Kevin Pillar Returned A Piece Of My Sons' Childhood

Heather Connor | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Heather Connor

Both of my boys have a rare neurological movement disorder called Dystonia. It causes painful twisting and contractions of the muscles. The episodic nature of it means that one minute they are running and playing like any other child and the next minute their hands and legs stop working. This means lots of falls and has made my six year old apprehensive about participating in team sports.And then he saw you play.

Struggling With Mental Health? You Have Options. You Are Loved.

Joshua McNeil | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua McNeil

Please, whatever you do, don't be afraid of talking about your symptoms or feelings with friends, family, or peers. This can be a great first step in addressing your own mental health needs and possibly identify any issues that you may be having in your life that may require psychiatric or therapeutic attention... Believe in yourself and your own internal strength.

Gord Downie's Doctor Talks Life, Hope And High Fives

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

We know that time may be limited but that's no reason to stop living. So we celebrate that. Every good scan we have a little party or a high-five or a hug. Hugs are common in our clinic. There's much more happiness than people would expect.

10 Years Later: Some Inconvenient (And Convenient) Truths

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of An Inconvenient Truth, the Al Gore documentary that catapulted climate change onto the global agenda. Here's a quick look at developments over the past decade, both the inconvenient and the convenient.

Musical Tribute To My Daughter Amanda Todd Moved Me To Tears

Carol Todd | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada
Carol Todd

The night of the performance is one that will be etched in my mind forever. As Amanda, you always dreamed of being on a big stage surrounded by lights and music. In the performance piece called "My Name is Amanda Todd," that is what happened.

A Box Of Syrian Children's Hopes And Dreams

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Many moments will stand out when I remember my trip through war-torn Syria, neighbouring Lebanon, and Turkey. But the gift of a little box crammed with children's dreams is a memory that will certainly stay with me. That's because the red and white box filled with poignant pencil sketches says so much about this five-year-old conflict.

10 Tips For Surviving Valentine's Day While Single

Jen Lawrence | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Being single on Valentine's Day can be rough stuff. Since this is the time of year when the world conspires to tell you that there is something wrong with you if you are not happily paired, it may be tough to keep your spirits high. If you find yourself less-than-happily single, here are ten ways you can make Valentine's Day a little better this year, from someone who knows what she's talking about.

11 Ways To Give Yourself A Mid-Winter Boost

Jen Lawrence | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Even if you started off the year with a heart full of good intentions, it can be hard to maintain your enthusiasm. To celebrate the fact that there are still 11 months left to make this your best year ever, here are 11 ways to give yourself a mid-winter boost.

12 Ways To Enjoy The Holidays (When You Are Feeling More Like The Grinch)

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for everybody else. At least that's how it can seem if this season you are dealing with less-than-perfect ...

Her Last Hanukkah Made Us Believe In Life's Little Miracles

Bernie Farber | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Bernie Farber

Joanne's health deteriorated significantly but her mettle remained strong. She so wanted to celebrate her last Hanukkah with Jack and the family. However as she entered the palliative care unit at Credit Valley Hospital we feared this would not be.

Top 6 Life Lessons From The Great Beyond

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Even better than all of the gee wow validations the medium provided, however, was the amazing sense of comfort I felt after the reading. I'd gone into it as a bit of a lark and came out feeling quite revitalized. Whether her words were heaven-sent or not, she gave me some excellent advice.

8 Surprising Ways To Pull Yourself Out Of A Dark Place

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

When you've survived trauma, it's unnervingly easy to slide back into the depths. When I tumble into that headspace, there are a few things that can almost always pull me back out. Hopefully they might be helpful

Running Can Inspire People To Acts Of Virtue

Lisa Abram | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

Now in my 50s, I look back over the last five years or so with quiet resolve. Four girlfriends have been diagnosed with breast cancer, all with different journeys. When the sobering statistics warn that one in nine women will get this dreaded disease, I know that cancer lurks in the shadows.

To Paris, With Hope

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Previous UN climate conferences have started with great optimism and hope but ended with underwhelming success at best, disappointment at worst. However, there are many reasons to hope that, finally, this one will be different.

The Martian Teaches Us About Resilience

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

The film is, on the surface, about a botched space mission that leaves Matt Damon stranded on Mars. It's also a film for anyone who's found themselves thousands of miles away from the life they'd planned. If you've lost a child, lost a spouse, survived a crime, been disabled, been diagnosed with a critical illness, you likely have had moments when you feel alone on a strange planet with no guarantee of making it back home.

Proving Rape Survivors' Resilience One Step at a Time

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 10.16.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

On Oct. 18, I will be running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times on the same day (126.6 km) in support of the #ItsNeverOkay campaign, a governmental and media campaign that reminds us that we all have a role in speaking up when we see situations of sexual violence or harassment.

Love Can Be Better, The Second Time Around

TamilCulture | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living

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.

I Risked Death to Seek a Better Life for My Kids in Canada

Nina Raynars | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Nina Raynars

My children and I immigrated to Canada in 2010 as refugees. When we arrived, I was so happy that my kids were in a safe country. In Zimbabwe I remember not being able to cry or find comfort in anyone, because everyone was experiencing their own share of pain and shock. So in April of 2010, after being released from the most recent lock-up, I took my kids at midnight and headed for the border knowing that if I was caught I would be burned alive and killed. Even though I was living with the uncertainty of how my immigration hearing would pan out, watching my kids embrace Canadian culture strengthened me when I was at my weakest point.

Don't Resign Yourself to Doing Work You Hate

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

What excuses are you making for not going after what you want? And do they really have to stop you? If you've really invested in your excuses, and their hold on you feels too strong, you may have let them break you down to the point of resignation.

Hope Decoded: A Social Science Experiment Gone Right

Simon Jackson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Simon Jackson

No one person or one group has the capability to solve hopelessness in our society, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. How do we begin to tackle ...

After Getting Sober, I'm Still Getting Comfortable With Success

Keeley Milne | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

As an addict, self-sabotage becomes a comfort-zone, failure a safe place to be. Predictability is key -- we know what will happen when we drink or screw up, and while it is painful, at least it is familiar. With success, I feel completely unprepared.

The Importance of Tackling Hopelessness

Simon Jackson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Simon Jackson

Why can't we seek a world where we rise to the occasion and confront our failings as a society? Why can't we demand better of ourselves and of our communities to create a place where all life is respected? Why can't the ingenuity of the human brain -- and limitlessness of the human heart -- foster a world where hope triumphs over hopelessness?

You Might As Well Dance

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As a writer and a long distance runner, I spend a lot of my day in Starbucks locations across the city, and for years I've had a massive pet peeve abo...

Are Kids Today Feeling Hopeless or Powerless?

Kids Help Phone | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

What happens to kids when the pressure starts to build? They can begin to feel powerless over their choices, their identities, and their futures. They can start to feel as though they have no voice, and no input over their own lives.

Our Family's Fifth Christmas Miracle

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Finlay

This will be my mother's fifth Christmas since her life-altering injury and a hospitalization that produced a cascade of incidents and a record number of medical errors that left her many times at death's door.