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Attawapiskat Youth Are Ready To Show Canada Their Strength

Cathy Elliott | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Cathy Elliott

Last month, I wrote about my frustration with how slowly Canada is moving toward reconciliation with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. I despaired about the bad news coming out of reservations, the streets, the jails, our women and girls, the youth suicides... and wondered if we were ever going to move from pretty words to action.

Independence Brings Seniors Happiness

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While the wait lists for long-term care homes continues to grow in Ontario, the number of seniors choosing to live independently in their houses and apartments is increasing, as we see on a daily basis. The key in all of this appears to be the ability to have the choice to do this.

I Came Out As Transgender, And I've Never Been Happier

Lia Kendall | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Lia Kendall

You might know that the number one word associated with being transgender is "dysphoria," a vague medicalized word used ascribed to transgender people to describe how mirrors and people you thought were your friends now make you cry. But another common word I've heard transgender people use to describe themselves is "monster." I knew to expect all that pain before I told a single person. But what nobody had prepared me for was the joy.

The Many Ways Seniors Can Have Fun — And Make A Difference, Too

Optimum Care | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

As seniors age, much of their time is freed from the commitments of work and family and they start to look for ways to participate more actively in their communities. As the saying goes, doing good makes you feel good, and the seniors who continue to make a difference every day are true testaments to that.

Why Big Box Retailers Cost Communities More

Ryan Spong | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

What were once staples of daily living in our communities -- butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and greengrocers -- are now seen as inefficient when large chain grocery stores deliver all-in-one convenience. But "fast and convenient" has weakened our communities. As the African proverb says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

Albertans Come Together In The Wake Of Devastating Fires

YPNextHome | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Alberta
YPNextHome

Where do you put an entire city when a wildfire displaces 88,000+ residents? Alberta has seen more than its fair share of disaster in the past few years, but this is a tragedy of epic proportions and the whole country is looking on, helplessly, trying to figure out what they can do to for the people of Fort McMurray.

There's A Reason Running Culture Is Exploding Across Canada

Bonnie Doan | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Bonnie Doan

Whether the motivation is fitness, mental health, being part of a community or supporting a great cause, everyone has something to gain from a sport as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

Courage Is A Deeply Rooted Faith In Our Human Connection

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As our muscles respond to stress by becoming at first strained and later stronger, so too do we build up our tolerance for withstanding adversity by allowing it space in our life. Courage rises to the fore when we adopt a new mindset, a new lens from which we approach our life.

Humanity's Greatest Threat Is Upon Us

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Living
Glen Pearson

With so many advances in science, how is it that climate change now has us by the throat? In a world of spreading capitalism, how did it come to be that we have rising unemployment around the world and poverty escalating at troubling rates?

Diversity Drives Markham's Economic Success

Frank Scarpitti | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Frank Scarpitti

As mayor, I am often asked what the key ingredients are that make Markham one of the most vibrant and successful municipalities in Canada. The answer is simple. Diversity is Markham's strength. Professionals, business executives, retail operators and skilled trades persons come to our city from all over the world.

We Could All Be Chase Martens' Mom

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Campbell

I could see my four-year-old son playing on the slide, but my two-year-old son was out of sight -- not unusual as we had a very large, gated yard. I didn't even have time to cover myself before a woman came around the corner, a look of fury on her face and my two-year-old on her hip. "DO YOU KNOW WHERE I JUST FOUND YOUR CHILD?" she screeched.

Support Our Young Female Athletes On And Off The Ice

Caroline Ouellette | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Caroline Ouellette

Women's hockey is evolving and the divide between female and male athletes is blurring. Canadians are viewing female athletes as just that, athletes. We're not satisfied with the notion of "they play well for a girls team." Female competitors play well, period.

How Dining Out Can Improve Your Community

Lyda Mclallen | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
Lyda Mclallen

Over the past few years, the terms 'organic' and 'sustainable' have become buzzwords for health. But these words go beyond a person's health. Supporting local organic food and farming can help revitalize the economy. Community-based agriculture has the potential to create jobs and develop small businesses. Encouraging locals to stay healthy is the side job.

