Canada Family

This Is What Family Means To Us

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

We are very fortunate that we live in Canada, more so Toronto, where we feel it is a progressive, open, accepting city. It is legal for gay people to live freely, marry whomever they love, and start a family. We are a family, just like any family out there. It is not OK to harass anyone based on their sexual orientation or for any other reason.

My Family Carried Me Through My Cancer Diagnosis

Tammy Taylor | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Alberta
Tammy Taylor

The notion that cancer touches everyone is true. The burden on the family is as great as the burden on the individual. But, the notion that out of hardship comes unexpected blessings is also true. Any cancer patient I have ever talked to expresses, in one way or another, the gifts that come from the diagnosis. It changes both the person and the family.

Low Expectations Are The Key To Happy Family Travel

Angie Campanelli | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

If you're thinking about taking a trip with your kids to get away from it all, think again. Know what you're getting into. Know that it might be even more difficult than life at home. Know that it could be messy, tiring and ugly at times. But it's honestly the best thing ever.

Finding Normalcy In The Face Of Cancer

Valerie DeBaie | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Valerie DeBaie

Looking back on my life, I never would have guessed how important my everyday joys and routines were to me. Now that my husband and I have experienced life without them, I understand the significance of cherishing life and what you have; living in the moment. This was especially clear to me when I was diagnosed with cancer.

Why I Was Scared To Have A Son

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

Even as a young child, I knew I wanted to be a father. But I also knew I was gay. So while fatherhood has always been a dream of mine, I lived with the fear that gay men just didn't have children, so I'd never be a dad.

Game-Changing Snacks For Your Super Bowl Party

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

If you are excited to watch the big game this weekend, but still can't decide what to serve your hungry crowd, we'll help you get in the zone with this menu of championship Super Bowl snacks.

Taking Control Of Family Health In 2017

Rachel Patel | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Patel

In light of National Pharmacist Day on Jan. 12, it's important to address the issue of medical adherence as it impacts the lives of millions of Canadians on a daily basis. It's a very real concern that pharmacists work to tackle every day.

5 New Year's Resolutions For New Parents

Meaghan Grant | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

New Year's often brings about resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, or spend more time with family. But for new parents, those resolutions may not hit the mark. New parents are tired, overwhelmed, and may feel isolated. These resolutions are perfect for families, whether your bundle of joy arrived before the ball dropped, or is coming your way sometime in 2017.

Mental Health Issues Shouldn't Overshadow Victims Of Men's Violence

Isabelle Côté | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Living
Isabelle Côté

Caring for our veterans, particularly those suffering from PTSD, is undoubtedly an important issue. However, a conversation around mental health shouldn't overshadow men's violence against women and children. More concerning, shifting the narrative towards mental health and further away from men's violence make it even more difficult to hold perpetrators of similar acts of violence accountable.

What I Would Say To My Deceitful Ex-Husband, 20 Years Later

Linda Simpson | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

It was a novel suggestion. What would I say to my former spouse if given the opportunity? We haven't spoken in nearly two decades. Twenty five years of marriage is so far behind me now that most of my life has been without him. I grew up after he left, a painful but invigorating process.

Stop Being A User And Open Your Heart To Others

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Using people or things isn't a valid solution to our feelings of loneliness, emptiness and alienation. Consuming things -- or other people -- has never made anyone happy. That's why someone who uses other people or things in order to fill the void is compelled to keep on being a user. It never feels like enough.

Getting Into The 'Holiday Spirit' 365 Days A Year

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

This time of year, we're told to be more loving. We're encouraged to get into the "holiday spirit." We're supposed to be more giving, more understanding. But what if we don't feel particularly connected to other people? It's hard to be loving when you don't feel much love.

Let's Rethink The Pressure Of Cooking Family Meals During The Holidays

Merin Oleschuk | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Merin Oleschuk

While enjoying a wholesome meal together is surely a worthy goal, family meal campaigners don't always acknowledge the work that goes into this achievement: the time demands, parenting challenges and financial burdens required to put good food on the table. These pressures exist daily, but for many of us-particularly women-- they come to a head during holidays.

