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As I watched the saga surrounding Kim Burrell's homophobic sermon unfold over the last week, I made several attempts to speak about it and could not. Why? Because I was afraid of what might have come out of my big lesbian mouth. I was too furious to write and I wanted this piece to reflect the ideals of my rainbow family.
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Nine reasons Québec City is deserving of the title "Culture City Of The Year." From the AOL Partner Studio
A new year is always a time to reflect and think about the future. This is a special new year. As Canadians, we are fortunate to celebrate our 150 anniversary. In so many ways we are a young country built by immigrants and the existing indigenous populations.
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With a new year, comes new and exciting resolutions like living a healthier lifestyle. As cliché as it may be, there's nothing wrong with making positive changes to your personal health and wellness. If you don't know where to start, don't worry. We've got 17 amazing superfood recipes for you that are here to stay!
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For years, researchers have been examining how microbes help us stay healthy through exercise. Over this time, several mechanisms have been identified and shared across the scientific literature spectrum. While beneficial to scientists, this scattered route has not been particularly helpful to most Canadians.
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As we start a new year, we have yet another new poll about how Canadians are once again listing paying down debt as their top financial priority for 2017. This survey, from the CIBC, says that for the seventh straight year concerns about debt were a top concern for most Canadians.
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This is the perfect time for pure, unadulterated optimism. In order to hone in on the power of collective hope, we gotta get intentional. Not only dream big, but pull up those gumboots and get ready to get dirty, cuz creating change requires creating some mess. Oh yes.
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We've lost those we've never heard of and those we worshipped from afar. The famous and the
infamous. Those whose poetry and music and performances and stories and athletic prowess and acts of heroism and sacrifice we admired. We counted on them to help us get through the trials and tribulations of our lives.
What is it about the loss of childhood figures and teenage icons that seems to rock us to our core? It struck me that these memories from our past, brought up by the untimely passing of our idols, finds us transported back to a place and time before all of the real, hard to process sadness was let in; a time before grab em by the pussy, before nightclub shootings, and school shootings, and so many shootings.
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We may be starting a brand new year, but one thing hasn't changed and that's our love for delicious food! So we're starting 2017 with an awesome brunch filled with the tastiest food and sharing our menu with you.
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The new year is a time that entrepreneurs look forward to. They get to wipe the slate clean and start the year with a fresh vision, strong goals and aspirations and a drive to do the impossible.
I was convinced it would be a cold day in hell before I would even think of doing one. But that all changed suddenly last year. I allowed myself to be swept up by polar bear dip fever at work. It was fun, kinda like pledging for a fraternity. It took me back to the carefree days of my youth.
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As we reflect on the past year, we think of what we have achieved and the challenges we have faced. We come together joyously, generously sharing with those in need. We optimistically explore what the future will bring. As Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, I too have been thinking about past and future.
In Canada, the December marks the arrival of several infectious respiratory viruses, such as the dreaded influenza virus. Depending on what part of the country you call home, other names such as rhinovirus, adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, coronavirus, and human metapneumovirus are circulating amongst the population.
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When we aren't able to achieve what we set out to accomplish, despite how great our intentions are, we're left feeling like failures. A lot of the time to make ourselves feel better we even end up making excuses as to why the goal doesn't matter anymore.
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Let's start 2017 on a hopeful note, shall we? Especially with our nutrition. Let's make 2017 the year we all get enlightened, give ourselves some love, and start understanding what our bodies really need to achieve optimal wellness -- physically and emotionally.
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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.
Hope is not just an aspiration, but a driving force of nature that takes on the world with a sense of determination, daring to take another chance at getting things right. It is the pitting of ourselves against the worst aspects of humanity and believing that we'll prevail. Hope is the better angels of our nature with their sleeves rolled up.
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This celebration of a new beginning is something everyone can agree on - it's time to have some fun. These four Canadian destinations are places where you can celebrate 2017 in an unforgettable way.
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Five reasons we're spending the holiday season in Quebec City. From the AOL Partner Studio
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This year, transform your resolution into a lifestyle by starting now. Get a head start on the new year so you can begin 2017 as a happier and healthier version of yourself.
It was one of those moments when I proclaimed, "I'll never eat again!" For me, it was just that one meal, but for others, this may have happened daily for a couple of weeks, so you may not feel your best right now. The time has come to clean out your system and renew your energy.
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Every year we all make new year's resolutions that ultimately never get resolved. We purchase gym memberships and have sudden health kicks that stop kicking after two weeks and 10 chicken wings later. Trust me, I was supposed to lose those ten pounds, three years ago.
What will you do to make 2016 a great year? How will you become the best version of yourself? What personal and professional goals/habits/intentions will set you off on the right path -- for greater resilience, efficacy, and fulfillment? I've put together 11 ideas to boost your personal and professional well-being in the year ahead.
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Photo by Hannah Alper On New Year's Day last year, my family and I started a new family tradition that we have been working on all year. My mom, dad and I each decorated our own jar that we would spen...
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I have been in this industry for almost a decade and a half and have watched thousands of people go through the resolution process. I have seen abysmal failures and I have seen unbelievable successes. Here are the six key elements shared by those who beat the statistics and accomplish true, long term, change.
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Because you really can start over in 2016.
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January's news is perennially populated with diet, fit tips, and life hacks that will set you on your way. Of course, there will be a few (ahem, a lot) of misinformation and hard to follow diet rules. To balance that, here are my tried and true, non-sexy, boring but easy to comprehend food truths.
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Learning a lesson isn't always a straightforward endeavour. I'm talking about the slow-burners -- the Groundhog Day lessons we encounter over and over that take years (or a lifetime) to fully get and integrate into the core of our being.
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To err is human. Mistakes can be a valuable learning opportunity, and sometimes, the bigger the mistake, the bigger your lesson will be. Lucky for us, there are plenty of people out there who made huge personal finance mistakes in 2015, and we have the benefit of being able to sit back and learn from them.
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HuffPost Canada bloggers bring unique and thoughtful perspectives to the events that shape our world, adding an important depth to the online discussion. So to toast the end of another year, we look back at some of the most notable blogs we published in 2015.
I love New Year's resolutions! All those pesky loose ends from 2015 can be collected and tied into a bow for the New Year. Here are five simple and transformational steps for making 2016 your healthiest year yet.