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Automobile Journalist Association of Canada’s (AJAC) 2017 Canadian Car of the Year Awards

(Left: Hans Blesse, president and CEO of BMW Group Canada, Right: David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member) (David Taylor)
(Left: Hans Blesse, president and CEO of BMW Group Canada, Right: David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member) (David Taylor)

For most people, buying or leasing a brand new vehicle is likely the second largest purchase you might make. And if you prefer the latest...


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    Elusive Ruby Seadragon Captured on Camera in The Wild (Video)

    For the first time, scientists have captured the elusive ruby seadragon in the wild.…... Read more

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    2017 Lexus IS

    The third generation Lexus Innovative Sedan, or IS for short, was introduced in 2014, and in just two short years has experienced a significant evolution... Read more

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    8 Books With Simple Truths to Remember All Year Long

    At the beginning of a new year, I like to review the past year and think about positive things in my life that I might... Read more

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    A Simple Parenting Strategy—Tend Your Garden

    As a parent do you act more as a carpenter or a gardener? This is the question posed by author and psychologist Alison Gopnick in... Read more

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    Famous SeaWorld Killer Whale Tilikum Has Died (Video)

    Tilikum, one of SeaWorld’s most famous killer whales, has died. The marine park announced the orca’s death on its website Friday morning. The cause of... Read more

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    The Myth of the Disappearing Book

    After years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time in 2016, introducing new doubts about the... Read more

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    Educator Andrew Kern: The Classics Ignite Our Desire to Learn, to Honor Others

    Not everyone likes school, but everyone loves to learn. “Star Wars” fans light up when they learn something new about the franchise’s movies or actors... Read more

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    2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

    Hyundai offers the Santa Fe in a range of trims and seating capacities. There is the five-seater Santa Fe Sport, measuring 185 inches in length... Read more

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    Use the Power of Monday to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

    If you’re looking toward 2017 in hopes that it will be a happier, healthier, more financially secure year than the one coming to a close,... Read more

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    Trust Breakdown: Bias, Shrinking Newsrooms Deprive Americans of News to Believe In

    Americans’ trust in mass media has unraveled in recent years. Part of the reason lies in growing partisanship, and part stems from the rise of... Read more

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    Cheetahs Are Dangerously Close to Becoming Extinct (Video)

    Cheetahs are getting dangerously close to becoming extinct. According to a new report, cheetahs have been driven out of 91 percent of their historical habitat... Read more

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    5 Ways to Simplify Your Life

    I recently had a bout of vertigo, which kept me out of the kitchen for a while. When I started cooking again, I realized that... Read more

  • A rescue dog from New York is beating the odds despite having numerous birth defects including dwarfism. (AOL Screenshot)

    Rescue Dog Thrives Despite Dwarfism (Video)

    A rescue dog from New York is beating the odds despite having numerous birth defects including dwarfism. The pit bull named Sassy “…was turned into... Read more

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    The Aftermath—Cleaning Up After the Holidays

    I absolutely love the holidays. The gathering, the giving, the music, the reflection, the tinsel, the lights, the rejoicing, the magic, and the biggest smiles... Read more

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    Family New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

    As the new year approaches, many will resolve to improve in one way or another. Some might aim to lose 20 pounds. Others will try... Read more

  • A cat in Pennsylvania got a new lease on life after being rid of roughly 2 pounds of matted fur. (AOL Screenshot)

    Neglected Cat Gets a New Lease on Life After Being Rid of Pounds of Tangled Fur (Video)

    A cat in Pennsylvania got a new lease on life after being rid of roughly 2 pounds of matted fur. The little one was found... Read more

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    8 Books With Simple Truths to Remember All Year Long

    At the beginning of a new year, I like to review the past year and think about positive things in my life that I might... Read more

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    5 Ways to Simplify Your Life

    I recently had a bout of vertigo, which kept me out of the kitchen for a while. When I started cooking again, I realized that... Read more

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    Practical Ways to Practice Being Present

    There are a lot of amazing benefits to being more present and mindful, but one of my favorites is this: you’re not missing the beauty... Read more

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    Photo: Boys Help Man in Wheelchair Shovel Snow in Milwaukee

    A father captured the moment his two young sons opted to help a man in a wheelchair shovel snow in Wisconsin. On Dec. 12, Daniel... Read more

