The Big Idea: Give all Canadian workers paid sick leave
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by Monika Dutt
4d ago
(Photo illustration by Maclean’s, background photo via iStock) For the past 16 years, I’ve worked as a family doctor in community clinics throughout the country—in Yellowknife, La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Toronto, and in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where I’m based right now. In all of these clinics, I’ve encountered patients facing the same crippling dilemma: work while ill or lose income because their employer doesn’t provide them with paid sick days. As a doctor, my typical advice is for them to stay home and take all the time they need to recover. Many aren’t able to, and some end up back in my offi ..read more
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Winnipeg conservatory The Leaf is a plant lover’s paradise
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by Emily Latimer
1w ago
(Photography by Ema Peter) Around the turn of the 20th century, it became trendy for North American cities to build conservatories to show off tropical plant species, no matter how untropical the locale. Winnipeg’s version was the Palm House, a botanical garden in Assiniboine Park filled with exotic foliage. But by 2009, the once-fashionable brick-and-concrete structure had aged into a dilapidated energy hog. When the Assiniboine Park Conservancy asked Winnipeggers how to improve the park, they said: keep the plants, replace the building and give us a winter escape. After coming aboard in 20 ..read more
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Canadians love loyalty, but they’re most loyal to a deal
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by AIR MILES
1w ago
Faced with decades-high inflation, Canadians are changing how often they shop, where they shop, and what they buy as they follow deals and lean into loyalty programs. Yet brands and loyalty programs have been slow to respond, acknowledging the shift with solutions that empower consumers. “In a challenging economic climate marked by mindful spending, retailers need to offer all of the extra value that they can,” says Shawn Stewart, President at AIR MILES. “We know that Canadians are members of more than 13 loyalty programs and active in seven. Instead of fighting against that reality, we’re red ..read more
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How a Toronto couple turned their creepy basement into a swanky speakeasy
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by Jean Grant
1w ago
(Photographs courtesy of Ryan Fung/Cultiv8) Catriona Smart grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, with a pair of bubbly parents who entertained constantly—and she caught the bug too. Smart, a former bartender and current creative agency founder, hosts all kinds of parties in her stone-faced 1920s mansion in Toronto’s Forest Hill neighbourhood, where she moved toward the end of 2016.  Smart gutted nearly the whole mansion before moving in—except for the 3,000-square-foot basement. A previous owner had transformed it into an ’80s-style grotto with a giant rectangular pool, built-in concrete daybe ..read more
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The Great Airbnb Crackdown
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by Caitlin Walsh Miller
1w ago
The historic building at 135 rue du Port included 14 apartments, nine of which were rented as Airbnbs. It burned down last March. (Photo by Simon-Marc Charron via Radio-Canada) As soon as Nathan Sears checked into his Airbnb in March of 2023, he knew something felt wrong. The door to his unit was so flimsy he thought he could kick it down. The building’s front entrance was unlocked, open to anyone who might wander in. He called his wife, Araceli, and gave her a video tour—he didn’t want to leave any valuables inside, he said. It didn’t feel safe. But the Airbnb was in a prime location ..read more
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How the new international student rules will shake Canada’s colleges 
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by Ali Amad
2w ago
(Photo illustration by Maclean’s, photograph by Ryan Fung, background illustration via iStock) In January, the Canadian government announced that it would only grant 360,000 new study permits to international students in 2024—a 35 per cent reduction from 2023. The move is part of a two-year intake cap designed to stabilize the rapidly growing number of international students in the country. In response, leaders from many post-secondary institutions have warned that the Canadian economy depends on skilled international students for continued growth. Public colleges, in particular, now ha ..read more
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Everything you need to know about experiential education
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by University of New Brunswick
2w ago
Postsecondary education is always evolving to meet growing demands across industries. Traditional methods of instruction are constantly being challenged and adapted, especially to make room for more innovative approaches. At the forefront of this revolution is experiential education. While it is often mistaken for “hands-on” or “immersive” learning, at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), experiential education represents much more. It’s a chance for students to collaborate with partners from various disciplines and innovatively tackle real-world challenges, deepen their learning, develop pr ..read more
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I own a daycare, and the government’s $10-a-day plan is threatening my business
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by Sarah Hunter
2w ago
Sarah Hunter’s daycare, the Imagination Tree, is struggling under the federal $10-a-day childcare program. (Photography by Leah Hennel) My mother started Riverbend Daycare in Calgary in 1987, and I started working there soon after it opened. I was 18, and I quickly learned that childcare isn’t a typical nine-to-five job: you become part of families’ lives. Over the years, I got to know their stories, shared in their hardships and celebrated their milestones. Occasionally, my mother and I even opened our homes to host children when their parents had family emergencies, and we offered advice a ..read more
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The Incel Terrorist
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by Lana Hall
2w ago
(Photo illustrations by Anna Minzhulina) The morning of February 24, 2020, began like any other at Crown Spa. The first clients of the day began coming and going for sessions, and J.C., the manager, was upstairs in the apartment where she lived. J.C., whose full name is under a publication ban, had managed the spa for about five years, and it wasn’t unusual for her to work seven days a week, greeting clients at her desk and scheduling sessions. That day, she had a dentist appointment, and a newly hired receptionist had failed to show up for work. J.C. texted a friend, 24-year-old Ashley Noel ..read more
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How UHN is leading Canada to the forefront of medical innovation
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by UHN Foundation
2w ago
From next-generation drugs to advances in AI and robotics, we’re in a golden era of leveraging innovation to help people live their healthiest lives. In downtown Toronto, University Health Network (UHN) is leading the charge to deliver better care, not only for Canadians but for patients around the world. “At University Health Network, we’re constantly challenging old thinking to change the status quo in health care and provide a better experience for both patients and providers,” says Dr. Kevin Smith, president and CEO of UHN. Collaboration and community support But breaking new ground requir ..read more
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