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Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The benefit of probiotic bacteria on the brain could eventually lead to more specialized probiotics designed specifically to help improve learning and memory. While these products may be years away, parents can take advantage of what has already been learned to help their children today.

Say Goodbye to August and Hello to Productivity

Leah Eichler | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

To manage this, Ms. Sone-Cooper advises job seekers and hiring managers to "communicate, communicate, communicate." Be open about your availability and expect the same. In the wrap-up part of the interview, ask when you can expect to hear back considering it's summer, and find out what the next steps are in the hiring process.

Why Water Makes You Happy

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Whether your place is green or blue, there is growing evidence that spending time in nature is not only important but a necessary element of happiness and health.

Are Canadian Universities Doing Enough to Prevent Sexual Assault on Campus?

Samara Rotstein | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living
Samara Rotstein

Recently in the U.S., the Federal government has taken a strong zero tolerance stance on sexual assault. This increased intervention in sexual assault on university campuses made me wonder -- are we doing enough in Canada to prevent similar outcomes? Are we doing enough to prevent sexual assault and ensuring the safety of young women in our country? According to statistics on Canadian campuses published on the York University website, 29 per cent of female undergraduate students in Canada report incidences of sexual assault.

Canada's Changing Nutrition Labels, But Will They Be Easier to Read?

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Reading nutrition labels is one of the basic principles of healthy eating, but reading them does not always mean we understand them. In an effort to reduce consumer confusion, Health Canada recently proposed changes to the way packaged foods and beverages are labelled.

The Government's Approach to Trade Barriers Could Be Dangerous

Stuart Trew | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Business
Stuart Trew

Canada's premiers are in Charlottetown for their annual Council of the Federation meeting and once again the apparently catastrophic issue of interprovincial trade barriers ranks high on the agenda. Most premiers would rather talk about a real problem, like lack of infrastructure money, but western provinces and the federal government see their moment to change the conversation for reasons no one is being honest about. According to their line of thinking, which is fuelled by letters from a list of business lobby groups, interprovincial trade is hampered by barriers too numerous to count.

The Complexity of Closing Gaps in Canada's Mental Health Care System

Karen R. Cohen | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Living
Karen R. Cohen

Earlier this week, Marvin Ross reached out to the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for a piece that he was writing for HuffPost about the significant needs and gaps when it comes to "serious mental illness" in Canada. The issues and needs when it comes to Canada's mental health and illness are complex, however, and we wanted to make an opportunity to share our perspective first hand.

The Government Needs to Get Serious About GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

As you may already know, I've been on a mission to meet Canada's Health Minister, Rona Ambrose in person to discuss the important and urgent issue of GMO labeling. To date, I've sent her three letters via courier, and received absolutely no response. Below is the third letter that I sent her.

Free Trade Agreements Attack Democracy And Human Rights

Michaël Lessard | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Business
Michaël Lessard

At the Peoples Social Forum, six representatives of prominent civil organizations were heard. These organizations consider that the agreement does not seek to improve trade between countries, but instead are give new special rights to corporations, which undermine the democratic rights of peoples.

As A Small Town Girl, I'm Proof Success Is Not Location Dependent

Komal Minhas | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Komal Minhas

When I tell people I am from Grande Prairie, Alberta their response is usually surprise followed by some sort of joke or comment related to being red neck. Well, this small town girl has a big heart and even bigger dreams. I am at my core a country girl and my, oh my, has it served me well.

All This CRA Bickering Is Distracting Charities From Their Real Work

Blake Bromley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue says that it is "absolutely shameful" to suggest that Canada Revenue Agency officials auditing charities could "somehow fall under political influence." This is a sideshow which is distracting the charitable sector from the real issues.

Canada's New Nutrition Labels Are Still Missing GMO Labels

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

The topic of genetically engineered crops is not new. They were first introduced into Canada 15 years ago, with four crops -- canola, corn, soy and sugar beets -- which now dominate the food industry. Today it's estimated that more than 70 per cent of the products you purchase at your local grocery store contain genetically modified ingredients.

Police Brutality is a Global Phenomenon

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Months have passed since the attack in Lahore, and the police have not yet laid charges. The lack of social justice is a recipe for disaster, chaos, and mob rule. The scenes from Islamabad and Ferguson, Missouri, are indeed two manifestations of the same problem. Toronto has escaped riots because its citizens hold dear the principles of social justice and equality.

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.