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That New Car Smell | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

Regardless of the assortment of exotic animal hides that can be used for leather, most come from cows, sheep, pigs, and goats. The unique characteristics of leather, such as its texture, durability, comfort, and appearance, make it popular with consumers and an ideal choice for manufacturing any number of products.

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Looking at Cop26 | Women, the Environment, and the Power of Innovation

The following explanation is not to pull the “gender card” or label every issue as gendered. Instead, the statistics speak for themselves. Over 80 percent of people displaced by climate change are women and children. Further, only one percent of the world’s largest farms own and operate more than 70 percent of farmland globally. Thus, not only are women and girls disproportionately dispossessed, but they are also inherently losing their rights and access to land. 

While challenging environmental and social circumstances, women, Indigenous people, and local communities are often the “caretakers” of well-being, sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity preservation, biocultural conservation, and social justice. Because of women’s social and economic positionality, increased responsibilities and assumed roles are imposed on women, making them the best candidates for tackling climate change. 

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Rethinking the Weight Loss Trend in People of Color

Weight loss trends revolve around the idea that by reducing your calorie intake, you can lose weight faster. However, banking too much of your weight loss journey on not eating so that you don’t hit your daily calorie limit can be harmful for your body and immune system, making you more susceptible to diseases. Modern weight loss programs don’t consider calories as the be-all and end-all anymore. Protein, fiber, natural and added sugars, as well as saturated and unsaturated fats, are all components towards a healthier pattern of eating, and should be balanced appropriately.

Aside from healthier eating, modern weight loss programs will also recommend non-dietary changes to help you achieve weight loss over time, so you won’t develop a negative relationship with food. Things like getting adequate, good quality sleep and doing regular exercises are just as important to maintaining a healthy body, and they won’t stop you from getting the nutrients you need to be fit too.

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Curtain Call | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

As for my expensive oversight and missed opportunity to sit centre-stage in a performance theatre engrossed in a Broadway production for an evening – I’ll consider it a personal financial contribution to the arts and culture industry without regret. But for others who may be contemplating their scheduling options and the difficult decision to ‘work or play for just a moment in time – do what you can to do both. Either find work that you love, so it seems like play, work so you can be fairly compensated so you can afford to play, or decide that even with work, you need to find the time to play – for you, for the ones you love, for your mental health, and most of all – to make memories. Money may make the world go around – but it’s the memories that will make the world a better place to be in. Be in it. 

Children of undocumented workers denied access to education| Migrants Rights

“Canada promises universal educations, but tens of thousands of undocumented children cannot go to school”. 

“Raquel, whose family lost status when she was in high school in Montreal, explained the pain and uncertainty she went through: “I was very worried about my future. My strong desire to study was crushed by a system rich in education but poor in empathy.”

“Even children of parents with work and study permits are turned away. Right now, in New Brunswick, 53 school children have been unable to enroll despite speaking out since September .”

Promoting menstrual health in Alberta

Alberta invests $260,000 to improve menstrual care

Many people face challenges affording and accessing the products they need to manage their periods, which can result in them missing school, work and social activities. Ensuring youth across our province continue to feel comfortable and supported to participate in sports and recreation activities is important to Alberta’s government. Period poverty is compounded by the stigma that still exists when talking about periods with friends, coworkers and even family members.

Calgary author Moji Taiwo writes adventure books for children

Moji is a mother of three adult children and a grandmother of three adorable boys on which the adventure book series are based. Her previous career was in the Youth Justice system in Alberta, Canada, where she spent over three decades positively impacting the lives of adolescents and their families, teaching, training, coaching and mentoring young staff.

Unpaid caregiver survey poster

Unpaid Caregiving Across Cultures in Canada  | Nancy Wanye

Unpaid caregivers are the backbone of many healthcare systems across Canada. Who are they exactly? They are men and women who provide home care services to family members and friends in need of care without financial compensation. Care services could include assistance with transportation, meal preparation and clean-up, house cleaning and maintenance, laundry, personal care, and managing finances.

Jacqueline Biollo on the chances of winning the lottery.

Win the Lottery | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D 

By doing nothing that could possibly make your lives better, you miss out on recognizing that life happens for you. Doing something means becoming the master of your own destiny, wherein endless possibilities open up to you, and the world becomes a place of opportunity, not obstacles. 

If taking chances isn’t your thing, or you’re ‘risk averse’, try conceptualizing how taking chances can change you fundamentally. You have what it takes to make a decision, commit, and create the life you want. The benefits of this are you build confidence, develop new skills, and a sense of pride and accomplishment. 

Celebrating Women for October Women’s History Month

“Amazing women and girls are all around us, making a difference each and every day. They build a more inclusive society, one decision at a time, may it be large or small. Whether they save lives, make astonishing discoveries, volunteer their time, or defend a cause they believe in, it’s their persistence and passion that contributes to greater gender equality for us all”

“Many women have become trailblazers in their area because they did not accept no for an answer. They pushed boundaries and created more opportunities for themselves, resulting in more opportunities for us today. We are grateful to women like Bertha Wilson, Ann Divine, Louise Hine-Schmidt, and so many others for showing us the way. Because they broke down barriers and pushed boundaries, we are now inspired to follow in their footsteps.

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