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Four Summer Book Ideas for Kids

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 07.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Amitha Kalaichandran

ummer is a great time for reading. In fact, encouraging child literacy is a very key part of healthy child development. We also know that reading is a great option to avoid excessive screen time; children under the age of two should have no screen time at all, and limited amounts as they get older.

Why Was My Queer Children's Book Too Radical For Kindergarteners?

Catherine Hernandez | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Catherine Hernandez

This past May, I was excited as heck when the book was finally published and printed, in my hands and ready to show the world. Only -- not everyone in the world wanted to see it, and most certainly not the school within my district. At Charlottetown Junior Public School, I approached my daughter's former kindergarten teacher about doing a reading to her students. Shortly after, I was told by the teacher that the VP said "not now" citing that the timing would likely create a backlash due to the introduction of Ontario's new progressive sex education curriculum.

How Young Adult Fiction is Embracing Crowdsourcing

Christine Stock | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada
Christine Stock

Young adult author Heather Demetrios is no stranger to YA readers or social media, and her newest idea combines the two. Launched this week, The Lexie Project follows Lexie Baker -- a character from her book Something Real -- as she travels to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

Try This Novel Approach to Business Reading

Jen Lawrence | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business
Jen Lawrence

As a business writer, people often ask me what books they should read to become better leaders. For years, my answer has been the same: read good fiction. If you want to learn how people think and behave, read a novel, a short story, or a play. Think of how effective we could be as leaders if we used our understanding of people to better empathize with our employees, clients, and boards.

5 Books to Help Your Graduate Transition Into Adulthood

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Graduation is a time for celebration, but it can also be as scary as hell. It's the official transition into adulthood, a transition into the real world, where people go to work and pay the bills. That can be a lot of pressure. Give the grad in your life one of these books to take the edge off and leave them feeling inspired about what's next.

Step Aside Alice: 6 YA Fantasy Book Alternatives to Wonderland

Christine Stock | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living
Christine Stock

Maybe it's the shape-shifting cake in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or the weird knight, or that damn cat. I just can't say. But here's what I do know: I've read numerous fantasy books that, in my humble opinion, are far more enjoyable than slogging through innocent Alice's "amazing" adventures.

Must-Read Books For Alzheimer's Caregivers

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Having a written source of best practices, stories, and experiences from those who've been there can be enriching and useful to add to one's set of skills. For instance, there is a wonderful, practical Canadian book called Doris Inc. Author Shirley Roberts struggled mightily when she was first thrust into the role of caring for her mother Doris, who was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. But instead of throwing up her hands in surrender, she went to work on a solution.

You Can Do Anything -- But You Don't Have to

Shannon Mulligan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Mulligan

Sometimes it's just as hard to hear that you can do anything as it is to hear you can't. It's an intense amount of pressure that lives inside your heart and constantly wants to take you over and confine you to your bed because it's too much work. To be honest, it can be exhausting being told to follow your dreams.

What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise -- and Collapse -- of Nova Scotia's NDP Government

Graham Steele | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Graham Steele

Graham Steele is nominated for the Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise - and Collapse - of Nova Scotia's NDP Government. I didn't get into politics to be part of the best opposition Nova Scotia ever had. After eight years of provincial NDP leader Darrell Dexter's slow, patient build, I'd had enough of waiting. I told my wife that if we didn't win the 2009 election, I wouldn't run again. We did win, and we won decisively.

Spelling it All Out on The Page

Beverley Golden | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

At sometime in our lives, many of us have probably stopped to imagine what it would be like to live with unlimited fortune and much-deserved fame. We...

The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power and Influence

John Ralston Saul | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Politics
John Ralston Saul

It was Aboriginals -- through the Idle No More movement, through the frustration of youth, through a wave of new voices across the country, through their AFN leadership -- who raised their voices, went into the street, took personal action, seized every opportunity to speak up. Their message? Our system is being changed in a profound way. Democratic permission has not been given for such changes. Parliament has been denied its fundamental responsibility of free speech; that is, of normal, full debate. And this to an unprecedented degree.

Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives

Joseph Heath | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph Heath

Defending federalism, in Trudeau's view, meant defending the principle of reason in politics. "Reason before passion" became his personal motto. And yet, over the course of his first term as prime minister, this commitment became increasingly difficult to maintain.

The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was

Chantal Hébert | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Chantal Hébert

The pollsters who had been tracking the vote for the pro-sovereignty side as referendum day approached were as categorical as they could be. The lead that the Yes camp had built since mid-campaign had held over the final weekend before the Monday vote. As long as the well-oiled sovereignist machine got the vote out, the Yes camp would have a rendezvous with history that very night.

Steven Galloway, a Petition Can Not Be Defined as 'Censorship'

Beverly Akerman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Beverly Akerman

So there you have it: censorship takes place when authorities -- i.e. those with real power -- issue fatwas, demand a book be withdrawn, remove it from schools/libraries, burn or otherwise prevent people from reading it. It would be censorship if Mr. Harper's Minister of literature turned around and said, "Take that sucker off the shelves. No one's gonna read about tampon lollipops on my watch!" No matter how hard Galloway et al. twists it, a petition to the Canada Council to reconsider an award just doesn't qualifies as censorship in the real world.

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.

10 Sad Kids Books That Will Make You Bawl Your Eyes Out

Jenna Em | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Want to have a good bawl? Then read any of the following kids' books with a giant box of tissues! If you plan to read these stories to an actual child, pause often to weep, shake and quake.

How to Support Someone Grieving Over the Holidays

Jane Blaufus | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

While for many the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, for others, they are dreading the oncoming festivities because they may mark the 1st, 5th or 50th season without a loved one. No matter what denomination they are or what holiday they celebrate, there is one common factor that binds all of them together: someone they loved is gone.

What I Learned This Week: Next To Nothing

Andy Nulman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

This is one of the shortest blog posts I've ever composed. Why? Because I don't have much to say. This happens on occasion with yours truly, and ...

100 Books Every Canadian Needs To Read

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Living

Not only should we be proud of our vast land of great lakes, natural beauty and hearty foods, but we should also appreciate our piles and piles of boo...

It's Time For Publishing Houses To Change the Game

Richard Nash | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada
Richard Nash

Publishers should dominate this service business; like Faber, they just need to start. Book production and retailing, whether by companies or individuals, is fully commoditized now also, so the key is to occupy the space held by, say, yoga instructors, dentists, psychotherapists, interior designers -- services for which you are as likely to pay more, to get a better job, than to pay less.

So You Think You're an Expert: Why it Pays to Hire a Pro

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Business
Jennifer Pellegrini

We all know someone who thinks they can do anything, even though there are perfectly well-trained, experienced and knowledgeable pros who are ready, willing and able to take on a job. The results can go from the hilarious to the horrifying.

Why I'm Crowdfunding To Write A Book About Alternatives To Tar Sands Pipelines

Ben West | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

Frankly I think it's at least partially our fault as an environmental movement that this framing has stuck. We haven't focused enough on specific solutions over the years. We have opposed bad ideas like pipelines with vague notions of carbon taxes or non-specific alternative energy projects. We have rarely proposed or even broadly supported specific alternative projects.

How Do You Know If a School Backpack Is Too Heavy?

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Backpacks can vary greatly in size, and Cameron also says it's a balance between finding one large enough without overwhelming the person wearing it. As well, the pack should be worn in line with the hip bones rather than being higher up the back or lower down on the buttocks.

Help! My Child Has Hundreds Of Books!

Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living

Your child’s favourite bedtime story sits atop a teetering pile of books in their room, gathering dust. It hasn’t been touched for months, because...

30 Things Canadian Authors Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Wisdom

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living

Canadian authors refuse to fit into any one category, despite how much we may try to pin them down. Sure, we can now lay claim to a Nobel Prize in ...