Italy

Should the Black Market Economy Count Towards GDP?

Salman Sakir | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

When drugs and prostitution are counted in calculating GDP, one could ask why the items in the basket are not increased. Forced labor, human trafficking and illegal organ trade are also elements of the black market. If drugs and prostitution are counted in calculating GDP, should a country also count forced labor and human trafficking in calculating GDP?

Can a Young Italian Premier Run a Country That's Dominated By the Old?

Marco Morosini | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Marco Morosini

To be a Senator, one must be 40 or more and Renzi himself would not qualify for another year. Prime Minister perhaps, even President of the United States if he were born there, but not yet the hallowed nether-world of the Italian Senate. "We do not have the age" must also be said by 4.3 million adult Italians. No other country requires its citizens to wait until 25 to achieve full political rights.

Italy's Snake Festival Looks Downright Scary

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Travel

When it comes to countries, there's hardly a shortage of things to do in Italy. Between admiring architecture, brushing up on ancient history and ...

Think We're Rid of Measles? Think Again

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg In the case of measles, the introduction and widespread use of the vaccine should have allowed us to put our fears away and look forward to a measles-free world. But now that future is at risk. The reasons are varied and will be explored over the coming years but in the meantime, the best way to be prepared is to be informed.

Add a Little Fire to Your Design With the Colour Red

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

A new year brings new inspirations, which always lead to new ideas. As an interior designer, I don't often utilize red in my designs, so for this January I challenged myself to look for cool ways to heat up a kitchen with a dose of this fiery colour.

Residents New and Old Deserve a Better Toronto

Saeed Selvam | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Saeed Selvam

Toronto is facing a political problem that it hasn't asked for. That problem has threatened both the trust Torontonians place in their government and how the world sees this city. We can strengthen our city. We can empower our immigrant communities, create jobs, and create a safe environment. But in order to do so, next year we have to stay focused on policy, not politics.

10 Spas That Are Worth the Flight

Sara Graham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

I don't know about you, but this weather change is really getting me down. I'm stiff. I'm achy. All this misery is only leading to memories of spa experiences past. From the massage at Miraval and the "mudslide" at Solage, to a traditional Thai treatment in Phuket and therapeutic thermal waters in Italy... I've got a few I would jump on a plane for.

Is Cecile Kyenge The Jackie Robinson of Italian Politics?

Rondi Adamson | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Rondi Adamson

I am studying in Italy right now, and I love it. I get to sit outside and drink little cups of coffee and walk under 2000-year-old arches and on 2000-year-old aqueducts and buy wine wherever and whenever I please (yes, that was for you, LCBO) and look down on ingenuous, fashion-challenged North Americans. Europeans are so sophisticated, aren't they?

The Homophobia In Italy Shouldn't Be a Shocker

Brandie Silva | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Brandie Silva

I've been living in Italy a long time and the deeper issue here is that there is a concept of family that has just not yet evolved to a point that the rest of the western world may feel is acceptable. But I have to say, if Canada is an apple, Italy is an olive. You just can't compare them. I'm not making excuses, but trying to explain that this is a society that moves as slow as a sloth, in spite of all the genius and innovation it has historically gifted the world.

Operation To Raise Capsized Cruise Ship Underway

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy -- A complex system of pulleys and counterweights on Monday gently began lifting up the Costa Concordia cruise ship from its side...

Better Living: Just Add Wine

Craig Harding | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Living
Craig Harding

One aspect of my job that I have learned to cherish over the past few years is the beauty of wine. Growing up, wine was always around my family (but whether it was good wine is a different story). Nevertheless it was something that I never fully appreciated and understood until recently.

Italian Examples of Cities Made for People

Ron Dembo | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada
Ron Dembo

I love the Italian Piazza. You find them in every town, big or small. Rome is full of them. They are gentle and filled with human sounds, blended voic...

The African Woman Changing Immigration in Italy

Suzanne Ma | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Suzanne Ma

Just north of the city, I sat in a room full of frustrated immigrants who had gathered to listen to promises made by Cécile Kyenge, who just last week made history when she was appointed Italy's first black cabinet minister. In Italy, if you are a child of immigrant parents, you are considered extracomunitari, a "foreigner" before the law. But maybe not for long.

