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How Canada's Foreign Aid Fails to Prepare for Ebola

Dariusz Dziewanski | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
Dariusz Dziewanski

As Liberians and other West Africans bravely struggle to contain Ebola, Canada's foreign engagements are shifting away from they types of initiatives that could help prevent such an epidemic. Working with countries like Liberia to strengthen health systems does not seem to be in Canada's interests any longer.

Are You Experiencing Gen Y Envy?

Leah Eichler | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

For those critics out there, a recent study by PsychTests, a Montreal-based psychological testing company, showed that contrary to popular belief, millennials are ambitious and scored higher than boomers on their desire to reach a major goal, such a making a big sale or designing an innovative product.

I've Got Some (Nanotechnology) Explaining To Do

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

We use jargon and complicate things with acronyms that are meaningless to those who aren't in the loop. But most importantly, we miss the opportunity to engage, excite and empower others with our news. As academics, scientists and researchers, we have a unique responsibility to ensure our findings extend well beyond the lab bench.

Actress Tricia Helfer Urges Canada to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Monica Engebretson | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Monica Engebretson

The 2004 television series Battlestar Galactica (2004 -2009) was without a doubt one of the best ever sci-fi shows. You don't even have to be a fan of...

Don't Call Robin Williams' Death a Waste

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Suicide isn't "giving up" or "giving in." Suicide is a terrible decision made by someone whose pain is so great that they can no longer hold it, and feel they have no other option in life but to end it. It's a decision you can't take back, and a decision that will affect your friend and family forever. It is not taken lightly. For someone looking in, it does seem like a waste -- especially in the case of Robin Williams, who was a brilliantly funny man and a talented actor. But imagine, if you will, feeling so desperate, so desolate, so incredibly sad and hurt that you honestly cannot see a way out. Williams did things in his life that touched people to their core. It is a sad, sad loss, but it is not a waste.

Don't Choose Toys For Your Kids Based on Stereotypical Gender Roles

masalamommas | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

I understand baby M's preference for her brothers' toys and enjoy watching her play with them. I was a tomboy as a child and I secretly like that she seems to be one as well. However, I think my expectations of seeing her playing quietly with what Toys "R" Us would deem "girl toys" is definitely changing

How To Launder Money Like a Chinese Billionaire

Diane Francis | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

In China, crooks don't have to go to the casino because intermediaries called "junkets" will swap Yuan for gambling chips that can be cashed into Hong Kong or Macao currency at the casino then wired by Hong Kong banks to tax havens or accomplices offshore. The goal is to buy a condo or luxury goods with funds from a trust managed by a shell company in Grand Cayman, owned by another trust in Guernsey with an account in Luxembourg managed by a Swiss banker who doesn't know who the owner is.

Entrepreneurship Is Key to Accelerating the Full Economic Inclusion of Women and Girls

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

In a post-recession period when most industrialized nations' economies are still fragile and ''in recovery mode,'' one of the top priorities for the G20 leaders is finding innovative solutions that will allow them to stay competitive and prosperous.

How the Ebola Crisis Is Uniting the World

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern over Ebola is one of the world's most important actions although people may choose to see it differently; the situation requiring its call may lead to fear and panic. But, the only reaction should be resilience.

How to Cultivate an 'A-ha' Moment

Leah Eichler | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

It happens at moments when you least expect it: in the shower, while out for a run or, for me, right before falling asleep. Cultivating "a-ha" moments seems about as likely as forcing a pot to boil water faster, but there are tactics you can use to encourage them.

Canada's Big Pharma Should Do What It Does Best

Joseph Soares | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Business
Joseph Soares

Back in 2012, things looked grim for Canada's Big Pharma industry. A significant number of the industry's high-earning products were about to lose their patent protection, and face replacement by low-margin generics. But Canada's pharma industry, the eighth largest in the world, maintained its levels of innovation as well as formulating an innovative and successful business strategy.

The CRA Should Learn That Charities Can Have Controversial Views

Blake Bromley | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

CRA is cherry-picking its jurisprudence to justify its program of political activities audits. It is ignoring these recent decisions from Australia, England, New Zealand and even Canada's Federal Court of Appeal. Disagreeing with the government on environmental issues is not necessarily a partisan activity.

