Three nutrition trends to stay away from

Skip the cleanses, alkaline diets and IV vitamin therapy; there's no evidence they work and plenty of evidence they can be harmful

Three nutrition trends to stay away fromIf you follow health tips in some media, you’d think the nutritional sciences are a mess: Is butter good for you or bad? Should I eat breakfast or skip it? Should I eat like a caveman? Or should I eat more like a bird? Alternative facts are not a new concept in the field of nutritional…

Cool the hype around genetics and health care

We are a long way from identifying definitive biomarkers to illness and personalized gene therapies are likely generations away

Cool the hype around genetics and health careBy Nicole Letourneau and Suzanne Tough University of Calgary Genetics will save the day – that’s the message you see constantly in the media and even in academic literature. But it's a message that can distract us from providing quality care now. Newspapers herald breakthroughs in finding genetic biomarkers for autism. Magazines trumpet finding a…

Alberta most, Quebec least, open to interprovincial trade

Report says barriers cost between $3,500 and $9,200 per Canadian household every year

Alberta most, Quebec least, open to interprovincial tradeAlberta has the fewest obstacles to trade within Canadian borders, according to a report released on Thursday by the MEI (Montreal Economic Institute) and the Canadian Constitution Foundation. The Internal Trade Provincial Leadership Index developed by Mark Milke ranks the provinces and territories according to their number of barriers to trade, as measured by exceptions…

Oil drilling industry pressures Ottawa

Industry blames ‘punitive’ federal policies and regulations for its struggles

Oil drilling industry pressures OttawaFollowing the federal election in October, the sentiment toward Canadian oil and gas is nearing all-time lows, says a report by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. The association says that since 2017 the industry has lost an estimated $30 billion in foreign capital, and companies continue layoffs and relocation efforts. It says its…

Small businesses vital to Canadian communities: poll

CFIB urges government to make policy changes that support entrepreneurs

Small businesses vital to Canadian communities: pollMore than nine in 10 Canadians say that small businesses are vital to their communities, according to a public opinion poll released on Wednesday by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).  “Canadians value entrepreneurs and the contributions they make to their communities. One in two are even considering starting a business one day,” said…

Contrarian approach to job hunting pays off

The herd mentality myth holds that, since many people are working together to accomplish a goal, they must be right. They often aren't

Contrarian approach to job hunting pays offThe myth of the herd mentality goes this way: Since many people are responding or working together to accomplish a goal, it must be the best course of action. But studies at the UK's University of Leeds found this not to be the case. Researchers discovered that it takes a minority of just five per cent…

Exercise, professional support key to managing type 2 diabetes

Some studies have shown exercise can reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 50 per cent

Exercise, professional support key to managing type 2 diabetesThe studies are clear. Supervised physical activity, counselling and exercise are essential to both managing type 2 diabetes and reducing the incidence of this life-threatening disease. Among the most important benefits of controlled movement and exercise are increased metabolic rate; increased insulin sensitivity; improved glycemic control and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Some studies have…

Using tech to connect with patients

Chris Nedelmann of Copeman Healthcare Centre talks about bridging the gap between practitioners and patients with a virtual care app

Using tech to connect with patientsChris Nedelmann is CEO of Copeman Healthcare Centre. What is Copeman and its history? Nedelmann: We started in Vancouver 14 years ago. We operate four advanced primary care facilities in Western Canada – two of those are in Vancouver, one on the North Shore and one downtown. We have a new facility in Calgary but the…

Routine legal tasks at your fingertips

Shane Murphy on how Founded Technologies is striving to be an essential online tool for small Canadian businesses

Routine legal tasks at your fingertipsShane Murphy is co-founder of the legal automation company Founded Technologies. What is Founded Technologies and what does it do? Murphy: Founded Technologies makes the legal side of entrepreneurship easy. It’s an online legal automation platform that takes routine legal tasks that small businesses face (think incorporating, managing a minute book, creating contracts) and makes…

Canadians to rein in Christmas spending this year

Equifax Canada survey found women were more likely to say they would spend significantly less

Canadians to rein in Christmas spending this year(Troy Media) - As people prepare for the Christmas shopping onslaught with Black Friday just around the corner, a survey released on Monday suggests the majority of Canadians will spend less on holiday gifts this year. The survey by Equifax Canada said 55 per cent of Canadians will be keeping a tighter grip on their…

Second-hand economy grows to $27.3 billion

Kijiji index reveals a shift in consumer motivations towards ‘community-minded commerce’

Second-hand economy grows to $27.3 billionBy Troy Media Four out of five Canadians participated in the second-hand economy in 2018, fuelling a $27.3 billion second-hand economy that has grown annually since 2015, according to the fifth annual Kijiji Second-Hand Economy Index, released on Monday. The company said the index reveals a shift in consumer motivations towards “community-minded commerce,” with Canadians…

Putting bad sleep patterns to rest

Dr. Charles Samuels of The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance talks about why poor sleep patterns are unhealthy and what to do about it

Putting bad sleep patterns to restDr. Charles Samuels is the medical director of The Centre for Sleep & Human Performance, a fully accredited medical sleep lab and testing facility in operation since 2002. He is also certified with the American Board of Sleep Medicine and has a clinical background in family medicine. His associates at the clinic are also family…

Canadian drilling forecast continues to cool

Capital, companies, equipment and crews are leaving Canada for better opportunities, with the U.S. an easy choice: PSAC

Canadian drilling forecast continues to coolThe Petroleum Services Association of Canada has decreased its forecast for the number of wells expected to be drilled across Canada for this year. In its third update to its 2019 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, PSAC revised its number from 5,300 (May 2019 revision) to 5,100 wells drilled. PSAC now projects 2,425 wells to be…

Canadian economy edges up in August

Canadian economy edges up in August(Troy Media) - Canada’s real gross domestic product (GDP) edged up 0.1 per cent in August, following no change in July, according to Statistics Canada. In a report released on Thursday, the federal agency said goods-producing industries were up 0.2 per cent after two months of declines, led by a rebound in manufacturing, while services-producing industries…

Canada’s equalization program flawed: report

The gap between richer and poorer provinces has shrunk, yet program costs keep rising: Fraser Institute

Canada’s equalization program flawed: reportBy Troy Media Canada’s equalization program has cost taxpayers – including those in ‘have’ provinces such as Alberta – $2.1 billion more in payments since 2017 due to a program design flaw, according to a report released on Thursday by public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute. The equalization program transfers federal tax dollars to lower-income…
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