Canada Culture

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.

How To Give Feedback That Delivers Results

Judy Mann | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Business
Judy Mann

Feedback should be regular, meaningful and authentic. It should help employees, co-workers and mentees grow in their roles; as leaders, as team members, as service providers. It should not be something that's only attached to performance management, feedback and reprimand.

Overcoming My Eating Disorder Was The Beginning Of A New Life

TamilCulture | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

The one thing I realize now is being beautiful isn't about being skinny or size zero. It's loving every inch and curve of your body and embracing everything about you. If you don't love yourself, the number means nothing. Telling the world my story was the final stage.

As A Tamil Man, I Suffered In Silence During Our Unwanted Pregnancy

TamilCulture | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Parents
TamilCulture

As Tamils, we find unwed pregnancy to be such a crime that it restricts those who need someone to lean on in times of despair. I had no one I could go to.My partner did not want anyone to know. From the day we found out we were pregnant to months after we had aborted the child, I had to keep all of my emotions to myself.

Today's Kids Could Use A Lesson In Healthy Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Silken Laumann

I think competition is good for us, and is critical to helping us find performances that we didn't know we had. Sometimes I feel we have become so sensitive about not leaving anybody feeling left out that we have all but obliterated competition in our schools, and to a large degree in our workplaces. Nobody gets recognized, and actually nobody feels special.

The True Taste Of Truffles

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

My search for authentic truffle recipes, not found on the Internet nor in cookbooks, brings me to some inspiring places. Here, in the heartland of truffle culture, in the Central Apennines, I knew I would find something special because this is the only place where truffles can be eaten fresh all year round.

A New Year Message To My Black People

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

For 2016, I am urging my black family to take back our culture. We live in a time when our black men and women believe that they have to lower their standards to be successful. We exist in a virtual world where image comes with a cost that many are willing to pay, by any means necessary.

Sufism: How Creativity Can Reconnect Us With Nature

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

Humanity is seen to be independent from nature, even above it. This has been the Western vision of the world. In poisoning the earth, we were led on a self-destructive path. But I try to invoke here an alternative vision, expressed by Islamic (Sufi) arts, which finds that the way humanity relates and depends on nature can be renewed once the creative life is reclaimed.

How To Spend 48 Hours In Montreal

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Travel
Kathy Buckworth

Canada's second largest city has so much to offer, you'll find it hard to pack it all into less than a week, but for a quick two-day trip, here are some fantastique stops to make.

I Am Playing Catch-Up With My Culture

TamilCulture | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

At 21 years old, I realize that I have done myself a disservice. I can barely form a coherent sentence in my language, letters are foreign squiggles to me, and I find myself performing exaggerated gestures to communicate with my non-English speaking grandma. This is certainly not due to a lack of exposure to Tamil, but more as a result of a conscious distancing.

I Am a Survivor of Sexual Abuse in the Tamil Community

TamilCulture | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

My experiences of childhood sexual abuse -- of incest -- had stolen many aspects of my life but most importantly, my identity as a Tamil woman. After I moved out, I was shunned not only from my immediate family members, but my uncles, aunts, cousins, distant relatives, family friends -- my Tamil community. It didn't matter to my 19-year-old self why you weren't there for me. The fact of the matter was that you weren't. I felt hurt and abandoned.

The Difference Between Self-Exploration and Selfie Obsession

Amy-Rose Lane | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Living
Amy-Rose Lane

For those who came of age with a smartphone, the revolutionary impact of social media meant that you didn't just see yourself through the eyes of your peers. You could curate your own narrative. This has caused a quiver of psychologists to point out the detrimental effects of creating your identity online.

What Does Being a Hyphenated Canadian Really Mean?

Bianca Pang | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

Should we choose to embrace our traditions, or let them fade? I choose to embrace them because I want that left side of the dash to remain part of who I am, and as I continue on each year commemorating these events, I want to be celebrating them whole-heartedly and meaningfully.

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.

Stephen Harper and the Death of Canadian Culture

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Hadani Ditmars

In light of recent announcements that the current government plans to sell off the CBC buildings across this land -- the very art of cultural commentary might not be long for this nation. As Harper slowly dismantles every political and cultural institution intrinsic to the Canadian way of life I wonder -- will the future Joni Mitchells, Leonard Cohens and Neil Youngs be left to fend for themselves?

Canada Must Be a Nation That Supports Arts and Culture

Stéphane Dion | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Stéphane Dion

In Canada, arts and culture are at a crossroads. They can either move forward or backward, depending on the choices we make. For them to move forward, it will be more than ever necessary for the federal government to play a leading role. The Liberals, under Justin Trudeau's leadership, are determined to make Canada, more than ever, a place where cultural expression is created and enjoyed whatever its roots, foreign or domestic.

H&M's Hijab-Wearing Muslim Model Challenges Stereotypes

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Style
Aya Al-Hakim

These women aren't separating their spirituality from personal or creative expression. By having the mainstream fashion industry represent women and men from different cultural and religious backgrounds, stereotypes and beliefs towards a group of people can be challenged. It is a step towards making unseen people seen.

How Not to Be a Douche at the Toronto International Film Festival

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Living
Marcello Cabezas

In a few days, show businesses big fete lands in Toronto and you are all invited. The excitement of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is building and everyone can feel it. It's a time that brings out the best and at times the worst in people.

Cultural Centers Could Bring India's Soft Power to the World Stage

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

As India enters its 70th year of independence and its status on the world stage grows, its position within Asia becomes more critical. It's high time India consciously, calculatingly and coordinately uses its ample soft power to its advantage. One way is to open a global chain of Gandhi Centers.

How Hamilton's Collective Pursuits Are Creating Canada's Brooklyn

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Business
Marcello Cabezas

In case you haven't heard, you can do anything in Hamilton. We even have a t-shirt to prove it. That place known as "steel town" is no more. Meet Hamilton 2.0. A city that is organically and strategically turning into what some are saying could be Canada's answer to the movement that inspired a modern Brooklyn.