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  • Town Talk: Folk who helped make 2017 what it was

    Town Talk: Folk who helped make 2017 what it was

    Future historians may wonder how we stayed calm in the face of 2017’s global economic and nuclear threats let local drug overdosing, homelessness and, for many, unreachable real-estate prices. They may also conclude that 2018’s perils vastly exceeded those before. For now, though, here are some folk from this column who helped give 2017 its […]
  • Housing anxiety drives B.C. residents to seek professional help

    Housing anxiety drives B.C. residents to seek professional help

    As hope fades that Metro Vancouver’s housing crisis will end anytime soon, counsellors say they are helping more clients tackle the shame and misery that comes from sleeping in rodent-infested basement suites or staying with abusive partners while struggling to find a better home. Clients are identifying housing as having a major impact on their […]
  • Stranger than science: Seven really weird discoveries from 2017

    Stranger than science: Seven really weird discoveries from 2017

    From a two headed porpoise to a pig-human hybrid, scientists have made a lot of weird discoveries this year
  • New Years resolutions that might actually make you happy

    New Years resolutions that might actually make you happy

    You are an addict. We all are. And the sooner we admit that we have a problem and that our lives have become unmanageable, the sooner the healing can begin. If that sounds a bit like the First Step at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, that’s because it is. If you sense your own unhappiness and […]
  • A woman went into labour at a grocery store — and the butcher helped deliver it

    A woman went into labour at a grocery store — and the butcher helped deliver it

    After 25 minutes of chaos, she did what many would do. 'I went live from Facebook,' she said
  • Fitness column: Active, healthy living provides better results than what social media stars peddle

    Fitness column: Active, healthy living provides better results than what social media stars peddle

    Here’s a New Year’s resolution question I never get asked. “Is pairing a balanced diet with vigorous physical activity the best way to achieve one’s health and fitness goals?” More likely, I’m being asked about a diet that attempts to replicate primal eating patterns (weeds and mammoth) or the single best exercise to carve new-found […]
  • Is modern life too much for you? Maybe a tiny box in the woods is the cure

    Is modern life too much for you? Maybe a tiny box in the woods is the cure

    Start-up Getaway and others like the Tiny Homes Hotel in Austin let stressed city dwellers taste a much simpler existence
  • Beauty Bar: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

    Beauty Bar: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

    We tried it, so you can know before you go to buy it.
  • 2017 In Stories: Illegal, taboo and potentially deadly: Understanding the history of abortion in Ottawa

    2017 In Stories: Illegal, taboo and potentially deadly: Understanding the history of abortion in Ottawa

    The Best Stories of 2017: A century ago, abortion was on trial in Canada’s capital, but as journalist Megan Gillis discovered, the subject was so taboo, words like ‘abortion’ and ‘baby’ were never mentioned in the newspapers of the time.  Editor’s note: As we prepare to usher in 2018, it’s important that we here in […]
  • Top Nutrition and Food Trends for 2018: "plant based" tops the charts

    Top Nutrition and Food Trends for 2018: "plant based" tops the charts

    Top 3 trends in the food, restaurant and grocery industry. As both a foodie and Canada nutrition expert I’m always fascinated to read about what food and nutrition trends I can expect to see in the year ahead. Here is my summary of the top three food and nutrition trends. Top food and nutrition trend #1: Plant based push (vegetarian, veggie-centric, vegan, meatless meals, nut milks, legumes, meat substitutes and more) Top food and nutrition trend #2: Mindfulness meets the grocery shelf (socially conscious, transparent, reducing food waste, non-GMO, ethical, fair trade, organic, local, natural, free of hormones and antibiotics, responsibly grown and raised). Top food and nutrition trend #2: Gut health and reducing inflammation (probiotics, fermented foods, kombucha, drinking vinegars, fungi, turmeric, Za’atar, ginger, sparkling water, seltzers, FODMAP diet, gluten-free, elderflower, flowers in food, omega-3)

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