Harper Gov't Ditches Spy Plane Plan

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has ditched a proposed competition to buy as many as four sophisticated spy planes — but with the U.S. looking to sel...

All of Us Are Paying for Government Inaction on Poverty

John Millar | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics
John Millar

Here's what the evidence says about the devastating outcomes of poverty: poorer health, more chronic disease, more avoidable deaths, social injustice, increasing demand and costs for healthcare services and reduced productivity of the workforce. On a large scale and over the long-term, inequality can also slow the economy and erode democracy, political and social stability.

Adding More Psychiatrists to a Flawed System Won't Help Anyone

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Kurdyak

How should psychiatrists' roles be defined in order to provide as much specialist care to as many high-needs individuals as possible in the most cost-effective way? Because psychiatrists appear to be organized in a far less than systematic fashion within Ontario's mental health system, there is a fairly steady level of unmet need no matter how many psychiatrists practice in a region.

Give Seniors "Homes" Instead of "Institutions"

Verena Menec | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Living
Verena Menec

Should we really be talking about how many nursing home beds are needed as politicians, media and health policy people all do? Or should the question be: "How many more homes are needed for frail older people who need care?"

Canada's Car Culture Isn't as Bad as the Danish Tourists Think

Mark D. McGuire | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Mark D. McGuire

This week, two European tourists complained about the Canadian car culture after a brief stint in the 10 million square kilometer nation of over 35-million people. The British and Danish complainers now reside in Aarhus, Denmark. While I support criticizing a country, it is also good to have the facts in order. To that end, here are some stats Chabowski should have taken into account before making rush judgments on Canadian society.

6 Ways to Recycle Your Indian Wedding Outfit

masalamommas | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

After months of research and swatches you finally got your wedding outfits in order. Colour coordinated, jewelry and make up synced with footwear to match or compliment the outfit. But once all the hoopla is over, does that expensive outfit get packed-never-to-see-the-daylight again? That doesn't sound right

When Cultural Norms Stand in the Way of Breastfeeding

masalamommas | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

South Asian culture has long valued the countless benefits of breastfeeding -- for the newborn baby and the new mother -- so why the push for formula on mothers able and willing to breastfeed?

Canada, Don't Worry About Ebola

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

When it comes to the introduction of foreign deadly diseases, Canada need not worry. Due to the experience of one unexpected surprise, the SARS outbreak of 2003, and the resultant Commission that followed, Canada went from being unprepared to ready for anything.

Make August Canada's Black History Month

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada
Christopher Stuart Taylor

Somewhere out there Drake needs to stand up and write a song about this fact for people to understand that his OVO concert takes place on a weekend made possible by a person that fought for the freedom of his ancestors. Well, at least the black half of his ancestors.

Why I Drove My 16-Year-Old Daughter Halfway Across Canada

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

She would get a quality education in any of these places, to be sure. And she would learn about navigating life independent of her parents, whether she is in residence in Hamilton or Kingston or Fredericton. But would she experience a new culture in Kitchener-Waterloo? Would life be so much different in Eastern Ontario than it is here in Niagara?

Health Care Wait Times in Alberta Improving

Don Dick | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Alberta
Don Dick

Alberta is building a culture of continuous improvement in health care. This culture is founded on more and better data, innovative thinking, an extraordinary effort to share information, and unprecedented action on the front lines. Wait time reports cards need to examine performance at this level, and Canadians should have this kind of information to grade their health system.

Four Must-Read Kids' Books that Parents will Love

Joanne Sallay | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Joanne Sallay

Laugh out loud funny, The Boss Baby is a charming board book deserving a place in baby's first library. This story will answer the question of who in the family is truly in charge once the new baby arrives on the scene. New parents will especially enjoy this one, as it's sure to bring on some smiles and chuckles.

Five Great Expectations When Planning a Wedding Abroad

Gillian Farber | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

Living abroad is one thing -- planning a wedding from abroad is a whole other story. A very complicated, internet driven, blog obsessed story that involves checking your email 24/7 and a secret love affair with Pinterest. So from one traveller/amateur bride-to-be to another, here are my "Five Great Expectations" leading up to your big day.