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Responsible Home Daycares Enrich Our Communities

Catherine Hernandez | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Catherine Hernandez

I know many of you are as appalled as I am about the news stories highlighting negligent home daycares. It is common that in Canada the reaction is to crack down on that which is deemed "uncontrolled" and to pass legislation which will hopefully protect our young. That said, I believe it is time to fill your news feeds with another perspective: that of a responsible caregiver.

Cheers to Vancouver's Craft Beer Scene

Yelp Canada | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Yelp Canada

As we all know, Vancouver is in one hell of a drought right now, let's all save water by drinking more beer! In the past few years Vancouver's craft beer scene has exploded into a myriad of fabulous places to imbibe fresh, local beer, and we're here to give you the heads up on some of the best.

Why I'm Tired Of Being Told Black People Need to fix Our Communities

ByBlacks.com | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Politics
ByBlacks.com

It seems every time a black person becomes a horrific hashtag that reignites the dire need of structural change in a system that doesn't prioritize black lives as important or equal, there's always a large contingent of folks ready to utter the same ignorant retort of, "Black people need to fix their/our communities FIRST, before worrying about [insert extreme act of racism here]." This bullshit trope is quickly reeled out by non-black people who are uncomfortable with acknowledging the factually disproportionate racism that we suffer from everyday.

How Ramadan Can Get Lonely

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

I look forward to Eid, but as Eid approaches, I start to miss Ramadan. Many of my Muslim friends share the same bittersweet feeling. I am not sure if I would feel the same bittersweet feeling if I was observing Ramadan on my own, or at least not to the same extent. A partner in crime is a must.

I Have Been Losing Time to PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Over the past few years, I've written extensively about, and on many occasions have spoken candidly of my struggles with addiction, mental health issues, and sexual violence. I have grown to believe that the greatest antidote to fear is honesty, and it's with this in mind, that I share the following with you. For the past few months, I've engaged in a convoluted relationship with time. It all started out rather innocent. Hours were slipping away from me, and I had absolutely no idea how to account for that lost time.

The "Next Gen" Way of Giving Back to the Community

Danisha Bhaloo | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Danisha Bhaloo

As a professional fundraiser in my community, the number one challenge, and opportunity, is how to engage this new group of donors and volunteers to help support the hundreds of charitable organizations in our community.

Why Don Meredith Is Not an Embarrassment to the Black Community

ByBlacks.com | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics
ByBlacks.com

Don Meredith's fall from grace is seen as a collective one, because there are a lot of black people who see his presence in the Senate as a collective achievement; he's seen as "one of us who made it to the top." We are so eager to see black faces in positions of power that we get caught up in the "excitement" of seeing someone who looks like us on the political stage, and we fail to pull back the curtain.

Dads Who Dare To Do It Differently

ByBlacks.com | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Parents
ByBlacks.com

Being a black father, I notice people being shocked that I am even involved with my children -- that's about living in a wider racist culture. Black masculinity has always been under attack. This Father's Day I want to encourage every black dad out there to remember you don't have to conform, you can do it differently, if you dare.

We Need a New Model of Black Fatherhood

ByBlacks.com | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Parents
ByBlacks.com

The legacy of the plantation will be seen today on social media with single mothers being told "Happy Father's Day." Such open congratulatory shout-outs are definitely a testament to the ability of those mothers. But it's also an open indictment of the broken models of fatherhood existing in their lives. It's sad really, but predictable because the model itself within the black community is in dire need of repair.

4 Ways to Heal Your Body and Live a Healthy Life

Dr. Christian Turbide | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Christian Turbide

You need a healthy life to create a healthy body. There is no quick fix, and no pharmaceutical can erase the effects of poor lifestyle choices. Studies have shown only 20 per cent of hospitalizations and deaths are caused by genetics alone, and health is 75 per cent lifestyle. The choices you make each time you eat, move, think and behave all play a pivotal role in creating your health, or lack thereof.

I'm Running a Triple Marathon to Show the Resilience of Sexual Assault Survivors

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As a scared child, I ran away from the abuse around me, and as an adult, I used drugs and alcohol to run away from the trauma inside me. But here's the interesting part -- shortly after I got clean and sober, I actually took up the sport of running. This fall, I will be running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times in the same day (126.6 km), not as a fundraiser, but simply to show others how resilient we are, even after the trauma of sexual violence. But most importantly, I hope that my campaign will build upon the momentum we are starting to see in the media about the prevalence of sexual violence and the need to address the countless lives that lay in its wake.