  • Ben Hooper began his four-month journey on Sunday, leaving from Senegal's coast. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ben Hooper Begins Swim Across Atlantic Ocean (Video)

    Almost 2,000 miles separate Ben Hooper and history. After years of training, the 38-year-old Brit began his swim across the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.  If... Read more

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    Soaking in the Wonder of the Emerging Moment

    Lately I’ve been using the image of an empty cup to find a more peaceful state of mind. One of the most peaceful, meditative states... Read more

  • Toby Peach relives the moments when he was diagnosed with cancer twice, at 19 and 21, in his solo show “The Eulogy of Toby Peach” that he recently performed in the West End, London.
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    Facing Mortality: Cancer Is a Personal Journey

    There are few things more terrifying in life than cancer: when your cells malfunction and gang up on you, when you lose your hair through... Read more

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    Gratitude to Cure the Impulse to Buy More Stuff

    It’s funny that two days with such opposing spirits come back-to-back in our calendars here in the United States: Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. One... Read more

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    New Study Suggets Selfie ‘Lurking’ Could Lower Self-Esteem

    People who spend a lot of time looking at selfies on Facebook and other social media sites may have low self-esteem and feel less satisfied... Read more

  • Technological inventions have made life easier around the home and have meant fewer and fewer chores for the kids. (shutterstock)

    ‘It’s All About Me, Me, Me!’ Why Children Are Spending Less Time Doing Household Chores

    In August, Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison warned that “Australia has a generation growing up expecting government handouts.” Researchers have labeled this the “Me Generation.” Some... Read more

  • Officer Chase Miller is credited with saving the life of 3-year-old Brayden Geis, to the relief of his parents (L) Miller was awarded the Life Saving Award on Oct. 18. (Twitter/City of Grandbury)

    Texas Officer Saves 3-Year-old Who Suddenly Stopped Breathing

    A Texas family says their 3-year-old son would not be alive today if it were not for the actions of one local police officer. John Geis, Bethany... Read more

  • A series of strange white cross-like formations can be spotted above a section of Arizona desert, and an investigation has revealed that they were part of a secret project by the U.S. military to spy on enemy territory during the Cold War. (AOL Screenshot)

    Unraveling the Mystery Behind Strange White Crosses in Arizona Desert (Video)

    Nearly 12 years ago, a pilot was flying a small plane when she saw a strange formation in a section of a desert in Arizona... Read more

  • A home in Vashon Island, Wash., featured in the book "Prefabulous Small Houses" by Sheri Koones. The Vashon Island house, built with structural insulated panels and a timber frame was designed by FabCab and is 1,750 square feet. (Dr. Dale Christopher Lang via AP)

    Author Turns Focus on ‘Prefabulous’ Small Homes

    Author Sheri Koones believes that prefab houses (or “prefabulous,” as she calls them) are the homes of the future. She’s written five books about them... Read more

  • Claire Olsen's grandson called Papa John's to deliver pizza to her Palm Coast, Florida, home as a way to conduct a wellness check on her after Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 9. (WFTV)

    Family Sends Pizza Deliveryman to Conduct Wellness Check on Grandma After Hurricane

    A pizza deliveryman brought more than a pepperoni pie to one Florida grandmother—he delivered a sigh of relief to her family nearly 1,700 miles away. As Floridians... Read more

  • The sunny Dickie Fitz restaurant in Fitzrovia London offers contemporary Australian cuisine. (Courtesy Dickie Fitz)

    Australian Chefs Bring Fresh Flavour Fusions to London

    LONDON—The flavours of the Mediterranean or the tastes of Asia often burst through dishes that are cooked the contemporary Australian way. It’s another fusion food... Read more

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    Celebrating Outdoor Cats

    When I was a young woman many years ago, one Mother’s Day I was feeling particularly lonely. My mother had died a few years before... Read more

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    What We’ve Suspected About Fitbits All Along Is True

    Wearing a fitness tracker may help you keep tabs on how many steps you take, but the devices themselves – even with the lure of... Read more

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    Dad Charged $40 To Hold Baby, Highlights Childbirth Costs in US

    A detailed, itemized medical bill of a Caesarean section delivery for one family highlights the miscellaneous cost of childbirth in the United States. Reddit user... Read more

