At first glance, it's not easy to be an ethical eater. We're told to cut back on meat to fight climate change and open up farmland for more nutrient-efficient grains. But we're also told to "eat local." So, on top of the multiple junkfood-and kale-related challenges of modern meal planning, how do we navigate this complex ethical menu?
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An abandoned medical institution, compared to a normal abandoned house introduces an entirely different level of curiosity and intrigue to the hobby of Urban Exploration and photography. Peppered all over the United States and Europe and a few in Canada are decaying and forgotten insane asylums.
Childhood music lessons could pay off in protecting the brain against dementia decades later, even in those who don't continue to play, researchers are learning. In one study, children who pla...
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2013 was a big year for Canada's boreal forest. However, many of these stories remain unresolved. Here are the top 10 stories of 2014 that are most likely to have a huge impact in the boreal forest for years to come.
TORONTO - Canadian smartphone owners estimate they spend an average of nearly 90 per cent of their free time staring at one of the many screens they own, suggests a recently released report.In an onli...
Tax shelters are few in Canada, so it's important to understand the ones that are available. The introduction of the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) in 2009 was met with positive feedback, but it seems Canadians are not always sure about its value.
We often take the days after to make resolutions, reflect on the year gone by and establish hopes and dreams for the coming year. Here are some fantastic 2013 trends that we hope to see continue well into 2014 and a couple that we hope slip into obscurity.
One of the qualities of an old home that seems to have been left out of our modern day cookie cutter homes is an elegant looking staircase. Hardwood banisters and railings, winding stairs, double wide steps, heavy anchoring newel post at the base -- I've seen many simple abandoned homes from years ago that all have an elegant staircase...
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The Edmonton family of a Canadian man missing in Belize since Christmas fear the worst may now be reality. Brian Townsend, who was working as a missionary in the Central American country, went missing...
Here are 10 of the most notable scientific findings in the world of skincare, cosmetic dermatology, and anti-aging that you can use now to look and feel better in the New Year -- and beyond!
We spent 2013 crisscrossing the country finding inspiring stories of Canadians engaged with green energy solutions in their homes, businesses and communities: we met everyone from Kent Rathwell, the i...
2012 was my first year of exploring abandoned places. I had also been following along with the rooftopping craze. Finding myself obsessed with wanting to try this, in November of 2012 I started researching and seeing what I could learn and where I should go.
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No more columns about healthy replacements for shortbread, egg nog, or those amazing chocolate seashells. We need to get back to making treats just that: treats. Something to look forward to, and something to be respected.
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The Holiday Season is full of wonderful stories and legends, many of which may warm your heart during the coldest part of the year. Jumbled right there in the middle somewhere is a tonne of urban legends and myths that many people still pass along as facts.
Imagine four-million people uprooted by war and struggling to survive. I came away in awe of the perseverance, dignity and fortitude of the Syrian people. They were also wondering why the international community for the most part seems to have abandoned them in their hour of need. It was a fairly straightforward question, the answer to which I am still struggling to find.
This is the season to get into the holiday spirit; and if a Jewish girl can do it, so can you! When my, British-Church of England mother married my, Canadian-Jewish Father, the deal was that she would...
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If the current investment in physician compensation was intended to improve the accessibility of medical care, then the data from Quebec show that this was a policy failure. Not only was there no improvement, but the problem actually worsened. In Quebec, it appears we are investing more money to pay more physicians to get less care.
We Canadians have a special relationship with snow and ice. We ski in it, skate on it, play in it, shovel it, drive through it, sometimes even bicycle through it and suffer through it for many months of the year -- some of us more than others, depending on what part of the country we call home. But how much do we know about it?
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Rebecca Black says while her song "Saturday" is getting attention following her 2011 AutoTuned-to-death single "Friday," there are no plans for a "Sunday" tune down the road. In an interview Thursday...
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In his response to an article in which I am quoted about the victims' surcharge, Peter MacKay's unfounded -- if not preposterous -- assertion that I would rather see money in the hands of criminals than victims ignores the merits of the debate, let alone what I actually said.
While Canadians -- including small business owners -- support the CPP as it is, there are lots of good reasons why expanding it would be a bad idea, regardless of the timing. For example, while CPP appears to be well managed at the moment, it has been an unmitigated disaster in the past.
New Year's Eve. Champagne toasts and countdowns. Kisses at midnight and Auld Lang Syne. It's a time to look forward to the year ahead, and reflect on the one just past. Especially your taxes. Sorry to rip you out of the reverie, but taxes never sleep. And on December 31, Canada's tax laws set in stone a number of factors that influence your personal tax return.
Whether you want to spread the good word when it comes to green energy or you're buying a gift for a total green energy nerd you've come to the right place. These gift ideas work for the person who geeks out about the latest solar modules or loves driving their SUV in the suburbs.
Remember Rebecca Black, the poor little rich girl who went viral when her insanely terrible tune "Friday" went viral thanks to its even more insanely terrible music video? (Apparently, two terribles m...
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What on Earth drove me to sleep at a hotel made entirely of ice? I first heard about Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel) while visiting Montreal, Canada for work. Sleeping at an ice hotel is not for the faint hearted. It is not a scary adventure either. It is cold, but marvellous experience that I will cherish forever.
Christmas is right around the corner which means men are probably scrambling to find the perfect gift for their wife or girlfriend. What says 'I love you' better than Victoria's Secret lingerie, right...
I don't like when tax dollars are wasted -- whether at the provincial level by relocating gas plants, or at City Hall by tearing up LRT contracts willy-nilly, or even by the federal government straight up losing $3.1 billion (whatever happened to that scandal, by the way?). And I get that times are tough. Saving pennies matters to a lot of people these days, and it should to our governments, too.
If you're comfortable in the kitchen and reach for your spice rack often then you're on the right track. If the opposite is true, and you steer clear of any meal containing spice, you should still take advantage of curcumin (the substance that gives turmeric it's bright yellow colour) because it can dramatically improve your health.
One way or the other, Iran will not obtain nuclear weapons. I hope that this can be achieved peacefully. But despite my many deep political disagreements with him, there is no daylight between Prime Minister Netanyahu and myself on the crux of this issue.
Elephants, those gentle giants, are one of the most majestic, intelligent and fascinating animals. In India alone, there are more than 3,000 captive elephants. In Kerala, festivals run from November through May, with May unravelling the most spectacular display of the majestic elephants to entertain people, but the most torturous season for these animals.
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One critical difference between a well-functioning city-state on the periphery of East Asia -- or a country like Canada -- and China, is the degree to which rules are predictable and enforced. Obvious or not, those tempted to bend or break the rules should recall such distinctions, as should the rest of us.
The forward button is like the penny, or the cigarette lighter in a car. At one time it may have been a good idea, but times change and Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook need to change. If you have been guilty being a serial forwarder, it's not too late, you can become a good friend once again by following these simple steps.