I’m always impressed with La Belle Province and her ability to serve up controversy. Recently a judge in Quebec decided that a hijab was considered not to be suitable attire for her courtroom and dismissed a case when the litigant refused to comply with her request. The judge’s words courtesy of the CBC:
“Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either,” Marengo says in the recording.
“The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing (Read more…)
It was a slow start to winter this year. We had reasonably warm temperatures and little to no snow for all of December and January. February changed all that. A lovely day to go to the beachA thick blanket of snow fell down and covered the …
HON. CATHY ROGERS
When it comes to traveling with kids, we’d like to think we’ve got it all figured out. We’ve got packing down to a science, well, except for me… I always over pack shoes. Like our recent trip to San Francisco […]
Mark and I have learned two things about winter during our parenting careers: 1) Unless we get out there and find a way to enjoy it, this six month season of sub zero torture will seem EVEN LONGER THAN IT IS. 2) By dressing appropriately and reframing our idea of “cold,” we are better equipped […]
I just got back from an amazing quick trip to Toronto. Thank you, Almay Canada, for flying me to Toronto and for putting me up in the ultra-cool Hotel Le Germain at Maple Leaf Square, so I could attend the beautiful breakfast event at Aria. It was a lovely treat, and a pleasure being there in person. Are you ready to talk makeup? (And win some great beauty products from Almay, too?)
Almay is a brand we all know and love, but did you know that Almay was the first hypoallergenic cosmetics brand? Almay uses hypoallergenic ingredients, and tests all products with dermatologists and ophthalmologists. This is really important to me, becuase what I put on my face as part of my beauty routine has to pass a few tests—and Almay passes, with flying colours. Almay is celebrating its hypoallergienic heritage with a fresh take on beauty—pure beauty.
Almay understands that women and moms are busy—we wear many hats, and accomplish more before 9 a.m. than is sometimes humanly possible! We juggle full-time jobs, meet deadlines, attend meetings, get the children ready for school, take our children to their after school activities, volunteer, run the household, and, somehow, we make time for ourselves.
Almay knows that mornings are busy, and they’ve helped simplify my beauty routine with a few beauty product must-haves, like:
Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup: Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup is a great foundation that is very lightweight, complete with SPF 15. The perfect start to your beauty routine.
Almay One Coat Get Up And Grow Mascara: Mascara can be tricky; many different brands promise amazing things for your lashes but few actually work as well as they say they do. I had my make-up applied by a make-up artists and was blown away by how great Almay’s mascara worked on my lashes, especially because it’s a completely affordable product. This mascara really lengthened the look of my lashes and the anti-breakage pro-vitamin formula helps protect my lashes too. (Also, mascara applied on lower lashes? A look I was scared to try before, but now, I love!)
Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick: You guys, I own hundreds of lipsticks. I know I’m not alone here; shopping for lipstick is fun. Of course, very few become personal favourites of mine, and even fewer can do two things at once: moisturize my lips, and give great colour. This lipstick by Almay does both these things! I am in love with Almay’s new Butter Kiss Lipstick because of the great colours and also because it’s a product that does what it is supposed to. It’s a creamy lipstick that is hydrating, with ingredients like jojoba, coconut oil, and vitamin E. There are 12 shades to choose from, and each lipstick is under ten dollars. Amazing.
Almay Intense I-Colou Smoky-I Kits: These eye shadow kits are perfect for creating a mistake-proof (seriously!) eye look, from day to night. This pretty eye shadow trios are easy to apply, last a very long time, and come in four shades for Blues, Browns, Hazels, and Greens, although you can definitely mix and match them to get the desired colour you want.
The Almay Eyeliner is a great smudge-proof eyeliner that lasts all day. So even if you’re in the office in front of a computer all day, your eyes will look as great at 5 p.m. as they did when you first applied your make-up in the morning.
I’m also a fan of the Almay Makeup Removers for eyes and face, because they are very gentle. They also do a great job of taking off my eye make-up at the end of the day with irritating my eyes.
