Becoming our best selves a challenge for each of us

We don’t control the future but we do determine the legacy we leave, positive or negative

Becoming our best selves a challenge for each of usIn the film The Lion King, the young Simba is visited by the spirit of his father Mufasa, who tells him, “You have forgotten who you are … you are more than what you have become.” This is an important message to ponder as we move through life, facing the normal ups and downs of…

Six places to find local caregiver support

Here are some community resources where help might be found in your neighbourhood. There may be more caregiver support than you imagined

Six places to find local caregiver supportNatural caregiving at home can be isolating. Alone with your loved one, it’s easy to lose connection to the neighbourhood and the supports in it. Here are some community resources where help might be found: Schools Elementary schools may have a volunteer program for reading to children. Participating as a reader can provide a valuable…

Guiding Canada down a multicultural food path, with consequences

The next food guide will make the disconnect between Canadian agricultural policies and food consumption much more obvious

Guiding Canada down a multicultural food path, with consequencesThe new principles Health Canada will use for its next food guide signal a complete revamp of our rainbow of food groups. It appears a plant-based diet will be strongly encouraged. We might even see a focus on more plant-based proteins like beans, lentils, nuts and tofu in the next Canada’s Food Guide. This would…

The Farmwife’s confession: a gardener I am not

When I married the Farmer and he said he always had a vegetable garden, I bit off a little more than I could chew

The Farmwife’s confession: a gardener I am notAfter 10 years of marriage, I have decided it’s time to come clean. I’ve made a confession to the Farmer. For many years I have been doing something just to make him happy – because I thought it was part of what he expected in a farmwife. However, despite my feigned enthusiasm and efforts, I…

In the fight for kids’ attention, parents don’t stand a chance

Study shows Canadian kids see more than 25 million online food and beverage ads a year – mostly for junk food. It's time for that to end

In the fight for kids’ attention, parents don’t stand a chanceDear Parents, I’m writing you because you may be in the dark about the amount of unhealthy food and beverage marketing your children and teens are viewing. This isn’t your fault. It’s our reality. We’ve let food and beverage companies have a huge influence on our children. Twenty-five years ago, a parent might be expected…

The challenge of talking about caregiving at work

Developing a language that meaningfully resonates with our experiences is an essential step toward creating and leveraging social support

The challenge of talking about caregiving at workTalking about caregiving at work can be difficult and stressful. And that’s important because 35 per cent of all employed Canadians have caring responsibilities at home. Dr. Zachary White is an expert in the barriers that natural caregivers face in explaining their responsibilities at home to others, including employers. White is an associate professor at Queens…

On the road to travel trauma? How to find a better route

When things aren’t going quite according to plan, breathe. No one likes travel stress, but sometimes we create our own problems and cause unnecessary delay

On the road to travel trauma? How to find a better routeJust when did we all become so sensitive and overreactive to situations beyond our control? Recently, my husband and I travelled to San Diego for a surprise birthday and anniversary party. The weekend was a ton of fun as we connected with family we haven’t seen for a long time. However, the travel was filled…

Concerns over household debt in Canada are overblown

The drop in interest rates has been so significant that the interest burden of servicing debt has declined as a share of income, despite growing household debt

Concerns over household debt in Canada are overblownWith headlines  about Canadian household debt hitting record levels and dire warnings from top policy-makers such as Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz, Canadians may think household debt is out of control. The concerns, however, often fail to properly account for the other side of the balance sheet. Yes, Canadian households have taken on more…

An open and shut case: how the backfire effect closes minds

When evidence contradicts our deeply-held beliefs, we tend not to change our viewpoint but to become more entrenched

An open and shut case: how the backfire effect closes mindsIt’s interesting how open minded people are to the opinions of others. News programs regularly present debates that end with people coming around to opposing perspectives or at least agreeing to respectfully disagree. Of course, I’m only kidding. In fact, we see conservative news programs where hosts shout down guests with opposing views. We see…

The Summer of Love was a media event, not a revolution

People across the globe, of all classes, loved the music but could live without the hippy idea, thank you very much

The Summer of Love was a media event, not a revolutionIf you’re a certain age, you’ll remember 1967’s fabled Summer of Love. Thousands of young people flocked to San Francisco where, often with the help of illegal substances, they created an oasis of idealism, peace, creativity and good vibes. Or so the story goes. It was a time when terms like love-in and be-in entered…
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