I Finally Found My Sister After 15 Years... Through Facebook

Terra Mckean | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Terra Mckean

My photo was posted to Facebook on March 7 at noon and it was shared by over 10,000 people by that evening. I was overwhelmed by the response and support from the Facebook community. In the next 24 hours, it reached 15,000 shares and I received 150 messages, one of which -- on March 8 at 7:53 pm -- was from the person I spent half my life looking for.

How to Grow a More Energy Efficient Tomato

David Dodge | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

When you walk into the Truly Green greenhouse the smell of tomatoes is heavy in the air. Their location across the street from Greenfield is no accident. The plan is to take nearly all of the waste heat and leftover CO2 from the ethanol plant and use it to grow tomatoes.

People Without Educational Expertise Shouldn't Draft Educational Policy

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

The answer seems to be found in that old abysmal gap between policy-makers and practitioners. Why is anyone without educational expertise drafting educational policy? The actual question of who decides upon curriculum is nothing new: even the role and qualifications of teachers in this process is a contested matter.

Would You Own Up To Having An Affair?

Sue Nador | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

By withholding the truth about her affair from her husband, Tabitha holds all the cards when it comes to their marriage. She is able to preserve what matters most to her-her family life, financial security and the love of her husband-but on her own terms. Her husband is continuing to commit to the relationship under false pretences.

Afghan Illiteracy Can't Be Solved by Simply Slapping Up More Schools

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Since 2006, Canada alone has pumped more than $180 million into education in Afghanistan, according to the Canadian Foreign Affairs project browser. Thousands of schools have been rebuilt or rehabilitated by western nations. Afghan government statistics show more than -- up from just 5000 in 2001. So why is it that, despite this decade of massive investment, the literacy rate for women is still only 22 per cent according to UNICEF? It's the same problem we've seen so many other places: failing to realize that building a school is not the same thing as providing an education.

Your Mani-Pedi May Be Toxic

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Style
Nikki Fotheringham

Some mani/pedi salons go to great lengths to ensure that their employees enjoy fresh, healthy air. But if you can smell chemicals, then you are breathing in the kinds of noxious fumes that contribute to allergies, cancer and respiratory problems.

Small Really Is Beautiful: Tiny Homes as Environmental Tools

David Dodge | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Small is beautiful. When economist E.F. Schumacher first released his book of the same name in 1973 he had no idea that 40 years later tiny homes would become a massive trend. And while Schumacher was talking about economics and the value of decentralized systems you just need to scan the pages of Tiny House Blog to see that bigger isn't always better.

8 Unmissable Sites (and Sounds) in Spain

Sara Graham | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

Seeking Summer in Spain? Here are 8 things you don't want to leave off the itinerary. Now that I have officially relocated to Prague, I have all sort...

One Child's Education Is a Whole Community's Dream

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

For us in the West, it's hard to imagine life without education. But what if you couldn't read the words on a basic contract, write your name on a job application, or count the money you earn at work? Imagine no one in your community knew how to prevent your crops from failing, basic accounting to run a family business, or how to treat a common illness.

Making Each Performance Even More Beautiful Than the Last

Jillian Vanstone | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Jillian Vanstone

A cellist and I both agreed that the authenticity and emotion of an art is lost when the artist is not fully in the present moment. So what to do when the pressures of a past performance show up to haunt me? Well, this wonderful young cellist had come up with a strategy, and it has altered my approach to performance ever since. She said that before she begins a repeat performance she tells herself "make it even more beautiful."

Treat People On Social Media As You Would In Real Life

Mara Shapiro | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Mara Shapiro

Sure, you have a right to air your opinions. That's the beauty of democracy. But I've got news for you. You get more flies when you use your own hashtag. Highjacking someone's party to spread negativity doesn't get anyone on your side. Would you show up at a bar-mitzvah uninvited and complain that the meat isn't free-range?

The Best Way to Survive a Divorce

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Terri Fedonczak

Today, I counsel clients who are going through a divorce to practice acceptance. Acceptance does not come easily, especially when you are in a painful situation; it seems easier to blame the other person and bury our head in the sand. But this will not help. You can systemize acceptance in a few simple steps; I'm not saying they're easy, but they are simple.

