Canada Holidays

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season By Looking for Food Clues

Rose Reisman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

This holiday season let's try a different tactic. Be proactive rather than reactive and you won't have to worry come January. Food served at restaurants, events and parties tastes delicious and can hard to resist as it contains excess fat, sugar and sodium, yet the descriptions never sound that unhealthy. Let me be your interpreter! Here are some clues to look for when eating out to decipher those tricky food descriptions.

Next Vacation, Go Off the Grid

Ion Valis | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Travel
Ion Valis

I believe the future of leisure -- if not luxury -- is escape from ubiquitous connectivity. People are going to pay big money to get out of mobile phone range in the near future. I predict that "no signal" will be as common a sign of our generation's holidays as "no vacancy" was to our parents' vacations.

How To Babymoon in Miami

Amanda Blakley | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Amanda Blakley

Thanks to my generous father and our caregiver, my husband and I slip off (childless) into the wee hours of the morning to hop a quick flight to Miami. Perhaps not the first place that might come to mind for a moon of any sort (honey, baby or otherwise) but proximity and weather made the decision an easy one.

How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Patience seems to have fallen by the wayside. In its place, anxiety and frustration have taken hold. In the digital era, patience is no longer a virtue; it is seen as an unnecessary vestige of a bygone era with little value. After all, why wait when instant gratification is just a few clicks away?

Making a Funky Bunkie For Our Favourite Cottage Guests

Colin & Justin | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Oftentimes, it's nice to afford (and be afforded) a little privacy when friends arrive. Sure, we're all for mix and mingle, but personal chill time is welcome too. So come one, come all (overseas pals and family are you reading?) safe in the knowledge we've fashioned, as your holiday haven, an annex to which you can escape when our laughter becomes too raucous or our music too loud.

Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts That Won't Break the Bank

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Jeffrey Schwartz

"It's the thought that counts." So, with Mother's Day right around the corner, Consolidated Credit has compiled some great gift ideas that will show your mother how much you care, without causing you to dip into your savings.

Easter Isn't Christmas - Slow Down With the Gifts

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

It wasn't always this way. My oldest was shocked to discover that all Laura Ingalls got for Christmas one year was a rag doll, an orange, a piece of candy and some socks. My daughters' eyes pop out of their heads when their Granny tells them that when she was a little girl, Santa brought an apple, an orange and one toy for each child in her large family.

Black History Month Deepens Racism's Roots

Reid Price | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada
Reid Price

Now that Black History Month is over (didn't take long) I feel more comfortable in saying that I very much dislike it. Black people are more than a month, and are more than several prominent black figures. Black history should be a regular part of educational curriculum and media programming, yet it is differentiated and set aside, just as black people were not so long ago. How is this good?

How to Survive New Years After the Holidays

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada
Dr. Divi Chandna

Ten Ways to Survive Your New Year Post Holiday Many people equate the new year with a brand new time. The holidays can be a stressful, busy and exci...

The Perfect Post-Holidays Treat: Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Kettle Corn

Carolyn Berry | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Berry

I've always loved kettle corn: popcorn with the perfect combination of salty and sweet! Popcorn, after all, is a whole grain -- and though it gets a bad reputation at the movie theaters, homemade popcorn can be a light, healthy and delicious snack that satisfies those munchies. I decided to add a holiday twist to this batch of kettle corn by sprinkling it with a combination of spices that give it a nice warm gingerbread taste. You can also add other ingredients like a drizzle of chocolate, dried fruit, and shredded coconut.

Enjoy Holiday Glee Without Weight Gain Guilt

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Why does it feel like even before the tinsel's been removed from the tree or the wax has melted from the Menorah, we are bombarded with messages from TV talk shows telling us it's time to repent for everything we've eaten or had to drink during the holidays? Here are a few common mistakes we make post-holiday season.

