Lifestyles

Pipis: The Unassuming Shellfish at the Heart of a Racially Fuelled Debate at Venus Bay

Tyre slashing, vandalism and racially charged incidents are all part of the storm that has been brewing in the otherwise quaint Victorian coastal town of Venus Bay. And it all centres on the innocuous shellfish — the pipi. Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. ....

Saying 'I don't': The case for not getting married

This time last year my boyfriend Anthony and I had a wedding, but we didn't get married. We had a Love Party. There was no god, no government, no commitment ceremony. There was no seating plan, no name-changing, no gifts. There was no dieting, no Spanx, no Botox, no fake tan, no bucks night, no bridesmaids — none of the hallmarks of a typical wedding. Instead, I was a 47-year-old, 90-k ....

Xcheaters.com: Top 22 Online Dating Tips for Men

When you decide on opening up an online dating profile on a site like Xcheaters.com and Flirthookup.com, you need to remember that there is a lot that goes into a profile. Websites like Flirthookup.com give users many options for displaying their interests and likes. Erin Stevens of the Men’s Fitness website gave some very helpful hints as well for online dating in November, 2014. 1.  Pick ....

Healthy serving of fresh thinking for your pet's food

(NC) Choosing the best food for a dog or cat's needs is an important consideration that can play a big part in their long-term health, however it's not the end of the story when it comes to their proper feeding. Michele Dixon, Health and Nutrition Specialist with Petcurean, says how you feed your pet is an important complement to the food itself. She serves up these tips for your pet to savo ....

Join the letter-writing marathon for human rights

(NC)—It's the biggest event of the year for human rights supporters—a global letter-writing marathon called Write for Rights (writeathon.ca). Held for the past ten years, it is fun, inspiring, and above all it's about supporting human rights. Write for Rights takes place on December 10—International Human Rights Day—but now is the right time to start planning your own ev ....

How to stress-test your debt

(NC)—Paying for university, buying a home and managing unexpected expenses – there are plenty of reasons to borrow money to help manage cash flow. Believe it or not, some debts can also help deliver a positive financial return if managed responsibly. “Not all debt is created equal,” said Stephen Menon, Associate Vice President, TD Canada Trust. “Using credit responsibly requires an unde ....

Green practices revitalize student living

(NC)—As environmental concerns grow over the sustainability of traditional housing practices, more building owners in Canada are embracing environmentally-friendly designs and amenities. The organization Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Canada (LEED) is an international third-party certification program with a mandate to ensure that certified building owners implement holistic living ....

Education: How to set-up a connected homework space

Where your kids complete their schoolwork and how you design this space can play a big role in their learning and productivity. More than ever, students have extra assignments to complete at home, so it's important for families to set up a connected homework space to ensure their kids have the tools to be successful.  “Creating a welcoming space that's comfortable and flexible can help you ....