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Focusing preventative programs on those in poor health could save billions: study

Billions of dollars could be saved in Canada's health care system with the introduction of preventative programs that focus on those individuals in poor health, according to a study by the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy.<p>"Canadian medicare with its focus on illness treatment has …

The only thing a cleanse truly cleans is your wallet

226 Shares<p>From time to time I get asked about cleanses. What is typically meant by a “cleanse” is only drinking a juice concoction for several days. …

Apparently 100% of Instagram Users Have an Eating Disorder

People who incessantly post photos of their meals online aren't just trying to make you jealous — they may have serious medical issues, according to …

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Spending on drugs slowing down in Canada

There is a glimmer of good news for those fearing runaway health costs: New spending on drugs has dropped to the lowest level since 1996.<p>The marked slowdown – drug spending was up 3.3 per cent in 2012, a long way from the double-digit increases that were the norm in the 1990s and early 2000s – is …

Are you average? This is what first-time home buyers look like in Canada

The average first-time home buyer in Canada is 29 years old and expects to be able to put down a down payment of $48,000 on a $300,000 home, according to a recent poll by the Bank of Montreal.<p>But the study, released Tuesday, also found that price expectations vary widely, depending on where the …

Members named for committee to boost women in boardrooms

The federal government has named 23 prominent business people to a new committee that will offer advice on how to get more women on Canada's corporate boards.<p>The new committee, which includes 16 women and seven men, will "suggest how industry and government can track and measure progress" on …

Tennessee's Terrifying New Plan to Punish the Families of Underperforming Kids

Tennessee. What's up, friend? Quick question: How can the state that houses the happiest place on earth, aka Dollywood, be so fucking daft?<p>According …

Avatar activism: are social media avatars effective in showing support?

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the United States, has been encouraging supporters to switch their Facebook and …

The Problem With White Dolls

I met my first Cabbage Patch Kid at show-and-tell in Kindergarten. Julie Jones brought in the cherubic April Lynn and passed her around. There …

The next gold rush? Mobile payments

The mobile payments race is on.<p>Telecom companies, banks and payment networks are all rushing to stake their claim to Canada's budding mobile-payments market as more consumers make the switch to smartphones. Shoppers already use their phones to compare prices or photograph merchandise, but that's …

Return of extracurriculars at Ontario schools result of ‘dozens’ of hours of negotiations

Negotiations between the Ontario government and the province's public elementary school teachers over the implementation of contract terms and the creation of a new collective bargaining process led the teachers' union to restore extracurricular activities.<p>The move is an important development in …

Canadians increasingly going online for written news

Canadians are increasingly choosing pixels over paper and ink when it comes to getting their written news.<p>A report by NADbank, an organization that measures newspaper readership in Canada, found that while fewer people are reading traditional newspapers, they are still turning to established …

Why don't women run for political office? 5 good reasons, according to new study

Are women less likely to run for political office than men because they don't take part in enough organized sports and thus don't care about winning? That's one of the more provocative ideas in a new American study that tries to figure out why, according to survey findings, young women don't tend …