We Need A New Approach To Funding Poverty Reduction

Rachel Gray | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Gray

Canada's largest city has a world-class problem with poverty, and yet we hope that maybe, just maybe, it will go away. Rest assured it's not. Far from an old-school approach to budgeting, we need leadership and new approaches to revenue generation unless we want to be paying for the growing costs of poverty for years to come.

Reviving A Fractured Food System Through Organic Food

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

If you've purchased any local Ontario food before, it probably came from this region you've likely never heard of. In fact, it is the number one producer of tomatoes, carrots, seed corn, cucumbers, pumpkins, sugar beets and brussels sprouts in all of Canada. However, none of it is being consumed by its community members.

The Meaning Of Christmas Extends Beyond Family

Silken Laumann | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I can feel the shift happening in our family, the shift from it being all about us being together and caring about one another, to Christmas being about caring for others as well. I think this most accurately reflects the true spirit of Christmas, whether we are Christian or not.

Sponsoring Refugees As A Workplace Is Good For Business

Lina Duque | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

Engaging staff in a cause that matters to them is a win-win for both company and employees. Companies with high employee engagement report more productivity and lower absenteeism and turnover.

Here's How Municipalities Can Reach Their Sustainability Goals

Stephanie Cairns | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephanie Cairns

On December 4, over a thousand mayors from around the world will meet in Paris to accelerate the work of local governments on climate change. Many Ontario mayors attending this event will arrive with a starting advantage.

Investing In Solar Power Pays Off For Communities

David Dodge | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

While the leaders of the world meet in Paris and craft sweeping policy that affects the entire planet, let's remember that the most important changes usually happen close to home. I've seen the positive things solar and energy efficiency can do for communities. So when we started a big infrastructure refurbishment project at Evansdale Community League, I knew exactly what to push for.

I Am Living Proof There Can Be Hope After Trauma

Street Haven | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living
Street Haven

To everyone around me, it looked like our family had it all. The truth was that I lived in a house that was filthy and piled high with debris and animal waste. I was 11years old when my father began to sexually abuse me. I had become accustomed to keeping so many secrets by then that I just added this one to the list. I hoped the abuse would stop. I was terrified and lonely. I am living proof that it takes a community to lift a person up. The day I left my abusive family home was the day I stepped into uncertainty and poverty.

Volunteering Is Just As Valuable As Paid Work

Lisa Abram | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

As my professional life blossomed so did the work expectations and long hours that I needed to put into my demanding career. It was an inverse relationship in the making: the more I worked, the less time I had for personal things in my life like athletics, friends and relationships. Something had to give. And sadly it was volunteering.

Canadian Chefs Can Help Create a More Accessible Food System

Ryan Donovan | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Impact
Ryan Donovan

Canadian food should be fair and available to everyone, whether they can afford it or not -- served in accessible places without consideration of economic background, gender, immigration status, or age. The chefs who are at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of what Canadian food is need to get out of the kitchen and use their skills to build a movement around good food for all.

As an Arab-Canadian, I'm Still Searching for Home

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

What does it mean to be an Arab living in the West? Can I be part of two worlds and to what extent? Going through an identity crisis, results into an ongoing questioning. It is the process of reflecting on the shattered pieces of memory, an abandoned language and understanding of one's ancestors and history.

I Found a Booming Tech Industry Hidden in Victoria

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

With an energetic and vibrant atmosphere it's no surprise that Victoria, B.C. is one of the world's favourite destinations. As I was soon to learn, that energy is here in the technology business, too. It has been hidden away a little, obscured by its modesty, and I do actually think that there is something really special worth shouting about over here.

Althia Raj

Tory Vows To Take Liberal Stronghold Where Israel Remains A Key Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics

The battle in Mount Royal is representative of a larger fight between Liberals and Conservatives.