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Are We on Track for Our Global Education Goals?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The fast approaching deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is a reminder of vital commitments by all the global society on priorities vital for development. On July 6-7 2015, Norway hosted a global summit on education for development and attempted to do precisely this.

How Canada's Revamped Universal Child Care Benefit Affects You

Tea Nicola | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Tea Nicola

There's been much hype and commotion since the federal government rolled out its revamped Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) last month. Dubbed 'Christmas in July', the change distributed nearly $3 billion to Canadian families, regardless of income, with children aged 17 and under.

This Pivotal Lawsuit Will Decide the Future of Yukon's Peel Watershed

Dianne Saxe | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Business
Dianne Saxe

Last week, the Yukon Court of Appeal heard arguments about the future of the massive Peel River watershed, and about the meaning and application of modern aboriginal treaties. Will this land be mostly protected from development, as the planning commission decided after extensive aboriginal consultation? Or will it mostly be used for resource extraction, as the Yukon government wants? So soon after the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will First Nations interests again be sacrificed for the economic gain of others?

10 Reasons to Vote for Anyone but Harper

Sarah Miller | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

This is a rather short list of the shortfalls of Harper and the disgrace he brings to our country and I urge everyone to fully research candidates and get out and VOTE. I think the newest campaign launched by our veterans says it best when they say ABC: Anyone but Conservative

The Millennial Renting vs Buying Real Estate Debate

The RentSeeker.ca Team | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Business
The RentSeeker.ca Team

Millennials are being hailed as the force that will drive down housing prices and mortgage rates for everybody. As the demand for housing shrinks while young adults put off buying their first house, so does the cost.

The 13 Most Underrated Places in Canada

Flight Network | Posted 08.22.2015 | Canada Travel
Flight Network

As the world's second largest country, there are countless places to visit in Canada, many of which are widely overlooked. While metropolitan cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are all great travel destinations, don't miss out on the numerous underrated destinations that the country has to offer

The Time Has Come for a Different Way of 'Managing' Canada's Wildlife

Chris Genovali | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Chris Genovali

The senseless killing of Cecil the lion has catalyzed a worldwide discussion about the gratuitous trophy hunting of large carnivores. In Western Canada, countless "Cecils" are killed in an equally senseless manner each and every year for the amusement, pleasure and excitement of recreational hunters.

I May Not Look Homeless, But I Am

Street Haven | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living
Street Haven

A lot of people have the perception that shelter life today is for the junkie, the uneducated, the criminal or the battered wife seeking refuge from her abusive partner. In my experience, most of the people I have met in the shelter system are there for a variety of reasons. In the shelter I have met bank tellers, writers, students and even retirees.

What I learned As a Medical Student Working With Low-Income Families

Lita Cameron | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Living
Lita Cameron

As a medical student taking part in a Social Paediatrics course at The Hospital for Sick Children, I was recently immersed in the lives and healthcare needs of low-income families in Toronto. This experience reshaped the lens through which I now view healthcare and helped me recognize that societal factors greatly influence the emotional and physical wellbeing of children and their families.

From Seed to Symposium in Ireland

Rebecca LeHeup | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Travel
Rebecca LeHeup

As a lover of food, and a tourism professional, the fall holds a special place in my heart. The summer air cools, the season's bounty is gathered and celebrations abound. This fall, I'm particularly excited because I'm also returning to Galway, Ireland for the inaugural Food On The Edge Symposium -- where I'll experience a second harvest, of an idea planted by Chef Jp McMahon.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Shouldn't Stop for Elections

Mark Warner | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Warner

Trade negotiations are growing in importance as developed and developing countries alike increasingly realize that protectionism is not a path to prosperity. Federalism poses challenges for our trade negotiations that are exacerbated by elections at both levels of government in Canada, and among our trading partners. The electoral clock is also ticking on Japanese Diet elections next summer and on U.S. presidential and congressional elections next fall. If the machinery of trade talks ground to a halt every time an election approached, there would be no trade agreements at all -- which is, perhaps, what some people desire.

Pregnant Women World-Wide Need Timely Access to Supplements

Marion Roche | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

As IFA interventions are reprioritized as part of maternal health initiatives, the composition of the supplement itself is being reconsidered. Pregnant women may benefit from more than just iron and folic acid supplements, as the diets and environments that have put them at risk of anemia may also be contributing to suboptimal intakes of other micronutrients. For example, millions of pregnant women suffer from vitamin A deficiency, zinc, and iodine, suggesting supplements could help fill the dietary gaps at the same time.

An Entrepreneurial Reality TV Shopping Guide for Buying Baby Gear

Joanne Sallay | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Sallay

When entrepreneurial reality shows first hit the networks, I was totally hooked. Many of the inventions featured are family focused, unique to the market, and solve problems for parents. Here are three companies whose baby gear caught my eye and ended up in my online shopping cart because of reality television.

