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Can Mobile Mental Health Apps Turn Your Life Around?

The world can look grim through the window of a smartphone screen. At its worst, the Internet is a stream of depressing headlines, cyberbullies, trolls and political rants—and our data plans keep us constantly connected. One mental health author recently referred to smartphones as “nightmare rectangles.” But what if the LCD screen keep...

January 31st, 2019 read more

Giving back is a family affair.

Most holidays come with ready-made traditions—some important, some frivolous. Canada Day is for barbequing and fireworks, and Thanksgiving is for expressing gratitude for our bountiful lives (while devouring a big bird). Seven Canadian provinces have established a holiday in February to break up the bleak winter months with another long weeken...

February 4th, 2017 read more

A Resolution for All Canadians

Canada’s poet laureate Gord Downie inspired us to think about reconciliation and resolutions. And it’s the Indigenous leaders we’ve spoken to who have given us the tools and advice we need to advance this important project. As we enter 2017 and our country’s 150th year, sharing stories and rewriting the narrative surrounding Indigenous p...

January 7th, 2017 read more

Have Your Say: How can each Canadian help refugees settle in their new home?

There may be fewer news cameras and cabinet ministers welcoming Syrian refugees at Canadian airports since the first exhausted arrivals landed to great fanfare. But the warm greetings have continued for newcomers in communities from Antigonish, N.S., to tiny Brownfield, Alta., reflecting a whole nation’s generous embrace. Our parents are two of ...

January 28th, 2016 read more

Have Your Say: Dreaming of a green Christmas

No treetops glistening. The great Christmas crooner Bing Crosby would not approve. Canada may be renowned as a winter wonderland but on Dec, 25, 2014, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist estimated that 85 per cent of Canadians – especially those living in urban areas – saw their dreams of a white Christmas dashed by a mild December. We...

December 3rd, 2015 read more

Have Your Say: How can we help our communities’ homeless people?

The mammoth St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London’s Trafalgar Square held a packed memorial in November for local residents who had died homeless on the city’s streets. Similar services happen outdoors in Canadian cities, offering a final touch of dignity to lives lived largely in the shadows. Of the almost quarter of a million Canadians wh...

November 30th, 2015 read more

Have Your Say: How would you build a more neighbourly city?

On the last night of October, Canadian communities come alive with zombies, princesses and superheroes. Neighbours gather on sidewalks and porches. The next morning, homes seem shuttered as people scurry straight from the front door to car door. Of course, this isn’t a universal portrait. But last year Maclean’s magazine reported that 30 per c...

October 30th, 2015 read more

Have Your Say: What’s the first thing you would you do as PM?

Unless you’ve been focused entirely on the Toronto Blue Jays’ exhilarating quest for the World Series, you’ll know there’s another race happening in Canada that feels as excruciatingly long as the baseball season. It’s the longest federal election since 1872. If the 78-day campaign went any longer, there may be no candidates left. Not aft...

October 9th, 2015 read more

Have Your Say: How can we encourage more girls into science careers?

Following the lab-coat tails of the Big Bang Theory’s popular character, Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler (played by real-life neuroscientist Mayim Bialik), are four female tween spies who use math and physics to save the day on Netflix’s new show, Project Mc2. We’d like to see these brainy young women use their genius to solve the real-life ridd...

September 23rd, 2015 read more

Have Your Say: How can we encourage more young Canadians to vote?

For almost two-thirds of young Canadian adults, a voting booth is like a Saturday morning. They’re aware it exists, but have no recollection of ever seeing one. Almost two-thirds of eligible voters aged 18 to 24 didn’t cast a ballot in the last federal election. It’s not that they’re ignorant or apathetic, writes McGill University student D...

September 11th, 2015 read more