Steven Burton


B.C. Teachers' Strike Is Epic Struggle Of Dinosaurs

Steven Burton | September 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Millions of years ago, a triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus rex fought it out as the Cretaceous period came to a end. Neither realized their struggle was futile since they were both about to become extinct. The B.C. teachers' strike is another epic struggle of dinosaurs as the Ministry of Education and teachers' union are locked in bitter dispute over issues that have little significance since the market for education has fundamentally changed.
Bill Bogart

Why Mexico's Ban on Advertising Food to Kids Might Not Work

Bill Bogart | September 15, 2014 | Canada Business
This summer Mexico put in place a ban of food advertising to children. The target is junk. Restricting advertising to children is good policy as one part of efforts to have our kids eat nutritiously right from the start. However, in this increasingly interconnected world it is harder and harder for any one society to effectively constrain such promotions.
Vicki Murphy


What I Really Want To Tell You About Pregnancy

Vicki Murphy | September 15, 2014 | Canada Living
I'm torn because my family always comes first, but I also have these ideas and opportunities and the iron is hot and I'm not getting any younger and this is my time, bitch. I'm riddled with guilt just typing that, because society and my upbringing and all that bullshit has programmed me to believe I'm a mother now, so I'm supposed to sacrifice my own dreams for everyone else's. But I'm determined to try my best to fuck that noise and do it all, even if I don't do any of it perfectly. I'd rather live with failure than regret.
Maikel Nabil Sanad


How Egypt's Conscription Generates Unemployment and Refugees

Maikel Nabil Sanad | September 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
Many International actors, including the U.S. government, support the Egyptian military, in the belief that Egypt's army can restore stability, and, in doing so, stem the flow of refugees out of Egypt. But it's the Egyptian military, through its stubbornness dealing with the conscientious objection issue, which generates refugees every day.
Carolyn Moeller

Do B.C. Parents Have To Buy Toilet Paper Soon As Part Of School Supplies?

Carolyn Moeller | September 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Then there is the issue of school supplies. I have watched the list steadily lengthen over the years. This year alone, I have spent $300 just so my children can have adequate supplies for school. Not to mention that their supply lists include ridiculous items like Kleenex, photocopy paper and Ziploc bags. If our schools don't even have the funding to supply children with something to wipe their noses with, then like one parent said to me, "What's next, toilet paper?"
Sujata Dey


This Video Will Show You What You Need to Know About the Energy East Pipeline

Sujata Dey | September 15, 2014 | Canada Impact
Energy East 101, a four-minute animation released today by the Council of Canadians and Equiterre, is set to take the Internet by storm. Using a technique known as "handimation," the short video gives a comprehensive background on the controversial Energy East pipeline proposed by TransCanada.
Andy Nulman


What I Learned This Week: Family Doesn't Always Come First

Andy Nulman | September 15, 2014 | Canada Business
"Family always wins...but doesn't always come first." Whatever decision has to be made, it should be with the ultimate goal of doing right by your family. And sometimes that means taking a tougher decision with a long-term view instead of an easier short-term, unequivocal yes.
Keith Vanderlinde

People Living at the South Pole Have Gone Six Months Without Sunlight

Keith Vanderlinde | September 15, 2014 | Canada
It's a little over a week until this year's Autumnal Equinox, the day that marks the familiar transition from summer to fall. All the way south, a few dozen ragged souls are living at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, awaiting the return of light. They've been trapped there since February, keeping the place running through six-month night.
Robbie Praw

12 Things You Should Know About Toronto's Comedy Festival, #JFL42

Robbie Praw | September 15, 2014 | Canada Living
What the hell were we thinking? A comedy festival, with a weird pass and even a weirder name immediately following what can only be described as the centre of the entertainment universe! But then it happened. Toronto comedy fans have secured this event as not only Toronto's biggest comedy festival, but as one of top five comedy festivals in all of North America!
Douglas Hoyes


Just Because You Can Get a Big Mortgage Doesn't Mean You Should

Douglas Hoyes | September 14, 2014 | Canada Business
If you can't afford the monthly mortgage payment (and property taxes, and repairs and maintenance) your mortgage is too big. The "equity" answer is that if you have less than 10 per cent equity in your house, you are at higher risk of financial problems.
Jason Tetro


Looking for a Fun, Easy Way to Keep Your Mouth Healthy? Try...Gum

Jason Tetro | September 14, 2014 | Canada Living
It's amazing what we do to maintain oral health. We brush our teeth, floss those gums, swirl mouthwash, endure whitening strips, and even suck on myriad different breath fresheners. All the while we hope to keep our dentists happy with our efforts. Now another option to help keep our teeth white and our breath pleasant has emerged: probiotic gum.
Sarah Twomey


TIFF 2014: Cut! That's a wrap...

