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Resiliency Is Not Enough For Many Of Us To Overcome Difficulties

Cea Sunrise Person | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Cea Sunrise Person

Resiliency is the ability to recover -- in other words, to return to a prior state of health. That's great, but what if you start life at such a deficit that you never had that state of wellness to begin with? If your life then slides even further downhill as an adult, the best you can hope for under the terms of resiliency is to return to your previous condition.

I Rejected My Cuban Identity Out Of Fear

Daniela Sosa-Roque | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Living
Daniela Sosa-Roque

The long years of communist leadership in Cuba and the violation of human rights, specifically the attacks on freedom, have pushed many to pursue a life elsewhere. The way I saw it, there weren't any reasons to be proud.

10 Things Canadians Should Know About America

Lubna Javed | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Lubna Javed

The first time I heard "Uh huh" as the reply to my gratitude-filled "Thank you," I repeated my "Thank you" again, thinking the barista did not hear me. Even a second time, the reply was "Uh-huh." So, I just assumed that the barista was rude. How wrong I was.

What To Know If You Are Barred From The United States

Henry Chang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Henry Chang

When I previously discussed why Canadians may be barred from the United States if they admit to smoking marijuana, I did not discuss what options might be available if a Canadian is actually barred by United States Customs and Border Protection ("USCBP") based on criminal grounds. I will now address this issue.

5 Gifts That Shout Your Canadian Pride While You Travel

Heather Greenwood Davis | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada
Heather Greenwood Davis

We globetrotters aren't really that complicated: We crave convenience, fall for a good gadget and know the value of comfort even when we are pushing o...

How To Learn A New Language Without Losing Your Mind

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Learning a new language can be inspiring, frustrating, infuriating and sometimes downright embarrassing. But there are many good reasons to learn a new language. The more languages we know, the more people we can communicate with. It adds depth to our creativity. Best of all, it helps build overall self-confidence.

As A First-Generation Tamil Canadian, I Discovered Identity Can Be Inclusive

TamilCulture | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

My older sister and I moved to Canada from Sri Lanka in the early 90s when I was nine, after both of our parents had passed away. We were fortunate enough to have family members who had been living here since the 70s with the means to sponsor us through a formal process.

Growing Up Asian Meant Cool Eyelids And Gourmet Lunches

Michelle Suarly | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living
Michelle Suarly

When I was ten years old, my babysitter offered to give my friend Jimmy a ride home. As I sat in the back beside my friend, he turned to me and said, "Michelle, can you close your eyes for a second? They're different! You don't have a crease in your eye. I've never noticed this before. They are so cool!" This was my first introduction to the concept of having double eyelids.

What To Look For And Avoid When Buying A Home

YPNextHome | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

Buyers' criteria may vary depending on their age and location. When it comes to the value of your home, however, certain neighbourhood features have very distinct influences -- positive and negative -- that you should be aware of.

Tragically Hip Curtain Call Soaked With The Tears Of A Nation

James Di Fiore | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

The whole country came together. Not since Terry Fox have we seen such a strong example of how a Canadian could summon so much national camaraderie among the people.... All we had to do was sing along to songs we knew by heart, allow ourselves to feel the moment, let our tears express how we felt, let our fellow Canadians know we were all in this together, and then, as a nation, say goodbye to Gord Downie. The best part is we will never really say goodbye to The Tragically Hip. As long as we have kids, camping trips, road trips, backyard barbecues, headphones and private moments, we will never have to say goodbye.

CBC Needs To Get Rid Of 'Q,' Not Hire A New Host

Angelina Chapin | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Angelina Chapin

CBC doesn't need a more experienced and dynamic host. It needs a new show. Regardless of who takes the reins, "q" will always be a reminder of the Ghomeshi's downfall. "Q" lowercase is the literal embodiment of how CBC management tried to minimize its Ghomeshi problem, but for listeners the show and its original host are inextricably linked.

Vignettes From My Life To The Music Of The Tragically Hip

Kathleen Hogan | Posted 08.21.2016 | Canada Music
Kathleen Hogan

The summer after grade 12, driving the family minivan, down Duckworth Street. "Boots or Hearts." Harbour Drive, back through Water and George Street, if it was early enough. "Pigeon Camera." Back up Portugal Cove Road, bouncing wildly over the Rennie's Mill River bridge. "Blow at High Dough."

Should I Teach My Toddler To Speak Like A Canadian?

