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Music Festivals Like WayHome Provide Refuge From The Real World

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Music
Joshua Ostroff

It has been a stressful summer with a seemingly non-stop barrage of police shootings and shot police, terror attacks and terrible Trump. Even during the ride up to the Burl's Creek event grounds, there was the mass shooting in Munich. The world right now is a scary place, and WayHome provided refuge.

A Great Host Makes Their Cottage Guests Feel Welcome

Sari Friedman | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Cottages and vacation homes are great spots to host relaxing get-togethers with friends and family. While relaxing is key when it comes to getting away for a few days, there is a little more work involved when it comes to getting prepped and ready for your guests' arrival.

End Abusive Invocation Of 'Self-Defence' In Response To Terror

Nicolas Boeglin | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nicolas Boeglin

Among the signatories, we find distinguished members of international law community as well a younger researchers and assistants. The objective of this collective initiative is to challenge the invocation of the legal argument of self-defence by several States in the context of the war against ISIL or ISIS.

Android Smartphones Cannot Possibly Undermine Competition

Mathieu Bédard | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Business
Mathieu Bédard

The European and American competition authorities recently announced that they were investigating Google's Android operating system for smartphones. They accuse Google of abusing its dominant position to harm its competitors. These announcements are surprising given the dynamism of competition in the cellphone market.

Get Mad About The Ontario Liberals' Controversial Doctor Deal

Nadia Alam | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

They outsource services to the U.S. -- services that now cost more than they would if provided here. They waste much-needed health-care dollars on bureaucracy and failed ventures. They ignore ordinary people as they die on ballooning wait lists. They offer Band-Aid solutions to complex problems. This is not acceptable.

9 Ways To Get By When You Don't Speak A Word Of The Language

Sara Graham | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

I've been with an Italian for almost five years and I'm ashamed to admit my language skills are still tipping towards sub-par. His family, all based in the lovely Tuscan town of Piombino, speak no English at all and, while my ear has improved visit over visit, I imagined that I would be much further along by now.

Uncommon Causes Of Constipation That Easily Go Overlooked

Theresa Albert | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

As a nutritionist, I know how important number two is, and I have focused on that area of my own health for decades. When my transit time started slowing down, I took it as a personal affront to figure out the odd causes of constipation.

Small Business Ideas For Small Town Semi-Retirees

Jacki Andre | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Business
Jacki Andre

I think a lot of us dream about earning money by doing what we love. Semi-retirement is the perfect time to do this, since have more time and freedom, and any income earned is (very hopefully) supplementary.

Meet The Fundraiser On An Epic Journey To Change The World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

By the time Mark Quattrochi had biked through China, he had raised enough to build a school room. Rather than stopping at the border, he plotted a new route that allowed him to visit all of the other communities in India, Kenya, Ecuador and Nicaragua where he wanted to build school rooms.

First Nations Housing Crisis Would Be Over If Ottawa Made An Effort

Liam Massaubi | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

Time and time again the issue of the First Nations housing crisis makes it into the media. And every time I see it I ask myself why things aren't done right the first time. The mouldy, boarded up, plastic-covered shacks are literally third-world, yet they are considered housing rather than something to be bulldozed.

My Post-Baby Body Doesn't Feel Like It Belongs To Me

Vedavati M. | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

I love the child it bore. I am fascinated by everything it did for my baby when she was within and when she came out. I am still amazed by how much weight my knees bore in the last trimester and how heavy a load my arms can bear now. I am in awe of this body. But I don't love being in it.

Trump Has Nothing To Offer Except Rage And False Promises

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

I listened attentively to Donald Trump in his nomination acceptance speech, an address which was described as a "dark and frightening" vision of a United States with him as president, according to a former GOP speechwriter.

Your Business Should Be In The Gig Economy

Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin

Research regularly shows that the millennial generation are actively looking to work differently and are increasingly drawn to the type of careers the gig economy offers. As the gig economy grows, so do the opportunities for organizations of all sizes to increase their impact and profits in a way that is cost effective and creative.