  • The Benicia Police Department purchased a bicycle for Jordan Duncan who walked eight miles to work everyday. (Facebook/ The Benicia Police Department)

    California Police Buy Bicycle for Teen Who Walked a 5-Hour Daily Commute

    A California Police Association collectively raised money to purchase a bicycle for a teenager who has been trekking eight miles to work everyday. Corporal Kirk... Read more

  • William Maillis graduated from high school and is now a college student already working on his own theories of how the universe was created. (AOL Screenshot)

    9-Year-Old Boy Graduates High School and Starts College (Video)

    William Maillis graduated from high school and is now a college student already working on his own theories of how the universe was created.…... Read more

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    You Might Be Working Yourself to Death (Really)

    A lack of flexibility in high-stress jobs may literally be a matter of life and death, experts warn. A new study shows that people with... Read more

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    The BodyFix Method: Break Bad Habits That Break Down the Body

    In life, it can be easy to fall into bad habits. An injury may lead to a limp, the limp creates bad posture, and that... Read more

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    Foods to Eat More, Not Less in 2017

    As another year rolls around, we often turn our thoughts to resolutions and personal goals, which typically includes promising to give up something. Whether it’s... Read more

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    How Meditation Can Fix a Bad Habit (Video)

    Could meditation be the secret to quitting smoking? This psychiatrist thinks so. Is there anything that meditation can’t help fix? From making us kinder and happier to actually improving... Read more

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    Do You Really Need to Take Vitamins for Stress?

    Several years ago a major drug company claimed that its vitamin pills helped to relieve stress from the “complications of everyday life” and gave their... Read more

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    Treat Osteoarthritis Pain by Improving Sleep Habits

    Osteoarthritis pain related fatigue can be combated by improving sleep habits, according to research. Osteoarthritis pain can contribute to fatigue by keeping the sufferer awake at night... Read more

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    Daily Habits Damaging Your Vision and Eye Health

    Our eyes put up with a lot. Hours in front of the TV or computer, ambient low lighting in a restaurant, squinting into the sun... Read more

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    22 Ways to Shrug Off Winter Colds

    Have you ever wondered why colds and other respiratory infections are four times more common during winter than summer? Cold weather is mostly to blame... Read more

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    The Surprising Health Benefits of Hot and Cold Showers

    By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body People are constantly looking for better ways to improve their health that doesn’t require too much time... Read more

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    Are Our Busy Doctors and Nurses Losing Empathy for Patients?

    Every day, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals are presented with situations that demand empathy and compassion. Whether telling a 40-year-old man with cancer he... Read more

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    Conscious Beauty and Well-Being: What ‘Preservative-Free’ Really Means for Cosmetics

    Before you buy a product simply because it’s labeled as “preservative-free,” here are some guidelines to help you better understand why most cosmetics need some... Read more

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    How to Deal with Personal Dissatisfaction

    I have it, and I’d be willing to bet everyone reading this does too. Consider some of the ways we’re dissatisfied with ourselves: The more... Read more

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    13 Ways to Get More Antioxidants This Year

    With the holiday season over, now comes the time for all kinds of food resolutions, mainly focused on dieting. There are many reasons to think... Read more

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    Relax … The Season Encourages It

    If your New Year’s fitness goals are already floundering, you might not be entirely to blame, according to traditional Chinese medicine. A big reason may... Read more

  • (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Doctors Could Use Our Social Lives to Boost Health

    To encourage healthy habits and actions, doctors should leverage patients’ engagement with their friends and families—rather than increasing their interactions with medical professionals. In a new perspective... Read more

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    All-Natural Ways to Reverse Diabetes

    According to top medical doctors, nutritionists, scientists and now even the media, type 2 diabetes is a completely reversible condition. Yet millions of people all... Read more

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    Practical Ways to Practice Being Present

    There are a lot of amazing benefits to being more present and mindful, but one of my favorites is this: you’re not missing the beauty... Read more

  • Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks at a rally for Senator Durenberger on Feb. 8, 1982. (Photo by Michael Evans/The White House/Getty Images)

    An Inspirational Walk Through the Reagan Library

    After the 2016 U.S. Election, some people, especially many young voters, may have been disappointed and depressed. However, many amongst the elder generation in California... Read more

