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March Is Self-Injury Awareness Month

Terezia Farkas | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Terezia Farkas

March is self injury awareness month in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. There are two-million cases, mostly youth, reported annually in the United States. The stigma of self-injury needs to be broken.

After This Woman Decided She Needed Change, She Dropped 50 Pounds

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living

WHO: Nikki Norton-Amaral AGE: 30 CITY: Markham By The Numbers: 222 at my heaviest, currently 172, for a total weight loss of 50 pounds The We...

Losing 50 Pounds Turned Life Around For This Woman

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living

WHO: Kelly Arnold, early childhood educator, 5'2" AGE: 27 CITY: Halifax By The Numbers: 231 at my heaviest, currently 179, for a total weight los...

After 2 Years At A Standstill, Mom Drops Over 50 Pounds

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living

WHO: Miranda Quartarone AGE: 33 CITY: Markham, Ont. By The Numbers: 185 at my heaviest, currently 130, for a total weight loss of 55 pounds Th...

I'm Caught Up in the Whirlwind of Cannes

Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Living
Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

I'm caught up in the whirlwind of the world's biggest film festival, Cannes. Here, young filmmakers are realizing their dreams. My turn will come on Thursday afternoon when I present Jutra on the Croisette at Cannes. My stomach is doing flips at the thought of going onstage to introduce my film. But I'm also deeply proud.

Dealing With Depression Can Help Prevent Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Suicide is not something a person usually wants to sit down and chat about. The word, never mind the action, has even more stigma attached than depression. Yet suicide remains the number one threat to the self in depression. That's why talking about suicide is as important as any health issue.

What Your Last Name Can Tell You About Your Ancestors

Lesley Anderson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Have you ever thought about your last name and where it might have come from? It's hard for us today to believe that there was a time, not that long ago, when many people didn't have a last name. So, where did last names come from, and were they assigned or randomly selected? In fact, there are a number of ways your ancestors might have first acquired the surname you currently use.

Steve Paikin's Right: Women Avoid the Media Spotlight

Shari Graydon | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Living
Shari Graydon

Don't blame the messenger, folks: When Steve Paikin, host of The Agenda blogged and tweeted recently about the show's difficulties in recruiting female guests, he elicited a firestorm of protest. But what he says rings true to me. Our experience is that women decline interviews much more often than their male counterparts. The data in the chart below was drawn from surveys of university professors, business and NGO leaders from all over Canada. We asked them to identify why they turned down media interview requests. Their answers fall into three main categories.

Spring Has Sprung For The Main Ingredients!

Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living

As the winter thaws into spring, the world slowly begins to come out of hibernation. There may be vacations to embark on, and activities to be planned...

This Is What Tinder In Sochi Looks Like

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living

Earlier this week, American Olympian Jamie Anderson very publicly announced that Tinder in the Sochi athletes village was "next level." With thousands...

Baby-Boomers and Millenials, Do These Seven Things to Survive Each Other

Ken Rabow | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Avoid really talking to each other! Talking is vastly over-rated. All it does it force you to actually hear the other's side of things and that can only lead to understanding. which makes resentment much more difficult. Circumvent occasions for pleasantries. Nothing good comes from giving the other person the benefit of the doubt.

How I Kept My New Year's Resolution and Lost 70 Pounds

Jenna Em | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

The year I turned 40, I felt like I was having a health crisis. After having had five babies back-to-back, I was at my heaviest weight ever -- and the most unhealthy self I had ever been. On December 31 2012, I made a New Year's resolution to myself and my family. In these 12 months, I have lost 70 lbs, four clothing sizes and I am looking and feeling much better. I am now lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight nine years ago! True to my word, my family now eats in a healthy fashion and we are regularly active as a family!

Curiosity Killed the Cat: A Sad Story From an Abandoned Home

Freaktography | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living

After circling the entire house in the surrounding sun room I made my way inside the house, I was immediately overcome by the smell of urine, cat feces, cat death. I had not, up to that point, ever been inside an abandoned house like this, this size, the amount of items left behind, it was a very overwhelming feeling.

14 Simple Sales Techniques That Will Woo Any Customer

Jenna Em | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Jenna Em

In August, I bought a resale home that was 30-years neglected. The first order of the day was to source new windows, doors, a furnace, air conditioner, kitchen, flooring and more. I set out to get quotes. During this process I was astounded by how many simple sales techniques -- and common courtesies -- were neglected. Read on to see how your sales team would measure up.

