Life Insurance Should Be A Part Of Your Financial Toolkit

Doug Baker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Doug Baker

Too many Canadians overlook a critical aspect of their financial plan: life insurance. We know the number of households that own individual life insurance policies is falling, but the reality is that 33 per cent of families would be in immediate financial trouble if something were to happen to their primary breadwinner.

Encouraging Attitudes That Cultivate Female Leadership

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Parents

She replied without hesitation: "Well, Daisy was a bit bossy, Ella was showing off and Alice was a bit moody." I responded along the lines of "Oh well, we need bossy people, otherwise nothing would ever get done." and changed the subject. But it got me thinking. How should have I responded?

Life Insurance Providers Must Innovate In A Millennial World

Doug Baker | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Doug Baker

The current process has all the hallmarks of other industries that have been severely disrupted: centrally controlled by a head office, highly regulated, lacking transparency, subject to byzantine rules, and a lot of process friction from start to finish. There is nothing close to "online," "real time" or "customizable" about it.

Teachers, Which Character Will You Play In Your Students' Life Stories?

Lori Gard | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada
Lori Gard

Teachers: we have this year to write a part for ourselves in a child's life. To write a scene for ourselves in a student's life. To influence a young person, a teenager, a young adult in the writing of their life account. It might seem a small role. But we are crucial in that we are those who can make a difference.

Teach Like the School Is On Fire

Lori Gard | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Sometimes as teachers I feel we forget that we have priorities. There are some things more important than others. Curriculum is necessary, but if the house is on fire, that document is not coming with me. Outcomes are necessary but if the room is under threat, I will not give them a moment's notice. Lesson plans are useful, but if a child's life is at risk, that carefully laid-out plan for my day would be the last thing on my mind.

An Ode to My Grade 9 English Teacher

Amy Leask | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Living
Amy Leask

Okay, I was a bit of a keener, but I didn't think of teachers as being mere dispensers of marks. Because I was raised among teachers, I knew they were human beings too, and usually interesting ones. I did well in school partly because I worked my tail off, but also because acknowledging that my teachers were human allowed me to figure out what they expected, and how they worked.

Tips for the Beginning of the School Year

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Parents
Shanita Hubbard

New Power episodes are no longer playing on Starz, you can't turn on the TV or radio without some type of "bogo" sale going on and at least one person is having their final all white party. If this was Twitter, that sentence would have ended with #SummerIsOver #Back2SchoolSeasonIsHere #TeachersStopCrying.

A Letter to My Students Before School Starts

Lori Gard | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

We are not taught to notice, we are taught to do. Told to get out our pencil and pens. Get out our paper, and write. Read. Discuss. Speak. Told to turn to page five and then fashion a paragraph. Told to answer six questions on page 32.

In Ontario, We Shouldn't Need to Be Told That Teachers Matter

Ann Hawkins | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Ann Hawkins

Parents have a right to know what's really at stake, the issues that could cause a further decline in the teaching profession's reputation and resources as political leaders attempt to pay off their debts through cuts to education. These negotiations are about the fact that teachers matter, and the way they're treated matters too.

What Ontario's Teachers Really Want

Lori Gard | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Teachers should ideally be called into this profession -- a calling of the heart. One that serves to inspire, motivate, encourage and arouse within young people the seed for greatness. Teachers talk about choosing this profession because we want to make a difference in someone's life. We want to be known as the catalyst for someone elses' greatness. We believe that we truly are the wind beneath our students' wings. We even desire to see our students surpass our wildest expectations.

Why Parents Should Care About Teacher Cuts to Education

Lori Gard | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Teachers are not just teachers. Teachers are so much more. But until we as people are impacted personally by this caregiving aspect role that describes a true educator, we really don't understand how important it is.

What Difference Do Teachers Make? This Kind Of Difference.

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living

On the last day of school, we're honouring teachers whose lessons have gone all the way into adulthood.

A Letter to My Son at the End of the School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Blink my eyes, and you are five years old. Blink again and now you're a fine young man waiting to start the final chapter of your last three years at home. Do you know how proud we are of who you are? Proud of who you have been and proud of who you are becoming?

How This Teacher Made a Difference

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

This is the week when we are supposed to say thanks and farewell to our teachers. They and our children now get a well-deserved break from each other. With any luck, we will have a chance to reflect on teaching and learning, before it all starts again in the fall.

12 Teachers All Kids Need In Their Lives

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Parents

These teachers have a knack for connecting with their students!

This Is What It's Like to Be a Black Teacher in Ontario

ByBlacks.com | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living

A group called the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators set out to complete the first ever comprehensive survey of black teachers in the province, specifically the racism they face. The survey was only able to reach 148 teachers, but the insight they were able to provide is shocking to those who have no idea what it's really like to be a black teacher.

The Ultimate Year-End Gift For Teachers

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

If your child is willing to sit down and write a few words about what they enjoyed about this school year or semester, it would carry the weight of a dozen coffee mugs with fraction of the required storage space.

As a Teacher, I'm Not Sorry Your Kids Won't Be Getting Their Report Cards

Cayla Hochberg | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Cayla Hochberg

We teachers have nothing to be sorry about. Despite what the government and school boards say, it's not our fault. It's not our doing. And it's certainly not our choice. Please don't tell me it's because we're asking for more money. Because we're not. Or that we're asking for better benefits. Because we're not. Or even that we're asking for more sick days. Because we're not. The only things we're asking is for is the freedom to use our knowledge as professionals to give your child the best education possible.

The Best (and Worst) Teacher Gifts for 2015

Lisa Orr | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

With summer vacation just around the corner as an etiquette and protocol expert I get a lot of phone calls about what to give the fabulous people who have inspired brilliance in our adorable children all year -- their teachers.

A Letter of Thanks From Parents to Teachers

Lori Gard | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Dear teachers, Quite honestly, we can hardly believe the school year is quickly coming to a close. But we also realize that this last mile toward the finish line is a treacherous one. This is the reality of the work you teachers do. Believe us: your acts of kindness do not fall by the wayside unnoticed.

Our Teachers Deserve Better

Malkin Dare | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

Canadian teachers love their students and want only the best for them. Our teachers work very hard and conscientiously, but often their best efforts are thwarted by a system that fails to give them adequate training, assigns them to teach subjects they aren't qualified to teach, micromanages their teaching methods and materials, and largely ignores their input. Canadian teachers are not getting the support they need and deserve. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here's how four other countries support their teachers' professionalism and give them a voice.

Don't Be Ashamed of Me

Kendra Fisher | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Kendra Fisher

Anger is not a place I like to write from. I despise this state, the energy it takes. I understand the value of counting to 10, of being mindful and r...

What Makes Teachers Great? We Care

Lori Gard | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I am not talking about setting a bar for best using either personality or teaching style as criteria. What I am maintaining here is that bringing your BEST SELF to work means bringing the self that cares.

Teacher Keeps Letters For 20 Years -- Then Returns Them To Students

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Living

What would a 10-page letter from your Grade 9 self look like? While our keyboard-exhausted fingers could barely even pen more than 15 holiday card...

Teaching Is The Most Exhausting Job I've Had, But I Won't Quit

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

I thought for a while that work tires me out more than it used to because I'm getting older, that I just don't have as much energy as I used to. But, um, I'm 31. I'm not exactly shaking hands with the dude in the black cloak.