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    Gratitude Good for Your Mind—and Our World

    Studies show that consciously counting our blessings has verifiable health benefits. But if giving thanks is so great, why do our blessings often seem so... Read more

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    20 Inspiring Quotes for Families Who Love to Travel

    Whether you could use a little encouragement to pull the trigger on your next family vacation, or (like me) even the thought of travel makes you... Read more

  • Human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai in June 2016 in London. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    Malala Yousafzai Speaks Out for Love and Education

    Malala Yosafzai, the youngest to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize, has a message for everyone, a message everyone can apply to their lives. “A... Read more

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    Young Choir Sings to Honor Fallen War Hero on Flight

    Diane Hollifield Cupp was on a flight from Germany when she saw an Army private in uniform escorting the remains of a World War II... Read more

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    Four Teens’ Free Lawn Service Lifts Louisville Community

    It’s not every day that someone asks you if they can mow your lawn for free. But four teens in Louisville, Kentucky, are doing just... Read more

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    Father Surprises Little League Son on Birthday

    A Philadelphia little league baseball player was devastated when he learned his father hadn’t purchased him anything for his birthday—or so he thought. Braheim Fowler,... Read more

  • TV personality Robert Herjavec from "Shark Tank" visits LinkedIn for an Interview with Daniel Roth at LinkedIn Studios on April 26, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

    Robert Herjavec of ‘Shark Tank’ Offers to Replace 4-Year-Old’s Stolen Prosthetic Leg

    Frank Brenes is “crushed” that his 4-year-old son’s prosthetic leg was stolen at a California beach over the weekend. Brenes and his family and friends were... Read more

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    A 6-Year-Old’s Dream Comes True: Garbage Man for a Day

    Six-year-old Ethan Dean, who at just 2 weeks old was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, says he wants to be a garbage man when he grows up.  ... Read more

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    Police Officer Saves the Day for Woman and Son Stranded on Highway

    Angela Brown was waiting on the side of a Virginia highway for a tow truck after her mother’s car broke down, when police approached. “Henrico... Read more

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    Modern Knights Revive Chivalry as Cultural Reform

    Chivalry-Now is a movement that introduces a new form of chivalry for the 21st century. Founder Dean Jacques is a retired social worker. Throughout his... Read more

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    Creativity Makes the Everyday Vibrant

    While some enhance their creativity by reading books on the subject, such as “Wired to Create, Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” others study those who... Read more

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    Rental Car Employee John Goodlett Lends Helping Hand to Mom With Twins, Kindness Goes Viral

    Good isn’t only in John Goodlett’s name—he embodies it. When Coty Vincent entered a Tulsa, Oklahoma, Enterprise Rent-A-Car office on July 13, she encountered “one of... Read more

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    Children’s Hospital Uses Pokemon as ‘Sneaky Way’ to Get Kids Exercising

    A pediatric hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is using the recently launched Pokemon GO game to “help patients get out and see the world.” “It’s kind of a... Read more

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    Buffalo’s ‘Ice Creamcycle Dude’ Gives Away Cool Treats and Enables Warm Hearts

    James Karagiannis, known as the Ice Creamcycle Dude, is not a typical ice cream peddler.  Karagiannis, 36, recently started a pay-it-forward campaign to bring free ice... Read more

  • Kyle Bigler at his job (Joanna Griffiths/Facebook)

    Man Who Walked 16 Miles to Two Jobs Gets a Free Car

    A man in New Hampshire walks 16 miles per day between his two minimum-wage jobs. Kyle Bigler works at both Dunkin’ Donuts and a Big... Read more

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    Homeless Student Lives in Tent Before College Starts; Then Community Helps

    While tensions have heightened between police officers and civilians in some places around the country, two security officers went out of their way to help a... Read more

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    Texas Woman Making and Donating Superhero Capes for Children of Dallas Police

    A woman of Frisco, Texas, wanted to honor real heroes and to give solace to children in pain. Alicia Lopez has been making superhero capes... Read more

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    Professor Becomes Street Librarian, Delivers Books to the Homeless by Bike

    A writing professor is hoping to give homeless people in Portland, Oregon, fodder for more stimulating conversations by giving them access to literature. Laura Moulton cycles... Read more

  • Stylish, simple, and monochromatic is the epitome of Scandinavian-style decorating. (PlusONE/Shutterstock)