Leslie Jones And The Crime Of Shattering Male Expectations

Marcia Sirota | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The fact that Ms. Jones loves herself -- the fact of her obvious confidence and the ease with which she speaks her mind -- well, that's an awful affront to the misogynists who expect a "woman like her," i.e. "not pretty enough" or light-skinned enough (in their tiny minds) to stay in the background with her mouth firmly shut.

A Digital Estate Plan Defines Your Virtual Life After Death

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Living
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Online social media, if unaddressed by an estate plan, can be the cause of litigation. A person's social media may include writings, pictures or other mementos. These items may hold sentimental value to that person's family members and friends in a way that may not have been contemplated by the deceased.

Spa Savings: Add Some Relaxation To Your Vacation On The Cheap

Cheapflights.ca | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Travel
Cheapflights.ca

Going to a spa on vacation can be expensive, but you don't have to give up on the idea of indulging in treatments on your next vacation. Scoring cheap spa time may be easier than you think.

Trump Is Fuelling The Rise Of White Fright

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Donald Trump's apocalyptic acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was easily the scariest political event I've ever witnessed outside of 1930s newsreels. As CNN's Anderson Cooper summed up: "He painted a dark and frightening picture of America, he talked about people being attacked by criminals, attacked by terrorists, betrayed by their leaders, the game is fixed. And he said he can be their voice." The thing about this tactic -- a far cry from conservative saint Ronald Reagan's inspirational "shining city on a hill" much less Obama's hope and change optimism -- is that it captures (and, yes, fuels) the zeitgeist of white America.

Here's Hoping New Canada Child Benefit Will Boost RESPs

Bruce Sellery | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Business
Bruce Sellery

The Canada Child Benefit is a new program aimed at helping families with the cost of raising children today and into the future. This is the week when the cheques (or direct deposits) are set to arrive. I'm optimistic that the money will prompt some families to open up a Registered Education Savings Plan for their kids.

Yakov M. Rabkin Asks 'What Is Modern Israel?'

Tyler Levitan | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Tyler Levitan

This is an interview I conducted with Professor Yakov M. Rabkin of the Université de Montréal, author of the recently published What Is Modern Israel. Professor Rabkin's earlier book on the subject of Israel was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award and for the Hecht Prize for Studies of Zionism.

Where Is The Accountability For Ottawa's Communications Spies?

Monia Mazigh | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Leaving it up to the minister in charge to decide what is acceptable and what is not, or what is lawful and what is not, is far from a democratic and accountable model. We need review mechanisms with the necessary autonomy, independence and structure to create true accountability.

Change Can Be A Renaissance If You Accept It

Rupert Potter | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Rupert Potter

Response to change requires a positive acceptance of the reality, a calm head, and clear strategic thinking. I don't want to leave Canada. And I don't want to stop being a Consul General. But I shall. There is no time for wistful dreaming about how nice it would be if everything could stay the same or just keep going.

Your Modern-Day Diet Is Robbing You Of Calcium And Healthy Bones

Marc Davis | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

The biggest culprits for robbing your body of calcium are processed foods, including fast foods and beverages. A majority of them are full of unhealthy levels of sugar and/or salt, as well as excessive calories in most cases. But how exactly do acidic foods and drinks make your bones increasingly porous?

We Don't Talk Enough About Backyard Safety

Carson Arthur | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Carson Arthur

According to the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission), a majority of the injuries that happen in the outdoors are related to the tools that we use and the lack of proper gear when we are using them.

Finding Our 'Tribe' Can Restore Our Missing Sense Of Belonging

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Glen Pearson

We speak much about "community" in our modern era, yet we have proved remarkably ineffective at creating it to the degree that we need and are fed by it. The larger that cities grow, the shallower the sense of belonging that we experience. The greater our numbers, the more remote we can feel.

Restoring Fort McMurray's Urban Forest Our Greatest Challenge Yet

Michael Rosen | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

I still wasn't fully prepared for what I experienced during my visit last week. I'm a professional forester and I've seen my fair share of forest fires up close. Still, the vastness of this fire and extent of damage in an urban area was sad, sobering and more than a little eerie.