Universal HIV testing could help end HIV
November 30, 2015
World AIDS Day is December 1
Universal HIV testing could be a key to halting the spread of the disease
Have you received your regular health checkup, and did it include an HIV test?
Scientists are telling us we need to change how we think about HIV. If we don’t, thousands of cases could remain undiagnosed and untreated. About one-quarter …
British Columbia Multicultural Awards
November 30, 2015
On Friday, November 20, 2015, as part of the celebrations of B.C.’s Multiculturalism Week, the British Columbia Multicultural Awards and Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) Inspirational Talks on Multiculturalism brought together leaders from the province’s multicultural communities, businesses and government organizations to highlight and celebrate the multicultural diversity of British Columbia.
Since 2008,The British Columbia Multicultural Awards, previously known as the …
The Importance of Diversity In Our Mosaic Democracy
November 30, 2015
The third week in November is dedicated as Multicultural Week in British Columbia.
The 2015 British Columbia Multicultural Awards event that took place on Friday, November 20 included an afternoon session of Inspirational Talks presented by four past winners of the Provincial Nesika Award and the renamed British Columbia Multicultural Award.
This is an annual event hosted by the Government …
Proposed Changes to Canada’s Labour Laws Favour Unions Over Workers
November 26, 2015
Canada’s new federal government campaigned on policies aimed at making labour laws fairer and more balanced, and the prime minister recently confirmed this commitment in his public mandate letter to the minister charged with the labour portfolio.
But the proposed labour policies will strengthen the power of unions while hurting workers because they will make the process for establishing unions …
Climate and Development Programme for Africa
November 26, 2015
Zimbabwe identified in Southern Africa to conduct global consultations on food and water security issues
Zimbabwe has been chosen as the only country in the Southern African region to participate in the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) on going global consultations focusing on food and water security. This came out at a recent workshop in Harare attended by various …
Americans Spend an Annual Average of $2,746 on Lunch
November 23, 2015
If you want to uncover new ways to save money, start by thinking about what you spend on lunch every day.
A new Visa survey shows that American consumers are spending nearly $3,000 on midday meals each year. But don’t lose your appetite – this is actually a great opportunity to budget and save.
Visa’s 2015 survey, intended to call …
Liberal Plan to Raise Top-Earners Taxes Will Hurt Economy
November 22, 2015
Poorly conceived personal income tax changes could result in the loss of more entrepreneurial high-income earners
The new Liberal government plans to raise personal income taxes on the top Canadian income-earners to fund a tax decrease for the middle class.
According to Statistics Canada, to be in the top 1 per cent in 2013, a tax-filer needed to have a …
Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success
November 20, 2015
So Blacks Can Invent?
Is a groundbreaking book that highlights the inventions by people of African descent globally. Written by Keith C. Holmes, an American who painstakingly spent over twenty years researching and gathering information on thousands of inventions by Black people from the years 1769 to 2007, the book is an inspiring must read for Africans at home and …
Think Twice About Spending That Bonus
November 20, 2015
When is a bonus not a bonus? When you fail to think about what that extra income will mean to your overall finances.
I don’t mean to spoil the fun. Bonuses, particularly if they recognize your great performance during the year, are rewarding in a number of ways beyond money. It means your work is being noticed and you might …
BC’s Food System Relies on Vulnerable Migrant Workers Study Recommends Sweeping Changes
November 18, 2015
(Vancouver) A new study finds that citizenship status plays a key role in farmworker safety, and recommends significant changes to immigration policies to protect this vulnerable workforce.
“Many British Columbians are probably unaware that immigrants and migrants make up nearly 100% of our farmworkers,” says Gerardo Otero, lead author of the study. “About half are South Asian immigrants and the …
Raise Your Glass to the Farmer You Don’t know
November 17, 2015
They are part of the reason you spend a smaller percentage of your income on food than your grandparents
When Americans sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this month, just like Canadians did last month, most of them will not know the farmer who produced their food. This is one of the greatest triumphs of our agrifood system, even if it …
Poor Policy Choices Driving up Ontario Electricity Prices
November 14, 2015
A range of poor policy choices over the years have undermined Ontario’s competitiveness
Ontario’s approach to electricity policy has driven up prices for businesses and residents, undermining competitiveness. This is just one example of how misguided policy choices have contributed to Ontario’s economic weakness in recent years.
Once the engine of Canada’s economy, Ontario is now mired in a prolonged …
Enfin une Perspective Non-Coloniale Pour le 150ième Anniversaire de la Confédération?
