Back in the saddle, safely

Motorcycle season is upon us again – finally. Here's what you can do to make your rides stress-free (and accident-free)

Back in the saddle, safelyIt may not seem like it, but motorcycle riding season is just around the corner … really. But after a six-month absence, you may find yourself a little rusty as you head into the sunshine. It’s easy to forget how vulnerable you are on a motorcycle and, more to the point, how mind-bogglingly thoughtless and…

Listen to your anger and learn from it

There's a gap between the stimulus that causes anger and our response. We need to better assess the situation, then choose our response

Listen to your anger and learn from itEarly-20th century Australian nurse Elizabeth Kenny said, “He who angers you conquers you.” Anger is one of the most powerful human emotions and it has to be treated with tremendous care. It can be destructive but it can also help us to reach powerful insights. Though reasons for anger vary greatly from situation to situation…

MedicAlert a voice for autistics in crisis situations

The MedicAlert Autism Program allows emergency responders to make better decisions to help people in times of need

MedicAlert a voice for autistics in crisis situationsThe silver identification bracelet that indicates an existing condition to first responders has been a valuable tool for decades. In 1953, a teenage girl named Linda Collins cut her finger badly. At the hospital, she received a tetanus shot, had a severe allergic reaction and almost died. After that incident, her parents began attaching a…

Children are threatened when secrets are kept from parents

Alberta’s Bill 24 ignores the fact that predators thrive in an environment where secrets are kept from parents

Children are threatened when secrets are kept from parentsIt would seem like obvious common sense that secrets should not be kept from parents about what their children are doing. Especially when it comes to other adults talking to children about sex. Child abuse, sexual or otherwise, occurs most often when parents are absent and unaware. Countless Canadian criminal cases demonstrate that predators, abusers…

Getting to the essence of cognac: the distiller’s art

Part 4 of the understanding cognac series: the deft hand of the master blender is critical to production

Getting to the essence of cognac: the distiller’s artAt first glance, cognac production seems straightforward. The local wine is distilled twice, aged in oak casks from a few years to decades and eventually bottled. In reality, it’s an exceedingly complex minuet where the subtle influences of terroir merge with the distiller’s art and ultimately flower under the deft hand of the master blender.…

Who needs spring when you have playoffs?

Plenty of talking points as the NHL and NBA start their marathons in search of champions

Who needs spring when you have playoffs?April is best known for playoffs and spring. Seeing as how spring has failed to make an appearance so far, we shall content ourselves with the playoffs, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association variety. 1) Under Brendan Shanahan, the Toronto Maple Leafs have done most everything right. Tank. Draft well. Hire the best managers…

A profound legacy of improving the human condition

The Aga Khan Development Network has a deep commitment to social, economic and educational projects in developing nations

A profound legacy of improving the human conditionThis year is the diamond jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan, the leader of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims. I would like to express my gratitude to the Ismaili community for their exceptional commitment, under the Aga Khan’s leadership, to the betterment of the human condition globally and for their many achievements in Calgary…

A gentle giant of a man, a larger-than-life icon

A new documentary about pro wrestler André the Giant paints an engrossing portrait

A gentle giant of a man, a larger-than-life iconOver the years, I’ve been fortunate to meet or come across impressive figures from the world of politics, business, journalism, media, sport and entertainment. There’s virtually no photographic evidence of these meetings. It’s never been important to me to prove I was somewhere, met someone, or said something witty and/or relevant. The only camera I…

‘Three sheets to the wind, damn nearly decks awash!’

How an old sailor’s vernacular links us to the past, gives us perspective on a disruptive future … and makes us smile

‘Three sheets to the wind, damn nearly decks awash!’In the early 1900s, steam was rapidly replacing sail, and the square-rigged ‘tea clippers’ that dominated the merchant marine were fast becoming anachronisms. Like so many workers today, sailors suddenly faced an economy characterized by disruption. My great uncle Leighton was one of them. He was captain of the clipper ship Melanope, which was withdrawn…

We’re in this together: how to solve problems big and small

Make today the day you pause, make eye contact and explore how to ease conflict and build a more connected community

We’re in this together: how to solve problems big and smallThere will never be a shortage of situations that put people in conflict with one another. From our strong opinions about the environmental impact of pipelines to the economics that drive decision-making. From differences of opinion about in-laws (and outlaws) to parenting to crime prevention and everything in between. Who owns the problem and how…
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