Happy Holidays From The Internet Of Things

Walter Andri | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Walter Andri

It's fun to look at gift ideas offered by different publications and see how well technology is represented. While smartphones, tablets and PCs will be on many gift lists for Holidays 2015 and a few lucky individuals may even get a connected car, IoT gift suggestions are showing up for a range of age groups and purposes.

Here's What We Can Do To Get Girls Interested In STEM

Doina Oncel | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Doina Oncel

Although many conversations have begun about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Canada, development and implementation to work towards evening out gender imbalances in these fields is still a work in progress. There has been a lot of data gathered to support this issue and many factors that prevent women from STEM opportunities.

The 'Blowfish Effect' Can Help Small Retailers Beat The Big Guys

Leyla Seka | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Leyla Seka

It's not easy to be a small business taking on established competitors, especially during the holidays. With many risk-averse customers sticking with well-known brands and tried-and-true solutions, SMBs in the retail space need to work hard to cut through the noise and reassure nervous consumers.

8 Surprising Ways To Pull Yourself Out Of A Dark Place

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

When you've survived trauma, it's unnervingly easy to slide back into the depths. When I tumble into that headspace, there are a few things that can almost always pull me back out. Hopefully they might be helpful

This Is How We Can Protect B.C.'s North Coast

David R. Miller | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

During my first visit to British Columbia's north coast, I was immediately struck by the area's extraordinary natural wealth. It's a place renowned for its rich ocean habitats, temperate rain forests as well as humpback whales, bears, salmon and orca. We refer to this region as the Great Bear Sea.

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons Are The Power Snack You've Been Missing

Meghan Telpner | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

I began experimenting with some classic nutrient-packed ingredients and then did something I rarely do: I added a protein powder to the mix. The key was to make a fibre-rich, protein-rich and fat-rich recipe: the trifecta of a power snack. And so, I landed at a chocolate dipped, vanilla macaroon.

3 Books For Perfectionists, Approval-Seekers And Overachievers

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Perfectionism is a BEAST. So are its cousins, approval-seeking and overachieving. If you've ever struggled with these issues, you know they wreak havoc on your career and your personal life. Armed with love, understanding, these books will help you chill the heck out so you can have a happier life.

B.C. Trade Missions Fail To Deliver The Bang For The Buck

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

For those not counting, there have been eight B.C. trade missions to China alone in the last 18 months. Forests minister Steve Thomson is set to leave on a ninth mission this Friday. Trade missions aren't cheap, they set the B.C. government back $767,000 in 2014 and that doesn't include the bill for local governments, universities and other agencies.

Why Holiday Break Ups Are The Worst

Collette Gee | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

While breaking up is hard to do you know when things just aren't working out anymore. People who've experienced a sudden breakup during the holidays for example always assume the break up wasn't planned, and therefore begin to question whether the breakup was caused by some recent event caused by something they did or said.

How To Prepare Your Special Needs Child For Meeting Santa Claus

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Ah, that first visit to Santa. Remember how your little one cried and was scared, clinging to you? But you knew that this was temporary. Next year, he/she would be fine with the Santa visit, a rite of passage for most North American children today. But what if your child is not like all the other children?

5 Common Misconceptions About Deep Learning

Foteini Agrafioti | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Foteini Agrafioti

Deep learning is the buzzword of the moment inside tech circles and as the public plugs into what this breakthrough in artificial intelligence (AI) means for the future of technology, a number of common misconceptions have emerged. Below, our machine learning experts at Architech Labs clear up some of the confusion.

Want The Perfect Look? Steal These Men's Style Secrets

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

I love me a sharp-dressed man. All you have to do is look at a man in a custom-tailored suit to know that when it comes to dressing well, we women don't have a monopoly. In fact, we could even learn a thing or two from our male counterparts.

Life Insurance Should Be A Part Of Your Financial Toolkit

Doug Baker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Doug Baker

Too many Canadians overlook a critical aspect of their financial plan: life insurance. We know the number of households that own individual life insurance policies is falling, but the reality is that 33 per cent of families would be in immediate financial trouble if something were to happen to their primary breadwinner.

Collaboration In Health Care Is The Cure For Canada's Chronic Pain

Dr. Bob Haig | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Bob Haig

It's no surprise that governments are focusing more attention on how to better support musculoskeletal (MSK) patients, considering that back pain is now the leading single cause of disability worldwide. Ontario chiropractors are playing a crucial role in the development of new models of care to help our province face these challenges.

Student Hacks For Avoiding A Holiday Shopping Hangover

Mandy Mail | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Mandy Mail

From buying a new winter coat and gift exchanges with friends, to purchasing a ticket home and celebrating the end of exams, there is no doubt that the holidays and New Year's Eve can put stress on a student's finances.

10 STEM-Based Activities For Computer Science Education Week

Julie Hansen | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Hansen

Whether it's during family game night or a classroom holiday party, there are plenty of ways to integrate STEM-based games and toys for kids of all ages to enjoy. From building a website to building a structure, these fun activities are sure to spark an interest in subjects that might just pave the way for a future career.

This Book Rests On A False Premise About ISIS

Farzana Hassan | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Farzana Hassan

Journalist Gwynne Dyer's book Don't Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today's Middle East rests on the premise that ISIS poses no major threat to the Western world. Dyer suggests the West is not affected by events in Syria and must not be involved in the civil war. However, there is a moral imperative that we need to acknowledge.

Canada Must Address The Health Needs Of Its Aging Population

Russell Williams | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Russell Williams

We're fortunate to live in an era where the average life expectancy is today over 80 years young. Unfortunately, the flip-side of Canadians living longer and generally healthier is that many older seniors experience multiple health problems -- a common yet under-recognized health state known as frailty.

What You Need To Know About Clinical Trials And Cancer Treatment

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Clinical trials are designed to test new ways of treating, diagnosing or preventing cancer against the best available standard of treatment that is currently available. From questions about safety, accessing newer treatments, to wondering about the benefit to your own treatment, exploring what clinical trials actually involve can help you determine if one is worth considering.

Collaborative Consumption In The Era Of Financialization

Yen To | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Yen To

The financial crisis that peaked in 2008 has created a rippling economic effect across capital markets to date. A shift that has since been informally characterized as an ethos of maximizing utility of personal assets through peer-to-peer digital marketplaces, the common moniker being collaborative consumption or the sharing economy.

Canada's Oceans Matter, At The Paris Climate Talks And Beyond

David Suzuki | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

It's encouraging that our newly elected federal government has agreed to improve efforts to safeguard Canada's oceans. Ocean protection here is shamefully deficient, currently at around one per cent. Weak ocean protection hinders our coasts' ability to remain resilient in the face of many challenges.

The Western Double Standard On Terror In Israel Must Stop

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while the victims in France have our sympathy and concern, the Jews murdered by Arabs in Jerusalem and other cities in Israel do not.

A Tasting Tour Of MLSE's e11even

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

When a restaurant is owned by a company whose vision and mandate does not address food -- but rather sports and entertainment -- it gives me cause for concern. MLSE: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, is an archetype of this business model. But of course, a company such as this would (inevitably) expand into food-focused outlets, regardless.

Alberta Can Learn From Washington State's Coal Phase Out

David Dodge | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Asking companies to shut down plants isn't easy but as Alberta wades into this challenge it behooves us to examine successful case studies where coal power producers, workers, governments and environmental groups worked together to shut down a coal plant in a smart, humane and economically responsible way.

Alberta's Historic Cap On Tar Sands Emissions Is Not The End

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government's cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor.