All Workers Deserve Equal Access To Paid Sick Days

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Sandeep Prasad

Millions of workers across Ontario lack access to paid sick days and job protection. For many, taking a sick day is simply not an option. This gap in access to an important protection disproportionately affects people in low-wage jobs and precarious work, a sure signal about the unfairness of employment standards.

Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.

Is Your Nanny Entitled To Paid Sick Days?

Her Magazine | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

I often get asked whether one has to cover sick days for personal caregivers or nannies. I usually have the same response: it depends. What did you agree to when she first started working? This is a difficult topic, but it is important to think about it at the outset of the relationship.

Why My Children and I Will Be Getting the Flu Vaccine This Year

Michelle Driedger | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Living
Michelle Driedger

I regularly get the flu shot and I vaccinate my children too. But every so often, I question these decisions, particularly when I come across words that are new to me, like "live attenuated vaccine" or a new vaccine delivery type, such as nasal mist instead of the usual needle. This happened to me this week while deciding whether to get the annual flu shot or not.

How I Found Beauty Through a Loved One's Death

Lori Gard | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Lori Gard

Hope is truly something beautiful. But so very easy to forget when faced with the pain of loss, when faced with the pain of separation. When faced with death. And while we might forget such when in the midst of great trouble, marked by betrayal and rejection, by the tragedy of disease and unexpected loss of both minor and grave proportions.

U.S. and Canadian Health Care Have More In Common Than You Think

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Trudy Lieberman

As in the U.S., there's much soul searching about whether the country is getting as much bang for the bucks it spends. Does the quality of care match the country's outlay? A number of studies, including the latest international comparison from The Commonwealth Fund, show that Canada and the U.S. both fall down on several dimensions of care.

5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Germ-Giving

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Bad gift-giving, whether material or microbial, should never happen. While there may never be a means to prevent waking up to a disappointing present under the tree, you can minimize the possibility of sharing infection. Hopefully, with these five steps, you can set aside the worry and focus on the spirit of the holiday season.

Why Do Kids Get Better Right When the Doctor Comes in?

Lori Gard | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Why is it that when one takes their forlorn and sickly child to the hospital with all the signs that spell out contagious and lethargic and ailing, they miraculously get better -- even before ever having seen the doctor?

Savvy Items for Your Medicine Cabinet

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

The worst part about cold and flu season? That midnight run to the pharmacy that's made even worse with the onset of decision paralysis. So many does one choose? Start with this list of 24 Things You Should Have in Your Medicine Cabinet. Stock up and be prepared. Trust us.

Can the WHO Make Chronic Diseases Less Chronic

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Chronic diseases account for 36 million deaths annually, over 60 per cent of the human mortality rate. They continue to accelerate globally and are advancing across all regions, affecting all socioeconomic classes. It is expected that almost three-quarters of all deaths will be caused by chronic diseases by 2020.

Nine Lessons From My Sick Bed

Anne Day | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Living
Anne Day

There is nothing like being sick to make you focus on what is important and what you want out of life.