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Will Canada's New Down Payment Rules Affect You?

YPNextHome | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

By this time next week, you will no longer be able to buy a home in Canada priced at more than $500,000 with a five-per-cent down payment. Big deal or no deal? It seems to depend on what market you're in.

How To Perk Up This Blue Monday

Sari Friedman | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

The third Monday of January is said to be the most depressing day on the calendar, also known as Blue Monday -- coming right at you on January 18th, 2016. How can we avoid the post-holiday winter blues? Here are five tips for perking up this Blue Monday:

Starting Your Own Business Is An Emotional Circus (And Totally Worth It)

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Everyone talks about the benefits of being your own boss: The freedom, the beachside latte laptop selfies. But the downsides? The paralyzing anxiety? The terrifying uncertainty? The crushing doubt? The emotional circus involved with actually getting your business off the ground? Very few people talk about that. So let's talk.

5 Ways To Disrupt Your Career In 2016

Lina Duque | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

When I decided to start my own social media consulting business three years ago, I felt like I was jumping off a cliff; I could soar, or fall flat on my face. Could I pull it off? What if I didn't get enough business? What would people think? I was terrified. Going from full-time employee to entrepreneur was risky, but the upside was that I was doing what I loved. You can do it too.

Don't Rush The MBA Decision: Not All Work Experience Is Created Equal

Sharon Irwin-Foulon | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Business
Sharon Irwin-Foulon

Just because you have the two years of experience that many of the world's business schools require, doesn't mean you are ready for an MBA. Before you make the leap, you must ask yourself: Does it make sense for me to get this degree right now?

Saudi Arms Deal Will Shape Canada's Character

Cesar Jaramillo | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Cesar Jaramillo

On the same week that Ottawa condemned the most recent human rights violation in Saudi Arabia, it confirmed that Canada was set to proceed with plans to arm the perpetrator. Every indication is that the $15-billion deal, which the Canadian Government brokered on behalf of General Dynamics Land Systems of London, Ontario to provide Saudi Arabia with Light Armoured Vehicles, will go ahead. But can this largest-ever Canadian military exports contract comply with the human rights safeguards of Canadian exports control policies?

The Battle Over The Future Of Broadband In Canada

Michael Geist | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The issue of affordable high-speed Internet access in Canada is no better exemplified than through the actions and beliefs of three mayors across the country: Toronto's John Tory, Ottawa's Jim Watson, and Calgary's Naheed Nenshi. The way each city's mayor submitted letters to the federal government either defending the interests of Bell or the CRTC can show us a lot about how each leader intends to approach broadband infrastructure in their municipalities.

Parents With Authority Make For Happy, Stable Families

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Children don't need their parents to be their friends. That's what they have peers for. A family is one place where a hierarchy is not only appropriate, it's ideal, as children need guidance, limits, and consequences as well as love, care and nurturing.

Canada's Assisted Dying Ruling Is Tied Up In Government Delays

Juliet Guichon | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Juliet Guichon

Almost one year ago, on February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that some Criminal Code sections were unconstitutional regarding a very small group of people who, the Court ruled, are entitled under constitutional law to a physician's help to die. On Monday, the Government of Canada went back to the Supreme Court to request a further six-month delay. The question is: Why?

How To Keep Relaxed In The Office With Yoga

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Sitting at a desk all day can do a lifetime's worth of damage to your body and posture. These yoga exercises can be done throughout your work day and are designed to directly combat the usual wear and tear of office life. Now let's get stretching!

Do You Want To Exploit The Planet, Or Experience It?

David Suzuki | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Is a forest a sacred grove or merely lumber and pulp? Are rivers the veins of the land or sources of power and irrigation? Is soil a community of organisms or simply dirt? Is another species our biological relative or a resource? Is our house a home or just real estate? Is this how we treat our source of survival? Until all of society understands this and then acts on that understanding, we will not be able to act fully to protect a future for ourselves.

'Green Banana' Dilemma: Should Seniors Curtail Purchases?

