Retrieval a Continuing journey for many at Invictus Games

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When Rob Martin was discharged from the army eight decades back, he had been in a crisis.He had recently returned from the Afghanistan war, where he had been a senior signs intelligence officer charged with intercepting enemy communication. Twenty-five Canadians died during the tour and Mr. Martin could not shake the feeling he was responsible for their deaths. As his mental health unravelled, his marriage fell apart. Then he lost his military family, and the long-time soldier started considering Read more [...]

Ahead of Invictus Games, charity urges Ottawa to Encourage veterans’s Households

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Mike Trauner can not put toothpaste on his toothbrush with no assistance from his wife, Leah. "My fingers just don't get the job done," he told a symposium on veterans and their caregivers in Toronto, with Prince Harry looking on.Mr. Trauner lost parts of his legs and shattered his left hand after a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan almost a decade ago. Since that time, his wife has done "everything" for him, he said. "She makes sure to plan every little thing I do each morning from when I Read more [...]

From the shadow of Parliament, a scientist guides Countless people in mass meditation

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, the scientist credited with making mindfulness mainstream, is walking up to Parliament Hill at noon on Thursday, when a secret to his stillness suddenly becomes apparent. For five hours, he's not once checked his iPhone. No yanking it out to email. No racing through Twitter. No tap-dancing thumbs. The phone is tucked away in his knapsack, as though he never thought of it. "I really like my phone," he says. "But I do not want it run my life{}" And why would he check it? Read more [...]

My mooching cousin is getting to be a nuisance. What should I do?

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The questionI reside in one of the most expensive places in the nation, maybe even the entire world. My cousin was staying rent-free in my mother's for nine months today -- although it was originally just supposed to be three. She has not once cleaned her sheets, rarely washes her towels, does not ever make her bed or wash her room and she has had her boyfriend twice for a week at a time and another friend for a whole week. She never cleans the toilet she uses or the bathtub. She used my Read more [...]

CRA crackdown on real-estate taxes fails to track collection results

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Federal tax auditors have identified about $370-million in taxes owing from real estate transactions over a roughly two-year period in B.C. and Ontario, but it is unclear how much of that money has actually been recovered. The agency doesn't track compliance based on particular audit targets, such as real estate. "The CRA does not break down collection results specific to each compliance initiative," CRA spokeswoman Heidi Hofstad said in an e-mail. "While Read more [...]

Niagara College first in Canada to offer program in cannabis production

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College and university graduates will be able to earn a certificate in cannabis production starting next fall, when Niagara College will launch Canada's first accredited program in the field. The program will begin months after the deadline imposed by the federal government for legalizing production, distribution and sale of the weed that is eventually expected to generate $8-billion in annual sales. With regulations not yet in place for legalized marijuana, the program may have to shift with Read more [...]

Pardon my French: Quebec eases up on dozens of English terms

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For decades, the guardians of the French language in Quebec have waged a relentless battle against encroachments of English into everyday life. So it's no small matter that the watchdogs have given their blessing to the humble grilled-cheese sandwich. Under a new policy from the Office québécois de la langue française, "grilled-cheese" is now one of several English terms considered acceptable in French in Quebec. In a province where safeguarding French is regarded as a key to cultural survival, Read more [...]

Canadian Stephen Toope Place to take over as Cambridge University’s first non-British Pioneer

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Stephen Toope arrives in a Toronto café on a late summer day dressed in a blue golf shirt, casual trousers and carrying a briefcase. He settles into a chair at a desk and introduces himself in a way that suggests Mr. Dressup: kindly, earnest and a bit nerdy in his round glasses; the type of man one can easily envision wearing a bow tie.Next month, he takes up his post as the primary non-British pioneer of the University of Cambridge in a time once the venerable institution is facing significant Read more [...]

Toronto food-bank use spikes, with notable increase among seniors

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Food-bank usage in Canada's biggest city has returned to levels not seen since the aftermath of the previous recession, driven by rising demand among seniors and people in the inner suburbs.An yearly tally shows visits in Toronto increased 9 percent to some seven-year high of 990,970 this season, The Daily Bread Food Bank's figures show -- up 24 percent since the recession. The average amount of time people are turning to food banks has also risen -- doubling, to two decades, since 2010.Census Read more [...]

My boyfriend’s dad will not stop making racist and sexist remarks. What do I do?

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The questionI like my boyfriend profoundly, but recently I have been finding it increasingly tough to spend time with his dad, who makes racist, homophobic and sexist remarks during visits. His comments are intense and insulting; lately, we went into a restaurant and were seated close to a Middle Eastern family. When they left, he could not stop talking about how he hates Muslims. I'm often the only one who speaks up and tells him his comments are inappropriate. I also have told him that his Read more [...]