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Do You Have a Dormant Bank Account? | Funeral Pre-Planner, Kat Downey

Posted April 3, 2014 by legacymatters

Where there has been no owner activity or the owner cannot be contacted by the financial institution, the institution will hold the fu…15 Zoom(s)

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Energetic Offerings From Alabama

Posted April 15, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

This week, I am paying a brief visit to my friend and colleague David Allison at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). To those working in the field, David needs no introduction. He is certainly one of the most prolific researchers with hundreds of high-ranking papers covering an astonishing array of topics. As some […]

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‘Entry-level’ jobs are getting harder to find

Posted April 5, 2014 by Josh Dehaas

New grads face demands for up to five years experience to enter the labour market. How a lack of on-the-job training is hurting young workers.

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9 Ways to Get Full Value from Your Funeral Plan | Funeral Pre-Planner, Kat Downey

Posted April 16, 2014 by legacymatters

Here are 9 ways to ensure you get the full value from your funeral plan.11 Zoom(s)

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Greens celebrate diversity on International Day of Pink

Posted April 9, 2014 by Anonymous

OTTAWA – Today on International Day of Pink, the Green Party of Canada joins with millions of Canadians nation-wide in celebrating diversity and calling for an end to homophobic bullying.

This year Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich­­–Gulf Islands will join other progressive leaders from across Canada in participating as an International Day of Pink Ambassador.

“It is a huge honour for me to have been invited to become an Ambassador for Day of Pink,” said May. “This is a day to stand up against bullying, to stand up against homophobia and discrimination of all kinds, and to say to young people who may be victims of bullying: speak up, and reach out.”

International Day of Pink is an anti-bullying initiative that began at a Nova Scotia high school in 2007, when two students were able to get their whole school to wear pink shirts in solidarity with a classmate who was a victim of homophobic bullying. Today, it is celebrated in communities across Canada and around the world.


Nicholas Gall
Communications Officer
Green Party of Canada
(613) 614 4916


Greens celebrate diversity on International Day of Pink #DayofPink

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Netflix Celebrates Earth Month

Posted April 19, 2014 by Loukia

I love Netflix. In fact, I primarily only watch Netflix. All my favourite shows—Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, House Of Cards—are on Netflix. I watched all five seasons of Breaking Bad in three weeks. Waiting that long was hard, and it took a lot of will power on my part to not power through an entire season in one night—I had to pace myself. (It was, like everyone was saying, the best show ever. And I finally understand now why they kept willing ALL the awards!)

I’m not the only one in my family who loves Netflix—my husband is a huge fan, and so are our children. My oldest son has a TV in his room (and Netflix) and he has limited time to watch TV when he’s home. When he does watch, he is almost always watching an educational show about animals, the earth, science, or marine life.

When I was recently asked to be part of the Netflix Stream Team, I was thrilled, because, well, I’m the biggest Netflix fan—everyone in my family is!

Now that Earth Month is upon us, it’s the perfect time to remind ourselves—and even educate ourselves— about all the great wonders this planet continuously provides us. I love sitting down with my kids and husband to watch documentaries about animals and the earth because it starts some great conversations—about the things we can do to help our environment, about our favourite animals, and so much more. (My eight year old adores sea turtles, and my six year old loves crocodiles so much we even had one in our house for his fifth birthday for an animal show!)

My boys loved watching The Blue Planet on Netflix (over and over again) because it was so interesting, and very educational. It was neat to discover the creatures that live in the marine world, some familiar to us, and some completely unknown.

Another great documentary we want to watch is Addicted to Plastic. which is all about how plastic products are now such a huge part of our lives that we don’t even think twice about using them. This documentary will be eye opening, although it might be a little too mature for my children. 
The one we’re most excited to start watching? Wildlife Specials. There are different episodes (Humpback Whale, Polar Bear, and the Crocodile, my youngest son’s favourite) and one on the Great Natural Wonders of the World. I know we’re going to love this series, and we can’t wait to start watching.
There are also some great shows on Netflix for younger children, too, that will help educate them on the environment and the earth, like Curious George, everyone’s favourite little curious monkey.
What are your excited to watch this month with your family? 

Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. I receive certain perks as part of my affiliation in this program. All opinions and views are my own.

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Expanding Our 2014 Boycott List: #BoycottLoblaws

Posted April 10, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

First, it started with IKEA, which has been locking out its Richmond, BC workers for 11 months. Then it expanded to a white Richmond farmer who isn’t all that happy with all the non-white farmers changing the complexion of farming in BC. So we’re all committing to #BoycottIKEA and boycotting W & A Farms products. […]

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Barbara Kay: Send your kid to school by himself

Taking age-appropriate risks in childhood allows children to develop greater confidence as adults

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Poor Kids, Poor Families and Shame

Posted April 11, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

“When Centennial’s students found out Seymour couldn’t hold a pyjama day because many students didn’t have pyjamas, they fundraised to buy every Seymour student a pair last Christmas.” – When the Field Trip’s Too Pricey, Students ‘Self-Exclude’ When parents receive letters from their kids’ school asking for donations for playground upgrades or library books or […]

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Should an Ontario university degree be a debt sentence?

