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Listen Up, O'Leary: Democracy Doesn't Fit On A Spreadsheet

Jerry Dias | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Kevin O'Leary premiers his new reality show this weekend -- an all-too real show, in fact. The man who made a name for himself as the loudest and most offensive cast member of the Dragon's Den reality TV show will be testing the waters at the Conservative Party convention this weekend for a possible leadership bid. He would be a terrible leader. Terrible for the Conservatives and terrible for the national debate in this country. Being offensive and insensitive to the very real needs and wishes of Canadians is not leadership and it's certainly not prime ministerial.

Body Positivity Makes The World A Better And Healthier Place

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Many of us think that hating our bodies can motivate us to change and become healthier, but this mentality can actually produce the opposite effect. This weight-focused approach can lead to short-term weight loss, but most people have trouble maintaining these results and do not necessarily improve their long-term health.

Children Facing Humanitarian Crisis Reveal What They Need Most

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

Children are the most vulnerable in every situation. When a country is torn apart by civil war, shattered by economic collapse or rocked by a major earthquake, children always hurt the most. They also have the most to lose, with their educations incomplete or barely even begun.

It's About Time My Kids Ditch The Sweatpants

Leigh and Meg | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Leigh and Meg

Sweatpants are not the best they can do. We are so bloody casual, my kids get "dressed up" less than a handful of times a year. If I say put on a dress shirt, they should put on the dress shirt and deal with it.

#PrayforSophie Shames Working Moms Who Ask For Help

Lisa Durante | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Durante

Yes, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau asked for help. And with that request, a firestorm has ensued that has attacked her station. I don't mean her ambiguously political role as the spouse of Canada's prime minister or her status of privilege. I very much mean her standing as a working mother.

No Rhyme Or Reason Behind Canadian Family's Ordeal In Egypt

Nadia Abu-Zahra | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Abu-Zahra

Swept up in the dream of democracy, it seemed, her hubby took a consulting role. But the civil service in which he served was as short-lived as a drumroll. No sooner had he turned 34 (on his birthday, no less) that he was slammed in jail by a general who ruled the state under duress.

Musical Tribute To My Daughter Amanda Todd Moved Me To Tears

Carol Todd | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada
Carol Todd

The night of the performance is one that will be etched in my mind forever. As Amanda, you always dreamed of being on a big stage surrounded by lights and music. In the performance piece called "My Name is Amanda Todd," that is what happened.

Bad Fitness Advice Isn't The Problem, You Are

Lee Boyce | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

People actively search for a second opinion or at least do their homework on the guy they're about to hire to do their accounting, their surgery or their drywall. Strangely, in the fitness world, all it takes is a six pack and a grin to make consumers reach for their pocketbooks to buy the new AbCrusher off a TV infomercial.

The Simple Reason Behind Toronto's Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown

Quito Maggi | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Cannabis Canada, the trade association that represents Canada's Licensed Producers of medical marijuana, has been lobbying the city quite extensively. But these efforts have been ongoing now for some time -- why the urgency to crack down now? The answer is not as simple as we'd like it to be.

Affordable Payday Loan Alternatives Help End Cycle Of Poverty

Duncan Kinney | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Business
Duncan Kinney

We're looking at roughly 220,000 payday lending customers here in Alberta. Thankfully the NDP government here in Alberta has announced new legislation on payday lending. The government is proposing the lowest payday lending rates in the county while simultaneously fostering better alternatives to help people get short-term credit.

Mentally Ill Deserve Fair Access To Disability Tax Credits

Marvin Ross | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada
Marvin Ross

According to advocate Lembi Buchanan of Victoria, "It has become virtually impossible for the majority of people living with severe psychiatric illnesses to access the DTC without appealing to the Tax Court of Canada."

Lost Your Mojo? Your Antidepressant Could Be The Reason

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Depression is a libido killer. Our brain is our most important sexual organ and a depressed brain may cause a complete loss of sexual interest and make it difficult, sometimes impossible, to get or sustain an erection or have an orgasm. As depression resolves, usually sexual dysfunction resolves as well.

Tobacco Monitoring First Step To Increased Sin Industry Scrutiny

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Business
Yaël Ossowski

The World Health Organization is pulling out all the stops in its effort to turn public opinion against the tobacco industry. Its campaign will launch "monitoring centres" in cities across the world, tasked with unmasking the tactics of the tobacco industry and its attempts to "interfere" with public health policy.