Not only did I discover new makeup with Almay, but I also had the pleasure of meeting the authors of How To Feed A Family—these two busy moms (and bloggers) are the new faces of Almay Canada, and hearing them talk about how they find balance in their life (with great tips like packing lunches the night before, keeping everything by the front door, cooking dinners that become lunch the next day, and using the weekend to do some batch cooking or baking, so you’ll have something for the kids to eat during the week) was helpful. Laura Keogh (former Beauty Director of FASHION Magazine) and Ceri Marsh (former editor-in-chief of FASHION Magazine) were lovely to speak to, and have motivated me to cook more. (Thanks, ladies!)
We even got to take home cookie mix, and pick our own toppings. A beautiful breakfast event in Toronto, in a room full of amazing, smart ladies, while testing out the latest beauty products by Almay? A perfect day.
This is a peek at my lunch yesterday. A group of us from the office went for Dim Sum at Yangtze: Fitting eh? Since today is the Chinese New Year. Funny thing: I cannot for the life of me remember if I’ve been here before. I MUST have been, years ago, but my brain […]
I glanced out the back window, and spotted the turkeys huddling together for warmth. The leader would pop up his head and the others hunkered down in the -20 C. weather. Then peek and hunker down!
They are fascinating critters, with heads lacking feat…
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Despite the subarctic temperatures and lack of skiing/skating/outdoor activities I declare our Valentine’s/Family Day weekend a big success. It began, of course, with a PD day on Friday. I worked while the girls lolled around and binge-watched a string of Veronica Mars episodes. Valentine’s Day was Saturday. Mark made me my morning coffee. I made his. […]
Harper’s terrorist legislation doesn’t protect us from the REAL menace! #RejectFear Stephen Harper’s Anti-Terror Bill C-51 needs to be expanded to give CSIS the authority to thwart the mad cow threat and beef up Farmland Security. via The Bovine Threat – YouTube. February 19, 2015 Looking for Heroes? (0)December 11, 2013 How Harper is Gutting … Continue reading But Will Harper’s C-51 Save Us From Mad Cow? No! →
This weekend, the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) is in Toronto. And while it might not seem like your first pick for a family outing, it’s actually a great place to spend some time with the kids. The spectacular show runs from February […]
I recall once that Stephen Harper believed in championing religious freedom. Except for people he doesn’t like. Now he’s appealing a federal court ruling allowing people to exercise their religious freedom by becoming citizens while not publicly removing their niqab. But why, you ask? Because Canada is transparent, open, equal and just. And Stephen Harper … Continue reading Stephen Harper: Racist AND a Hypocrite! →
On my quest to becoming an expert in Canadian comics (trust me, I’ve got a LONG way to go), I’d better start knocking some of the heavy hitters off the list. Originally from Calgary, Todd McFarlane, is known for a lot of successful ventures, though he …
My tan is already fading. I think so, anyway—it’s not like I have many occasions to strip and take selfies in front of the mirror these days. It’s cold, bitterly cold, so cold that I already forgot what it feels like to sweat. And I certainly don’t want to be naked, unless I’m under a […]
We’re excited for the upcoming Family Day Weekend in the city and there’s no shortage of things to do. While we know that that there are plenty of skating rinks and ski hills to enjoy but if you’ve got kids […]
To celebrate the grand opening, Nordstrom is hosting an early-morning Beauty Bash outside the main mall entrance on Friday, March 6th, at 7:30 a.m., lasting until the store opens at 9:30 a.m.
Customers are invited to enjoy complimentary skincare consultations, demonstrations, and makeup lessons, and everyone will have the chance to meet with beauty and fragrance experts from Chanel, NARS, Burberry Beauty (exclusive to Nordstrom in Ottawa), Chantecaille (also exclusive to Nordstrom), Jo Malone, Creed, La Mer and so much more. How fun!
As a bonus, the first 2,000 customers to visit the Beauty Bash will receive an exclusive commemorative tote bag, while supplies last.