Harvest Power: Turning Your Rotten Food into Energy

David Dodge | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Every single day we either lose or waste one third of our food -- that's 1.3-billion tonnes a year. Not only could we have fed people with that food but it's an astonishing waste of energy as well. Just think of all the energy that goes into growing, fertilizing, processing and transporting 1.3-billion tonnes of food a year. Harvest Power has a partial solution.

Is This How We Get Kids Interested In Renewable Energy?

David Dodge | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Building a wind turbine from scratch is, by the student's own assessment a great learning experience. When you take that two-foot wind turbine and scale it up to 80 meters you can just imagine the engineering and design tradeoffs you would have to make.

Playing a Ballet Prince Takes More Than Just Tights

Evan McKie | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Living
Evan McKie

I once heard a male ballet dancer say they were tired of playing "just" the Prince roles. OK, granted a male dancer needs the acting challenges that a female dancer is accustomed to, but is a ballet Prince really an easy part to fit into? And why do so many audiences feel that only few gents are convincing while donning the tights and bodice required to stand behind a ballerina?

Saving Relationships, One Movie at a Time!

Hilary Farr | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living
Hilary Farr

Couples often need to find ways to keep the passion alive and the love boat sailing along. The University of Rochester completed a number of studies that suggested couples should watch relationship/romance-based movies and discuss the issues, successes and concerns raised in a post-film debrief.

Top 5 March Hot Spots for Canadian Travellers

Cheapflights | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Travel

Just as winter rolls into its third month and students have had their fill of homework and study hall, March arrives. It's a fun travel month as Canad...

Do You Know The Social Media Secret?

Mitch Joel | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Living
Mitch Joel

The San Francisco based startup Secret (that was founded by two former Google and Square employees) is getting tons of attention, followers and fans. In short, you can write anything that's on your mind, add photos or colors to the background and customize this content while being able to share it, free of judgment, and without attaching any of your personal information or profile to it.

The MacGyver of Green Energy

David Dodge | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Business
David Dodge

It's one thing for SolarShare to get $3 million worth of solar projects going in Ontario under that provinces feed-in tariff program but it's quite another thing altogether to start a community solar program in small town Alberta with no government support. And yet that's exactly where some pretty amazing green energy innovation is occurring.

How to Drink Vodka Like a Russian

Dustin Sproat | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada
Dustin Sproat

Take your time finding the right table at the right restaurant. You'll be there awhile -- might as well get comfortable. The bottle of vodka is to be served cold and of high quality. The person that picks up the first bottle is in charge of pouring and pacing shots for the entire night, even once you change venues...

Why Waterloo Must Embrace Light Rail Transit To Survive

Pat Lynch | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Business
Pat Lynch

In an election year, anything goes: While Waterloo Region council convenes on March 4 to vote on a $550-million contract for the work and materials for the project (which has technically already started), the first candidate to file his nomination papers for October's Waterloo mayoral contest has decided to run on an anti-LRT platform... and he's finding supporters.

Prison Should Be a Repair Shop of Flawed Personalities, Not a Junk-Yard of Human Souls

Conrad Black | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

All people are sinners and all are good and bad in differing degrees at different times. I am not a moral relativist and am a believer in law and order, the confession and repentance of sin, and the punishment of crimes. But I also believe in forgiveness where the adjudicated penalty has been served, there is remorse and a determination to avoid past misconduct.

Doctor, Please Don't Live Tweet Photos of My Colonoscopy

Ward Anderson | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada
Ward Anderson

Ten, maybe 15 years ago, all you had to do was be a doctor and life was good. You had the fast car, the trophy wife, and you could prescribe recreational drugs to your friends. Now a doctor has to be a social media junkie, too? What's next? Putting photos of my colonoscopy on Instagram? I already take photos of my food before I eat it. Now I guess it's time to take pics of how it looks after I'm done.

Do This To Get a Good Night's Sleep

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Many people with sleep troubles are tempted to take sleeping pills or supplements containing melatonin and the likes, and that may indeed be part of the solution. But there can also be a risk of addiction. Be advised that most of these remedies have side effects and should not be taken without consulting a physician.

Things You Need To Know About Health and Coffee

Dain Wallis | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

I do my best to limit my consumption to the morning hours. My reasoning behind this is that cortisol levels (responsible for breaking down energy stores) are naturally elevated in the morning and decrease throughout the day. Coffee also transiently raises cortisol levels, so drinking coffee first thing in the morning when levels are already high can theoretically increase fat burning.