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Alyson Schafer Advice: How To Make Your Kids Street Smart

This week, an amber alert was issued for a missing girl who was seen being forced into a van by two men. Every parent across the country had the same …

Parenting

How to Give Your Content Wings: We Analyzed 11,541 Viral Articles from 2016 to Uncover the Secret Formula

I’ve been blogging for more than 10 years. After launching and growing multiple successful blogs, there’s one thing that doesn’t change — the amount …

Infographics

75 charts every Canadian should watch in 2017

Maclean’s presents its third annual chartstravaganza to help make sense of the Canadian economy in the year ahead<p>For the third year in a row <i>Maclean’s</i> …

Economics

The Looming Divorce Between Religion And The Afterlife

Almost everyone thinks that the afterlife is a religious concept. Most Christians assume that heaven and hell are revealed to us by God in the Bible and that we would have no inkling of their existence otherwise. Hindus think the same way about their scripture, the Vedas, which tell of a series of …

Tested: The best dating apps for Valentine's Day

In 2016, dating has gone truly digital. Any stigma which may have surrounded searching for love online has been banished, and meeting for a mid-week Tinder date is no longer something people feel they have to lie about. An estimated one in five relationships begins online, and the industry now …

Relationships

Why e-commerce fads competing with Amazon eventually fade

It's hard to name a category of start-ups that has struggled to produce big, billion-dollar exits more than e-commerce.<p>Competing with Amazon isn't easy, it turns out, and aspiring Davids have turned to ever more novel strategies to differentiate themselves from Goliath. The problem? Like anything …

eCommerce

What will be the top 10 tech trends for 2016?

Always a good read, so we figured we’d flag: tech ‘dealmaker’ GP Bullhound has released its annual report predicting the top 10 technology trends for 2016. The London-born firm has made its research report available online for free, so download the PDF now and check it out.<p>The report will be …

Top 10

12 Apps You'll See at the Office More in 2016

Looking for the next best thing at work to improve your employees' productivity, project management, and communication? Look no further.<p>The apps and services available to businesses today feel almost endless. From collaboration and project management to recruiting and email management, there are …

10 web design trends that ruled 2015

Another practical trend popularized by the mobile movement, card layouts display a wealth of content in a clean, organized manner attuned to browsing. Each individual card contains all the relevant information a user needs to know, usually:<p>Enticing image<br>• Title<br>• Description (or relevant tags)<br>• Control …

Web Design

Get Your Mind Blown By The Most Informative Infographics Of 2015

Prepare to know everything about who is to blame for climate change.<p>What’s in your food? If you can’t pronounce something on the ingredient list, it’s probably one of the strange powders depicted in this excellent visual infographic on just what we’re putting in our bodies when we eat processed …

Infographics

Online grocer Penguin Fresh launches pickup kiosks at mall parking lots

A new premium online fresh-food business is quietly emerging from the unlikely location of a mall parking lot.<p>Penguin Fresh, which bills itself as selling farm-fresh food, is run not by a retailer but by mall developer Mitchell Goldhar, founder of SmartCentres and chairman of Smart Real Estate …

Ten Canadian small businesses doing it right

In the horticultural nursery she opened 11 years ago with her husband, Arden Nering sells seeds and plugs for Alberta wildflowers and grasses – native perennials that appeal to gardeners who want eco-friendly and low-maintenance landscaping.<p>"Native plants are acclimatized to the region they're in …

How to Sketch in Notes

Notes receives my award for most improved app of the iOS 9 update. One of the big upgrades is the Sketch feature. Now, Notes combines text, sketch, picture, and sharing to give you many note-taking options. With three different "marker" tips, a ruler, eraser, and color easel, it's a pretty basic …

Note-Taking

Overcoming The 'Digital Divide': Toronto Is Now One Step Closer To Free Public Wi-Fi

It may have taken 10 years, but Toronto is now closer to offering free reliable, public Wi-Fi.<p>Toronto's Economic Development Committee last Friday …

Wi-Fi

Employer 'ghosting' a reality after a job interview: Ethically Speaking | Toronto Star

<b>As a mature worker facing unemployment, I’ve been to numerous interviews, but despite being assured that “we’ll be in touch,” I never hear anything</b> …

Ask These Two Questions to Stop Relationship Bickering in Its Tracks

After a few years together, it’s easy to bicker with your partner over mundane stuff. Nitpicking each other about the minute details of daily life …

We've become so obsessed with 'innovation' that it's now meaningless

The word "innovation" and its many derivatives have come to define the state of business today. Every company, regardless of size, the service they provide or the product they produce wants to at least be <i>perceived</i> as being innovative, regardless of the reality. In fact, the word is so over-used …

'White students union' posters taken down at U of T, Ryerson, York

Three Toronto-area universities have taken down posters around campus that appear to advertise a union for white students.<p>Three Toronto universities …

How Canadians Really Feel About Refugees

<i>Neko9:</i><p>The silent majority doesn't want them. For obvious reasons.<p>Here in Munich, social media networks have been abuzz 24 hours a day with updates on …

Refugees

These 16 life hacks will change the way you use Gmail

But that doesn't mean it can't be better.<p>A bunch of apps and plug-ins floating around the internet can make your experience using Gmail so much more enjoyable. With these amazing add-ons, you can see when people are tracking your emails, automatically know everything about people who email you, and …

Why More and More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings

A few years ago, I noticed around half a dozen courageous companies beginning experiments to remove ratings from their performance management systems. Companies such as Juniper and Adobe stopped giving people a one-to-five rating or evaluating employees on a “performance curve,” also known as the …

- The Globe and Mail

Amazon's Next Big Challenge: Getting You to Buy Stuff You Didn't Know You Wanted

"Amazon is by far the most efficient demand fulfillment channel out there, which is great. But if nobody has ever heard of your product, they’re not likely to discover it on Amazon."<p>Amazon wants to be a startup’s best friend. But it may have to make big changes to fulfill that promise.<p>Late last …

Raising kids requires a strong ‘circle of caring’: Ethically Speaking | Toronto Star

<b>My daughter is in her late 30s and single. She has her own home, is financially stable and has a good job. She was hoping her last relationship would</b> …

Sex Workers in Canada on What Their Jobs Are Really Like

A scene from <i>The New Era of Canadian Sex Work</i> (Photo: VICE)<p>Canada recently passed Bill C-36, the cuddly-sounding “Protection of Communities and …

Death Doesn't Come Cheap: Costs To Consider When Planning A Funeral

CALGARY — As if losing a loved one wasn't hard enough.<p>The final tab for the funeral can come as yet another shock, especially if the death is …

Grieving

Best of the City 2015

Toronto’s appetite for material delights has never been so voracious. Suddenly, we’re snacking on $35 tins of Spanish cockles, checking our pets into …

Using WeChat to Grow Your Business in China

By <b>Kelsey Ryan</b> <br>Marketing Assistant, Dezan Shira & Associates<p>In the world of mobile commerce, all eyes are on China. Even as China’s economy and …

10 remarkable ways to use Google for creative problem solving

Shares 50<p>Did you know that Google isn’t just the world’s most popular and powerful search engine? It’s also an awesome tool for creative problem …

Larry Offers Personalized Legal Help via Text Message

Larry is a service from the folks at Lawtrades that’s designed to give you near-instantaneous legal help whenever you might need it. All you have to …