The war on plastics is as dangerous as it is misguided

Earth Day Network’s anti-plastic campaign ignores how integral plastic is to a progressive, safe and healthy world

The war on plastics is as dangerous as it is misguidedEarth Day Network (EDN) chose End Plastic Pollution as its theme for this year’s Earth Day. It’s just the tip of the anti-plastic activism that now consumes environmental extremists. A Google search on Plastic Pollution Coalition (a group claiming to represent “more than 500 member organizations” dedicated to “working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its…

The importance of compliments

From kind, and specific praise to participation medals for children, some gestures really matter in forming positive lives

The importance of complimentsThe great American writer Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” No matter who we are and what level of success we’ve achieved, everyone appreciates a sincere compliment. It can brighten our day or even change the trajectory of our lives. Don Miguel Ruiz, in his classic book The…

Insecure about your body image?

Negative body image could be precursor to more serious illnesses, including anorexia, bulimia and body dysmorphic disorder

Insecure about your body image?Most people experience occasional periods of dissatisfaction with the look of a certain body part or feature. Although this is discouraging, it is normal – particularly in our culture where we are barraged daily with media images of men and women with ‘perfect’ bodies. While some self-critique is to be expected, there are instances when…

Reduce the poverty-to-prison pipeline for women

From prison reform to better community services that address poverty and prevent crime, here's what Canada can do

Reduce the poverty-to-prison pipeline for womenBy Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain and Sen. Art Eggleton Over the last decade, the number of women in Canada’s jails has spiked by 30 per cent. Even more troubling, Indigenous female prisoners now account for 37 per cent of all incarcerated women, and 50 per cent of women in maximum security. According to the 2017 correctional…

Legalized U.S. sports gambling? It’s about time

Now the trick is to put the revenue to the best use: on public fitness and activity initiatives

Legalized U.S. sports gambling? It’s about timeThe U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a federal ban on sports gambling. My first thought was what took so long? Americans can legally bet on soybean futures, the rise and fall of stocks, horse races, dog races, state lotteries, real estate investments, church bingo games, the roll of dice and various card games. But…

The secret to a long and happy life

Broader and better social interactions are key, according to researchers. So reach out to others

The secret to a long and happy lifePsychologist Susan Pinker tells us that the key to living a long life may not be eating well and getting exercise. Her research, and that of Julianne Holt-Lunstad, demonstrates that an emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions is actually the top predictor of longevity. In other words, if we have friends and family…

Did you hear about … how damaging gossip can be

Like death and taxes, storytelling isn’t going to go away. But when we participate in gossip, our character and integrity are on the line

Did you hear about … how damaging gossip can be“You will never believe what I just heard about Jane. …” How does a phrase like this grab our attention and pull us in so quickly? Even if we think we’re above all that, it can be difficult to resist hearing a story likely to be a lot more interesting than what we’re doing at the…

Gambling and pro sports: a marriage made in heaven

But with so much more money to be made, the potential for mischief seems great. How do we control that mischief?

Gambling and pro sports: a marriage made in heavenIt’s been a big week for gambling. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights – home team of the Las Vegas sports books – continued hitting blackjack on their way to the Stanley Cup Final. And, in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the ban on sports wagering outside Nevada was struck down. Now states can allow legal…

Are the Golden Knights the greatest sports story of all time?

It’s a mug’s game to select one great sports moment over another. But that doesn't make Vegas’s success any less remarkable

Are the Golden Knights the greatest sports story of all time?When a sports team is starting out, most observers set a very low bar for expectations. The hope is the first season isn’t too disastrous, there’s gradual improvement over the next five to 10 years, and the team eventually becomes a playoff contender. There are rare exceptions to this rule. Consider the Vegas Golden Knights,…

‘Bad things happen to good people’

Debt woes began with 2013 flood, followed by her husband’s unexpected death

‘Bad things happen to good people’Special Report Part 5 in our five-part series Back in Balance Name: Linda Penney Age: 59 Occupation: Dining room supervisor at a facility for senior citizens, part-time tax preparer, part-time insurance sales Two brutal years of turmoil began for Linda Penny in 2013. She was forced out of her home, her dream of opening a new…