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Does Marriage Still Benefit Society?

It would seem that marriage is some form of societal construct that allows for two individuals to create some type of life partnership and, in a gestalt manner, to be legally recognized as such. The result is that in an array of legal matters -- from taxation to insurance to inheritance -- these individuals are now perceived within the rules of this partnership. The reality is that society saw in the marital unit a structure that was beneficial to society, for one reason or another, and so it responded accordingly. The fact is, though, that changes in society have made marriage irrelevant in regard to those original benefits to society.
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Natural Ways to Treat and Prevent Adult Acne

The one advantage of getting farther away from your younger years is not having to shop in the acne section of the local drugmart. However, for many of us, dotting our skin with cream-coloured promises of better skin and less breakouts is still a common habit. In order to finally break free from blemishes it's important to know what causes it and what you can do about it.
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When Did Canadians Stop Believing in Discussion?

A considerable number of attacks on freedom of speech and freedom of thought suggest that we are a much weaker country than we believe ourselves to be. We no longer value diversity but prefer assimilation. If you disagree with the consensus, you will suffer the wrath of the despotic majority.
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Why I'm Not a Halloween Guy

I'm not a Hallowe'en Guy. Never was. Never got off on being costumed. Even as a kid being peer-pressured into trick-or-treating, I donned the most minimal of appearance-changing accessories as a perfunctory disguise. When I reveal this little-known personal factoid to others, the usual reaction sounds something like: "Well how can that be, given how wildly you dress every day?" And that's just the point.
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What the Omnibus Bill and XL Foods Have in Common

The Harper Conservatives are ramming another "omnibus" budget Bill (C-45) through Parliament. Coupled with "closure" to kill debate, it's all designed to be so humongous, convoluted and fast that no Parliament could possibly scrutinize the details and expose all the mistakes. (Sort of like the inspection system the Conservatives are responsible for at XL Foods -- a lot of contamination got through.)

Five Ways to Stay Healthy on Halloween

You can't be expected to substitute your favourite candy bar with an apple on a holiday that practically demands your participation in this candy orgy. So what's a Skinny Chick to do? Here are some tips that will keep you from blasting off on a sugar high that will have your dentist rubbing his hands together in evil glee.
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Eight Steps to a Healthy Brain

Dr. Howard Fillit, has written a booklet about keeping a healthy mind while aging. Although there is no guarantee that following the guidelines in this booklet will prevent Alzheimer's, they are not castor oil. Far from tasting bad, they will improve your life as you are living it. If they also turn out to prevent AD, that's a bonus.
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Bulimia: My Worst Roommate

Bulimia. That is a word that I used to be so ashamed of saying out loud. But now I use it with ease as it is a part of who I am, was, and will become. It has been a part of my life for so long, and it has taken me up until this point to realize that it is nothing to apologize for. It just is.

The Best Way to End Election Scandals

In the almost evenly divided Supreme Court decision on the Etobicoke Centre election case four out of seven judges decided that even though information about some voters was missing, the burden of voter's verification should not be placed on the voter. Suppressing opponents' voters is much easier than trying to convince Canadians why they should vote for you. In fact, it encourages campaign strategists to avoid serious debates and concentrate on demonizing opponents, misleading voters and undermining confidence in our institutions. One effective way to prevent against cynical gamesmanship is to implement mandatory voting.