What Comes After "What If?"

Kelly Swanson | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Living
Kelly Swanson

Discussing a roadmap to protect your loved ones in the event of something terrible like a serious illness isn't easy, but it's important. A great way to take some of the pressure off is to consider some of the key factors at play, so you feel armed with the right information before you sit down with your spouse and then an adviser to discuss next steps.

Have A Happy Dysfunctional Christmas

Monique Caissie | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

It was 1991 and my first Christmas in my new home after my emotionally draining divorce. We lived in a depressed area. My family was 400 km away. I was struggling financially with a small business, helping in the community where I could, while nurturing my four-year-old who had some health challenges.

Single Bell Rock

Victoria Lorient-Faibish | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada
Victoria Lorient-Faibish

I think Carrie Bradshaw said it best: "Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you're pretty sexy and you're taking your time d...

10 Chicken Recipes To Make Dinnertime Delicious

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

Tired of serving the same boring chicken dinner week after week, but can't get out of your recipe rut? It's time for a chicken dinner menu makeover! You'll be clucking "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner" as you bring each one of these delicious dinnertime favourites to the table.

Grief Brings Up All That I Lost To Live Openly As A Lesbian

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

It's been about a week since my mom broke the news that two of my uncles passed away. Yet here I am in my new home, Canada -- a place where I have found true freedom to be my authentic self, but also a long way from a family that I absolutely love and adore.

Ontario Moves Towards Restitution For LGBTQ2S Communities

Ido Katri | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Ido Katri

The Ontario legislative assembly just unanimously passed The All Families Are Equal Act, a new family law that offers a more inclusive understanding of what makes 'family.' This much-anticipated legal reform marks a leap forward in Ontario's recognition of a broader range of families.

Tell Health Canada You Want GMO Foods To Be Labelled

Rachel Parent | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

With the topic of labelling GMOs such a priority elsewhere and something which the majority of Canadians want, why has Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency been denying this information to the public? Why do the same companies that manufacture GM food for the Canadian market supply non-GM food to other parts of the world? 

Family Meal Planning Tips To Get You Through The Winter

Dr. Allana Polo | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Allana Polo

With the shorter days, many of us are inclined to go into hibernation mode, snuggling on the couch under warm blankets and ordering takeout. By getting the whole family involved in meal planning you ensure that the task of feeding your family healthy meals doesn't fall all on one person's shoulder.

The Best Family Holiday Destinations (As Chosen By Kids)

Booking.com | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada
Booking.com

Planning a family vacation can be just as stressful as it is exciting and deciding on a destination that pleases both parents and kids isn't as easy as you might think. To help you be the holiday hero with your family, we surveyed child travellers worldwide to uncover the best destinations for family travel. Here are the top destinations rated as fantastic for family travel, as chosen by the kiddos themselves!

My Grandmother Recognized Me As Trans The Day We Said Goodbye

Joshua M. Ferguson | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua M. Ferguson

I am a non-binary trans person. I know that many people do not yet understand what this means. Many people refuse to acknowledge my existence. Being seen as I am by people is a remarkable feeling, and my grandmother gave this gift to me in the most unexpected moment. My grandmother spent her minute of clarity, while suffering in a state of almost perpetual dementia and physical exhaustion, to give me a beautiful gift of cross-generational respect as a trans person. To see me as I am.

Your Insurance And Health Care Won't Cover These Winter Expenses

Kelly Swanson | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Kelly Swanson

The endless cycle of seasons has trained us well, and Canadians know to take all the necessary precautions to adjust to Old Man Winter. We swap out all seasonal tires for winter rubber, and switch off outside water sources. It's our own little insurance policy. Why don't we treat our health in the same manner?

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Lisa Abram | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

What I have come to know is that we feverishly cling to our childhood items for a host of personal, often inexplicable, reasons. Perhaps as the precarious nature of life and death teeters, totters and tiptoes around us, we instinctively pull them closer to us.