Jeffrey Schwartz

Can't Afford a House? There's a Bright Side to Renting

Jeffrey Schwartz | March 31, 2015 | Canada Business
Renting isn't so bad, and until you're absolutely, positively ready to afford a house (and the seemingly endless costs that come with it), you should probably focus on the brighter side of tenancy. Take a step back, sit out the home buying season, and relax.
Lizanne Foster

Bill 11 Exposes B.C. Students' Private Info, Dictates Teachers' Development

Lizanne Foster | March 30, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Another huge concern I have is that Bill 11 makes it possible for private information about our students to be "used" by corporations as is now being done in the States.

Peaceful Protests Are Not a National Security Threat

Ecojustice | March 31, 2015 | Canada Politics
Looking at Bill C-51, Ecojustice's primary concerns revolve around the proposed information-sharing regime and its implications for First Nations and environmentalists engaged in non-violent protests against fracking, pipelines, or other projects that pose serious risks to the environment and human health. Bill C-51 should be amended to exempt all forms of "advocacy, protest, dissent or artistic expression" so long as they do not endanger life. A peaceful Aboriginal blockade or environmental protest is not a national security threat. 
Melissa Carr

Palm Spring With Kids: Where to Stay, Eat and Play

Melissa Carr | March 30, 2015 | Canada Travel
This spring break I was dying to get away. Funds were limited, however, so I was looking for something that wouldn't break the bank. I had no idea just how much great stuff there is to do with families in Palm Springs. Here is a list of the places we discovered to play and eat.
Chris Genovali

A Trophy Hunt By Any Other Name

Chris Genovali | March 30, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Not only would the bill do nothing to stop, or even reduce, the recreational killing of grizzlies, it would end up providing cover for grizzly killers who would like nothing more than to be able to mischaracterize their trophy hunting of bears as a food hunt.
Kristi Gordon

Hey Haters, Thanks For the Great Lesson

Kristi Gordon | March 28, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
No matter how rational or confident you are, the mean things people say can have an impact. The negative thoughts seep in when you don't even realize it. Even a little joking comment could do some damage. Hopefully this can help us all be more aware of our impact on others.
Erin Treloar

From Anorexia Survivor to Beauty Ambassador: 8 Beauty Lessons I Wish I Knew in My 20s

Erin Treloar | March 27, 2015 | Canada Living
When I was 15, I decided I wanted to look more like the women I saw in the magazines. By the time I was 18, I had dropped to 89lbs and was hospitalized for internal organ failure. If I could go back in time, here are the eight things I know now that I wish I'd known in my 20s.
Carol Linnitt

How the Ministry of Environment Vetoed Our Interview Request

Carol Linnitt | March 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Documents obtained by DeSmog Canada reveal that Canada's Ministry of Environment vetoed an interview request on toxins in fur-bearing animals in the oilsands, even though the federal scientist was "media trained and interested in doing the interview."
Brooks DeCillia

CBC News Cuts: We Need More Media In Canada, Not Less

Brooks DeCillia | March 27, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
I could, of course, see the dark clouds rolling in when I was still at the CBC -- but these latest cuts are an epic deluge for a place where I spent a lot of time.
Adam Olsen

Top-Down Decisions About B.C. First Nations Aren't Going To Work

Adam Olsen | March 27, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
The provincial government owes it to all British Columbians who have invested 22 years and over $600 million in the treaty process to be open and transparent about your in-camera decisions.

Travelling Through the Lens of Canada's Top Instagrammers | March 26, 2015 | Canada Travel
It's safe to say this year's winter definitely had us looking forward to spring! We may have theoretically passed that long-awaited first day of spring, but in Canada, Mother Nature doesn't seem to be ready to give up with grace. To beat back our late winter blues, we rounded up top Canadian Instagrammers who've been capturing the beauty of Canada and the rest of the world, whatever the season.
Lizanne Foster

Let's Plant The Seeds For Spring Renewal In B.C. Politics

Lizanne Foster | March 26, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Just as a gardener may imagine what will emerge in the summer after the planting of new seeds in the spring, I too imagine what could emerge in our province in the future.
David Suzuki

A Better World Is Not Impossible

David Suzuki | March 26, 2015 | Canada Impact
Despite a long history of the impossible becoming possible, often very quickly, we hear the "can't be done" refrain repeated over and over -- especially in the only debate over global warming that matters: What can we do about it? Climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry apologists often argue that replacing oil, coal and gas with clean energy is beyond our reach. The claim is both facile and false.
Capt. Trevor Greene

The Maldives: Beautiful, Corrupt and Slowly Disappearing

Capt. Trevor Greene | March 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Mohamed Nasheed, the charismatic former president of the Maldives, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in mid-March for ordering the arrest of a senior judge in 2012. It's surreal and oddly disconcerting to think of political corruption, vote-rigging and torture afflicting an island paradise like the Maldives when the place is so indelibly associated with a noble, desperate battle against global warming.
Andrew Weaver

Foreign Hunters In B.C. Should Be Forced To Take Bear Meat Home

Andrew Weaver | March 24, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
The B.C. Liberal government has actively supported trophy killing, going so far as to ensure that foreign hunters are given even more opportunities to kill grizzly bears. This bill is an opportunity to open the dialogue once more on how we can pressure this government to amend their position on trophy killing.

For Many Canadians Without Safe Drinking Water, Help Isn't on the Way

Ecojustice | March 24, 2015 | Canada Impact
At any given time, there are thousands of Canadians who cannot safely drink the water out of the taps in their homes. In some extreme cases, they may not even have indoor plumbing. The worst part is that for many, help isn't on the way.
Dr Ryan Meili

How a Made-in-B.C. Strategy Could Bring an End to AIDS in Canada

Dr Ryan Meili | March 24, 2015 | Canada Impact
Saskatchewan is among a number of regions in Canada, such as Manitoba and even our nation's capital, currently experiencing alarming spikes in the spread of HIV. B.C. has an impressive track record for slowing the spread of HIV/AIDs in the province. The B.C. Centre created a Treatment as Prevention strategy which provides widespread access to HIV testing, care, support and treatment. Keys to the strategy's success have been political commitment, programmatic focus, ongoing innovation coupled with monitoring and evaluation, appropriate resourcing and free services (including fully free antiretroviral therapy (ART)).
Atrina Kouroshnia

The Risks In Making Real Estate Offers Without Subjects

Atrina Kouroshnia | March 24, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
While an offer with no subjects could certainly be more attractive to the seller, I do not advise my mortgage clients to go in without subjects due to the potential risks involved.
Susan Wright

What You'll Have to Do to Stay Under the Radar if Bill C-51 Becomes Law

Susan Wright | March 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
Bill C-51 is an omnibus anti-terrorism bill that grants CSIS new information sharing powers and converts CSIS from a covert intelligence gathering organization to a covert enforcement agency. Ms. Soapbox is here to offer four simple suggestions to keep you out of trouble when Stephen Harper's majority government finally passes this monstrous piece of legislation.
Maude Barlow

This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever

Maude Barlow | March 22, 2015 | Canada Impact
Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 to be World Water Day. In a world is facing a severe and growing water crisis without a roadmap, this day is more important than ever. Our collective abuse of water has caused the planet to enter "a new geologic age" -- a "planetary transformation" akin to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. This is according to 500 renowned scientists brought together in Bonn at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on May 2013.
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