Summer is in full swing, and backyard barbecues, front porch cocktails and beach picnics are taking over your schedule. While it's amazing to enjoy the sunshine, entertaining can be hard work, especially when all you want to do is indulge.
As creator of The Family Travel Guide, a website dedicated to family travel, I put together a list of my ideal places for family camping. From the backwoods to hardwood floors, I try to cover it all.
Three years out and the public outrage over the 2012 health ministry firings shows no signs of abating and may be intensifying over recent disclosures that the government misled the public on the RCMP investigation that never was.
The planned Memorial to the Victims of Communism has attracted ever-greater controversy over its design and location, evoking strong and remarkably united criticism from a broad array of commentators, including architectural associations, legal experts, the Mayor of Ottawa, the NCC, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court -- not to mention the vast majority of local residents. Perhaps most astonishingly, nearly two-thirds of Conservative supporters nationwide oppose the plan. Yet the Conservative government perseveres, obstinately rejecting any reasoned debate or compromise.
It's hard to watch as year after year Canadian-based teams fall by the wayside. This year is particularly hard to take as undeserving fans in some southern, hockey-less city might end up celebrating the winning of what is supposed to be a Canadian trophy.
Last week, FIFA took centre stage in the world media for all the wrong reasons. This week, the beautiful game will rely on its most beautiful players to re-focus attention on the sport itself. That means eyes of the soccer world will be on Canada for the entirety of the 2015 Women's World Cup, which starts on June 6 with a pair of matches in Edmonton and culminates on July 5 in Vancouver.
The public response to the appeal on behalf of Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators hockey team, for a liver donor has been a heart-warming demonstration of the generosity of our community. Fortunately, a donor was found and the transplant was performed in time to save his life. But is it fair that he received a donation when many others are waiting, and dying, on the waitlist for a transplant? This is one of the common themes in the commentary in the news over the past few days.
It's hard to put into words how I felt at that moment. Scared. Objectified. Threatened. Invalidated. I felt like I was going to cry. Turned my head for about 15 seconds, took a sip of water, told myself to just plug through, went to talk and my voice was all warbled like I was about to cry. Realized I couldn't talk because I was so upset. Said into the microphone, "I'm sorry but I can't do this." I was not able to do my job because someone was sexually harassing me. As a stand up comic I do not have a Human Resources Department. The stage is my workplace and I was publicly humiliated, objectified and belittled.
After one of the longest and coldest winters in recent memory, there's no question that the capital is ready to get outside. Boasting tons of green space, interesting landmarks, and breathtaking scenery, Ottawa's got plenty of places to throw down a blanket and cheers to the warm weather.
In what many have criticized as a cynical and desperate election ploy, the Harper government is forcing Canadians to choose between safety and privacy. The trouble is that it is a false choice. Canadians must protect both.
At the premiers' climate summit last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall brought up a statistic that has received a fair amount of attention lately: Canada's emissions account for fewer than two per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. He's not wrong, but Canada is also a heavy emitter per capita.
When respected and given freedom, Sikhs have always risen to the occasion. Over and over again, they have shown -- around the world -- that they are nation-builders, loyal and patriotic to a fault. Moreover, they have the inbuilt trait of never settling for less.
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From locally sourced ingredients to house-made bitters and even a vegan cocktail menu, Ottawa's watering holes are raising the after-work drinking bar. Whether you need a place to dust off the day's trials or toast to a week well done, these businesses are serving up the best in Ottawa craft cocktails.
Katerina Mertikas is well-known for painting Canadian children enjoying the snow, playing hockey and skating or frolicking in the rain under their colorful umbrellas. So much so, that many of her paintings have adorned Unicef's Christmas cards for years.