    Scandinavian-Style Decorating

    Scandinavian-style decorating—also known as Scandi—is clean, simple, and uncluttered in a super-stylish, natural way. This comfortable and casual decor is organized and functional, never fussy... Read more

  • Adding an electric fireplace to the living room creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. (Breadmaker/Shutterstock)

    Luxury Items for Condo Living

    Most of us would welcome a little more luxury in our lives, especially when it can be easily incorporated at home. The good news is, even if... Read more

  • Rich plum- and gold-coloured ornaments decorate this holiday tree.  (tatsmis/Shutterstock)

    Quick and Easy Theme Decorating for the Holidays

    Each year the holiday season rolls around it provides a new opportunity to transform your home into an oasis of warmth and style. Decorating both... Read more

  • M2 Tile & Design (Courtesy M2 Tile and Design)

    Adding Originality to Homes: One Tile at a Time

    John Pasquariello is the effusive owner of M2 Tile & Stone, a forward-thinking tile and stone retailer who represents a superior product line second-to-none, which... Read more

  • A home in Vashon Island, Wash., featured in the book "Prefabulous Small Houses" by Sheri Koones. The Vashon Island house, built with structural insulated panels and a timber frame was designed by FabCab and is 1,750 square feet. (Dr. Dale Christopher Lang via AP)

    Author Turns Focus on ‘Prefabulous’ Small Homes

    Author Sheri Koones believes that prefab houses (or “prefabulous,” as she calls them) are the homes of the future. She’s written five books about them... Read more

  • A dedicated room just for an office is a luxury most people would like. It can be separate from the rest of the house, in a spare bedroom, or unused basement room. (irina88w/iStock)

    Choose Home Office Furniture That Inspires

    Shopping for functional and stylish home office furniture? You’re definitely not alone. The home office has become an increasingly important room in the Canadian home... Read more

  • A feminine cottage style bedroom with romantic soft floral print curtains and pillows. (KhongkitWiriyachan/iStock)

    Style File: Cottage Decor

    The cottage decor style is very welcoming and cozy. It is bursting with romance and personality and intended to make family and guests alike feel... Read more

  • A sophisticated living room which has layered floor coverings perfect for playing on the floor and plenty of soft or curved surfaces to create a safe space for little ones. A child-friendly space doesn't have to look like a playroom. (Victoria Pearson/Nathan Turner via AP)

    Ask a Designer: Homes That Work for Both Kids and Grown-Ups

    For new parents, the urge to keep little ones entertained and enriched can often lead to a home so full of baby gear and toys... Read more

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    Style File: Coastal Decor

    Style File explores the breezy, beachy world of coastal interior decor. Coastal is a real feel-good style that finds its anchors (pun very much intended)... Read more

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    Australian Couple Raffling Tropical Island Resort for $36 a Ticket

    An Australian couple is raffling their tropical island resort and scuba diving business, after living there for more than two decades. One lucky winner will... Read more

  • Parents and adult children, as well as grandchildren, are coming together to live under one roof. (Courtesy eieihome.com)

    Building For Multi-Generational Households

    As housing prices continue to skyrocket and the inventory of Canadian homes becomes increasingly smaller, multi-generational homes have begun to experience a renaissance. Parents and... Read more

  • This photo taken April 8, 2016, shows town homes at The Cannery, which is set beside the plowed field of the small, urban farm that is a centerpiece of the community in Davis, Calif.  (Michelle Locke via AP)

    Agrihoods Take Root: A Housing Trend Rooted in Agriculture

    DAVIS, Calif.—”How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm?” asks the old song. The answer may be: Build them an agrihood. Feeding off the... Read more

  • A living room designed by Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design. A couple's contrasting tastes are both represented: Sleek, modern furniture and lighting mix beautifully with soft floral drapes and colourful, patterned pillows. (John Hugstad/Burnham Design via AP)

    Ask a Designer: Advice for Couples Blending Two Homes Into One

    For couples setting up a new home together, it’s a challenge: how to merge two sets of stuff and two decorating styles into one space... Read more

  • This undated photo taken in Puerto Rico shows a weeping fig tree.  (Lee Reich via AP)