Can Traditional Italian Families Survive in Modern Canada?

Elvira Truglia | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Living
Elvira Truglia

According to the latest Statistics Canada report on household demographics, the nuclear family is no longer the norm. But are Italians, one of the country's largest ethnic groups, rethinking family composition in step with other Canadians? If so, how do these changes interplay with cultural identity?

Stealing a Kiss in Roma

Heather Magee | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

There's something really sexy about Italy's once mighty capital. It's a warmth that moves through you, like a generous glass of Sangiovese. An energy difficult to describe, unless you've wandered it's winding paths. The feeling that, at any moment, something irrationally romantic will occur. This is Roma.

Are Italians Just Greeks Decked out in Dolce & Gabbana?

Rondi Adamson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada
Rondi Adamson

Are Italians just Greeks with better fashion designers? After the elections held Sunday and Monday, one could be forgiven for asking. For all the ta...

One Week in Capri

Heather Magee | Posted 03.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

On a rough and rocky boat ride from gritty Napoli, amidst a rain storm and strong winds, our island destination appeared on the horizon. Home to haute couture, the Italian elite and considered the crown jewel of Campania, Capri looked shabby chic at first glance. It was October, a time when weather is unpredictable, but after one stormy night the skies opened up and this Italian isle sparkled just as I imagined.

BRB: My Long-Distance Ex-Boyfriend's Disappearing Act

Brandie Silva | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Living
Brandie Silva

It all just went down so quickly. We met, hit it off and I was honest. So we started seeing each other for a while and when I had to return back to Italy, we continued things online, knowing I'd be back in Canada after a couple of months. One day, everything was fine and we were chatting online, as you do when you're far away from your guy. It was pretty late my time -- six hours ahead of Toronto -- and he wrote this: "brb." Now, that was almost six months ago and I've never heard back.

5 Ways To Make Your Favourite Italian Foods Healthier

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living

If your idea of healthy eating excludes pasta and pizza, you may want to reconsider your options. Chef Rocco DiSpirito, author of "Now Eat This! I...

Ten Tips for Travelling in Venice

Joel Garten | Posted 10.01.2012 | Canada Travel
Joel Garten

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Wandering down narrow, crumbling streets lined by canals, you can watch as gondolas silently slide by in the teal colored water, marvel at ornate churches and view a huge trove of masterpieces by Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Tiepolo. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your trip to Venice!

Spain, Ireland, Italy and Greece: Which One Doesn't Belong?

Andrew Cooper | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Business
Andrew Cooper

If no longer -- thank goodness -- the geo-political cockpit of Europe (caught between rival ideologies in the civil war era), Spain cannot be dismissed as a periphery or marginal country out of step with the European project. Spain has all the features of a highly efficient and accountable country, from its ability to produce majority governments from both the respectable left and right, its elaborate system of federalism, and its increased multicultural identity.

Finding Tony 2012

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Living
Vac Verikaitis

So I'm standing outside "The Barn" restaurant ("It's called The Barn because all the animals go there" I was once told), having a smoke, and some hapless soul walks up and asks me for a cigarette. That'll teach me to open up a full pack on Queen Street. As I hand this guy his smoke, he looks at me, and in all sincerity asks "Do you know Tony?".

What Italy's Victory Over Germany Really Means

Andrew Pyle | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Andrew Pyle

The irony of Germany's loss to Italy in the Euro 2012 cup will not be lost on those who have been watching the Eurozone financial crisis play out in recent weeks. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has been steadfast in her opposition to a plan for a common debt issuance program (so-called "euro bonds"), while her electorate have turned up their collective noses to calls for additional handouts to the problem centres like Greece.

You Know About Soccer Because of TSN

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 08.09.2012 | Canada
Vac Verikaitis

We stand on the verge of another sure to be historical event. The thousands who gathered in the streets to wave the flags and scream and shout, this tradition that started with a great street party on St. Clair in Toronto in 1982, it was all a result of what people saw on TV. Soccer is now regarded as a valuable sports property. But all of this came from very humble beginnings.

What do the Elections in Greece and France Have in Common?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

For starters, the status quo in both countries has been capsized. Voters in both countries reject austerity measures that were imposed to save the euro and avoid bankruptcy, and to deter some countries bailing out of the 17-country European Union.