Andrea Traynor


Dear Josie Cunningham, Please Stop Sharing Your Twisted Views on Breastfeeding

Andrea Traynor | October 21, 2014 | Canada Living
Well done. Any wayward young girl or new mother who considers you a role model may now elect not to breastfeed her child. All because of your inaccurate, uneducated, misguided and -- truly -- disgusting sentiments about what is one of the most loving, selfless and beautiful relationships a mother can have with her baby.
Olivia Collette

Women Still Can't Walk Alone Without Being Harassed

Olivia Collette | October 21, 2014 | Canada Living
The presence of other guys is the only thing preventing followers from intimidating me on the street; not some profound respect for my right to not be intimidated on the street. Otherwise, it doesn't bother followers at all that they make women so uncomfortable.
Melissa Jovanoski


Halloween Cocktail Recipes by Top Toronto Restaurants

Melissa Jovanoski | October 21, 2014 | Canada Living
This Halloween, be sure to raise the spirits at your monster mash with delicious and spooky cocktails. Check out the top Halloween cocktails from a few of the city's favourite restaurants and draw some inspiration to get creative for your own haunted festivities!
Chris Taylor

What Expats Miss Most About Vancouver

Chris Taylor | October 21, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Just because we're in New York, doesn't mean we don't miss the hell out of Vancouver sometimes.
Caitlin McKay


Why You Should Start Your Own 'Cheap Week'

Caitlin McKay | October 20, 2014 | Canada Living
We were being financially responsible. But as we were talking, we realized that there were a few ways to save money. Somehow we always caved to that morning coffee at Starbucks. It was those nights out, morning, afternoon (sometimes late night) coffees and shopping that really chipped away at our finances.
Dr. Sonya Kashyap

Egg Freezing Deserves Serious Consideration

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | October 20, 2014 | Canada Living
Egg freezing has sparked widespread media interest after Apple and Facebook recently announced they would cover the cost of the fertility procedure up to $20,000. This caused some serious debate. Some interpreted this as the tech giants' way of giving women more of a choice around career and starting a family; others saw this as a chauvinistic attempt to recruit and retain female employees. To further understand why this is such a contentious issue, here is some background information on the procedure and how it applies to Canadians.
Heather Magee


Why An All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Cast Is A Bad Idea

Heather Magee | October 20, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Hear me out.
Betty Ann Heggie

Want to Get Ahead as a Woman? Follow Reese Witherspoon's Movie Lead

Betty Ann Heggie | October 20, 2014 | Canada Living
There are a number of lessons here for women. First, we have the capability to independently take our own journeys (metaphorically and in reality). We don't need a man. Next, we need to adjust our thinking about the events in our lives. Too often we ruminate on what we could have done differently or measure ourselves by an unachievable external bar, set way too high.
Angelina Chapin


Facebook's Egg Freezing Is What Women Want

Angelina Chapin | October 20, 2014 | Canada Living
Last week, the tech industry shocked North America with news that Facebook now covers up to $20,000 in egg freezing expenses, a lead Apple will start to follow in January. The loudest, and most ridiculous criticism decries the perk as a Big Brotherish attempt to ensure women make profits before placentas. In reality, many women decided long before these new programs that they would rather have their babies later in life.
David Martin


How To Tell If You're Suffering From Severe Rewards Card Accumulation

David Martin | October 20, 2014 | Canada Living
First there was the obligatory second credit card everyone said I needed as an emergency backup. But it wasn't long before the card slots in my wallet began rapidly filling up. One soon held a blue Air Miles card, the one that requires years of collecting to get a one-way trip to Hamilton. From then on, the acquisition of cards continued unabated.
Abby Langer

Six Survival Tips To Get You Through Eating Season

Abby Langer | October 19, 2014 | Canada Living
When I was younger, I read something that Cindy Crawford said that has always stuck with me: "I'm not going to let anyone twist my arm and shove a cookie in my mouth". I'm sure most people have experienced that well-meaning (or not so much, but that's another blog) relative or friend who wants you to eat their 'special' cookies, casserole, or other sweet or high calorie treat.
Jason Tetro


