This Net Zero Home Will Blow Your Mind

David Dodge | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

It's a beautiful, livable, functional net-zero experiment -- welcome to the home of architect Shafraaz Kaba. Sitting on a corner lot, at the top of the bank of the North Saskatchewan River, the home is a tall and narrow three-story home with solar modules and a flat roof.

10 Great German Destinations for Year-Round Travel | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Travel

Germany must be doing something right: four time winners of the World Cup and an economic and technological powerhouse. As a travel destination, however, Germany is often overlooked and underrated. With a range of possibilities from picturesque castles to culture-rich cities, Germany is an ideal year-round holiday destination.

3 Key First Steps To A Fast Post-Baby Body Recovery

The Purple Fig | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

The good news with all of these steps is you can start right away. The exercises in step 3 are gentle, similar to a meditative breathing (they require a great deal of concentration!) Give your body the time and proper tools it needs to recover. Connecting with your muscles will give you the strength and confidence to get back to your favourite activities, whatever they may be!

To Save Lives, Canada Needs More Diverse Organ Donors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The chance to save lives is simple--become an organ donor. The chance that someone from a particular ethnic group will receive an organ, like Canada's aboriginal and South Asian populations, is a little more complicated. We're a diverse country, but does our donor pool match that diversity? In Ontario's predominantly caucasian communities, up to 50 per cent of residents are registered. But in more diverse areas like the GTA, the registration rate is around 14 per cent.

Brand Lets Dangerous Animals Design Its Jeans

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Style

Lions, tigers, and bears—oh my! One clothing label has launched “the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals.” Japanese brand Zoo ...

Chasing Net-Zero Through Location and Innovation

David Dodge | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Building a net-zero home is an intricate dance between design, technology and location. But if you build a net-zero home in the wilds, far from your work, school and entertainment, with no infrastructure and an hour-long commute how sustainable is it?

A Beginner's Guide To 'Glamping' (Camping in Style)

Hilary Farr | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Style
Hilary Farr

Camping means forgoing the basic needs of civilized living. Why do it? Do we have to suffer to be truly be at one with nature? I say no! Glamping has come to the rescue of all you who have lied to your girlfriend, or boyfriend, and pretended camping is one of your favourite things just cause they lied to you and said camping was one of their favourite things.

The Rise of Net-Zero Homes

David Dodge | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Over the course of a year a net-zero home will generate as much energy as it consumes. They've been around for less than 10 years, but these buildings and the thinking behind them are taking North America by storm. 

Taking Away a Writer's Copyright Is Wrong

David Martin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Business
David Martin

Publications don't exist unless content creators (i.e. writers) create some content. They deserve to be fairly paid for their work and they deserve to retain the copyright. Most major reputable publications do just that but sadly the numbers are declining.

B.C. Lawyers Ignored the Law in Their Case Against Trinity Law School

Georgialee Lang | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada
Georgialee Lang

Lawyers arguing against the motion could not match the often inflammatory rhetoric of their impassioned colleagues. These lawyers argued the law. They reminded the members that B.C's Human Rights Code specifically exempts religious groups. They confirmed that Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not apply to a private educational institution.


Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada

While history might have been inclined to blame the mass extinction of some of the Earth's mightiest mammals on climate change, scientists suggest a l...

Get Your Nose Out Of My Uterus: 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Ask A Woman If She's Pregnant

Vicki Murphy | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Reason #1: Because we might not be pregnant. And then we'll think you're calling us fat. As much as we treasure new reasons to question our appearance, maybe you should refrain from asking the question until there's a giant baby head dangling from our crotch.

How the Welfare State Has Been Replaced By the Entitlement State

Mark Milke | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Why did one federal department, Industry, disburse almost $8.5 billion to 10 corporations who don't need the money? The answer, from a corporate perspective: Why not? Even if a company is flush with cash, why not buff up the bottom line if some politician is willing to use the public treasury to support your company?