What Personalizing Health Care Might Mean for You

Russell Williams | Posted 08.16.2015 | Canada Living
Russell Williams

The acceleration of research and development of sophisticated biologic medicines and vaccines to more effectively prevent and treat disease has given rise to a form of healthcare known as personalized medicine.

These Are Issues Federal Party Leaders Should Be Debating

Raymond Louie | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Raymond Louie

There was a very telling disconnect earlier this week between what passes for priorities inside the Ottawa bubble and the issues that really matter to Canadians. While federal leaders and backroom organizers debated the debates, Canadians were still stuck in traffic. They still worried about finding a home they could afford. They still faced the frustration of trying to be globally competitive with inadequate and aging infrastructure. These issues are critical to the quality of life of Canadians and they need to be front and centre in this election campaign.

The UCCB Is Actually Helping Lower Income Canadians

Caroline Battista | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

While the Child Tax Credit was a nice boost for parents at tax time, you had to have earned enough income to benefit from it. As a non-refundable credit, it meant you had to have paid tax during the year in order to claim it. So a low income family may not have been able to take advantage of the credit. They did not actually benefit from it. This will not be an issue with the enhanced UCCB.

School Districts Need to Adopt Comprehensive Diabetes Policies Now

Jan Hux | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Jan Hux

Most students can manage their diabetes independently or with minimal support, and they can fully participate in school activities, including gym, field trips and celebrations. However, some, especially very young children with type 1 diabetes, may need trained personnel to help administer insulin, monitor blood sugar levels or supervise food intake and activity. Students with diabetes may also need flexibility in school rules to prevent low or high blood sugar, and, in some cases, may also need help with recognizing "lows" and "highs."

Nigel Wright's Testimony Is Insulting to Canadians

Frank Koller | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Frank Koller

Nigel Wright didn't have a personal obligation to pay Duffy's debts, as he proclaimed. His personal obligation was to serve Canada and to maintain the integrity of its political institutions. We should be repelled by any notion that we should admire -- and excuse -- an incredibly rich individual who goes into public service and then uses his private financial resources to make political problems (and possibly crimes) disappear.

Where Is My Muskoka (Election) Chair?

Christopher Smillie | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Smillie

On a hot Sunday in August 2015, Governor General David Johnston dissolved Parliament at the request of Prime Minister Harper. Thus, the 41st Parliament concluded and Canada was thrust into a 78 day campaign, much of which will be fought over the summer months. This campaign is not about the decided voter. It isn't about keeping the base happy. It is about the undecided, meandering, and regular Canadian.

This Federal Election Will Be About the Voters

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Despite the fact that Canadians are in the deep and lazy days of summer, there has been more interest in the federal election campaign that many believed unlikely. It's not due to the parties, their leaders, or their policies. With most of the election still ahead of us, those aspects will likely become more prominent. No, it's likely that healthy attention to this election season is due to a kind of restless desire amongst Canadians for change. This could well be the real story of Canada's 42nd federal campaign. It's not really about who is chosen but the choosers themselves.

Energy Is a Top Foreign Policy Priority

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

History shows how energy and foreign policy issues have been closely intertwined. There is little doubt that this relationship will continue to strengthen in line with increased instability in the international political system. I do not need to say more than Ukraine/Russia and the Middle East to underline this point. For Norway, energy diplomacy is higher than ever on the priority scale. This recognizes that to understand and act in a rapidly changing energy world, there is a need to understand how market and foreign policy factors interact.

Is it Finally Time for a Guaranteed Annual Income?

Noralou Roos | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Noralou Roos

Could the Guaranteed Annual Income -- once considered radical notion -- now be an idea whose time has come? It has been supported by generations of economists and welfare theorists, from the left and the right. So why are such a broad group of people pushing such a program?

Moving Across Canada Helped Me Understand What Home Means

Lisa Abram | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

Once the wheels were in motion to sell our house, I started to reflect on the idea of change and what that would mean for us. I'd have to quit the job that I loved, working in the culturally rich Winnipeg arts community and vacate the life that I set up for myself since moving to Winnipeg from Toronto.

Canadian Company Charged For Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Drugs

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada

Canada Drugs allegedly sold unapproved, mislabelled and counterfeit drugs.

Discover the Paris Beyond the Eiffel Tower

Desi Globetrotter | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Travel
Desi Globetrotter

Planning a trip to Paris this fall? If you've visited before, your first trip to the City of Love may have been a whirlwind tour that went something like this -- Eiffel Tower, check. Notre Dame, check. Louvre, check. As much as these 'first-time' experiences are quintessential, there is so much more to Paris.