Michel Kelly-Gagnon


Tax Increases Don't Always Mean More Money for the Government - Even on Cigarettes

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | August 1, 2014 | Canada Business
It is true that smoking is a major public health concern, and one might be tempted to say that the change in behaviour is desirable, whatever the effect on government revenue. Again, Laffer tells us that things are more complicated than it seems. While it is true that some people are deterred from smoking by tax increases, this is not the case of all smokers.
Blake Bromley


Don't Select Charities To Audit Based On Their Political Leanings

Blake Bromley | August 1, 2014 | Canada Politics
How can Canada claim to have a truly independent regulator when the Director General has admitted to the national press that the Directorate is concerned with the particular political leaning of charities, rather than with whether their activities are political at all?
Colin Kenny


Harper is all Talk and No Action Against Putin

Colin Kenny | August 1, 2014 | Canada Politics
The Department of National Defence is currently being hounded by Treasury Board, which had designed a system that makes it impossible for DND to manage its budget. As a result, the military keeps falling behind in equipment purchases and capacity keeps declining. The government could put an end to this stalemate if it wished to, but instead seems delighted that it is pocketing the unspent money to meet its deficit-fighting promises. Canadians already have a small military and it just keeps shrinking.
Udoka Okafor


Economic Development And Human Rights Shouldn't Be Mutually Exclusive

Udoka Okafor | August 1, 2014 | Canada Impact
What does it matter how many cars we eventually learn to start manufacturing, the roads we pave and buildings we erect, if those cars are used to transport homosexuals on our freshly built roads to the freshly built prisons.
Sarah Deveau


How I Taught My Little Girls It's Okay to Look Different

Sarah Deveau | August 1, 2014 | Canada Living
I don't know how to teach my daughters that they have to follow arbitrary rules about their bodies, rules that will change based on current fashion, the people they socialize with, the media they consume. I don't know how to teach my daughters to sift through the shit that society decrees about their bodies.
Joseph Ottorino

Why We Should Measure Success by Social Good

Joseph Ottorino | August 1, 2014 | Canada Living
Your brand has an audience you've worked hard to cultivate, but part of that includes those who are the most connected to your company: your employees. They're already working together to achieve your businesses goals and are passionate about the company succeeding. You should look to find ways to give your team a chance to become involved in something bigger.
Michael Groberman

Bard On The Beach Transforms Maligned 'Cymbeline' Into Dark Comedy

Michael Groberman | August 1, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Anita Rochon's inspired approach to this maligned play is a great success. She exploits the its weaknesses and makes them strengths. She turns her seven actors into a full cast of 18 using a scheme so clever and funny it occasionally upstages Shakespeare himself. And that's a good thing.
David Fogarty

The Overlooked Group of Climate Change Fighters

David Fogarty | August 1, 2014 | Canada Impact
There are a group of people often overlooked in the fight against climate change and they can be one of our greatest allies as we figure out how to limit the damage from extreme weather, rising seas and threats to food security. They are the millions of indigenous people who live in the world's remaining forests. Often overlooked, ignored, marginalized and attacked, they stand at the heart of a global solution on climate change that all of us, whether we live in big cities or remote villages, can benefit from.
David Martin


There's a Whole Lot of 'Cracy' in Bureaucracy

David Martin | August 1, 2014 | Canada Politics
For the early part of my government "career", I took the "performance review" seriously. I actually thought that it was important to meet or even exceed my goals and that this would lead me to a higher position. Luckily, I eventually figured out that the whole exercise was an elaborate sham. Whether or not you met your goals, or even had goals for that matter, was totally irrelevant.
Ashley D. MacKenzie

B.C. Teachers' Strike Can't Be Solved With Hush Money And Guilt Trips

Ashley D. MacKenzie | August 1, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The government is essentially paying families hush money to make them more complacent to what's happening here. Are they seriously trying to buy public opinion?
Joanne Sallay


Four Must-Read Kids' Books that Parents will Love

Joanne Sallay | July 31, 2014 | Canada Living
Laugh out loud funny, The Boss Baby is a charming board book deserving a place in baby's first library. This story will answer the question of who in the family is truly in charge once the new baby arrives on the scene. New parents will especially enjoy this one, as it's sure to bring on some smiles and chuckles.
Raji Aujla


A Conversation With YouTube Stars Humble the Poet and Superwoman #Leh

Raji Aujla | July 31, 2014 | Canada Living
YouTube stars Lilly Singh and Kanwer Singh, better known as Superwoman and Humble the Poet sit down with Raji Aujla to talk about the process of creating their viral music video, #Leh.
Lindsay Jang


How To Blend the Perfectly Satisfying Smoothie

Lindsay Jang | July 31, 2014 | Canada Living
No doubt some of these ingredients may sound a bit weird (cottage cheese, tofu, black beans?!) but blended together, they just become part of the mix. Take a look at the recipes below for inspiration for these unique ingredients and remember, recipes are just a guide!
Murtaza Haider


Will the Roof Collapse on Canada's Housing Market?

Murtaza Haider | July 31, 2014 | Canada
The concern about Canadian housing markets is largely driven by the higher rates of house price appreciation in Canada's large urban markets, such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary. In the early eighties, the average housing prices in local housing markets were similar in magnitude to that of the overall Canadian average.
Denette Wilford


'Girl Meets World' Review: Teen Show Gets To The Heart Of The (Subject) Matter

Denette Wilford | July 31, 2014 | Canada TV
There aren't many shows on Family that have made me cry. OK, I'm not made of stone so naturally I welled up at the end of "Good Luck Charlie" but I can't recall any other series or episode that got me all choked up. Until now.
Sarah Boland

Vancouver Fireworks 2014: Team France At The Celebration Of Light

Sarah Boland | July 31, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Thousands of people made their way to the West End of Vancouver on a beautiful Wednesday evening to watch the second night of the Celebration of Light.
Carlen Costa


17 Rules For Friends With Benefits

Carlen Costa | July 31, 2014 | Canada Living
Have the talk before you hook-up (or once you've peed right after) and set the lay of land. You both know what this is. Games are meant to be played with rope and whipped cream, not with each other's emotions. If you're feeling compromised about a situation have the courtesy to put it out there and mutual respect to problem-solve together.
Ramesh Ranjan


Vancouver Laneway Homes: An Explainer

Ramesh Ranjan | July 31, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
With housing prices continually rising and available land only decreasing, a solution to accommodate more people into the rapidly growing Metro Vancouver area is a necessity. The City of Vancouver has seen a steady increase in permits issued for laneway houses, so are these homes the solution to accommodating more people in our growing region?
Julie Blais Comeau


Sticky Situation: How To Be a Good Neighbour

Julie Blais Comeau | July 31, 2014 | Canada Living
Try not to borrow from your neighbour. If you do use one of the tools from the garage next door, take it back as soon as you have completed your task. You broke it? Say it, apologize and replace it. You cannot afford to buy another? You should not have borrowed it in the first place.


I'm Fat, Get Over It

BrazenWoman | July 31, 2014 | Canada Living
Must we spend our lives in abject misery about our god-given design flaws?I say NO. I am fat, fit and fabulous! And I have spent far too much time trying to be something that I was never intended to be -- thin.
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