Trudeau Violence Suggests Bigger Issues Behind Closed Doors

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Trudeau's apology is illustrative of the behaviour of a child being caught with his hand in the cookie jar, then arguing it wasn't his fault because someone else put the jar there in the first place. His so-called apology was not so much about an acknowledgement of a wrongdoing, it was more about trying to put a spin on his indefensible actions.

No Community Should Have To Publicly Denounce Extremism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

By virtue of a shared language, religion, skin colour or ethnic background, should we feel compelled to publicly denounce an individual that commits a criminal offence? Is it fair to assume that the absence of such a denunciation implies a tacit endorsement of the offender?

A Letter To The Bishop Blaming Gays For The Fort McMurray Fires

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Instead of focusing on the "stories of Sodom and Gomorrah" and using that in the same conversation about a horrific incident that has left many homeless here in Canada, you should go and find your heart because your comments are shameful and distasteful.

Toronto Landlords May Pay Price For Illegal Pot Shops

YPNextHome | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

Pot dispensaries, cannabis cafes, medical marijuana clinics, smoke shops, vapour lounges -- cannabis culture has gained a foothold in Toronto. Some neighbourhoods have had little to no infiltration, but many have had a staggering number of pot dispensaries open along the main street, out in the open.

I Will Still Buy My Ex-Husband A Father's Day Gift

Heather Feldstein | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Heather Feldstein

For divorced moms, Father's Day can stir up a lot of emotions, and many of us are unsure how to acknowledge the day or whether to acknowledge it at all. Divorce as a whole comes with so many ambiguities. Father's Day and Mother's Day, however, shouldn't be ambiguous at all.

'Elbowgate' Shows Parliament Could Use A Shot Of Empathy

Barry Dennison | Posted 05.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Barry Dennison

In the highest House in the land, our elite Parliament institutionalizes dissent, complimented by a poor quality of communication in the form of continual opposition where no one appears to be working together. It's barbaric. Everyone would benefit from lessons in expressing themselves with more empathy toward others.

Canadians Need A Better Public Pension Plan Not Empty Promises

Susan Eng | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

The Trudeau government's first budget offered hope but little change on increasing the CPP in our lifetime. After extolling the virtues of the Canada Pension Plan, we're told that the finance ministers talked about enhancing the CPP last December and set a goal of making a collective decision before the end of 2016.

Put Into Place An Assisted Dying Act That Lives Forever

Amanda Blitz | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Amanda Blitz

Our elected leaders are hopefully digging deep and trying to figure out what the right path is for Canada on Bill C-14: the Liberal's legislation on medically assisted dying. It's not an easy task. It may be the most important piece of legislation some of these MPs ever vote on. It's remarkable that our country has even gotten to this point in the first place, but we need to take it slow.

Could Justin Trudeau Be Charged For House Of Commons Elbow?

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Andrew Feldstein

The PM's behaviour has provoked concern and anger from MPs and Canadians all over the country. What are the potential legal consequences of the PM's shoving and manhandling? Well, threatening, hitting, kicking, punching, harassing and shoving another person are all offences punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Ontario Liberals Must Repay Secret Funds Funneled To Unions

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

If someone gave you $80.5 million dollars, you'd probably feel pretty good about them. You may want to shout it from the rooftops that you think they're great -- and you may even be willing to pay a million dollars or two to shout it, especially if it meant the money would keep rolling in. In essence, that's what auditor general Bonnie Lysyk found was happening in Ontario with the Wynne government's secret payments to teachers' unions. The total amounts paid by the government to teachers union organizations is astounding: since 2000, $80.5 million in taxpayer money has been funneled to teachers' organizations.

5 Hard Truths All Successful Entrepreneurs Can Relate To

Lindsay Gee | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Lindsay Gee

Business is really hard. Being successful is even harder. But, through all the bad days, all the mistakes, all the lessons learned, all the doubts and all the worries, if you can get up and do it anyway, it's worth it. All the sacrifices you need to make, all the sleep you won't get and all the money you won't see for awhile... it'll come.

Cannabis Industry Unexpected Boost For Alberta's Struggling Economy

Marc Davis | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Marc Davis

Canada's recreational market promises to be worth billions of dollars annually if it proves to be anywhere near as successful as in Colorado, which has a population seven times smaller than Canada's 35 million. Last year, legal recreational sales in Colorado almost topped one billion U.S. dollars.