My Husband Had a Seizure in Public and No One Wanted to Help Him

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Epilepsy Ontario

When my husband began having seizures several years ago, one of the things that struck me was the reaction of people around him. Certainly there were almost always people who wanted to help, but there were many more who were horrified by what was happening. Their fear inserted itself into the situation like a physical presence.

Living Long Shouldn't Mean Living Lonely

Kim Samuel | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Living
Kim Samuel

There is a kind of loneliness that cuts even deeper than feeling alone. Social isolation -- the lack of meaningful relationships and human contact and connections -- is a devastating affliction, with impacts ranging from depression to accelerated aging and the risk of early death. Older persons are especially vulnerable.Older people face multiple risk factors: a partner's death, disability, chronic illness, reduced or unstable income, loss of vision or hearing, frailty, fear of falling and fear of forgetting.

Gandhi Warned of Seven Sins. It Seems We Ignored Him

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Shortly before he was tragically assassinated, Mahatma Gandhi spoke of current troublesome trends that he eventually titled The Seven Sins. Over 60 years later, these seven blunders have been so institutionalized that they have been structured into modern society in ways that are endemic.

At 47 I May Look Pregnant, But I'm Living With Kidney Disease

Cheri Barton | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Living
Cheri Barton

I'm 47 years old and people are still asking me if I am pregnant. But I have the dominant form of polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and polycystic liver disease (PLD), causing my kidneys and liver to develop multiple fluid-filled cysts. ADPKD is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases, affecting approximately one in 500 people. Living with this disease has been a roller-coaster journey full of disappointing news and challenges, but also opportunities and evaluating the most important things in life.

What I Learned From The Reebok CrossFit Games

Gillian Mandich | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

I love CrossFit -- it's the only sport I know where the loudest cheers are for the last to finish. There is something magical about knowing that you are doing the same workout as people all over the world. Solidarity sweating breaks down geographical and language barriers - it is an amazing way to empathize and relate to others.

Let's End the Myth of the 'Evil Twin'

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There are no polarities when it comes to twins. No "good" one vs. "bad one;" no angelic child versus evil spawn, no duelling forces, vying for the top spot in their respective categories. There are just kids, warts, scabbed knees and all. Though the mythology and expectation of opposite-minded twin siblings is appealing to some, it is, fortunately, untrue.

Your New Year's Resolution Should Be To Give Back To Your Community

Ramesh Ranjan | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ramesh Ranjan

Just like many of you, my month of December was extremely eventful -- and worthwhile. What made it busy and worthwhile at the same time was not the gift purchasing, family gathering, or turkey eating. It was being able to give back to the community. Let me explain.

Let's Close the Access Gap in the Struggle Against AIDS

Claire Holloway Wadhwani | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Claire Holloway Wadhwani

Closing this access gap means expanding health systems to include grassroots outreach and the community-level advocates who lead the charge. It is well documented that village-level and even home-based HIV testing greatly improve rates of testing. The same is true for HIV education, counselling, and treatment follow-up.

Echohaven: An Environmentally Friendly, Energy Efficient Suburb

David Dodge | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

To borrow a popular internet meme, what if I told you we could build suburbs that preserved the natural landscape, had super energy efficient homes, built a sense of community and had no vinyl siding. Well we can, and the neighborhood of Echohaven, in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge in Calgary is doing precisely that. The homes of Echohaven must be super energy efficient, collect rainwater and are located in an oasis of nature. Echohaven has turned the modern process of building a neighbourhood on its ear

Jewish Diaspora Must Stand Up for Peace

Adam Moscoe | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

I am grateful to be able to say my focus remains on imagining the possibilities for a resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. I have the privilege of maintaining, with relative ease, a personal sense of hope with respect to a two-state solution.

Getting to Know Toronto's Largest Watershed

David R. Miller | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

On Canadian Rivers Day, I joined my neighbours to learn more about Toronto's largest watershed, the Humber, thanks to the Loblaw Water Fund.

Detroit: A City Revolution Built to Last

Adam Moscoe | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Moscoe

I was thrilled to participate in my first ever 'live' event as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. But after hearing endless stories about the glamour of Davos, I certainly never expected that my involvement with the Shapers would bring me to Detroit.

Die-Hard 'Community' Fans, Rejoice

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada TV

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Yahoo says it's giving the sitcom "Community" a sixth season online.Yahoo and Sony Pictures Television announced Monday that the...

Why a Field Trip Is So Much More Than a Music Festival

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Music
Marcello Cabezas

As Toronto continues to grow as a global culture hub, Field Trip is emerging as an annual homegrown star that has its roots in celebrating our cities most important asset: us. If Toronto ever wanted a downtown urban internationally relevant festival that celebrates the community, this is it. Chill, approachable, and easy going. A perfect way to enjoy the beginning of summer.