What We Can Learn From Ebola in America

Jason Tetro | October 20, 2014 | Canada Living
The need for a harmonized communication system is paramount or infection will spread. A lack of smooth channels between departments within the hospital led to a combination of confusion and misguidance. Thanks to the whistleblowers, other secondary factors such as lack of proper equipment and disposal of medical waste appeared to be mishandled. Then there was the overall morale of those working inside, which seemed to be poor at best. While this could be expected, there was little questioning of the hospital when it apologized for its handling of the situation.
Alan Cassels


Sexual Dysfunction Drugs For Women Are About Profit, Not Equality

Alan Cassels | October 18, 2014 | Canada Living
The main problem is that no one seems to be able to precisely define "female sexual dysfunction" and the "disease" for which a pill might be warranted. Being too tired for sex? Being uninterested in the lout who wears sweatpants around the house? Living with a Neanderthal that doesn't know how to do laundry? There is not yet a pill for that but that hasn't stopped some in the drug industry from trying to characterize low sexual interest into a disease.
Daniela Andrews

Why You Should Never Ask a Woman This Question

Daniela Andrews | October 18, 2014 | Canada Living
The reality is, when you ask someone when they're planning to get pregnant, you have no idea what their reality is. They might be trying to no avail. They might not want kids. They might be wavering in their marriage. They might be part of the witness protection program and you've just blown their cover.
Raina Delisle

Halloween Costumes Are Sexualizing Our Youngest Trick-Or-Treaters

Raina Delisle | October 20, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
We quickly located a firefighter costume for boys, complete with a bright red jacket, a traditional helmet and an axe. The girl's version, on the other hand, is a skin-tight, short, shiny dress that's surely flammable. It includes a fascinator (in lieu of a helmet) never before seen on a real firefighter.
Dina Vardouniotis

Anita Sarkeesian Proves We Still Need Feminism

Dina Vardouniotis | October 17, 2014 | Canada Living
Somewhere along the way, we lost track of what the feminist movement stands for and what it doesn't. Just this week, a prominent feminist media critic, Anita Sarkeesian, cancelled a speaking engagement at the University of Utah to talk about the portrayal of women in video games, under threat of a "Montreal Massacre style attack." Really ladies...are we out of the woods yet?
Kathleen O’Grady

What My Child With Autism Has Taught Me

Kathleen O’Grady | October 17, 2014 | Canada Living
It was an ordinary summer day. People were milling on the main thoroughfare, bikes zig-zagging through traffic, cafés and pubs spilling onto the sidewalk, patrons sipping their way through a lazy Friday afternoon. We were ordinary that day too. Just another family, managing the hectic jumble of kids' lessons, bills, our careers, endless streams of birthday parties, too little sleep and the occasional date night out. But it was all shattered with a single word: autism.
Lisa Jackson


This Man Has the Coolest Job in Canada

Lisa Jackson | October 17, 2014 | Canada Living
For some people, it would be a dream job to travel across Canada and eat in some of the country's finest restaurants. For Canadian writer and international food and wine journalist, Andrew Braithwaite, it's just another day at the office.
Lori Gard


The Problem with School: We Only Teach the Mind

Lori Gard | October 17, 2014 | Canada Living
I think most would agree that these are worthwhile endeavours for learning, both in the kindergarten classroom and beyond. Yes, literacy proper and numeracy proper are valued here, but these ideals are not everything we believe is important for learning.
Keith Tomasek


A Play That Explores Life Before Birth Control

Keith Tomasek | October 17, 2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Moscovitch is one of 4 playwrights shortlisted for the 2014 Siminovitch Prize. The $100,000 prize, to be awarded Monday night, is the largest theatre prize in Canada. As well as working on a new play commissioned by the Stratford Festival, and Infinity a play about how time...
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