Monthly Archives: June 2014

Celebrating diversity in Canada

Posted

Celebrating Diversity in CanadaIn Canada, we live in an exciting, dynamic, and evolving culture. Culture is a bit like the earth beneath our feet: we think it is solid and static, but it is actually floating on a sea of lava, constantly moving, shifting, and changing. Cultural change can be gradual and imperceptible within a lifetime, and sometimes there can be radical, even violent, cultural shifts in a short timespan.

Human beings can share their culture through beliefs, daily practices, and clothing choices. In Canada, we officially recognise two linguistic cultural heritages and daily share the fashion, food, and language from a multitude of others. We work together to respect the environment, enterprise, democracy, freedom, social and individual responsibility, human rights, and diversity. …

read more

Talking to adult children about alcohol

Posted

Hand holding up glass of wine

An article recently caught my attention. It is the latest chapter in a familiar tragic tale that seems to have no end. Early one morning, a group of seven young adults were crammed into a pickup truck. I can hear the jokes, the laughter, and shouts of glee that must have come from that vehicle as the group drove through a picturesque forest in Mason County, WA. I can also hear that joyful sound coming to an abrupt stop when the driver lost control of the truck. You see, they slammed into a tree and two of the passengers riding in the bed of the truck were ejected and died in that forest. The investigators’ statement on this tragedy: they …

read more

Tune out, turn off, drop it. Disconnect and enjoy your holidays!

Posted

Tune out, turn off, drop it. Disconnect and enjoy your holidays!Holidays and vacations away, even ‘staycations’, are great opportunities to unwind, let go of work related stress, and reconnect with family and friends. That is, they are until the emails and text messages sound their pinging symphony and the temptation to “just check on this one thing” disrupts our peace and quiet.

There’s an image being passed around showing a group of friends at a campsite – the caption reads something along the lines of, “Anybody have plans to stare at their phones somewhere exciting this weekend?” It’s amusing, but sadly true. Far too often we go away (even just to the movies or out to dinner!) and spend far too much time staring at the little screen in our …

read more

Surviving a mid-life financial crisis

Posted

Surviving a mid-life financial crisisWe joke about people having “a mid-life crisis” when a middle-aged woman cuts her hair off for a drastically new look or a man spends $60K on a new Porsche, but what if she cut her hair off before it fell out from chemo treatments, or he spent the money recovering from a heart attack?

Either of those would be a real mid-life crisis, and they’re no laughing matter.

In financial terms, it doesn’t have to be a critical illness to be a major set-back to retirement plans.  A disability or even extended unemployment can throw plans into total disarray, but most of us don’t give these things much thought until they happen to us, or someone close to us.…

read more

How to select the right summer camp

Posted

How to select the right summer campAs the summer season quickly approaches, we start to think more and more about cottages, camping, gardening, spending more time outdoors, or perhaps taking some vacation time. For those of us who are parents, we think ‘what are we going to do with the kids THIS summer?!’

Whether they’re still too young to be left at home alone, or you’re looking for new, fresh ways to keep the kids busy and social throughout the summer, two months of trying to keep the younger ones busy can be a tough task… Not to mention stressful.

July – August is the summer camp season, and registration for many camps has already begun. If you haven’t quite gotten to register your child …

read more