Kevin Elliott

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Acknowledging Vulnerabilities Can Help Empower Women

Kevin Elliott | July 28, 2014 | Canada
Trish Kelly, a prominent member of Vancouver activism and a self-described sex-positive" and "queer" resigned her nomination as a candidate for park board in the city's upcoming municipal election, because of the surfacing of a humorous and risqué Fringe Festival video she made about masturbation from way back in 2006. As a male, I struggle with the guilt that something like that would not be nearly as damaging to my public figure.
G(irls)20

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Having Women In Power Is A Matter Of Justice

G(irls)20 | July 28, 2014 | Canada
Women worldwide have faced discrimination, injustice and the infringement of their rights for centuries. In the 21st century, there still exists a great number of women who don't have basic civil rights, and female representation on different levels of our society remains low.
Linda Mastroianni

Why People With Autism Shouldn't Be Labelled 'Different'

Linda Mastroianni | July 28, 2014 | Canada Living
There are the horrific stories of parents who have harmed their autistic children for reasons beyond my comprehension. We as a society must learn to respect and accept differences. There is no dignity in dehumanizing autistic people by stigmatization and inaccurate assumptions.
Michael Harris

There's Something Catholic About YouTube Confessions

Michael Harris | July 28, 2014 | Canada Living
Recently, I spent a glum and rainy afternoon scrolling through a couple dozen YouTube testimonials from bullied and traumatized youths. I found that the narrative tradition these videos most closely resemble is not a literary one at all -- it's the Catholic tradition of confession.
Andy Nulman

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The Two Words You Should Pepper Your Conversations With

Andy Nulman | July 28, 2014 | Canada Living
People learn, but over the years I've noticed they try to keep the actual act of it to themselves. Maybe it's somewhat of a "macho" thing to do; state something new as if you've always known it, trying to convince others you're a repository of the world's knowledge, any point of which you can summon on a millisecond's notice.
Dr. Shimi Kang

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How To Stop Your Kids From Catching Bieber Fever

Dr. Shimi Kang | July 28, 2014 | Canada Living
Millions admire him, yet Justin Bieber's lifestyle is not a set of circumstances an average child or teenager can relate to. He is living in a world where the lines of morality and law are distorted by the fact that his negative actions carry minimal consequences.
Ashley Diana Morris

Vancouver Model's Diary From Miami Swim Week

Ashley Diana Morris | July 28, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The funny thing about today's cattle call casting was that the girls were all hanging out in the lobby of the Mondrian Hotel in bikinis. The girls were checking each other out, as well as guests and staff practically walking into walls with all these beautiful women half naked in the lobby. It was so random but so funny to observe and be part of! A teenage boy's dream!
Jason Tetro

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How Probiotics Could Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases

Jason Tetro | July 27, 2014 | Canada Living
The value of good germs has been known for decades. This was epitomized last month when an international group of researchers illustrated how the use of genetically modified probiotics could prevent chronic disease. Using only a specifically designed bacterium, they could prevent obesity in mice giving them a healthier life.
Atrina Kouroshnia

Should You Buy A B.C. Condo Without A Depreciation Report?

Atrina Kouroshnia | July 25, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Last December a new B.C. government directive went into effect, requiring condo buildings to prepare a depreciation report that gives prospective buyers details about expected long-term expenses or problems. Despite the new rule, only about one quarter of the stratas across the province have commissioned depreciation reports so far.
Debra Macleod

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Instead of Making a Spreadsheet About Sex, Try Writing a Love Note

Debra Macleod | July 25, 2014 | Canada Living
I stumbled upon a story about a husband who, apparently upset with the lack of sex in his marriage, made a spreadsheet that documented how often his wife had sex with him. I've had many clients over the years show me similar lists. Lists like this are made -- and shared on social media -- out of an emotional mixture of frustration, resentment, self- righteousness, a lack of self-restraint and a profound level of immaturity.
Marvin Ross

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How a Report on Toronto's Police Became Look at Mental Health

Marvin Ross | July 25, 2014 | Canada Impact
Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci points out in a report that Ontario does not have a mental health system as there is no coordinated, comprehensive approach to treating mental health. Rather, there is a patchwork collection of hospitals community treatment organizations and practitioners with often inadequate funding. Toronto (and the Province) he says would benefit from a well coordinated system.
Alyson Jones

How to Work Through Your Fear of Flying

Alyson Jones | July 25, 2014 | Canada Living
Fear of flying is a common fear that many people struggle with. In my work as a therapist I have assisted several people develop coping strategies when it comes to flying. The main rule is "do not let fear stop you." Anxiety is natural, but when we give into fear it only gets worse. Here are a few tips any flyer can use:
Natasha Koifman

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9 Lessons to Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

Natasha Koifman | July 25, 2014 | Canada Living
When my most sarcastic and cynical friend Carlos sent me the link to Tim Minchin's honourary Doctor of Letters acceptance speech, I was expecting something sarcastic, certainly not something I would connect with in the strong way that I did. Here are Tim Minchin's nine life lessons and how you can apply them.
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

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Why Creative People Age Better

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | July 26, 2014 | Canada Living
Do creative and artistically inclined people have advantages over the rest of us mere mortals who can barely draw a stick figure or whistle a simple tune? There are indications that individuals who are able to use their talents also tend to fare better in other ways, including their physical and mental health, compared to others whose existence mainly consists of repetitiveness and routine. Still, scientists have never been able to prove that creativity is indeed a contributing factor to humans' well-being.
Joshua Ostroff

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Woodstock '99: Riots, Rapes and the Razing of the Alt-Revolution

Joshua Ostroff | July 25, 2014 | Canada Music
It was around 3 a.m. when a moment of surreal beauty unexpectedly burst forth from the grotesque chaos that marked the final day of Woodstock '99, soon to be re-dubbed "the day the music died." Perhaps Woodstock '99 was pressing its luck, having achieved a surprisingly successful edition in 1994 despite (or because of) fans tearing down the fences and entering for free. But Woodstock '94 had the benefit of being staged at the peak of the alt-era. Fast forward five years, though, and youth culture had fractured.
Sarah Collins

A Hockey Mom's Guide To The Grouse Grind

Sarah Collins | July 25, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
There are all types of excellent blogs and guides to the Grind written by twiggy fitness experts; this is not one of them. Here are 10 essential tips everyday Moms need to know to survive their trips up the mountain.
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Tips on Buying Art as a Gift

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | July 24, 2014 | Canada Living
It's quite a compliment that you thought enough of that person that you ventured into that art buying territory, no? Again, can be scary, but personal and worth the effort. So whether you wish to add to a loved one's art collection, or maybe start one for your friend, keep in mind a few helpful tips to keep you in line:
Michael Groberman

Vancouver Play About Shakespeare More Drone Than Drama

Michael Groberman | July 24, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
A very talented cast struggles valiantly through a text that rejects dramatic development at this Bard on the Beach show. This is too bad, because without a plot, "Equivocation" is just an endless stream of platitudes.
Marvin Ross

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Why I Don't Count on Government Mental Health Recommendations

Marvin Ross | July 23, 2014 | Canada Living
I don't want to sound overly cynical but I suggest that the families of those with developmental disabilities not expect much if anything to change. For the sake of families with loved ones with developmental disabilities, I hope that something comes of these recommendations but I would not count on it.
Andrew Tai

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How eBay Can Help You Pay the Bills

Andrew Tai | July 23, 2014 | Canada Business
Selling on eBay can be an exercise in futility -- especially if you don't know what you're doing and why. However, if you just stop looking at the website as just some after-work hobby, you might actually be able to turn it into a real business with good money behind it.
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