Fiona Tapp | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Fiona Tapp

Being British is an integral part of my identity. From Monty Python to EastEnders, baked beans on toast to a nice cup of tea solving all of life's woes, I am quintessentially English. And as much as I love Canadians, and moved here solely based on falling hard for one, in particular, I have no desire to become a Canadian. So it was with some trepidation that I realized shortly after the birth of my son, that this precious little man of mine, was a Canadian. At least, until he started talking.

Who I Am Has Nothing To Do With Where My Parents Were Born

Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Living
Joy D'Souza

My cultural identity isn't defined by where my parents were born. My father was born in Pakistan, his siblings and parents were born in Goa, India, and all of his great-grandparents were born in Portugal. What does that make him? My mother was born in the Philippines, and my sister and I were born in Toronto. What does that make us?

Affected Accents May Be The Most Irritating Social Faux Pas

Tom Gamble | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Tom Gamble

The obvious question one may consider is why would someone do this? Is it an attempt to seem well-travelled? Sophisticated? Cultured? If so it could well be in vain as I can tell you that there are many people with English accents who are not well-travelled, sophisticated or cultured

4 Reasons Asking ‘Where Are You From?' Is Offensive

Isabelle Khoo | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living
Isabelle Khoo

I'm Chinese, but I strongly identify as a Canadian, because I was born and raised here. So when people start questioning if I truly am from Canada or not, I automatically get defensive... Here's a news flash: Canada is a multicultural country. Sure, it has a large number of immigrants, but that doesn't mean every person of colour or person of a certain ethnic background wasn't born and raised here. Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean I'm less Canadian than you are. Asking "Where are you from?" automatically labels the person being questioned as "other," and nobody appreciates that. So just stop.

Justice For Salim Alaradi And Others Arbitrarily Detained In UAE

Mustafa Elmanea | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Mustafa Elmanea

I became the lead defence counsel for several men of Libyan origin who were disappeared by the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) State Security Service (SSS) in 2014. I knew at the time that our position was a just one, but I didn't realize how much the fate of my clients would impact the conduct and reputation of nations.

It's Time We Honour Indigenous Women On Canada's Currency

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Justin Trudeau announced on International Women's Day that a Canadian woman will appear on the next series of bank notes expected in 2018. And the Bank of Canada is now inviting nominations as to who should appear on the bill. This is our chance to have a say and perhaps at the same time make a statement.

Canada's Outdated Income Tax Act Begs A Top-To-Bottom Review

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

By making it easier to navigate the tax rules and meet their obligations, Canadians will spend less time and less of their money on preparing their taxes, leaving more in their pockets. For Canadian businesses, productivity could improve as they spend less time, effort and capital dealing with tax compliance and red tape.

The 5 Best Canadian Universities For International Students

UniversityHub.ca | Posted 02.11.2017 | Canada Living
UniversityHub.ca

With a quality education system and reputation as a safe and multi-cultural country, Canada is rated at the top of the list of places for international students to study. Canada is indeed a very open and welcoming community for international students of all nationalities; however, some cities offer a more seamless transition than others.

Devastating Spate Of Barn Fires Reignite Call To Action

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

January was a devastating month for Canada's farm animals. There have been eight massive barn fires since January 1, killing almost 53,000 animals. Sadly, some of the simplest protection strategies recommended by farm and fire experts across the country are still not standard practice on Canadian farms.

Assimilationists Are On The Wrong Side Of Canada's History

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In Canada, the term assimilation is especially unpopular. It's associated with painful events in the country's history. But the country's proponents of forced assimilation often underestimated the inevitability of resistance on the part of their targets. The lessons of our history seem lost on many Canadians as it's surprising to learn how many endorse making "others" like "them." Paradoxically, several Canadians that continue to fear assimilation are amongst those most apt to believe that their own cultural survival depends others assimilating.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly In 2015 Animal Welfare

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

It's the end of the year and, once again, we at the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies are asking: are things getting better or worse for animals in Canada? We've had some significant forward movement -- a number of important new laws and policies were introduced this year that will make a huge difference in the years to come.

Real Christmas Trees Help Keep Canada's Economy Growing

Michael Rosen | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Rosen

Last year, we exported almost $30 million in fresh-cut trees to the United States and another $32.6 million in trees to the rest of the world. When combining the $60+ million that Canadians spent on real trees last year, it all adds up to a $125 million contribution to our rural economy.

Why You Shouldn't Fear Hurting Your Lover's Feelings

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Living

And how to tell your partner you need time alone.