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Living In Poverty, Forgotten By Governments

Shawn Pegg | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Impact
Shawn Pegg

In the 2016 HungerCount report, Food Banks Canada called on the federal government to implement a poverty reduction strategy no later than the fall of 2017. Canadians who are struggling with food insecurity cannot wait years for the federal government to act. They need help now, today.

Hairless Cats And The Ugly Truth About Breeder Scams

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

Imagine bringing home a brand new Sphynx kitten after researching the breed, connecting with a breeder, and saving up to shell out close to $1,000 (or more) for the pet. Once in your care, the small animal you were so eager to meet is reluctant towards your touch. It sits sullen. Something isn't right.

We Need To Reinvent The Way We Address Poverty In Canada

Shawn Pegg | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Shawn Pegg

How many of us have seen food banks open their doors in our home towns? The reasons may differ by region -- the decline of manufacturing in Ontario and Quebec, fisheries in Atlantic Canada, farming in the prairies, forestry in the northwest -- but the overall reality is similar across the country. The economic landscape is fundamentally changed.

The Importance Of Animal Adoption Policies In Animal Re-Homing

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada
Get Leashed Magazine

By Vjosa Isai Giving up a pet is a difficult decision, and while it may be a well-intentioned one for pet owners re-homing their animal with a family...

Think Twice Before Flying Your Pet In Cargo

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

While it may not be high-risk to every animal's health, there are too many factors that I would rather find an alternative for in order to avoid a potentially stressful trip for myself and my animal. But as much as I would rather avoid it, there could be a time when my pet has to travel in cargo.

How Animal Therapy Can Change Lives

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Get Leashed Magazine

While physical disabilities like blindness more obviously demonstrate the need for a service dog, the animals can be trained to serve a host of people with invisible illnesses as well. These service dogs learn how to respond to mental health issues including PTSD and social anxiety; detect silent conditions like irregular heartbeats or blood sugar levels; and provide emotional support for victims of sexual abuse.

How You Can Make A Difference In The World

UNICEF Canada | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

The word "legacy" can mean different things to different people. To some, it means passing on wealth to their children. To others, it means ensuring their name lives on. In the end, leaving a legacy all comes down to being remembered, to making sure our lives counted for something that won't soon be forgotten.

Reporting On "Impact" Will Spur More Donations

Marina Glogovac | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Marina Glogovac

Considering we now live in an age where virtually any piece of information is at our fingertips, it should come as no surprise that Canadians have become increasingly interested in seeing how their charitable dollars are being spent. People now want visibility into the impact their chosen charities are making in the world, and it is a charity's ability to drive results which will inspire donors to give more.

6 Free And Easy Fundraising Hacks For Non-Profits

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

You can try and spin it how you want, but the bottom line is that donors are only as altruistic as much as their socio-economic circumstances allow. A majority for the most part give because of their emotional connection to the cause, but that is only as long as they have additional income to give in the first place.

5 Things Non-Profit Leaders Can Learn From Google

Saeed Selvam | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

After working with multiple non-profits and private sector companies to solve fundraising challenges, I've learned that a little innovation can do wonders. So who better to look to than one of the most valuable and creative companies on the planet, Google.

This Is a Business' Biggest Secret Weapon

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 06.04.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

In an age where one well-placed tweet or a vine secretly filmed by an unengaged employee or unsatisfied customer can cost a company millions of dollars, business leaders will have to adapt or die. The inner workings of a company are no longer strictly "inner." And within this reality, transparency is the secret weapon for leaders in the new economy.

The Niqab Ban Goes Against Canadian Values

Saeed Selvam | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
Saeed Selvam

A ceremony designed to showcase our national values of freedom of religion, expression, accommodation and speech? Well, let's just say that this election year, the Prime Minister should focus on reaching elsewhere for points rather than conjuring fear from diversity at a time where cultural understanding and unity are desperately needed.

