Adrian Brijbassi

FIFA Women's World Cup Was a Triumph for Vancouver

Adrian Brijbassi | July 6, 2015 | Canada Travel
While the FIFA tournament was a national event, with six Canadian cities hosting games, Vancouver has been the big winner -- especially because the Americans made the final. While tickets for the championship match were sold out long ago, the influx of visitors from south of the border spiked spending this weekend.
Shawna Scafe

Why My Marriage Lasting Isn't Just About Luck

Shawna Scafe | July 3, 2015 | Canada Living
We've had our share of faults and bad habits that we brought into this relationship. We've both done and said things we wish we could take back. And even though we've now found a groove as parents, there were months, years, where all of our existing problems bubbled to the surface under the pressures of having kids.
Dermod Travis

B.C.'s Housing Escalators: One Goes Up, One Goes Down

Dermod Travis | July 2, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
While everyone's been furiously pointing fingers at each other over Vancouver's skyrocketing house prices, little attention has been paid to the other side of most real estate transactions: the pay stub.
David Suzuki

Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy

David Suzuki | July 2, 2015 | Canada Impact
If nothing else, the G7 countries' recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. This takes matters a step further by envisioning a fossil fuel-free future. Moving toward zero carbon emissions -- in a much shorter timeline than agreed upon by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States -- is absolutely necessary, and not just for the climate.
Lizanne Foster

Which Canada Will You Celebrate on Canada Day?

Lizanne Foster | July 2, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
I'm not sure which Canada to celebrate this year. In the past I celebrated John Diefenbaker's Canada, the one that introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights, Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Canada, that birthed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Mulroney's Canada that fought to end Apartheid. But in Stephen Harper's Canada, what is there to celebrate? In Harper's Canada, citizenship, now considered a privilege, has two tiers.
Jordan Bateman

Aboriginals Deserve Good Financial Governance

Jordan Bateman | June 29, 2015 | Canada Politics
The lack of accountability on many reserves is why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation worked with grassroots band members to push for the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). Among other things, the law requires chiefs and councillors to disclose their pay publicly.
Sacha DeVoretz

How to Have the Best Online Shopping Experience

Sacha DeVoretz | June 27, 2015 | Canada Style
I love being able to combine style and affordability. I have spent many nights (and days, if we are being honest) in my pj's sitting on the computer viewing super cute clothes on auction websites. Over the years, I have learned some tips about getting the best deal when shopping at an online auction website. #1 rule: stay within my set budget!
Capt. Trevor Greene

Choosing Local Food Is Casting Vote For World We Want To Live In

Capt. Trevor Greene | June 26, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
One epicentre of the Vancouver Island local-food scene is a funky downtown Nanaimo restaurant called Gabriel's Gourmet Café.
Jess Tomlin

A Win at the Women's World Cup Isn't a Win For Women's Rights

Jess Tomlin | June 26, 2015 | Canada Living
The right for women to play and attend sports is still, very literally, not an equal playing field. We have only to look as far as the complaint that female FIFA athletes filed to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to know this is true. But, sadly, we cannot stop there. In other words, we must not mistake a win at the World Cup as a win for women's rights. In fact, just last Wednesday as my Canadian daughter sat in the stadium cheering France to victory, men in Tehran were protesting women being allowed--in very limited numbers--inside Iranian stadiums. We have a long way to go.
Nikolas Badminton

Biohacking Is Here and Becoming Mainstream

Nikolas Badminton | June 25, 2015 | Canada Living
Biohacking is the practice of changing our biology and physical situation by employing the hacker ethic -- sharing, openness, decentralization, free access, and world improvement. It's the idea that we can be so much more than we are born with if we just added to our bodies and chemistry.
Kris Constable

3 Tools to Protect Your Data From Surveillance

Kris Constable | June 24, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
All the tools I recommend are open source, means you don't have to trust me, you can download the source code and look at it yourself before using it. They are absolutely required for protecting your personal, and business data from unauthorized eavesdropping, which happens by default for anything you do online.
Sacha DeVoretz

Hot Summer Style Trends for Men and Women!

Sacha DeVoretz | June 24, 2015 | Canada Style
This summer, it is all about travel and safari inspired details from the past and combining that look with today. The looks this summer are very East Hampton and are easy to wear for a getaway. What is on trend right now are pieces that you can use for more than one function (take them from day to night).
Suresh Kurl

What Immigrants Should Know Before Coming to Canada

Suresh Kurl | June 24, 2015 | Canada Living
Canada is a dream come true for those who immigrate here. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the envy of the world. Its multiculturalism welcomes new immigrants with open arms, open hearts and open minds. If new immigrants are to become a part of the Canadian multicultural fabric they must know what their obligations as Canadian resident/citizen would be.
David Suzuki

How Pope Francis Offers Hope on Climate Change

David Suzuki | June 25, 2015 | Canada Impact
Pope Francis recently put humanity's situation in context -- and offered hope for the future. Regardless of how you feel about religion or the Catholic Church, or even some ideas in the Pope's encyclical, there's no denying it contains a powerful, scientifically and morally valid call for radical change that will reach an audience far beyond the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. In his June 18 address, the Pope called on the world -- not just Catholics -- to recognize the need for change in the face of ecological crises such as human-caused global warming and the failure of growth-fuelled market economics to facilitate human survival, happiness and prosperity.
Jordan Bateman

B.C. City Councils Can Improve Through Core Reviews -- If They Stick Together

Jordan Bateman | June 23, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
City bureaucracies are a bit like junk drawers -- they need a good purging every once in a while.
Sarah Miller

The Struggle is Real for Families in B.C.

Sarah Miller | June 23, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
You can only hide behind your "Families First" catch phrase for so long before families start to wake up and realize that we all deserve so much better then what you have to offer.
Jacqueline Melissen

Why I Avoid Most Tips for Travelling With Toddlers

Jacqueline Melissen | June 23, 2015 | Canada Parents
To get to our destination, we had to drive for three hours from Vancouver to Seattle, take a flight with a layover, and then drive for another two hours to my in-laws' home. It was wonderful to be there, and my daughter was doted on by her grandparents and aunties and uncle, but the travel days were long. Here is my analysis of several "strategies" I considered using to make the travel easier ... or not.
Sacha DeVoretz

How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun This Summer

Sacha DeVoretz | June 24, 2015 | Canada Living
I used to do triathlons in my 20s and loved long bike rides. I was racing in Alberta in a half-Ironman race and was on my bike (in a bathing suit) for almost four hours. With very little shade, no sun protection and sweat pouring from me, I got one of the worst sunburns of my life.
Ashley D. MacKenzie

The Ultimate Year-End Gift For Teachers

Ashley D. MacKenzie | June 22, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
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.
Nancy Lee

Swings Trigger Childhood Memories -- And A Unique Vancouver Project

Nancy Lee | June 19, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Hours later, after testing various knots, my first swing was born. I remember the joy I felt when I first swung on my living room swing -- it was therapeutic. Stressful thoughts shed with each swing, and I knew this was the beginning of something more.
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