Silas Giesbrecht

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The perils and pluses of working in the family business

I used to think I suffered from poor work-life balance while working for a large corporation, when I slept with my smartphone and responded to queries from colleagues before the break of dawn.<p>Then I left to start my own company where I work closely with my husband, and simultaneously took a greater …

Is maternity leave a bad idea?

The careers of women, and men, suffer when they take a year off work after having kids<p><i>Update: As of December 2017, Canadians have the option to take</i> …

Six dividend stocks ideal for RRSP investing

During times of market volatility, investors need every edge they can get.<p>Dividend stocks can offer peace of mind. Investors who hold them inside a registered retirement savings plan earn tax-sheltered income while waiting for them to appreciate. Owning dividend stocks from the United States is …

Why we need to learn to love the microbe

Jason Tetro is a microbiologist and advocate for a healthy public attitude about germs. He says there are 2.5 million different germs in the world, but only a tiny fraction of them are harmful to humans. His new book is <i>The Germ Code: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Microbes</i>.<p><b>What is "the germ</b> …

Good enough for Nobel, but not for Quebec

Last fall, the University of Alberta awarded an honorary doctorate to 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman. Visionary MLA Donna Kennedy-Glans arranged for Ms. Karman to address the Alberta Legislature. During her travels in Canada, she inspired audiences to strive for social justice. Years …

Religion

Canada's Relationship With First Nations Is a Failure

Canada's relationship with First Nations peoples is a rapidly accelerating failure, borne of its contempt for international and national law, and an …

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'Might it make more sense to make wearing religious insignia compulsory?'

Letters from our readers<p><b>Valuable exchange</b><p>I wish that your story on “Quebec’s war on religion” (National, Sept. 30) had adequately sought out those of …

Quebec Tory minister not bothered by PQ charter

The federal government might be talking about consulting lawyers and threatening a lawsuit over the Parti Québécois' controversial Charter of Values, but what about the senior cabinet minister from Quebec?<p>He says he's not too bothered by it.<p>Denis Lebel, who is the Conservatives' Quebec lieutenant, …

Yoga: More than Meets the Eyes?

By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird<p>You may find this a stretching article in body, mind and spirit. I have intentionally avoided writing this article for years, …

Time for another Harper Government Reset Moment

A speech so delicious, Harper will eat his words<p>Wake the kids, phone the neighbours, it’s time for another Harper Government Reset Moment.<p>Every few …

Rebekah Caverhill Fights To Reclaim Home, Declared Embassy By Sovereign Citizen

SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. - An Alberta pensioner says she feels like a prisoner after her rental property was claimed as an "embassy" by a man she says …

After woman finds offensive phrase inside bottle cap, Coca-Cola cancels Canadian promotion http://natpo.st/1fe0euZ

11 Keys To Happiness From Other Cultures

You can hoard all the shot glasses you want on your next trip, but they’re not going to guide you to a higher echelon of personal fulfillment.<p>Take home a cultural souvenir instead! These 11 habits from other cultures are small changes that could mean big payoffs in your happiness levels. Try one …

Kid President's Pep Talk Inspires Teachers To Keep Teaching And Students To Keep Studenting

Kid President is <i>finally</i> back with another pep talk that will make you want to get out of the carpool line, sit in the back of your kid's classroom, learn a bunch and hug the teacher. As KP puts it, "Life is school, and you gotta show up." Amen.<p><i>(hat tip Viral Viral Video)</i><p><b>For more inspiration from</b> …

Ending A Life (Seth Rinehart) #StompOutBullying

What is Canada’s greatest untapped asset?

<i>Aside from tired old tropes (oil, water, trees), what should our country develop in order to boost our competitive edge? We asked four Canadians in diverse fields to name an unexpected resource.</i><p><b>Big brains, basic science</b><p><b>Bob McDonald</b><p><i>Science journalist and host of CBC Radio's</i> Quirks and Quarks<i>, who</i> …

Two years after Occupy began, our idea is rebooting the future

<i>On the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests,</i> Adbusters <i>editors Kalle Lasn and Darren Fleet offer a manifesto for the movement their Vancouver magazine helped launch.</i><p>Look outside your window today and admire how permanent everything is. The cars faithfully zoom in and out of traffic …

Human Rights

Christina Hoff Sommers on public schools and the 'war against boys'

A conversation with the feminism critic<p>In 2000, Christina Hoff Sommers published <i>The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …