What you need to know about travelling with cannabis

Plus great wireless earbuds, off the beaten path in Alberta’s mountains, Cuba boosts its Wi-Fi and new Palm Springs flights

What you need to know about travelling with cannabisIt’s Day 1 of legalized non-medicinal marijuana in Canada, so what does the change mean for travellers who want to bring their stash or cannabis prescription with them when they go on holidays? The rules around bringing cannabis with you when you hit the road are pretty straightforward – if you’re staying inside the country.…

Moving from pandemonium to peace in uncertain times

Our stressful, crazy world can lead to insomnia and worse. But there are ways to cope

Moving from pandemonium to peace in uncertain timesInsomnia could be called the 21st century disease. Falling asleep, staying asleep and getting enough sleep is ever more difficult, especially as one gets older – and everyone is getting older. Couple this with the increasing number of studies that show that lack of sufficient sleep is a major contributor to ill health. Now we…

A spiritual leadership grounded in reality

When your last name is Arab and you’re not a Muslim or terrorist, you defy a few Islamophobic stereotypes yourself. I’m Arab in name, but my father’s religion is Maronite Catholic – an early branch of the Roman Catholic Church. I was brought up Roman Catholic and indoctrinated in papal infallibility. So the idea of…

Skill finally winning the battle for the soul of the NHL

The Vancouver Canucks, who may have lost the 2011 Stanley Cup to the bully Boston Bruins, have set a new standard for play

Skill finally winning the battle for the soul of the NHLThe Stanley Cup Finals series of 2011 – Vancouver versus Boston – was more than just the best chance for a Canadian National Hockey League team to win the Stanley Cup since 1993. As I explain in my book Ice Storm, it was widely seen as a showdown between the traditional NHL, in the person…

The world’s most perfect building does not disappoint

In the second of a four-part series on India, Gerry Feehan visits the Taj Mahal and the blessed Ganges

The world’s most perfect building does not disappointThe Taj Mahal in Agra, India, was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Constructed of ivory marble inlaid with semi-precious stones, the Taj Mahal is described as the world’s most perfect building. The Taj does not disappoint. The grand mausoleum is best viewed in…

How to tell if someone suffers Antisocial Personality Disorder

Although an individual with Antisocial Personality Disorder is capable of charm, it is often used to manipulate the emotions of others

How to tell if someone suffers Antisocial Personality DisorderSomeone with a history and pattern of disregard for the rights of others would probably be termed a bully by most, but it could be that this individual has what is known as antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). ASPD is defined as a pervasive pattern of disregard that begins by the mid-teenage years. This attitude should…

The gutter-low standards of academic journals

They don’t fact check. They don’t edit for clarity. They care nothing about meaning. And a trio of writers have exposed them

The gutter-low standards of academic journalsTo have somebody say you “write well in an academic context” is like being called the handsome one in an ugly contest. Academic writing has a bad reputation – a reputation it usually earns. Academic prose is dense, dry, formulaic, habitually bloated and often pretentious. By straining to look intelligent, the worst of it just…

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybrid

The 2010 Ford Fusion, 2007 Honda Civic and 2004 Toyota Prius all have much to recommend them

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybridOne of the pleasant bonuses of owning a hybrid vehicle is that it will probably be reliable. Indeed, according to Consumer Reports, most hybrids are more dependable than their garden variety non-hybrid counterparts. The Toyota Prius and Camry hybrids, for example, generally top the list for most reliable cars, period, from this organization and elsewhere.…

Compassion and tenderness can overcome evil

It’s far too easy to look at others as the problem with the world. It’s much harder to see our own commonality as humans

Compassion and tenderness can overcome evilWhen we read the newspaper or watch our news feeds, we learn about people doing horrendous things to each other. If we allowed ourselves, we could become inundated with evidence of our inherent inhumanity. It then becomes very easy to conclude that evil people walk among us and that something drastic needs to be done…

Mental health therapies should be fully funded by medicare

Publicly funding comprehensive treatment for depression is cost-effective

Mental health therapies should be fully funded by medicareHeadlines tell us in detail about the mental health struggles of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain before their deaths by suicide. But what too often goes untold are the stories of thousands of people who die by suicide every year in Canada – our friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours. What’s also not well documented is…

The man who shot Billy the Kid

Pat Garrett has been maligned for killing his "friend" in a "cowardly" way. Neither indictment is persuasive

The man who shot Billy the KidTo the extent he’s remembered at all, Pat Garrett (1850-1908) is known as the man who shot Billy the Kid. Reputation-wise, it’s been a mixed blessing. Although the shooting happened in Garrett’s capacity as a sheriff hunting down a convicted murderer, the fictionalizing of the Old West and the power of Hollywood storytelling often cast…

Kinsey’s pseudo-science refashioned our sexual behaviour

It took decades to fully expose the deep and systemic problems with the studies. By then it was too late

Kinsey’s pseudo-science refashioned our sexual behaviourTV personality Phil Donahue once said, “Kinsey was to sexuality what Freud was to psychiatry, what Madame Curie was to radiation, what Einstein was to physics.” Alfred Kinsey was the person primarily responsible for turning western society from Christian sexual morals to amoral behaviour more in line with his tastes. Biographer James H. Jones believes…

John Tory deserves a second term as Toronto’s mayor

Tory has managed the city with grace and dignity. And he has kept the lid on taxes

John Tory deserves a second term as Toronto’s mayorMunicipal elections throughout Ontario will be held on Oct. 22. As a resident of Toronto, I’ll be casting my vote for school trustee, city councillor and mayor. With respect to the latter position, the top two candidates are John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat. Tory is the city’s incumbent mayor. He’s had a successful career as…

Miracle healthcare cures rarely stand up to scrutiny

Miracle healthcare cures often remain unfulfilled. Unfortunately, there is a tendency in humans to see only black and white rather than shades of grey

Miracle healthcare cures rarely stand up to scrutinyWhen it comes to health and medicine, there are an abundance of beliefs, philosophies and practices floating around out there. Unfortunately, many of these healthcare cures have no real evidence to back them up but are still used and strongly supported. Often, erroneous beliefs about healthcare cures are not only wrong but expensive to the…

Discovering the Basque roots of the American dream

Why visiting small museums can expand your knowledge of the broader world

Discovering the Basque roots of the American dreamThe Untzi Museoa is a modest naval museum in San Sebastian, an important Basque community on the eastern verge of Spain’s northern coast. San Sabastian’s relationship with the sea goes back to the early 1200s, when its prominent Mount Urgull was first fortified to ward off French attacks on its diverse community of traders, merchant…
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