Entrepreneurs Need to Find the Wheelmaker, Not Reinvent the Wheel

Mike Rowlands | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Business
Mike Rowlands

Simply put, rather than reinventing the wheel, entrepreneurs need to find the wheel-maker, and leverage the wheel-maker's expertise and experience. There are four key practices to embed this into the enterprise. First, build a network before it's needed. I'm convinced that the single most important asset any entrepreneur can build is their Rolodex.

Poor People Aren't Poor Because They're Lazy

Fadumo Diriye | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Fadumo Diriye

It is essential that poor people are not the scapegoat for the problem of our public system. As a society we need to stop blaming the victims of poverty for their circumstances. But rather focus on solution that causes poverty.

We're Sending the Wrong Message About Climate Change

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

Screaming to the world, to the politicians, to the big companies, to children that climate change is scary doesn't work anymore. I don't want to be afraid, I want to be confident. Fear doesn't mobilize people, it gives them a sense of despair; a sense that nothing can be done because the challenge is too big for us to tackle. Our message about climate change needs to be frame differently.

Inspiration From the Dalai Lama

Paula Pyne | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

It was an extraordinary day...far from "just another talk." It was a meeting of minds from the communities of spirituality, science and business, blessed with the openness and wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Here are a few pieces of inspiration that stood out for me.

Breathing Life Into the Year..

Paula Pyne | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada
Paula Pyne

It probably seems to you that the days of the New Year have long passed but I'm just getting around to writing this post. I've been going at turtle sp...

Costa Rica's Coffee Revolution

Adam Pesce | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Pesce

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I witnessed a "revolution," though thankfully not the kind that culminates in a coup d'état. What I saw was the so-called "micro-mill revolution" -- a new way in which coffee is processed and sold, that could help transform the way specialty coffee is traded, to the betterment of all involved.

How To Be Relevant in an Hour a Week

Elan Divon | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

The average Canadian spends a whopping four hours and 20 minutes a day watching TV (5 hours in the U.S. for comparison), and that doesn't include social media time. That's 30 hours a week or 1560 hours a year in which the average Canadian sits on a couch. So here's my challenge to you: Give up one sitcom, one iffy reality show to free up an hour of your time each week.

11-Year-Old Blind Girl Covers 'Wrecking Ball,' Wrecks Us

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music

YouTube has been filled with amateur covers and spoofs of pop songs for years now, and in 2013 Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" was probably got the most ...

Why Sharing Your Story is the Best Way to Change the World

Erin Giles | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Erin Giles

If we are going to impact the world for the better, we must tell our stories. In fact it's the most important story we can tell. Your story has the power to change misconstrued perceptions, ritualistic rules and most of all the world for the better.

David Mousavi: Canada's Next Generation of Diverse Leadership

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

The riding of Willowdale is as diverse as the residents that are represented. If Justin Trudeau and his once-mighty Liberals have any chance of formin...

TransRockies Tour of Alberta

Martin Parnell | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

On Sunday September 8th I was at Seaman Stadium, Okotoks, with my buddies Kevin and Roy. We were there to participate in... the TransRockies Tour of Alberta. This was an opportunity for recreational riders to cycle some of the same terrain that the professional teams would be covering on the 6th stage of the Tour of Alberta. It was also my seventh event in TransRockies Quest 888. If I could complete the 130 km course then I would achieve 751 kms towards my target of 888 kms.

TransRockies Challenge Teaches Quest 888 Some Tough Lessons

Martin Parnell | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

TransRockies Quest 888 had reached a critical juncture. I had completed one road running race, two ultra trail running races, one road bike race and covered 297 kms towards my total of 888 kms. It was now time for my first mountain bike race. This was a bit of an issue as I'm not a mountain biker.

24 Hours of Adrenalin Comes Through For Right to Play

Martin Parnell | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

On Saturday, July 20th at 1.30pm, I was hurtling down a single track trail, on my mountain bike, at the Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta. I was holding on for dear life and getting rattled around like a bag of bolts. This was the first lap of two that I would complete during the 24 hours of Adrenalin.