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A renewed purpose – “a new team”

By Felicia Voss-Shafiq Sitting Volleyball Athlete, Team Canada To anyone who sees me, I appear positive, happy, and well adapted, with an amazing pair of legs. And I have every reason to be – I am part of the Canadian

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International Self-Care Day – The Seven Pillars of Self-Care

Many people have heard the term “self-care” but may not know that there is an International Self-Care Day in Canada and the United States. On July 24th every year, individuals and groups take time to report on and acknowledge self-care

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The Cost of Mental Illness in Canada

Mental illness is a big deal in Canada — in fact, 20 percent of Canadians will deal with a mental disorder at some point in their lives. Not only that, disability leave due to mental disorders ends up costing Canada

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Get In the ‘Zone’ and End Discriminatory Language

Can you picture yourself having a great conversation with interesting people when all of a sudden someone uses discriminatory language? The whole tone of the conversation changes as people awkwardly try to gloss over the social error. Many Canadians are

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Keep Your Arteries Healthy with Fruits and Veggies

As you age, cardiovascular conditions become more pronounced and may pose major health concerns. In many of these cases, the underlying reason leading to cardiovascular conditions is dysfunctional arteries that are often clogged with plaque, disrupting the blood flow in

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Ageism – A Rising Issue Plaguing Canada

Discrimination of people in old age is a problem that is continues to rise. In 1960s, Robert Butler created the term “Ageism,” which he defined as a process where people were systematically stereotyped and discriminated against because they were old.

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Government Wonders Why RDSP is Underutilized

Six years ago, the government launched the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) as a long-term savings option for people with disabilities. Today, only 15 per cent, or 12,000 of 500,000 people with disabilities have started their RDSP. According to Lisa

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Stepping Out in the Upsee

New Invention Enables Children With Disabilities to Walk

At first glance, the Upsee looks like a cross between a Baby Bjorn infant carrier and a car seat. No industrial looking metal, no utilitarian design, and no boring colours. Instead, this revolutionary device is lightweight, and the combination of

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Mental Illness and Student Success in Post-Secondary

After all the difficulties that high school wrought on your teen, it’s time for the true test; the entry to so-called real life: post-secondary education. Be it college, university, or apprenticeship, time away from the haven of home can mean

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The Lieutenant Governor Promotes Hiring Disabled People

During his installation speech on September 5, 2007, the Honourable David C. Onley, 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, committed to using his position to help remove physical barriers to Ontario’s then-1.5 million disabled people, as well as focus on obstacles

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