    Gardening: Tropical Houseplants Need a Little Coddling

    A winter trip to the “Isle of Enchantment,” Puerto Rico, left me feeling sorry for many of my houseplants back home. The effects of steam-bath... Read more

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    Costly Real Estate Market Drives Home Renovations Industry, says EiEi Home.com

    Home renovations are big business in Canada, outstripping even residential real estate transactions. EiEiHome.com has tapped into the flourishing home renovation industry by establishing a... Read more

  • An outdoor entertaining space with a fireplace and comfortable seating. (Courtesy eieihome.com)

    How to Create an Outdoor Room

    Finally, the warmer weather is here to stay. That means dining alfresco on freshly grilled delights. Instead of hiding indoors, time will be spent trading sips... Read more

  • Laundry detergent makers introduced miniature packets in recent months such as this one photographed Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Laundry Pods Poison More Children Every Year

    Laundry pods may be convenient, but they come at a price.  A study published in Pediatrics on Monday showed that more children were being poisoned... Read more

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    Neglected Treasures Freshly Innovated in Milan Furniture Fair

    MILAN—Big Italian furniture brands turned out collections at the 55th Milan Furniture Fair that included forgotten or neglected treasures from their archives, along with fresh... Read more

  • This April 28, 2004 photo taken near New Market, Va., shows an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly perched on some Creeping phlox, a ground cover. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

    Gardeners Can Help Protect Butterfly Populations

    Bees aren’t the only pollinators suffering from a massive North American die-off. Butterflies and moths, those flying flowers of the insect world, are disappearing too... Read more

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    Why This Incredible Creation Should Not Be Called Dr. Seuss House?

    Out in the wilderness of Willow, Alaska, Phillip Weidner built a house for himself that, as he put it, is his “poem to the sky.” His original... Read more

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    2017 Lexus IS

    The third generation Lexus Innovative Sedan, or IS for short, was introduced in 2014, and in just two short years has experienced a significant evolution... Read more

  • 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

    2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

    Hyundai offers the Santa Fe in a range of trims and seating capacities. There is the five-seater Santa Fe Sport, measuring 185 inches in length... Read more

  • 2016 Ford F-150. (Courtesy of Ford)

    2016 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew: A Truck to Reckon With

    It would take a full page to list all the first-in-class, best-in-class, class-exclusive, and new features that the 2016 Ford F-150 carries. That’s the reason... Read more

  • Wolfgang Hoffmann (David Taylor)

    Jaguar Land Rover: Building Automobiles That Appeal to Driving Enthusiasts and Purists

    Jaguar and Land Rover are two iconic marques designed and built in England. Both companies have had the great good fortune to be wholly-supported by... Read more

  • 2017 Mazda CX-3. (Courtesy of Mazda)

    2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

    The CX-3 is a beautiful 5-passenger subcompact utility vehicle from Mazda. It is bold in styling and can be optioned with the i-ACTIV AWD system... Read more

  • 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e (David Taylor)

    BMW: First Plug-in Hybrid Production Model

    Built at the BMW Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e is the German-based automotive manufacturer’s very first production plug-in hybrid (PHEV)... Read more

  • 2017 Acura MDX. (Courtesy of Acura)

    2017 Acura MDX AWD Advance

    Let’s start with the precisely crafted V6 engine. This is an engine that has a displacement of 3.5 L, breathes through 24 valves, fuelled through... Read more

  • Chrysler Pacifica Limited (David Taylor)

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited: A (Mini) Van for All Seasons

    For many people driving the roads and highways of Canada in the mid-1980s, the common perception that this hugely popular mode of family transportation, the... Read more

  • Ford Escape (David Taylor)

    2017 Ford Escape: Driving Through the Rockies

    Throughout the year, all the major Canadian-based automotive manufacturers send out invitations to a select group of automotive and lifestyle writers when they wish to... Read more

  • 2016 Lexus NX 200t Turbo. (Courtesy of Lexus Newsroom)

    2016 Lexus NX 200t Turbo F Sport

    The Lexus 2.0 L turbocharged engine with Dual VVT-i is capable of cranking out 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while delivering multiple levels... Read more

  • A member of staff cleans a new SUV Sportage car at South Korean carmaker Kia Motors booth during a press day of the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on September 15, 2015. 
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    Kia Tells Sportage Owners to Park Outside Due to Fire Risk

