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13 Reasons: How TV can be smart about mental health

Thrashing and screaming, a girl is hauled away by orderlies in white coats. Nurses follow, sedative needles ready. Watching this scene in the film Girl, Interrupted, Emily Nicholas Angl wondered, “Will that be me?” As a young woman, Nicholas Angl grappled with severe depression and anxiety. In TV shows and films she saw only stereotypes and ...

May 20th, 2017 read more

Beyond a cure for autism

At three years old, David Patchell-Evans’ daughter seemed to retreat inward before his eyes. Once bubbly and bright, she began struggling with words she previously knew, stopped making eye contact and awoke screaming on many nights. When a doctor diagnosed Kilee with autism, he advised Patchell-Evans to institutionalize her and move on with his l...

December 10th, 2016 read more

Without packages, boxes or bags: Your zero waste grocer

What’s in your fridge? Perhaps there’s bacon. Or the fixings for an omelet with cheese and tomato. But how much is actually edible? How much of it is packaging? Bacon slices are peeled out of a disposable plastic packet, while the eggs stand sentinel in a Styrofoam carton. Tomatoes are locked in a clamshell box, those miniature plastic pr...

October 29th, 2016 read more

Call of the wild: Nature is the cure

As autumn paints the trees in glorious, vibrant colours, many Canadians are taking advantage of these final days to enjoy the great outdoors before old man winter chases us all inside. But a little saunter through the greenery (or red and orange-ery, as the case may be) offers more than a pleasant way to pass the time. Studies show that a walk i...

October 15th, 2016 read more

Blessed are those who count their blessings

Feeling grateful can lower stress, blood pressure and cholesterol levels Thanksgiving can be an epic letdown. If the turkey is dry, the wine is bitter and your relatives are unpalatable, the event you spent weeks looking forward to becomes a small suffering. When unrealistic expectations signal the start of the holiday season, it can be hard to fe...

October 9th, 2015 read more

Are you stuck in a purpose rut?

We all seek purpose: a reason to bounce out of bed in the morning instead of hitting the snooze button incessantly. But what if meaning, that exhilarating life elixir, eludes you? We hear it all the time: work feels too much like work, you haven’t found a cause to care about and you’re not indulging your passions. You could be stuck in a purp...

August 21st, 2015 read more