Alyson Jones

Learning to Fight Fair Can Bring You Closer Together

Alyson Jones | February 27, 2015 | Canada Living
This is your journey and your lesson and if you miss this information you will remain unaware. Do not be too proud to apologize, as an authentic apology can liberate everyone involved. This is the opportunity for conflict to become the vehicle for a deeper and richer relationship.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Don't Believe These 5 Heart Health Myths

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | February 27, 2015 | Canada Living
While the risk of heart trouble increases as you get older, a growing number of people are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors at younger ages. Poor lifestyle choices are often to blame, including sedentary living, smoking and unhealthy diets.
Lina Holguin

The Negative Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining on Women

Lina Holguin | February 27, 2015 | Canada Impact
The expropriation of land for mining projects can have the greatest impact on women. Women need land to grow food to feed their families or for subsistence farming which can be an important source of income. Lost access to land via land grabs means that women's livelihoods become more precarious, thus causing greater economic dependence on men.
Sarah Desjardins

As a Conservative Mom, I Still Support Sex Ed in Schools

Sarah Desjardins | February 26, 2015 | Canada Living
In my province (Ontario), the government is currently revamping the sex ed curriculum, and it has the conservative circles in which I travel up in arms. They are deeply offended that the government is taking the teaching of sex ed out of the control of the parents and into the classrooms. I get that, I truly do. I want my daughter to know my beliefs and convictions about this matter, and she will, but she also needs to learn them at school. Why? Until each and every parent can tell me they have taught their children what consent is and looks like, when sex is okay, what healthy sex looks like, I will continue to support sex ed in our schools -- because there is no way I can raise my daughters in a world of kids who learned about sex from the Internet.
Amitha Kalaichandran

Our Last "Shot" at Solving the Anti-Vaccine Dilemma

Amitha Kalaichandran | February 26, 2015 | Canada Living
A few months ago I described three major epidemics around child health in Canada today, when there are in fact four. I failed to mention the equally important epidemic of misinformation, which has been described well here and while this is certainly applicable to the issue of vaccine hesitancy, it doesn't describe the entire picture.
Andreas Krebs

How Harper's Anti-Terrorism Bill Plays Into Fear Tactics

Andreas Krebs | February 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
Conveniently, the fear appeals being made by ISIS, Al Shabab, and the other myriad terror groups we tend to lump together are quite literally textbook examples of fear appeals. What's more, the terrorists and our own government actually work together for a good part of the process, increasing the fear we feel for their own insidious ends.
Susan Wagner-White

Imagine Getting Through the Day With No Arms. That's My Life Thanks to Thalidomide

Susan Wagner-White | February 26, 2015 | Canada Impact
In 1962 a doctor in Perth, Ontario gave my mother a sample pack of two tablets of the drug thalidomide. She took one pill for her morning sickness, but that one tiny pill made her feel even worse. That one pill stunted the growth of my arms. There are only 95 of us left out of 125, we are dying prematurely due to thalidomide-related injuries. On December 1, 2014, the Canadian parliament stood and voted unanimously 256-0 to support a motion that was tabled by MP Libby Davies to fully support us. We need to get this compensation now.
Sacha DeVoretz

How to Choose the Best Natural Deodorant

Sacha DeVoretz | February 26, 2015 | Canada Style
There has been so much talk in the news lately about deodorants and how some of them can be potentially toxic, I thought I would learn more about natural deodorants. I spoke with Tara Martinson, Product Developer/Herbalist, Rocky Mountain Soap Company and she helped me understand more about deodrants and how to avoid toxic ingredients.
Suzannah Baum

The 2015 Oscars Speeches That Really Rocked

Suzannah Baum | February 26, 2015 | Canada Impact
Some touching acceptance speeches, some political activism, and some complete disregard for the "start wrapping up your speech, please" music. But who can blame them? Here's exactly WHY the actors and actresses rocked their speeches, not only for WHAT they said, but HOW they said it.
Cameron Fenton

Canada Needs To Admit It Has No Climate Change Reviews, Plans or Policy

Cameron Fenton | February 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
The bottom-line is that Canada needs to get serious about climate change, and that starts with acknowledging that the emperor has no clothes. It's a reality made even more glaring by recent United States Environmental Protection Agency report that found that the Keystone XL pipeline would have a significant impact on carbon emissions from tar sands expansion. With the NEB application period closing on March 3 and hundreds of people across Canada already having applied asking to speak on climate, the NEB could choose to buck from Harper's agenda and include climate change in the review.
Tanya Enberg

