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Things You Need To Know About Health and Coffee

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.
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The Power of Passive Solar and Thermal Mass

The Ancient Pueblo peoples got free heating and cooling at the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in what's now Colorado and they did it without electricity, insulation, natural gas, air conditioning or modern building techniques. Contrast that with modern homes built in Edmonton, Vancouver or Toronto today.
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The Molson Fridge at Sochi Revealed

The Passport fridge sits inside the Sochi Canada House, which permits only people with a passport who know an athlete inside. The fridge only has a few empty specialty bottles inside. The kicker - there is actually no Molson Canadian beer in the Canada House whatsoever! It got stuck at the border.
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The Week in Review: A Second-Best Tribute to First-Rate Sarah Burke

On Saturday, late Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was honoured as part of National Flag of Canada Day. This was a lovely way to recognize the inspiring young athlete, who died in a training accident two years ago. But given the competitor and athlete that Burke was, there would have been no more fitting spot to honour Sarah Burke than right in the middle of the competitions she loved so much. It's a shame the International Olympic Committee let its bureaucratic anxieties get in the way of such a perfect tribute at Sochi.
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Here At Last: Some Surprises From Sochi

Booked three weeks ago on a whim, my trip from Vancouver to Sochi included 40 hours of buses, trains, taxis, layovers, and flights. Not to mention the four hours of standing in lines and two hours of wandering looking for wifi that were required before I could make this post. That said, I'm here and I'm pumped!
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The U.S. Won't Save Israel From Iran

The U.S. under President Ronald Reagan opposed Israel's decision to destroy Saddam Hussein's Osirak nuclear reactor, and when Israel went ahead in 1981 Reagan embargoed delivery of F-16 fighters to punish Israel. The U.S. under President George H Bush insisted that Israel not retaliate against Iraq when Saddam Hussein launched 39 Scud missiles into Israel.
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Don't Lump Homosexuals in With Criminals

Homosexuality is not a criminal behaviour. It is a sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is like race, religion, ethnicity, sex, age and all the other prohibited grounds of discrimination found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in human rights legislation in every Canadian jurisdiction. I assume they'll teach this at TWU Law School. If they miss this fundamental, but not fundamentalist, point, they're in danger of their law degree having the same currency as a diploma from the Amish Institute of Technology.

Why Black History Month Matters

Black History Month began Saturday. Officially celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, Black History Month -- which takes place in February in Canada -- is a time to pay homage to members of Black communities who have distinguished themselves in various walks of life.
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The Mysterious Abandoned Church [PHOTOS]

A rarity among Ontario's abandoned places are churches, Ontario's back roads are full of vacant and abandoned homes and buildings, however churches are a rare find. Cities like Detroit, Buffalo and other U.S. cities offer a full range of abandonments, including churches from large cathedral like to smaller community churches.
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Tips For Eco-Friendly Family Travel

My recent trip got me thinking about how I could be a better, more responsible traveler. How could I teach my children to enjoy travel, but also do it in an eco and culturally responsible way? I was not surprised to find that I am not alone in trying to find that balance.
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The Elephant Who Stole My Heart

Through my sojourns during my recent visit to Kerala, Lakshmi -- the most gorgeous 25-year-old female Asian elephant -- left an indelible impression. It was love at first sight. Lakshmi captured my heart and soul with her intense brown eyes, grace, and pious, but most importantly by opening her heart and showering me with unconditional love.
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RRSPs: Still Saving After All These Years

The Canadian government first created the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) in 1957, to promote savings for self-employed individuals and those without an employer-sponsored pension plan. It's now 2014, and that makes the RRSP 57 years old. The plan is obviously beneficial for many.
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To Faux or Not to Faux?

I can just about handle a giant trophy fish tacked onto a wall, but the abundance of cowhide rugs under coffee tables makes me queasy and I am positively pukey when I see a set of goat antlers resting on a side table or used as book ends.