Give (and Receive!) Hope for the Holidays

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Akaash Maharaj

Many of us will come home for the holidays worried about the world we will have to return to in the new year. Dire economic warnings abound. Democracy is being tested across the globe. Insecurity seems to be the only certainty. But Canadians have always found ways to master our fears rather than be mastered by them.

Explore Your Family History This Holiday Season

Lesley Anderson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Almost 60 per cent of Canadians will spend this holiday season with at least two generations of their family. With all this time spent together, it's nice to have fun projects to collaborate on. A fun one could be building your family tree and looking in to your past.

"Home Alone" for the Holidays? Embrace it!

Natasha Koifman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Once December rolls around, it can seem like everyone is divided into couples and singles. It can be pretty overwhelming when you're single and not coupled up, it can be too easy to let yourself feel lonesome or down in the holiday dumps. But you do have a choice about how you feel you can choose to be happy.

LOOK: Vancouverites Smooching

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Things are getting a little romantic in Vancouver thanks to a takeover of poles donning mistletoe in the city's West End. A group who call themselv...

22 Do's And Don't's Of Holiday Photography

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 12.20.2013 | Canada Living

With all the chaos of family dinners, opening presents and snow forts that's about to happen next week, it's not always easy to capture the moment. ...

How To Talk To a Child With Autism

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

Contrary to popular belief, most kids with autism are not anti-social. Yet, many 'neurotypicals' still struggle when it comes to including a child with autism in the conversation. Those that do try, often fail because they don't know a few essential rules that can help make the interaction possible.

When You Donate Food, Don't Just Give the Cans You Can't Stomach

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Darlena Cunha

It's important to be mindful when you give. Next time you attend a function where people ask for a donation for charity don't reach for the minute rice or the wax beans that you know you're not going to eat -- reach for your favourite tin of soup, or a jug of real juice or some healthy pasta, and consider how much MORE receiving that kind of generosity will mean to someone who does need the help.

This vs. That: What Are the Healthiest Holiday Meats?

Rose Reisman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

The average adult gains between three and five pounds during the holidays and no matter how diligent you are about your New Year's resolutions, not all of that weight gets lost. I looked at the various meats that grace our tables and came up with great alternatives that are as tasty, yet will save you loads of calories and fat and keep you fitting into your favourite jeans!

How To Keep A Little Thinker Busy Over The Holidays

Amy Leask | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Amy Leask

Festive occasions are the perfect opportunity to hear what your budding philosopher has to say, and to encourage them to play with ideas. As you sip cider and watch the snow fall, why not start up a great conversation? Here are some cool questions to get the mental merriment started.

10 Tips to Survive the Holidays

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Are you dreading the holidays? Do you always end up more tired and stressed after? Do you need a holiday from your holiday? Here are 10 tips to survive the holidays.

WestJet Should Have Used Viral Marketing for Good

Shelley and Bob Freeman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Shelley and Bob Freeman

WestJet is by all accounts a wonderful airline, run in a light and care-free manner by like-minded employees. And the "Christmas Miracle" viral smash hit is just that. Imploring us to watch a marketing video so that a needy family can fly somewhere is great marketing but is it any kind of building block for a great society?

Dress Code: Decoding your Holiday Party Invitation

Karen Cleveland | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Festive? Cocktail? Or festive cocktail? The language of party invitations is key to cracking the dress code, well, code. Following are some cues to heed in your choice of attire. And heed away. Here's a guide to help you interpret the holiday party lingo.

Explaining to Your Child Why Santa Gave the Neighbours More Gifts

Angela Hartlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

While the fantasy surrounding Santa can be a magical experience for a child, how to deal with the consequences of explaining "how a man with infinite resources has left you with less than your peers" can become complicated and send out the wrong message about the child's worth if Santa's yearly rewards don't add up to those of their elementary counterparts.

Airlines And Airports That Totally Nail Christmas

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.12.2013 | Canada Travel

It's supposed to be the most magical time of the year, but ask anyone who's flying during the winter holidays and they'll tell you otherwise. Take ...