Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.

Who Do Citizens Get To Lobby?

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

As a member of the minority of 99 per cent, I am dreaming that a high-ranking volunteer of the new government would give me advice on how to influence the newly-elected prime minister who will negotiate next December's Paris Conference and the necessary reduction of greenhouse gases.

Advice for Job Seekers, Straight From Employers

Dan Kelly | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

I get it, landing your first job can be a daunting task. There are a lot of voices these days -- family, friends, teachers and "specialists" -- telling you what you need to do. The one voice you rarely get a chance to hear from is that of the employers themselves. The good news is they're eager to share.

The 6 Biggest Problems I See In the Fitness Industry

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

Fitness trainers, coaches and instructors are the front line in the health industry for preventative care. There is more ability in the health industry to change the population for the better than in any other aspect of health care. Yet, it is the wild west of the health. If you are going to be a fitness professional, you must be held to a higher standard of accountability.

Tips for Getting Your Business Back on Track for Fall

Jane Blaufus | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

One of the things that entrepreneurs often find challenging during the summer is staying focused and on track. Many have confessed to me that one day off for a break led to two, which led to three, which led to weeks off in some cases. Now, they are dreading trying to get the engine up and running again so that September is not a write-off.

5 Easy Steps for Reaching Your Long-Term Goals

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Business
Shanita Hubbard

Life happens, and it's easy to get distracted. This is especially true when you have long term-goals. As silly as it sounds, sometimes a plan FOR the plan is needed in order to stay focused.

You Should Ignore Bad Advice, Even From People With Good Intentions

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Every human being on earth crafts a unique set of biases based on his or her own experience -- you, me, and everybody else. We use this experience to dish out advice. But what works for one person (say, someone who loves you and wants only the best for you) might not work for you.

A Letter to My Son at the End of the School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Blink my eyes, and you are five years old. Blink again and now you're a fine young man waiting to start the final chapter of your last three years at home. Do you know how proud we are of who you are? Proud of who you have been and proud of who you are becoming?

Four Black Actresses Give Advice on Having Great Girlfriends

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Living
Giselle Phelps

Well, I recently attended the American Black Film Festival in New York City. This time, I was lucky to have a riveting conversation with four black actresses: Terri J. Vaughn, Garcelle Beauvais, Essence Atkins, and Malinda Williams. They're all starring in a T.V. movie coming out later this summer called "Girlfriends' Getaway 2."

Life Advice From 12 People Who Have Lived Past 100

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Living

From the teen heartthrob on the cover of a magazine to the ingenue blogging from on her lifestyle site, it seems like everyone wants to dish out life ...

Men, You Can Have Fantastic Relationships With Women

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Fantastic relationships come when we can be equal yet different. When we accept each-other with all our own unique strengths and foibles, gifts and challenges, we can come together and complement one-another.

10 Pregnancy Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me

The Huffington Post Canada | Ashley Bennion | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Parents

Being pregnant, especially for the first time, is a surreal experience. You're exploding in weight, your hormones are off the charts, and you eventual...

The Ladies of 'Black Girls Rock' Give Powerful Life Advice

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living
Giselle Phelps

I attended the taping of BET's 'Black Girls Rock' award show in Newark, New Jersey. Since my blog talks about all things a "hot mess," I decided to ask the carpet walkers for some advice on a living hot mess-free!

Are You a Cat or a Dog in Relationships?

Alana Hurov | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

After 20 years of dating and over 100 relationships later, I have created "The Milk and Bone Theory." Take a close look at the behaviour of cats and dogs, notice which qualities you share with both animals. You will most likely have commonalities with one more than the other. Here are five ways to tell if you are a cat or a dog in a relationships.

Tips for My Little Sister: How to Live the Best Life Ever

Gillian Mandich | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

In honour of International Women's Day I'm writing this blog in celebration of women and the special bond of sisterhood. I wanted to share an excerpt of letter I wrote to my little sister as she set off to live in Australia for a year. This is my greatest big sister advice about how to live the best life ever‬.

Sex & Work: Why The Two Should Never Mix

Sarah Julien | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Julien

Anyone who has dealt with unwanted advances at work knows the feeling of shame that ensues. The truth is, I had no idea what to do. I had never talked about it, even with my most trusted female mentors. It is not the kind you can prepare for, it is all consuming.

A Fail-Proof 3-Step Guide To Making Your Sweetheart Swoon on Valentine's Day

Blake Connoy | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Living
Blake Connoy

Whether you've been in a relationship for three months or three years, you usually have a good idea of your partner's favourite things. Grab a selection of them and put them in a decorative basket or box. The thoughtfulness and time put into sourcing all of their favourite things will undoubtedly be a huge hit.

Eight Tips For Moms Going Back to Work Post-Baby

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The return to work will be made less stressful if you know that there's someone there that you can count on for support and a friendly ear. Ideally, it would be someone who can understand and empathize with the demands of being a working parent and in an ideal scenario, it may even be your boss.

What Every Single Girl Needs to Know About Dating

Alana Hurov | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

over the years and through a lot of bad encounters and relationships, I adapted and went from sweet and innocent to sexy vixen with an edge. Now that I am in a happy and committed relationship, I have some valuable advice for all of those single girls out there. I wish I had this kind of wisdom when I was on the hunt for my Prince.

How to Navigate the "Prediction Season" for 2015

Jeff Quipp | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jeff Quipp

As the holiday season nears and 2014 comes to an end, we're at the cusp of being inundated with countless lists and predictions about what 2015 holds. Everybody has the desire to gain insight into what's on the horizon. But with such a huge number of resources to turn to, how do you cut through the noise and find what is truly valuable?

Staying Merry in Common Holiday Conundrums

Karen Cleveland | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Isn't it ironic that what's supposed to be the season of giving, reflecting and general do-gooding is tied up in the most stressful expectations for shopping and hosting? It can be enough to make you want to say bah humbug, but please, don't. Here are some common holiday conundrums, and some advice on how to stay merry.

5 Steps You Can Take If the News Scares Your Kid

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

With recent world events escalating in tandem with the ubiquitous 24/7 news cycle, it's almost impossible for a parent to completely limit the access to information that their children may have. Following are five tips for parents about how to calm their child's fears during these difficult times.

Why You Should Never Ask a Woman This Question

Daniela Andrews | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Living
Daniela Andrews

The reality is, when you ask someone when they're planning to get pregnant, you have no idea what their reality is. They might be trying to no avail. They might not want kids. They might be wavering in their marriage. They might be part of the witness protection program and you've just blown their cover.

5 Helpful Travel Tips for the Wandering Vegetarian

Rebecca Ananda | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Travel
Rebecca Ananda

Maintaining an alternative food lifestyle while traveling in countries that do not understand or recognize vegetarianism as the moral/ethical/healthful imperative that it is to you, will always be a challenge. But there are ways to make it easier. After globe-trotting across every continent, 30+ countries, I've developed a few strategies to help keep my lean, mean, vegetarian machine meat-free on the hoof.

Make the Anti-Spam Law a Silver Lining For Your Business

Kelly Lovell | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada
Kelly Lovell

As an individual I must admit, it was a breath of fresh air to finally see my inbox shrink as the many subscriptions my email had accumulated over the years finally came to an end. As an entrepreneur leading several start-ups, however the true realities and restrictions of CASL became apparent.