Canada Culture

You're Not A Mess, So Stop Saying It

Lauren Ross | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Ross

Confidence is intimidating, but it shouldn't be. Why should I feel guilty about being happy with myself? I have flaws, sure, but I am not a mess. So why do I participate in mess culture? Why, at brunch, do I feel obligated to chime in with a self-disparaging comment? There is no reason to participate in something that downplays what I have to offer.

Cultural Remedies For Vancouver: A City Without Duende

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Hadani Ditmars

Is Vancouver a city without duende? For those unfamiliar with the term, a creative force evoked in the art of flamenco, I defer to Garcia Lorca -- the poet killed by right-wing Spanish civil war era assassins whose work seems ever more resonant in our time of vulgar demagogues and neo-liberal pretenders.

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

TamilCulture | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living

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.

When Did My Parents Get So Cool?

TamilCulture | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living

This past December, I was finally home for the holidays, after missing two years of the holiday season with my family and friends in Toronto. In fact, in the past two years, I have only been home for a total of three times and each of those three times, there's been an emerging trend: "When did my parents get so cool?"

You Should Totally Go To Ibiza (In Your 40s)

Andrea Traynor | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Travel
Andrea Traynor

I was a club kid of the late-'90s in London, when house music had merged into the mainstream and was no longer solely entertaining audiences of the "underground" variety. Back then, I never made it to the music Mecca that is Ibiza. And I've always regretted it. Twenty years later, to prove that a 40-something could still work the local scene, I hightailed it to what may very well be considered the clubbing capital of the world.

'Died Like A Pig' Outrage Raises Questions For Chinese Canadians

Karen Lin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Lin

When Byron MacDonald said a 14-year-old Chinese swimmer "died like a pig" during the course of the women's 4 X 200m swimming relay race at the Rio Olympics, it created an uproar in the Chinese community here. Some felt he was a downright racist.

Is Globalization The Collapse Of Culture?

Steffani Cameron | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Travel
Steffani Cameron

As I travel, I'm learning how dire it is when these companies with massive international funds behind them invade and usurp regional cultures with global products that have no soul, no passion, and certainly no emotional resonance for those regions.

My Mixed-Race Family Has No Set Culture, But We Have Each Other

Mike Sholars | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

No one knows what my family is, or how exactly we all relate to each other at first sight, but it's always been a question of where we come from, and implicitly, a question of what we're doing here at all. I have never met someone who shares my ethnic mix (outside of my brother) in my entire life. My grandma divorced her husband. My mom ran off and married a black dude. They've never said it to my face, but I've figured that a lot of the amazing and independent choices my parents made as women didn't totally click with a lot of what India was telling women to be back in the day.

Food Waste Is A Disgrace Canadians Have The Power To Fix

Genevieve Zingg | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Genevieve Zingg

In May 2015, the French government did something incredible: the National Assembly unanimously passed a law forcing large supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities. That's how the #WhatAWaste campaign -- a grassroots effort to pressure Canada's political leaders to follow France's example -- was born.

Wild Mountain Meat Offers Less Guilt And Twice The Taste

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

We all know many reasons not to eat meat: because of cruelty to animals, particularly within the industrial farming production system, or human health...

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

Explore A World Of Art (And Pick Up New Skills Along The Way)

Desi Globetrotter | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Travel
Desi Globetrotter

Adventure travellers, sabbatical-seekers, artists and designers craving to explore the world while sharing ideas with like-minded people can hop a plane to Kyoto to learn calligraphy, Bangalore to learn bamboo bicycle making or like Juliet, to Slovenia to learn contemporary ceramics.

10 Differences I've Noticed Between Canada And The UK

Tom Gamble | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tom Gamble

Canada is a wonderful, unique country. I came here as a musician and a stereotypical tea drinking, Marmite enjoying Brit to live, work and study for a masters degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. I was immediately struck with the country's immeasurable beauty, vastness and diversity, but I was even more struck with how culturally different it was to my country.

Don't Feel Guilty About Watching Reality TV

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

There are those who argue that reality shows are an affront to culture, but if it is something that is enjoyable and brings people together, I would argue it is not something we should feel guilty about. In today's divided world we should be looking for more things to unite people, which is why reality TV should be brought into the open.

Reviving An Ancient Cuisine: The Art Of Parsi Cooking

Niloufer Mavalvala | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Niloufer Mavalvala

The Art of Parsi Cooking; Reviving an Ancient Cuisine by Niloufer Mavalvala Dhundar Patio...

Government Support Could Have Saved Toronto Fashion Week

Ashlee Froese | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Style
Ashlee Froese

I speculate that Toronto Fashion Week was unable to secure a key sponsor, which significantly impacted its operating budget. It is a shame that it was unable to secure a new sponsor. Perhaps an alternative sponsor opportunity may come to fruition. Unfortunately, there is another type of funding that is not available.

To My Immigrant Parents: Thank You For Taking A Chance On Canada

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Living
Nicholas Mizera

This Canada Day we are reminded that our country is a nation of immigrants, many of whom took risks similar to yours to create a better life for themselves and their children. And, like you, they came to the right place. I am proud to be Canadian. I am proud to be Polish. And I am proud to live in a country where those two things are actually one and the same.

Millennials And Our Quest For Digital Supremacy

Raji Aujla | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada
Raji Aujla

As digital natives, our adaptability to change is far superior than generations past. We swiftly adapt from VHS to DVDs and record players to cassettes to CDs and MP3s. We know what a floppy disk is yet can operate our digital lifestyle almost exclusively on Cloud. Our potential is limitless and our ambition is uncapped. We are pretty brilliant.

Oh What A Circus: An American Version Of Evita

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

With the strains of Don't Cry for Me Argentina still fresh in my mind from Vancouver Opera's production of Evita, I am re-imagining the seminal 70's r...

Businesses Need To Focus On People, Not Culture

Ryan Spong | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

Like society, a company's success depends on a culture that is created and cared for by its people. We know this and yet sometimes this fact gets lost. At the companies I'm involved in, we feed people, but we're actually about building culture. There is no better way to bring people together than breaking bread. Culture is not a something, or a someplace, it's not even a someone -- it's the shared space between.

A Brief History Of Medicinal Tattooing

Mara Raye Munro | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Mara Raye Munro

Tattoos have long been considered to be much more than body decoration. The spiritual, social, personal and political significance of getting inked is an indelible aspect of body art, and most people who have undergone the uncomfortable, to outright painful procedure attest to it's intrinsic spiritual experience. But what about tattoos as a form of healing? What if there was a medicinal and curative element to this global ritual?

5 Ways Vancouver Tech Companies Are Transforming HR

Todd Hauptman | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Todd Hauptman

Human resources and corporate culture have been drastically changing in recent years and Vancouver technology companies are leading the way in this transformation. In the past decade the very purpose and focus of human resources departments has been shifting.

Find Your Next Hire Over Beers And Barbecue

Brian Scudamore | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

We made the mistake of overlooking the "fit factor" before, and morale and productivity plunged. It was difficult to turn it all around. Now we prioritize compatibility during the hiring process -- we want people who work hard and play hard together. Attention to culture fit has not only made our company a better place to work, it's boosted our ROI.

Jinn: The Muses Of The Arabs

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

The phenomenon of poets getting inspired by the jinn can be traced back to pre-Islamic times. It is a living artistic and spiritual tradition that allows people to experience, to some extant, the visionary realities of the prophets, the Friends of God (Awliya) and the saints.

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.