Lessons From the Life of Three-Year-Old Elijah Marsh

Tanya Enberg | February 26, 2015 | Canada Living
Like many of you, I see Elijah over and over again, the sparkle of life in his eyes, those dimpled, kissable cheeks, the spirit of a curious toddler grinning in photographs. It is easy to see how very loved he is, and how much he loved others. And we are haunted.
Julie MacArthur

'Selma' Wasn't Historically Inaccurate, It Was Just Another Side of the Story

Julie MacArthur | February 25, 2015 | Canada Living
If Spielberg's Lincoln can erase Frederick Douglass from the story of abolition with little opposition, and if American Sniper can repackage Chris Kyle's memoirs through rebooting cowboy movie aesthetics to shape a mythic version of the Iraq war that recasts a kind of patriotic racism as heroism and entertainment, then certainly Selma should be allowed to put the contribution of Lyndon B. Johnson into sharper perspective.
Marina Adshade

How the Super Bowl Affects Men's Desire For Porn

Marina Adshade | February 25, 2015 | Canada Living
Prior to the Super Bowl we looked at Google Trends data (that measures changes in search terms) to see if the Super Bowl games had any effect on searching for online porn in 2014 and 2013. We found evidence that was consistent with the Challenge Hypothesis: "winning" states increased their searchers for porn terms and "losing" states decreased their searches for porn terms.
Dr. Shimi Kang

Workplace Bullying: A Real Issue That Needs a Real Solution

Dr. Shimi Kang | February 25, 2015 | Canada Living
Although school-based bullying in children and youth has achieved much attention over the years, adults bully all the time and in surprising places. Universities, hospitals, schools, corporations, and even the police force are all settings where the real, common, and shockingly increasing problem of workplace bullying is occurring.
Amitha Kalaichandran

An Innovative Opportunity Coming From the Measles Outbreak

Amitha Kalaichandran | February 25, 2015 | Canada Living
The current measles outbreak has provided an innovative opportunity for physicians (along with support from others) to better engage parents in a way that just might make a difference. My intention is to shed light on the sliver of opportunity inherent in the outbreak -- the seed of a possible paradigm shift -- that many vaccine advocates (particularly physicians) keep missing.
Clare Beckton

Female Leaders Do Make a Difference in the Public Service

Clare Beckton | February 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
Over the years that I spent in various roles, I saw evidence of the impact in changing culture. Transformation of human resource policies made the path for women's advancement less fraught with pitfalls and unconscious bias. Images of women's role and abilities became more positive. I remember being told that I was very "ambitious" as if it was something to be ashamed of as a woman.
Shachi Kurl

Bullying At School: I Am The 75 Per Cent

Shachi Kurl | February 25, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
The bad news is we perceive bullying to be more prolific than it was when we were young. The good news is we seem to be more aware and less tolerant of its destructive effects. We're split on how effectively our schools are dealing with the problem, to be sure. But the conversations are more open; the subject less beguiling.
David Suzuki

We Have to Stop Filling and Killing the Oceans With Plastic

David Suzuki | February 25, 2015 | Canada Impact
Eight million tonnes. That's how much plastic we're tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck says it's enough to line up five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline in the world.
John Laforet

Ontario's Sex Ed Changes Made the PCs Look Foolish

John Laforet | February 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
The provincial government announced it's introducing its proposed sex education changes. As expected opponents pounced, including Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Monte McNaughton. He gave Wynne the moment she needed to not only change the channel on her Sudbury scandal, but also to get the upper hand on the curriculum changes. There just aren't enough Ontarians looking to fight over sex education or who want to stand with folks who are actually homophobic or genuinely believe evolution should not be taught if people don't want it taught. They need to clear those last two issues up, very quickly and clearly.
Kristen Marano

The Side of Australian Style You Might Not Know About

Kristen Marano | February 25, 2015 | Canada Style
I used to think that the Australian lifestyle romantically embodied wearing surf shorts and bikinis all day, all year round, until I moved to Australia to live in Perth and now I see how people are really dressing.
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