It's Not a Pink Ribbon That Reminds Me of Breast Cancer

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg There hasn't been one day since then that I don't think about my breasts. The current ones, the old ones, the cancer. Breast breasts breasts. My whole life, centered around some hanging, bouncy body parts. Impossible to escape, especially now, during the month of October, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.

Second Round of Challenges Comes to a Close With Truly Inventive Creations

Christine Cushing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christine Cushing

It's always interesting to see what others will do when given the exact same ingredients. From a small pool of options comes dozens (hundreds?) of possible recipe ideas, and I was lucky enough to encounter four such recipes during this round of The Main Ingredients.

What This Man Looks Like After Losing 219 Pounds

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Living

WHO: Kevin Carter, Personal care worker AGE: 36 CITY: Botwood, N.L. By The Numbers: 393 pounds at my starting point, and currently 174, total w...

Avoiding Dating Disasters

Tim Sandlin | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
Tim Sandlin

Do not date a woman whose mother is named after food -- Brownie, Sugar, Honey, Cupcake -- or whose father is named Bubba, Butch, Dutch, or Killer. Consider it a red flag if she sleeps in shoes, curlers, or a car. Or if she has more prescriptions than you.

Beware Your Cellphone

Josh Gitalis | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

What really came as a surprise to me was when Dr. Davis mentioned that mobile phones actually increased dopamine in the brain. What does that mean physiologically? It points to the possibility that mobile phones can become addictive. Dopamine is the same neurotransmitter that is released with cocaine addiction.

David Gilmour's No Colleague of Mine

Holger Syme | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living
Holger Syme

There are many good reasons to be upset about the things the novelist and broadcaster David Gilmour said in a recent interview on the Hazlitt Magazine blog. Both he and I work at the University of Toronto, so my instant reaction was institutional defensiveness: unlike Mr. Gilmour, who teaches the odd college course, I am a professor of English literature here, and it stung to see his bizarre, reactionary views on literature and teaching associated in the media with my institution, and in particular with its literary scholars. That's why I think it's important to say that David Gilmour is not a colleague of mine. As far as I can tell from his published comments, he's not much of a literature professor either.

What David Gilmour Could Learn From Sylvia Plath

Rachel Metalin | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living
Rachel Metalin

When Sylvia Plath was asked about her inspiration for writing poetry, she responded that it hinted at larger themes. David Gilmour, a U of T instructor who doesn't teach female writers, could learn from the female poet. Because it's important to understand that Plath's approach to writing poetry also applies to reading and teaching literature.

Are You Man Enough for This Dare, David Gilmour?

Anne Theriault | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Dear David Gilmour, as a woman writer I'd like to say "thank you." Thank you for being privileged enough, culturally tone-deaf enough, and even just plain stupid enough to say that you don't love women writers enough to teach their works in your class. Thank you for saying what so many other male professors think but are afraid to admit. Thank you for opening up this huge can of worms that most people were happy enough to pretend doesn't exist. I've got a dare for you, David Gilmour. I dare you to spend six months reading nothing but writers who aren't white cis males.

10 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Green-Veggie Smoothies

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

Although green vegetables offer a wealth of advantages, eating a large amount of them can be difficult. The easiest way is to simply put them all in the blender and drink the resulting concoction at one time. Here are 10 reasons why I have a green veggie shake every day.

Meet the Mother Who Received the Hateful Letter About Her Autistic Son

Tracy Stella | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Living
Tracy Stella

On Friday, a horrible letter was mailed to a family about their 13-year-old autistic son, Maxwell. When my friend, Karla Begley -- Maxwell's mother -- told me about the letter, my first reaction was to expose this in the biggest way possible. My sister, Kathy (Karla's best friend) and I developed the hashtag #love4Maxwell, and enlisted the help of our celebrity family members. It went viral. But now what? Now that everyone's invested in this united universal hug, what do I want them to know? I want people to know it's not about the letter. It's about the people who received it.

My Autistic Kid Wants Equal, Not "Special Treatment"

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

Dear pissed off mom living in Newcastle, Wow! Can you believe all the publicity you're getting over your letter to the mother of an autistic child?! The letter where you called a special needs child "retarded" and an "animal." Astounding isn't it? You didn't just write the letter to your neighbour -- you've also addressed it to my 14-year-old autistic son and all children with special needs. Sigh, ignorance is bliss. You didn't realize by writing this letter that you were about to unleash the mother of all mothers defending their children. Buckle up sweetheart; we're going for a ride.