AMOREPACIFIC ‘Time Response’ Eye Renewal Creme: This is a powerful anti-aging cream that renews the area around the eyes taking years off in days. The advanced 24-hour time release formula restores collagen products, increases skin’s antioxidant production and speeds up cellular regeneration to address all aging concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles while improving skin firmness. This product retails for $275.
La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil: La Prairie is just as luxuriously wonderful as you’d expect; it’s a sheer treatment filled with age-delaying fortifiers that strengthen skin’s resilience, transforming your complexion into a beautiful, radiant one that thrives in stressful conditions. “The oil is formulated with a patent-pending complex of Alpine flora to renew the look of firmness and smooth the appearance of wrinkles, keeping you looking younger, longer.” This product sells for $360.
Guerlain ‘Terracotta Joli Teint': This new Terracotta sunny duo leaves my face looking tan and glowy even in cold winter days. This fluid foundation with ultra-light texture melts instantly into your skin, goes on like a powder, and creates a perfectly sun-kissed complexion while protecting skin with SPF 20. Retail price is $60.
La Mer Creme de La Mer Moisturizing Cream: I was so excited to use this coveted much-loved moisturizer and I’m already in love—this legendary Creme de la Mer “…has the power to transform the skin with its ultra-rich, dewy formula. In a short time, firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible and skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated.” With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities are soothed, and radiance is restored. This product sells for $180.
Kate Somerville ‘ExfoliKate’ Intensive Exfoliating Treatment: Now you can treat yourself to a Kate Somerville Signature Facial at home! This is a great exfoliating cream that leaves skin clean, revealing a smooth, glowing complexion. Sell for $27.
Nars-Dual Intensity Blush: I’m a lover of Nars; especially for blush! (My favourite is Orgasm.) This blush comes with two shades—the ultimate in versatility. It’s the only blush that delivers two different finishes: Translucent Veil or a Second-Skin Watercolor Effect. Sells for $52.
Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick Compact in Pastel Pink: I love Bobbi Brown cosmetics, and this blush is such a pretty shade of pastel pink. It provides an overall brightening effect, “a lit from within glow” plus a hint of pretty pink. You can use it on the cheeks for a soft blush or all over the face, for veil-like luminosity. This blush is $54.
Armani ‘Maestro’ Fusion Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: This is an ultra-lightweight formula that is easy to apply, leaving skin moisturized and conditioned for a flawless complexion with just a drop. It’s great coverage with a natural finish, and this product won Allure magazine’s ‘Best of Beauty’ award for Best Medium Coverage Foundation. A good foundation can be hard to find—and this product does not dissapoint at all. It’s officially my new must-have foundation. Sell for $68.
Chantecaille ‘Faux Cils’ Longest Lash Mascara: This mascara is so brilliant, I don’t even have to use an eyelash curler before I apply it. It’s a high-performance, super-volumizing mascara that is better than false eyelashes—really, why go through the trouble when this product works so well? It intensifies lashes, plumping them for a super-dramatic effect that is healthy and stunning, making your eyes the focus of your face. Sells for $50.
Clarins ‘Double Serum’ Complete Age Control Concentrate: This is my favourite serum, and I use it faithfully. “This double serum’s innovative, dual-chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skin’s vital functions.” The results? Firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, more even skin tone and less visible pores in just a few weeks. Yes! Sells for $85.
Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil: This lightweight fast-absorbing oil nourishes, hydrates, and revitalizes skin. I love that it can be used on clear skin, under moisturizer, over moisturizer, or added to moisturizer. Sells for $41.
I’ve tried these amazing products and I love them all. My skin is feeling and looking great, and I’m looking forward to shopping at my favourite department store very soon, where I can stock up on my must-have spring beauty products.
The big Nordstrom Gala is coming up, too, on Wednesday, March 4th, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and United Way Ottawa. I am so excited to be attending the Nordstrom Gala—I’ll give you all the details of the glam night soon!
Thank you, #NordstromOTT, so much!