Sarah Twomey | September 14, 2014 | Canada
I knew this day would come: the end of TIFF'14. It's so bittersweet. But it's been another successful fest with great films, dazzling stars and an excellent street party for the first time. But before we roll up the red carpet and put away the barricades, let's have one more quick chat about some of the films I've seen over these last couple of days and about the closing night gala.
John Laforet


Having $200 Shouldn't Qualify You to Run for Mayor of Toronto

John Laforet | September 14, 2014 | Canada Politics
We can pretend living in Toronto and having $200 dollars you aren't using qualifies you to be Mayor, but it doesn't. There are realities that come with running for office and one of those is being able to demonstrate popular support for your candidacy and ideas.
Jane Blaufus


Rob Ford's Sudden Illness Should Remind Us to Plan for the Worst

Jane Blaufus | September 14, 2014 | Canada Living
The fallout from Rob Ford dropping out of the mayoral race is yet to be seen but there is a hidden picture which bears discussion -- the age old myth: "it might happen to you but it won't happen to me!" When an illness strikes or a death occurs it is too late to take care of many important issues.
Mark Crowley


Ranked Ballots Would Make Voting for the Lesser Evil Much Easier

Mark Crowley | September 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
Now more than ever we need to acknowledge that an election choice is more subtle than any winner-take-all contest can ever capture. Voters are forced to choose the lesser of all evils and vote strategically about who they want as well as keep in mind who they are afraid might win. Why not let the voters rank the evils directly and stop worrying? It would be more honest. Government and democracy are about more than just finding efficiencies, lowering taxes or even getting people moving. Informed and responsible citizens of a democracy need to work to make the system better.
Lori Gard


Love Is the Antidote to Loneliness

Lori Gard | September 14, 2014 | Canada Impact
All it takes is one rock to start an avalanche. That's all it takes. And in like manner, all it takes is one person to begin a cascade of love. That love and care and compassion and concern -- it's a free fall after that one encounter.
Kim Smiley


I Can Keep a Secret, Can You?

Kim Smiley | September 13, 2014 | Canada Living
As a girl, a wise woman told me my eyes would elicit people's secrets throughout my life. I took her words to heart. From that day forward, I resolved to be a gatekeeper not a gossiper, and in some mystical way, like a magnetic field, her prophecy came true.
Dennis Earl

Rob Ford Threw a Political Hail Mary that Doug Can't Catch

Dennis Earl | September 13, 2014 | Canada Politics
With only six weeks to go until Toronto elects its next municipal government, Doug Ford, the obnoxious, ignorant, careless, and deeply polarizing former Councillor with his own conflicts of interest and drug dealing past, is now stepping in to try to rescue his brother's administration. Good luck with that. Regardless of the end result of Rob Ford's medical situation, whether it's manageable or not (and again let's hope it is a solvable problem), it's the end of a turbulent era in Toronto politics.
Henrik Kjellberg

Top 5 Tips: How to Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Henrik Kjellberg | September 13, 2014 | Canada Travel
With hotels around the country offering great late summer deals, taking an affordable, local vacation might be easier than you think. I've put together five tips on how you can be a tourist in your own city, so you can turn any staycation into a dream vacation. New experiences await, just around the corner!
Mona Elisabeth Brother

What Can the Arctic Governments Do About Climate Change?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | September 13, 2014 | Canada Impact
The Arctic is one of the places where climate change is most rapid and easy to observe. As it is also very sparsely populated, it is easy to think that, similar to the small island states in the Pacific, the Arctic peoples have to pay a big price for developments elsewhere.
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