Posted April 24, 2014 by Behind The Numbers

Right now, post-secondary students across Ontario are finishing up their studies for the year and heading off to summer jobs — if they have been lucky enough to land one.
New research from the CCPA demonstrates just how difficult it is to save …

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Managing Weight Loss Expectations

Posted April 10, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

While there are almost no limits to short-term weight loss goals (anyone can starve themselves thin) – the reality of long-term weight loss is rather sobering. While diet and exercise generally provide an average long-term (3-5 years) sustainable weight loss or about 3-5% of initial weight, even bariatric surgery patients tend on average to sustain […]

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Teachers should be praised for trying to fix broken classrooms

Posted March 10, 2014 by Laila

The winner of last week’s duel on civil disobedience was Laila with 67%. This week’s topic: Did the strike vote by B.C. teachers help or hurt their cause? As results came in last week for the B.C. Teachers’ Federation strike … Continue reading

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Join The Crowd: Support Pom Pom – A Flightless Bully Tale

Posted April 8, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

This week, my daughter’s crowdsourcing campaign to fund her second children’s book Pom Pom – A Flightless Bully Tale (her first one was Our Canadian Lovestory) is in its final stages – only 5 days left to meet her funding goal (over 85% there). Please visit her site and join the “crowd” of 250 supporters […]

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Ya can’t fix stupid!

Posted March 25, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, I would like to show an article here that I think exemplifies what is wrong with a lot of people in general! Here is a guy who was dead set against GMO’s (genetically modified foods) the same as some people are bent out of shape about fluoridation of water, immunization shots, climate change, nuclear […]

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Hudak vows to cancel full day Kindergarten

Posted April 12, 2014 by trashee

As a volunteer on a not-for-profit childcare centre Board, I can say with some authority that the FDK horse has left the barn. There has been some bumps on the road to implementation, but it has overall been a success. Furthermore, cancelling it now in its final stage of implementation would not only throw Ontario […]

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Sometimes, good work is recognized

Posted November 28, 2013 by Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
Members of Living Green, flanked by LSRCA members.
Over the past decade and half of volunteering and activism, I’ve learned that working to help our ecosystem and our fellow humans is often a thankless task. That’s why it’s especially rewarding when we actually receive recognition, as was the case earlier this month.

Each year the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) salutes and celebrates the Lake’s “Watershed Heroes” and this year, Living Green was honoured to receive the new Pioneering Green Community Award.

We were recognized for our active involvement in planting trees through our newly-formed Urban Canopy Coalition. Over the past year the UCC has raised money to replace dead trees on public lands in Barrie, and partnered with the City and the LSRCA to plant over a thousand new trees including oak, maple, pine and tamarack at the Huronia Buffer site. To further prevent erosion and improve the environmental health of our green species, we have also begun to plant willows, shrubs, and trees on the river banks at Sunnidale Park.

This coming year, with our partners, we plan at least two more tree plantings in the spring and fall, and will continue to interplant native pollinators in Queen’s Park along Toronto Street. Last year we were fortunate to receive a large donation from Barrie Chiropractic, and we are looking for new donations from businesses, large or small. Contact if you would like to donate or volunteer with the tree planting.

As UCC founder Gwen Petreman points out, we are still learning the many benefits of trees. Recently our knowledge of the importance of trees to the life of bees has expanded. Bees collect tree resin to make a material called “propolis” which they use to seal up the edges of their hive. But now we know it also has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that protect the hive’s bees from many potential pests. Since bees pollinate about 1/3 of the food we eat, preserving trees means protecting bees which means feeding humans. We’re all connected!

Living Green’s other initiatives include regular clean-ups of Queen’s Park, maintaining the environmental focused website operating Off the Rack thrift store with the Barrie Free Clothing Centre, hosting Green Screens and passing along traditional skills via the ReSkill Institute. 

Another LSRCA “Watershed Heroes” award went to the students of the Eco-Team at Newmarket’s Alexander Muir Public School in recognition of their successful ban of disposable water bottles and fundraising $2,500 for a filling station for reusable bottles at their school. I was thrilled to learn that this group of elementary students had succeeded in overcoming the powerful bottled-water lobby that so far has stymied many similar initiatives in our local municipality and school board, and gives me hope that future attempts here may yet succeed.

It also gave us the idea of hosting our own Living Green awards ceremony to recognize the best Barrie-area school eco-clubs. I know there are some great initiatives going on at local schools, and I’m sure there must be some local businesses that would love to put their name on a trophy or an awards ceremony. If you or a business you know is interested in sponsoring that kind of event, we’d love to hear from you!

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie (and Innisfil) Examiners as “Living Green’s nod from conservation group means a great deal” 
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
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Fair pay for good sports

Posted April 15, 2014 by Tamsin McMahon

College sports in the U.S. is a billion-dollar business. Is it time to finally start paying student athletes?

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Do High Tuition Fees Make for Good Public Policy?

Posted February 6, 2014 by Nick Falvo

This afternoon I gave a presentation to Professor Ted Jackson’s graduate seminar course on higher education, taught in Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration.  The link to my slide deck, titled “The Political Economy of Post-Secondary Education in Canada,” can be found here. Points I raised in the presentation include the following: -Tuition […]

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Canada’s future leaders of 2014

Posted April 14, 2014 by

From sport and engineering to medicine and politics, these young Canadians are leaving their mark

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Online classroom brings southern experts to Arctic students

Posted April 2, 2014 by The Canadian Press

The $1.6-million program was developed by Cisco Canada and uses interactive video link

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Shame And Blame Has No Role In Addressing Obesity

Posted April 16, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

As a regular reader you will be well aware of my recent excursions into the use of comedy to promote a better public understanding of obesity. A very different (and I dare say more scientific) approach to harnessing the performing arts to promote a discourse on obesity is that taken by Sara Kirk and colleagues, […]

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