How Would You Spend $150,000?

I support any activity that encourages physical activity and related health benefits. But $150,000 tax dollars spent funding a yoga event on Burrard Bridge makes me think of all the people in need who live in this province. 20.6% of BC children live in poverty and many more are not far away from this lived reality.

I’d Rather Be Grounded

When I was growing up my mother used to say that “if you can’t afford to travel well, don’t go.” All things considered – and bearing this saying in mind – I’d prefer to stay grounded for now.

Me Too. How About You?

There’s an elephant in the room taking up too much space – affecting everyone from the very young to the elderly. Its name is Anxiety. One estimate made in the health community listed anxiety as the number one health condition that will affect people in the next few years. As the #BellLetsTalk hashtag trends on social media this week for the Bell Lets Talk mental health awareness campaign, it’s a good time to consider how mental health challenges affect everyone in Canada.

We’re Craving Some Sweetness

Maroon 5’s latest music video – directed by David Dobkin – is a compilation of wedding crashes that took place in December, 2014 across Los Angeles. Was it staged? No. Not according to Rolling Stone magazine…. or this professional photographer (love her pics) … or this attendee.

Has This Happened to Most of Us?

Recent shocking new stories about abuses in a reportedly toxic work environment here in Canada and video evidence of the heckling of women in public have got me thinking about my own experiences. Have I ever encountered inappropriate behaviour in the workforce or on the streets of Vancouver? Have I ever concluded that I was treated badly but felt that I couldn’t speak up?

Is Your Child Ready to Launch?

I can’t say that I expected the BC Teacher’s strike to be over by September. Yet I also can’t reconcile myself with the fact that negotiations hadn’t reached a point where mediation was possible by the end of the summer. Based on what I have read and heard, my instinct tells me that one side dug in their heels and became immovable.

Have You Had Your Baby Yet?

In a recent interview on the Today Show, actor Jennifer Aniston addresses the topic of marriage and motherhood. It’s refreshing to hear a high profile woman talk about how life can’t be planned out and it’s encouraging to see that she was invited to share her unique perspective.

Remembering WW1 – My Family’s Connection

As we mark the start of WW1 today – one hundred years ago – this war could seem to be one that is slipping into our collective distant memories. For my family, at least, it is a conflict that plays a central role in our family’s personal history.

Lean 30: 12 – A Gen X Message From the Past

Recently the CBC did a series of pieces on the job prospects for young adults as we dig ourselves out of the most recent economic recession. It was satisfying to see that they mentioned the higher rate of youth unemployment in the previous two recessions in the early 90s and early 80s.

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