    DETROIT—Kia is telling owners of nearly 72,000 older SUVs in the U.S. to park them outside because an electrical short in a computer can cause... Read more

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    SYDNEY—Earth Hour, conceived in Sydney in 2007 as a one-off community event, is now a global phenomena. On March 19 this year, over 172 countries... Read more

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    Understanding the Heart of Chinese Medicine

    Modern people typically believe that the brain rules the body. But according to ancient Chinese doctors, the heart is in charge. In traditional Chinese medicine,... Read more

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    Green Living: The Most Effective Oven Cleaner

    By Natalie Miller, Organic Lifestyle Magazine Cleaning your oven with baking soda and vinegar will leave it sparkling clean and shiny, without you having to rely... Read more

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    A Healthy Way to Build Communities

    Mark Winne, an author and anti-hunger activist, often says that the most important word in “community garden” isn’t “garden.” I saw this firsthand not long... Read more

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    How to Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean Your Home

    PPBy Allene Edwards, Organic Lifestyle Magazine When it comes to cleaning your home, how do you choose products? Marketing companies try to convince us that scrubbing... Read more

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    Is the Meat Industry More Sustainable Than California’s Almond Plantations?

    By Ethan A. Huff, contributing writer to Natural News When “progressives” speak about unsustainable food production, they often go after meat products as being among the worst... Read more

  • A view through a canopy of trees in full fall color Oct. 24, 2015, along Skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

    All National Parks to Offer Free Admission on 16 Days in 2016

    WASHINGTON—The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate! All national parks will waive their entrance fees on 16... Read more

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    Why Gardening Is Good for Your Mind as Well as Your Body

    More than half the planet’s population now live in cities, with limited access to the natural world. For Europe and Latin America, the figure is... Read more

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    How to Get Rid of Black Mold for Good (Infographic)

    If you detect black mold in your house, it is important that it be removed as soon as possible. Toxigenic black mold can quickly take... Read more

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    Simple DIY Rose Water

    It’s rose water season! Can you get your hands on some fragrant rose petals? If yes, then you can make some amazing rose water that you... Read more

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    Cowspiracy Will Expand Your Perception of the Modern Meat Industry

    If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting your mind ripped wide open by the movie Cowspiracy, I will tell you it is a highly intelligent... Read more

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    France Has a Great Plan for Its Soil—And It’s Not Just About Wine

    French wine lovers have always taken their soil very seriously. But now the country’s government has introduced fresh reasons for the rest of the world... Read more

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    Goal Zero Venture 30: Rugged Waterproof Power Pack & Solar Charger

    When you need reliable offgrid power for charging phones, cameras, tablets, or other mobile devices, a portable solar charger and power pack are just what... Read more

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    The Secret’s Out: New Zealand’s Favourite Holiday Spot

    New Zealander’s, affectionately known as Kiwi’s have always taken a no frills approach to vacation time. A beachfront patch, caravan or tent is more than... Read more

  • Reading Town Hall is a fine example of the brickwork that reflected the once industrial heart of the city. The town hall houses Reading Museum, home to a finger from the nearby the statue of Queen Victoria, which was damaged when Reading was bombed during the Second World War. (Photo by Mike Jee)

    Historic Reading, England: Well Worth a Visit

    I am standing by St. Mary’s Church with its unique “checkerboard” tower in Reading, England. The church dates back to at least the 11th century... Read more

  • Figure 2 An irori with a jizaikagi (自在鉤), which is a hook consisting of an iron rod within a bamboo tube, and a fish-shaped yokogi (橫木). (Sun Mingguo/Epoch Times)

    Splendour of an Enchanted Wonderland— Shirakawa-go

    Shirakawa-go in rural Japan is a place that comes straight out of a fairy tale especially when the entire valley is covered in snow during... Read more

  • Montreal skyline and the St. Lawrence River. The city is celebrating its 375th anniversary with a plethora of events throughout the year. (Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin)

    Montreal Tunes up for 375th Anniversary

    Montreal is buzzing with energy as it heads into the Big Event of 2017: the 375th anniversary of the city. Monrealers are justly proud of... Read more

  • An RV holiday is a must at least once in a lifetime. (Gina Nilsen/NTD Television)