By TSM Not that long ago it was easy to get Toronto Maple Leaf fans going. Rip the team. Either the players, coaches, management would get attacked and the fans would be quick to get pissed off. For those who’ve followed what I’ve had to […]
How often do you browse through social media accounts, only to toss your phone aside in disgust, your faith in humanity hitting rock bottom? I know it happens to me several times daily: news of atrocities committed in the name […]
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Not that it comes as a surprise, but some of Canada’s political and media elites are demonstrating breathtaking cluelessness on the fundamentals of military affairs. The fretting by the opposition parties and their journalist allies …
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Spring is just around the corner, I promise! But while we wait, you’ll can check out the Interior Design Show, January 22-25, 2015 at the Metro Convention Centre. Under one massive roof you’ll discover the latest in home design trends, […]
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Manitoba’s Wait List Autism Crisis
One example of the checkerboard pattern of ABA service for autistic children in Canada is Manitoba as reported in the CBC article Autistic children’s families frustrated by therapy wait-list:
History of the Struggle for A REAL National Autism Strategy
The struggle for a REAL National Autism Strategy is summarized following from a commentary on this site on March 29, 2014:
History of the Struggle for a REAL National Autism Strategy in the Maritimes
Andy Scott Fredericton NB MP, Peter Stoffer NS MP, Shawn Murphy PEI MP, Senator Jim Munson NB
Here in the Maritime provinces we took a political approach to developing a national autism strategy with the NB efforts in which I was personally involved beginning in 2001, primarily by many discussions with our Fredericton MP, the late Andy Scott. In 2003 Andy Scott, made a public commitment in 2003 to work toward a National Autism Strategy at a tribute to his 10 years of service as an MP at the Boyce Famers’ Market, an event I attended and reported on to the members of the Family Autism Centre for Education (FACE):
Andy did answer the call on behalf of autistic Canadians and actively pushed for a National Autism Strategy which he ultimately realized with the passage of Motion M-172. However, the motion was essentially a commitment in principle with few obligations being undertaken by our federal government but it did help put autism on our national agenda and it was Andy Scott being Andy … getting done what could get done … with a view to moving forward further in future. One of the specific items that the federal government did commit to in the motion was a national surveillance program, a program that would tell us how many Canadians now suffer from autism disorders. It is a commitment that has still not been honored 8 years later.
Andy Scott himself did continue the fight as demonstrated in his June 5, 2007 statement in the House of Commons:
Hon. Andy Scott (Fredericton, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, it is regrettable that we have seen little action by the government toward implementing a national autism strategy.
It has been more than a year since I introduced Motion No. 172. My private member’s motion called for evidence based standards, innovative funding arrangements for diagnosis, treatment and research, and a national surveillance program.
The motion was adopted in good faith and supported by the government. However, it was very disappointing to see no reference to a national autism strategy in the recent budget or any discussion this spring.
Recently, I joined my colleagues from Charlottetown and Sackville—Eastern Shore and Senator Munson at a rally in Halifax that reinforced that there are families with autistic children across Canada who need the government’s help.
The Conservatives should move off their default position of jurisdictional excuses, show creativity and compassion and start helping these Canadians.”
Jean Lewis, FEAT-BC, Medicare for Autism Now!
MR. MURPHY (Charlottetown)
1st Session, 39th Parliament,
55 Elizabeth II, 2006
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
An Act to provide for the development of a
national strategy for the treatment of
autism and to amend the Canada Health
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Senate and House of Commons
of Canada, enacts as follows:
1. This Act may be cited as the National
Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act.
2. The Minister of Health shall, before
December 31, 2006, convene a conference of
all provincial and territorial ministers responsible
for health for the purpose of working
together to develop a national strategy for the
treatment of autism. The Minister shall, before
December 31, 2007, table a report in both
Houses of Parliament specifying a plan of action
developed in collaboration with the provincial
and territorial ministers for the purpose of
implementing that strategy.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CANADA
3. Section 2 of the Canada Health Act is
renumbered as subsection 2(1) and is
amended by adding the following:
(2) For the purposes of this Act, services
that are medically necessary or required under
this Act include Applied Behavioural Analysis
(ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention
(IBI) for persons suffering from Autism Spectrum
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