‘Fitting in’ takes on new meaning
As childhood obesity skyrockets, a handful of schools around the globe are taking on a new responsibility: monitoring their students’ body mass index. The move has left many people wondering who should be in charge of children’s healthy lifestyles teachers, or parents?
Giving as good as he gets
Recently admitted to the Order of Canada, former eBay president Jeffrey Skoll has already spent half of his net worth on “impact investing” – channelling money into projects that yield social benefits and financial returns. The dot-com legend and low-profile philanthropist explains why he decided to harness his billions for the benefit of humanity – and build a global TV and movie empire in the process.
Investors with a bad case of bubble brain
After being valued at $104-billion, Facebook’s stock dropped nearly 20 per cent in three days of trading. For those who witnessed the dot-com bust a decade ago, it’s an eerily familiar scene. Why haven’t we learned our lesson? Economists say our behaviour can be explained by a basic cognitive flaw.
Stem-cell sales pitch strikes a false cord
Private umbilical-cord-blood banks make a enticing pitch to new parents: Pay to store your baby’s stem-cell-rich umbilical-cord blood and they are protected for life. But medical professionals say the promises are over-inflated, and what’s really needed is a national solution.
Maybe it was the pageantry and excess of last year’s Royal wedding. Or perhaps it was that frustratingly addictive show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Whatever the case, this season’s brides are turned off by opulence, and are embracing rustic simplicity. Modest gowns and down-to-earth ceremonies are the new (old) way to marry. But be warned: An effortless-looking wedding can take a whole lot of effort.
Stratford, class of 2012
They’re young, ther're hot and they’re triple threats – actors, singers and dancers. But will they be stars? That’s the question as the curtain rises on Stratford’s 60th season. A profile of Canada’s next wave of stage actors.
Row, row, row your boat furiously down the stream
Anyone who has stepped into a rowing shell knows the sport is all about balance and rhythm. But to reach the Olympic podium, oarsmen have to be acutely aware of the dynamics of movement. Canadian coach Mike Spracklen and sports researchers are learning how to perfect rowers’ mechanics.
The Paris you haven’t tasted
From an apiary tucked away in the Luxembourg Gardens to an old-school corner restaurant that’s big on petit plats, bestselling cookbook author Jennifer McLagan gives a foodie’s tour of Paris.
The supercycle slows
China is putting up fewer houses and building fewer roads. It’s a shift that’s rattled commodity markets and sparked fears that the decade-long boom in resources is at risk. As Beijing cools, Canada’s miners are paying careful attention to the warning signs, investors are licking their wounds, and deal makers are not having any fun.
The lure of the fatal mountain
Last week, Mount Everest claimed the life of Canadian Shriya Shah-Klorfine on her descent from the peak. More than 400 people have died on the mountain, but that doesn’t seem to have discouraged the hundreds climbers who strapped on their boots this weekend and started the gruelling ascent. Author Wade Davis argues climbers are risking their lives in pursuit of a dream that is unworthy of the price.