINJA generation today cry about not being as lucky as the Baby Boomer generation (who did financially well, and control a significant percentage of personal financial assets and consumer spending in North America, as per sources), especially on their graduation day? Nah!

16 Father's Day Gift Ideas for 16 Types Of Dads

The Huffington Post Canada | Thien Huynh | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Living

Every dad has his day, and this year that day is Sunday, June 16 (for those who always remember Mother’s Day but forget Father’s Day). Howeve...

Saskatchewan Hot Spots for Visiting Juno Celebs

Vacay.ca | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

The Juno Awards are just days away and Regina is buzzing as stars prepare to descend into the city. With the Saskatchewan capital not being the most well-known of Canada's destinations, we thought we would offer some advice to the nominees who may be wondering what to do in town.

Elite Chefs Coming to Toronto for Culinary Event

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

Arlene Stein has tried for three years to line up a date for Rene Redzepi to join Toronto's food industry at the annual Terroir Symposium. This year t...

March Madness in Voting for Canada's Favourite Restaurants

Vacay.ca | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada
Vacay.ca

When they learned anyone could cast a vote for Canada's best restaurant, Andy and Linda Tesluk didn't hesitate with their ballots. The couple both cho...

Restaurants Battle to be Canada's No. 1

Vacay.ca | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

Canadians' appetite for naming their favourite restaurant is proving to be insatiable. With six weeks left in public voting for the 2013 Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada, two of the nation's most acclaimed establishments are in a tight battle for the People's Choice award -- which is determined by votes from Canadians.

The Gathering Calls Canadians to Ireland

Vacay.ca | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

2013 in Ireland will be different -- the gloom is replaced with optimism. This year all of those who left, all who claim Irish ancestry and all who love Irish culture have been invited back for The Gathering -- the world's ultimate homecoming, running from Galway to Dublin, Cork to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. The Gathering is not an event. It's a year-long series of events and happenings developed by the Irish government.

Setting Intentions for 2013

Karen Cleveland | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Karen Cleveland

January is the perfect month to re-calibrate and set intentions for the year ahead. Of course, some help from an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher certainly can't hurt. U.K.-based Buddhist teacher Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong will give a free talk in Toronto on Wednesday, January 30 on Meditation & Modern Buddhism.

The Only New Year's Resolution I'll Make

Erin Chrusch | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

For the past week or so I've been hearing about how all of my friends and family and acquaintances plan to improve their lives over the next year. There are health-related resolutions, career goals, and ideas for improving relationships. But my resolution is a bit different.

Elliott Brood Singer Has First New Year Baby Born In Toronto

Huffington Post Music Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.02.2013 | Canada Music

After playing shows on five previous New Year's Eves, Elliott Brood singer Casey Laforet let someone else in the family take center stage on Monday ni...

The Best Place to Travel in 2013 Is...

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Today, Louisbourg still exhibits the spirit and mindset of its founders. Set in 1744, toward the end of French rule of the territory on Cape Breton, the recreated historic village replicates life as it was for the blacksmiths, tavern owners, military personnel, government officials and citizens in the 18th century.

A Simple and Meaningful New Year's Resolution

Meghan Pearson | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

I am not a strong believer in New Year's resolutions. However, it became clear to me as 2012 was winding down, that I had some cleaning up to do. 2013 is going to be the year that I truly show up for. Why don't we all make that deal with ourselves when the clock strikes midnight on Monday night?

Montreal Fashion Week Spotlight: Martin Lim [VIDEO]

Patricia Gajo | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Style
Patricia Gajo

MARTIN LIM blossomed in its spring and summer 2013 collection with florals and happy sorbet hues. After winning the Mercedes Benz StartUp competition last year, husband and wife team Danielle Martin and Pao Lim presented this past September at Galerie Arsenal, Montreal Fashion Week's new address. The video below offers both front row and backstage access to this growing Montreal label.