Robert Waite | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada
Robert Waite

Recently I needed to renew my Canadian passport. To my surprise, I was given a choice: Renew for five years (Canada's customary period) for $120, or f...

Veganism: Ontario's Next Official Human Right

Camille Labchuk | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Living
Camille Labchuk

Ontario's Human Rights Code protects people from discrimination based on characteristics like race, age, gender identity, and sex in situations like the provision of services, housing, and employment. People are also protected from discrimination based on their creed. The term "creed" isn't defined in the legislation, but until recently, it was thought to mean the same thing as religion. That is, until now.

Alzheimer's: How To Prepare Your Home For Financial Changes

AlzLIVE | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

You will need to pay close attention to financial decisions necessary to protect your housing security. Although a home is often the largest asset owned, it is also the one with the least research and supports available when it comes to Alzheimer's and legal and financial matters.

Four Facts About Vaccines And Your Child

Dr. David Williams | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. David Williams

We live in a province with a publicly funded vaccination program, however, the threat posed by vaccine preventable diseases is still with us, as we have seen in recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and pertussis (whooping cough). That's why getting vaccinated is important.

Funny (And Not So Funny) Moments From The 2016 Golden Globes

Saverina Scozzari | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada TV
Saverina Scozzari

Lord Jesus. I need a minute to catch my breath. So many WTF moments, I lost count after 10. The night of the 2016 Golden Globes was a night to remembe...

Easy, Healthy, Delicious Lunch for On-the-Go: Chickpea, Avocado & Feta Salad

Abigail Keeso | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Keeso

Are you making an effort to eat healthier this year? Having delicious recipes that make multiple servings and can be prepped in advance is key to stay...

How To Silence Your Worst Critic: Yourself

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada
Shelagh Meagher

One of the most common barriers to achieving our goals is the idea that we're not capable of doing whatever we're trying to do. Sometimes the idea is ...

How One Drug Could Change Abortion Access In Canada

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada
Sandeep Prasad

People across Canada and globally choose to end pregnancies for many different reasons. What's important is that they have options to safely carry out the decision they have made. While there are still major barriers, in Canada at last, these options are expanding. Or they will, if outdated Health Canada policies don't threaten to limit accessibility to medicine this country sorely needs.

Dressing Your Way To Weight Loss Success

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

What if I told you that there was one simple step you could take every single day that would tip the scale in your favour towards reaching your desired weight loss goals? No special diets, no popping pills. All you have to do, every single day, is -- wait for it -- get dressed.

The 5 Things You Need To Know About Canadian Economic Inequality

Carolyn Shimmin | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Carolyn Shimmin

Certain segments of society encounter persistent disadvantages and lack of opportunity across the country, but the degree to which various societal conditions impact the rate of inequality in Canada is a hotly contested issue. These five facts will put things into perspective.

I Sometimes Suffer From Mom Envy (And It's Not Pretty)

Julie M Green | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Even though you don't want to compare -- comparing is for chumps -- you secretly can't help yourself. A litany of comparisons runs through your mind like a never-ending grocery list. Your child is amazing, but his needs limit his day-to-day life and that of your family. And even after all these years, it stings.

The Day My Rescue Dog Rescued Me

Zoë Gemelli | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada
Zoë Gemelli

Everything was planned. The collection of pills, the letters, the dowry of cameras, books, and music; all neatly placed on my to-do list. And then my pug, with a snort and a twitch, saved my life.

Hot Vancouver Housing Market A Vicious Cycle For Locals

Wayne Karl | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Wayne Karl

"Greater Vancouver is a special place in terms of property ownership. People come here from all over the world, and feel safe and at home. This has created a firestorm with respect to owning property, not only from our neighbours to the south, but also China, South Korea, Iran, India and other parts of the world."

How Ayurvedic Massage Can Put Your Life In Balance

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada
Sacha DeVoretz

I try to care for myself throughout the year. Not just the holidays or when it is stressful at work. If I am in a more balanced frame of mind, I can t...