The stunning hypocrisy of big-time American college sports

Urban Meyer shouldn’t be Ohio State’s coach today. An educator? A builder of young men? A complete joke on both counts

The stunning hypocrisy of big-time American college sports.901. That’s Urban Meyer’s winning percentage at Ohio State. It’s also the only reason he’s still the head football coach at Ohio State today. After protecting – and covering up for – despicable assistant coach Zach Smith – and lying about it – Ohio State’s board of trustees gave Meyer a three-game suspension (and for…

Irritable bowel syndrome connected to your emotional state

People with IBS tend to be more prone than the general population to psychological symptoms including anxiety or depression

Irritable bowel syndrome connected to your emotional stateBetween 10 and 20 per cent of the general population suffers from a puzzling and uncomfortable condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is one of the most common disorders seen in general practice and it affects more women than men. As the name suggests, this is an illness that affects the bowel and the…

In a world of buzzword parenting, what’s a parent to do?

Well-known risk factors undermine children’s health and development, but there are protective factors you can employ

In a world of buzzword parenting, what’s a parent to do?Helicopter parenting. Tiger parenting. Free-range parenting. These are buzzwords we hear all the time that are supposed to describe the ‘best’ approaches for parents to take raising their children. We all want the best for our children, and parents happily and eagerly adopt the latest, greatest advice. Even governments enact legislation that promotes one approach or…

Cruising the Baltic, gathering perspectives

From perspectives on politics to perceptions of history, every region has a story to tell. And sometimes they're complicated

Cruising the Baltic, gathering perspectivesCruising the Baltic and the west coast of Norway doesn’t make one an expert on the region. But it does convey impressions, and here are a few of them. First, though, a brief observation about modern travel. While there are distinct inconveniences centred on crowded airports and milling throngs, currencies are no longer an issue.…

Connecting the dots in the summer of smoke

Right across Canada, dramatic signs of climate change are casting a pall on the landscape

Connecting the dots in the summer of smokeThe last five summers at Skelhp, on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, have been progressively drier. We’ve had one significant wildfire nearby, in Sechelt Inlet, which wafted ash in a big brown plume over our regional air shed. The smoke from this fire three years ago caused us to close all the windows in the July heat…

Giving Indigenous youth the best chance to succeed

Five reasons why bilingual Indigenous education improves scholastic results and ensures better futures

Giving Indigenous youth the best chance to succeedResearch tells us that bilingual education is the best possible education, but Canadian census results and parents’ experiences suggest that some Indigenous children educated in an Indigenous language are struggling. For example, education in Inuktut is a right that some Inuit parents, and governments, are giving up, and I understand. We want children to succeed and…

Antidepressants for children should be used with caution

But with proper use they are quite safe and an effective way to help people of all ages in the treatment of depression

Antidepressants for children should be used with cautionThe use of antidepressant medications among depressed children has received widespread international coverage in the media over the years. Studies indicating a slightly increased risk of suicidal thoughts, or attempts, in children taking antidepressants sparked a firestorm of public debate and criticism. As a result, FDA mandated all antidepressants being sold in the U.S. have…

Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitness

Measure your caloric intake and your hydration. Set the alarm. Get alerts for texts and phone calls. Track your sleep patterns

Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitnessFitness trackers have come a long way since the pedometer, the original step counter. They’re no longer just for health nuts and those who simply want to get fit. The latest models include many practical applications no matter what you’re doing to help you get you through your day. Even better, they’re no longer big,…

The death of forgiveness in an age of self-righteousness

Modern society doesn’t forgive. There’s no sense that a person’s life is always a mixture of light and darkness

The death of forgiveness in an age of self-righteousnessIn 1961, British War Minister John Profumo, a married man, had a brief, tawdry affair with teenage party girl Christine Keeler. Among Keeler’s other lovers was Yevgeny Ivanov, a Soviet military attaché and intelligence agent. When this potential threat to national security was raised in the House of Commons, Profumo did a foolish thing: he…

Coping with panic attacks

Getting enough sleep and regular exercise and avoiding stimulants such as caffeine are among the effective treatments available for panic disorder

Coping with panic attacksPanic. Your heart races, palms sweat and body shakes. You feel as though you’re choking and losing your breath as a bout of dizziness overtakes you. This is out of control. Imagine feeling this way on a regular basis. People with an anxiety disorder called panic disorder experience recurring panic attacks – brief but intense…

When will abusive coaches finally be kicked out of sports?

Sports needs to be built on a foundation of humanistic coaching. A tragic incident at the University of Maryland shows why

When will abusive coaches finally be kicked out of sports?Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi has been dead for 48 years. Yet his treat-’em-like-dogs coaching style is very much alive in today’s sports world. The University of Maryland football program is but the latest example of reportedly tyrannical coaches allegedly going way beyond legitimate coaching techniques. It’s apparently another example of what I call Lombardi…

Is a run for the presidency in Ronan Farrow’s future?

The author of War on Peace demonstrates the kind of qualities that suggest a political career in the making

Is a run for the presidency in Ronan Farrow’s future?War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (2018) by Ronan Farrow is a prescient work in the sense that it was five years in the writing, predating the diplomatic idiocy of U.S. President Donald Trump by a good three years. Its opening chapters detail the initial steps to weaponize the…

The debt all Canadians owe to settlers

It was the settlers, with their hard work and the values they carried, who made Canada the wonderful country it is today

The debt all Canadians owe to settlersThe border between Gaza and Israel is a battle zone. Hamas, the party that governs Gaza, is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. It has tried everything from firing rockets over the border and encouraging Gazans to attempt suicidal border breaches, to sailing burning kites over the border. Hamas refuses to recognize the legitimacy of…

Make your own music and memories in Big Pink

The famous house in southeastern New York state was once used by The Band. Now it's available to the public for overnight stays

Make your own music and memories in Big PinkIf you’re a fan of The Band, I have great news for you. You may be aware that this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Music From Big Pink, the group’s first album. But you may not know that the remote house the musicians and their mentor Bob Dylan gathered in to record…

Is the Mazda MX-5 the greatest sports car ever made?

Thirty years after its introduction, this two-seater remains as entertaining, dependable and fun as anything out there

Is the Mazda MX-5 the greatest sports car ever made?What’s the greatest sports car ever made? Depends who you talk to, I suppose. Jaguar E-Type, Shelby Cobra, Ferrari Testarossa, Porsche 911, Mercedes 300 Gullwing, Aston Martin DB5 … the list goes on and on. But let’s narrow down our criteria a little. Let’s look at things like usability, reliability, affordability, fun quotient, and parts…