Why Would Anyone Want To Host the Winter Olympics?

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

What country in its right mind would willingly and consciously walk into a Winter Games with the possibility of anything even reaching toward $50 billion on its table? The Sochi Games gave everyone else a chance to think about it for a second, and once you do it's sort of like being sober in a club where all your friends are buying bottle service... you can only get so drunk.

All You Need To Know About the MERS Virus

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada
Dr Dina Kulik

The only treatment to date for the MERS virus is supportive care to help relieve symptoms. This is similar to the treatment of the SARS virus. Patients with MERS often require fluids, oxygen, fever-lowering medication, supplemental nutrition and care for secondary bacterial infections. Some individuals with MERS have suffered kidney failure and required dialysis.

Enbridge's Pipeline Reversal Makes Enemies In Ontario

CBC | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Business

A group of protesters has blockaded the road to an exposed section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline early this morning in Burlington, Ont. The p...

Norway Celebrates 200 Years of Democracy

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

In Norway, 1814 is known by many as "The Year of Miracles" because of the huge national and political changes that suddenly and rapidly took place that year. 1814 is the starting point for modern Norwegian democracy. It had both a national and a democratic element: independence for the state of Norway and liberty for Norwegian citizens

Loops and Change: Vancouver Eco Fashion Week Welcomes H&M

Jenica Chuahiock | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Style
Jenica Chuahiock

H&M's attempt to practice the closed-loop fibre strategy is a needed initiative in fashion sustainability. It is an interesting solution, not just for its environmental benefits, but also for its commercial and economic potential.

Where to Eat and Sleep in New Zealand: Christchurch to Wellington Edition

Sara Graham | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

Where else can you get up close to a Hobbit hole (we'll go there in Part 3), after all? Here are my highlights that should help balance the budget, while allowing intrepid travelers to splurge here and there.

How Instragram Made Me an Artist

Taha Muharuma | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Taha Muharuma

If you told me four years ago that images taken with my smartphone would be featured in art publications, in exhibitions and appreciated by a loyal following across the globe, I'd say that's crazy. Then along came a digital photo platform (Instagram) that said instant expression was OK and that you could learn as you go. Instantly, when you sign you up, you're an artist.

Better living through algae: Learn how Pond Biofuels is turning raw smokestack gas into a useful product

David Dodge | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

Algae is a pretty important organism. The first plants on earth probably evolved from algae. It's used in food, fertilizer and sewage treatment. Oh, and algae can also eat raw industrial smokestack emissions for breakfast.

Give Mom Some Eco Friendly Skincare This Mother's Day

Candice Batista | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Candice Batista

The average woman applies about 12 personal care products each and everyday and in some cases that means she's applying about 168 toxic chemicals. This year for Mother's Day, why not give the gift of natural skincare? All of the items featured are tried and tested and are simply fabulous.

Why Doesn't Anyone Mention the Good Things About TWU's Law School?

Chris Barrigar | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada
Chris Barrigar

The law societies need to stop speaking as if they themselves are pure as the driven snow and that TWU grads are evil incarnate, for there are signs that TWU grads will contribute significant virtues to the legal profession in Canada. Precisely because of TWU's explicit emphasis on character formation and Christian ethics, I predict TWU's program will produce proportionally fewer tax-evading, client-defrauding, and law society-disciplined lawyers than any other law school in Canada.

How To Tell Your Stories In a Meaningful and Memorable Way

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

This may sound a bit structured, but it will help family and friends who don't see you that often to understand the event and how your special occasion unfolded. If you are combining written content with photos or a video. Try to keep the number of words to seven hundred (or less). This seems to be the magic number before people start to drift off when reading online.

Where to Eat and Sleep in New Zealand: Queenstown Edition

Sara Graham | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

For most North Americans, thinking about a trip to New Zealand might be the mental equivalent of envisioning yourself on the moon. Here are my highlights that should help balance the budget, while allowing intrepid travelers to roll like a Royal here and there.