    Top 10 Tips for the Perfect RV Holiday

    An RV holiday is a must at least once in a lifetime. Some love the experience so much they adopt this way of life full-time... Read more

  • Plaza Botero in Medellín, dotted with sculptures by Fernando Botero, with the Museum of Antioquia in the background. (Scabredon/Wikimedia Commons)

    Colombia: Enigmatic, Vibrant, Hospitable

    Editor’s note: Canada advises exercising a high degree of caution if travelling to Colombia due to the unpredictable security situation, especially in some rural areas... Read more

  • Pittsburgh's skyline and some of the city's many bridges. (David Reid/VisitPittsburgh)

    Pittsburgh: My Kind of Town

    When it comes to Pittsburgh, the city I like to call the well-known unknown, the skyline seems to be ever-evolving. That’s perhaps because Pittsburgh has... Read more

  • People gather for advent festivities at Hellbrunn Palace, an early Baroque villa in Salzburg. (Austria Tourist Office)

    Silent Night: Christmas in Austria

    It was just a simple poem written by a village priest, but when the church organist composed a melody for it, “Silent Night” became a... Read more

  • Frankfurt's skyscrapers loom above historic timbered buildings along the banks of the River Main. (Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board)

    Beyond Frankfurt’s Trade Fairs and Apple Wine

    Frankfurt is known as Germany’s most international city—a global hub for commerce, culture, education, and tourism. On my recent trip there it was evident that... Read more

  • Captain Travis watches the antics of a friendly lobster. (Copyright © 2016 John Christopher Fine)

    Underwater Beauty at Key Largo

    Everywhere you look there is life. Even in the shallow bay where tiny seahorses hide among turtle grass. Small shrimp conceal themselves under weeds. Hermit... Read more

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    Family Friendly Audiobooks for Long Holiday Car Rides

    If your family is hitting the road this holiday season, along with the millions of other families with the same plan, an audiobook may be... Read more

  • The stunning Delaware Water Gap on the Appalachian Trail. (Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort)

    Hiking the Rugged Appalachian Trail

    I felt miniscule as I stood among the trees lining a towering mountainside while down below the river snaked along endlessly, without a ripple. Inhaling... Read more

  • Part of the grounds at Stanglwirt Bio and Wellness Hotel, with the local village and the Wilder Kaiser Mountains in the background. (Stanglwirt Bio and Wellness Hotel)

    A Weekend at Stanglwirt in Austria’s Tyrolian Alps

    The song “The Hills Are Alive,” sung by actress Julie Andrews against a stunning backdrop of the Alps in the classic movie “The Sound of... Read more

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    Hostess Gift Ideas for Holiday Family Visits

    If your travels this holiday season lead you to the homes of family and friends, you may wish to bring an offering of thanks for... Read more

  • The Golden Gate Bridge viewed on a rare non-foggy moment. (Trevor Piper/Epoch Times)

    San Francisco: More Than Hills, Fog, and Bridges

    San Francisco: also known as Fog City. Maybe I was lucky, because the day I walked across the Golden Gate Bridge it was beautiful sunshine... Read more

  • Replica of New York City at Miniland in Legoland. (Beverly Mann)

    A World of Fun and Learning at Legoland

    Plunged into a world of fighting fire dragons, ninjas, and larger-than-life creatures, I realized I had begun a challenging voyage with my two young grandsons... Read more

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    Thanksgiving Travel Tips: How to Navigate the Busiest Travel Season of the Year

    Whether you and your family are hitting the road or flying high this Thanksgiving, you surely won’t be alone in your endeavor. Travel industry group... Read more

  • (Samuel Zeller/Unsplash.com)

    20 Inspiring Quotes for Families Who Love to Travel

    Whether you could use a little encouragement to pull the trigger on your next family vacation, or (like me) even the thought of travel makes you... Read more

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    Family Vacations: A Guide to Souvenirs

    Family vacations make for cherished memories we hold onto for a lifetime. They provide adventure, education, enlightenment, and quality time together. It’s no wonder we... Read more

  • Anantara Dhigu resort has 110 villas and suites on the South Male Atoll.  (Courtesy Anantara)

    Island-Hopping in the Maldives

    The 1,190 tiny islands that make up the Maldives are not the easiest place to reach. They stretch across a remote section of the Indian... Read more

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