November 14, 2015
La période pré-coloniale a longuement été évacuée dans la narration “officielle” de l’histoire de la Colombie-Britannique. Oui on mentionne les grands explorateurs anglo-saxons parfois avec la mention honorable d’équipages de “Canadiens-Français”, la traite de la fourrure autour de “forts”, la ruée vers l’or et l’immigration massive en provenance du sud. On saute toutefois rapidement à la période coloniale (1858+) sans …read the whole story >
Integrate Physical and Mental Health Services for Better Care
November 12, 2015
Individuals with both psychiatric and medical illnesses can’t get the care they need it because of the way health services are delivered
Our health system often puts mental and physical health into distinct silos of care, yet no such mind-body separation exists in actual patients. Many individuals with chronic physical conditions simultaneously experience mental health issues.
According to the World …
Your Year-End Financial Checklist
November 9, 2015
It will begin soon enough – all those “beat the rush!” ads for holiday shopping, activities and events. Right now, you have a great opportunity to beat the rush to organize your year-end finances and make some smart moves for the New Year.
Consider the following tasks for your year-end financial to-do list.
Total up your year-to-date spending. Whether you …
Knowledge leads to Action, and Actions are Powerful
November 7, 2015
My Book for Youth on Women, Peace and Security
A new generation brings with them new hopes and new ideals. What better way to explain the recent election in Canada than the increase in young people’s investment in the outcome? You volunteered, campaigned, and voted, and showed that you are not apathetic or disengaged. When young people are excited, they …
Liberals Must keep their Promise to end Income-Splitting
November 6, 2015
Provides relatively little tax relief for low-income families, and skirts single parents altogether
More of Canada’s children are living in poverty than ever before. A new report reveals that child poverty rates in Canada remain unconscionably high. Almost one-third of children in Toronto live in low-income households. Population measures of child health in Canada are also troubling, including above average …
Capathia Jenkins set to Dazzle in Music Spectacular!
November 4, 2015
They say timing is everything. Whether it’s meeting the right guy/girl, getting the right job – or whatever. Musicians know the importance of being precise and timing. Hats off to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for continuing their “pops” series. Hot on the heels of a new James Bond movie Canada’s favourite musicians go all out with their salute to 007. …read the whole story >
Making Holidays Bright And Affordable
November 2, 2015
Already dreading what you’ll spend this holiday season? It doesn’t have to be that way.
Gifts aren’t the only budget-busting culprit during the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are also a peak time for spending on groceries, travel, events, entertainment, energy, clothes and meals out.
Financial advisors recommend you use no more than 1.5 percent of your …
L’élection d’un Gouvernement Majoritaire Libéral et L’impact sur les Immigrants Francophones
November 1, 2015
Le 19 octobre dernier, le Canada a décidé d’élire un gouvernement majoritaire libéral sous le leadership de Justin Trudeau. Avec plus de 180 députés, le parti libéral a réussi à obtenir une plus grande représentation à travers le Canada.De plus, parmi ces députés, nous retrouvons une très grande diversité, incluant des immigrants, des autochtones, et des femmes.
Il est donc …
Raising Taxes not a Guarantee of Higher Revenues
October 29, 2015
Governments often fail to account for the behavioural effects spurred by its personal income tax rate hikes
The Alberta government recently abandoned the province’s single 10 per cent tax rate on personal income in favour of a five-bracket system with a top rate of 15 per cent – a move that will reduce Alberta’s competitiveness and cause undue harm on …
Moving Soon? Keep Costs Under Control
October 27, 2015
Even if you’re only moving across town, it’s likely to cost more than you think.
According to the latest figures from the American Moving and Storage Association, the average cost of an in-state professional move – based on 7,570 pounds of stuff – is $1,170. The average state-to-state move costs $5,630.
How can you control moving expenses? Start making a …
Five Reasons Why Canadians Should Thank Stephen Harper
October 27, 2015
He also provided a clear reminder that the price of democracy is eternal vigilance
The predictable post-election criticism of Stephen Harper – even from within his Conservative caucus – fails to acknowledge that we have much to thank the soon-to-be former prime minister for.
Yes, losing the Oct. 19 federal election should rest on the shoulders of Harper and a …
Technology Alone Should not Drive Education Reform
October 23, 2015
Hopefully a new report from the OECD slows down the mad rush to equip students of all ages with the latest computer gadgets
A recent OECD report dropped a bombshell on those who view technology as the driving force of education reform. The report found that “students who use computers very frequently at school do a lot worse in most …
Canadian Interest Rates Have Bottomed And Housing Has Peaked
October 21, 2015
It is no surprise to anyone that the Bank of Canada maintained its target overnight rate at 1/2 percent today, judging that the underlying trend in inflation continues to be about 1.5 to 1.7 percent. Even before the landslide sweep of the Liberal Party into power, assuring a more stimulative fiscal policy next year, the Bank was widely expected to …read the whole story >