Canada Culture

Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant Woman

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.

Being Tamil Isn't Just About Speaking the Language

TamilCulture | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

My Canadian-born son isn't proficient in Tamil. I have not been successful in teaching him. I feel that my ineffectiveness comes off as un-Tamil to some. We're used to the idea of the cultural mosaic and pride in our heritage by proudly declaring that our kids are proud Tamils.

How I Finally Embraced Being Korean

Jason Lee | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Lee

If someone said to me 15 years ago that I would be talking publicly about my Korean cultural identity today, I'd have been the first person to say: "You must be kidding." Until recently, despite having been born in Korea, I would not have called myself a Korean-Canadian.

Will the Sexual Orientation of Michael Sam and Other LGBT Players Ever Be Irrelevant?

Avi Goldberg | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Living
Avi Goldberg

In the context of a fluid reality, one in which expectations and potentials for sexual minorities in both society and sports are both changing and not quite resolved, Michael Sam held an historic press conference in Montreal. And, reflective of both the desire for more change as well as the fact that we're not quite sure what to do to take those final steps, there was neither consensus on what needed to be asked and said about sexuality and sports nor on whether anything had to be asked or said about that subject at all

Why I've Decided to Get an Arranged Marriage

TamilCulture | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

Whenever I tell my friends that I've thought about getting married to a guy that my parents will pick for me, I always get the same response. But the more I learned about the traditions of my culture, the more I realized that our marriages are both a contract and a sacred journey across lifetimes.

Our Four-Day Adventure in Nassau, Bahamas

Miriam Porter | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Travel
Miriam Porter

Nassau Bahamas is one of those destinations you want to return to again and again. It's my third time visiting the island and the second time going with my son Noah, age nine. I carefully plan our itinerary to maximize our four-night stay -- one adventure per day! It's the perfect destination for an extended long weekend.

Love Can Be Better, The Second Time Around

TamilCulture | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

Amidst the carnage of a failed marriage, as your days become consumed with prying the broken shards of glass from the wounds of a shattered life, it is hard to conceive that anyone will ever be worth the risk of going through all of this again. But a life without love is incomplete -- Love is always worth it.

How Architecture Can Bring Communities Together

Toon Dreessen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Toon Dreessen

Communities are comprised of a diverse mix of people, functions, and uses. The built form that we give to communities helps to foster connections and communication: it becomes the stage for our culture.

Top Ten Reasons Why Theatre Is Cool

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Blasted at the Pi Theatre The theatre has such a vibrant ability to bring words to life. I first became aware of how theatre can be engaging and r...

Why Truffles Make You Feel So Good

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

Why do some foods make us feel good? Is it cultural or chemical? Or something else... At the 17th Festival del Tartufo Vero in Montefortino, a little...

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.

Why You Should Appreciate Life in the GTA

Blair Mlotek | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Blair Mlotek

People are always going on about how Canadians aren't patriotic enough, saying that Canada doesn't have something to identify it. They think that sinc...

Why Must My Culture Take a Backseat to Christmas?

Jason Najum | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

As the days inch closer to the holidays, plans are being made and schedules are being set. I'm replying to Christmas party invites, and going shopping for gifts, and organizing who I'll visit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But wait a second, I'm Jewish.

Why I Made a Documentary About Elephant Cruelty in India

Sangita Iyer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The festival season for humans is a season of torture for elephants in Kerala. In my attempts to expose the brutality, I embarked on a mission to produce a feature length documentary film this past March. It's called Gods in Shackles.

How Big Startups Are Trying to Maintain Their Competitive Edge

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The rules are changing in today's globalized, hyper-competitive economy and startups are attempting to keep up by maintaining their innovative edge. No longer can any established or traditional company afford to enter a period of ossification. Indeed, ossification in today's economy means death rather than stability.

We Must Do More to Support Canadian Artists

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Artists make our world a colourful and interesting place. Innately curious and inquisitive, artists create beautiful, dramatic, thoughtful forms of art that please and engage the human eye and ear, or get us to think. As a nation, we do not support them enough.

The Modern Day Book Fair Is More Than Just Books

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Marcello Cabezas

As the literary and publishing world evolves, the desire to have collective gatherings connecting the global industry has increased. That said, somet...

Why We Need to Keep Talking About Jian Ghomeshi

Avi Goldberg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Avi Goldberg

"Isn't it time," folks on my Twitter feed are saying, "that we put an end to the public trial and let the police and the justice system take over? It is tempting to ask whether we've all not heard enough at this point, but given the social and cultural significance of Jian Ghomeshi, there are important reasons that the public conversations continue to go on.

I Don't Know What To Say When People Ask 'Where Are You From?'

Marina Rogers | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Marina Rogers

I have thus alienated myself from the convention of associating a cultural, national identity to my name. I do not feel like a citizen of said country, but rather, a denizen of the world. I realize my situation is rare and privileged, but I am not insensitive to the many problems revolving national identity around the world.

Trick-or-Treating is For Kids. Period.

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

It's fair to say that many teens love getting something for nothing. Free candy? It fits the bill. And every October 31, they fail to disappoint, showing up at the door, thrusting a bag in the direction of unwitting participants, sometimes without even uttering the agreed request -- sometimes, the words "Trick or Treat" aren't even mentioned.

Only This One Man Can Save Quebec Culture

Guillaume Déziel | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada
Guillaume Déziel

I challenge Pierre Karl Péladeau to leave his reign at the head of Quebecor holding his head high; and to make a gesture towards the greater good and the safeguarding of our culture. If he takes the first step, the other ISPs in Quebec, in Canada and one day in the rest of the world won't have a choice but to follow.

Not For Sale: My Values

Jason Najum | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada
Jason Najum

I was hot-stepping downtown the other day, headphones pumping, feeling good after a little gym workout. And this stopped me dead in my tracks. ...

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

Mark D. McGuire | Posted 10.06.2014 | 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.

10 Great German Destinations for Year-Round Travel

Trivago.ca | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

Germany must be doing something right: four time winners of the World Cup and an economic and technological powerhouse. As a travel destination, however, Germany is often overlooked and underrated. With a range of possibilities from picturesque castles to culture-rich cities, Germany is an ideal year-round holiday destination.

Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Music
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again. Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just didn't seem right.