Health and Medicine, Travel, Gardening, Pets, Automotive

Subaru Forester a Clear Cut Choice

My favorite Subaru is back, with a new set of clothes and fresh make-up for the 2009 model year. But are the changes enough to keep the Forester in the hunt for consumers’ small SUV dollars?

By Jim Bray - Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - -- Automotive

Gas And Cesarean Operations At Record Highs

Not only is the price of gas rocketing to high levels. A recent report by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) says that 26.3 percent of women now have babies delivered by Cesarean section. There are many different opinions of why this has happened in both Canada and the U.S. But William Shakespeare had the ultimate explanation.

DIY Pesticides & Repellents

The three witches in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth may have had something going when they declaimed in their noisome Scottish cave:

Double, double toil and trouble
Fires burn, and cauldron bubble.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, July 13, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

The Tampa Bay Rays Shine Bright So Far in 2008

“You were a year off.”

Well, actually it is two years.  But this is the constant refrain I have heard from people concerning the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays (formerly known as the Devil Rays).

By Guest Column

Aaron Goldstein

- Thursday, July 10, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Wimbleton roundup, Hockey, UFC, Baseball

In what was without a doubt the most dramatic and exciting final ever seen at Wimbledon, Spain’s Rafael Nadal won an incredible 7-hour marathon (5 on the court, 2 rain delays) over Switzerland’s, Roger Federer 6-4  6-4  6-7  6-7  9-7. Federer, who had won Wimbledon five consecutive times was chasing Swedish great Bjorn Borg’s record of 6 All-England titles.

By Edward Zawadzki - Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

I Was Married By a Judge. I Should Have Asked for a Jury

What’s the chance of living to 85 years and beyond? Dr. Bradley J. Wilcox is the lead author of a longevity study carried out by the Pacific Health Research Institute in Hawaii. It’s one of the longest studies on aging and it followed the health of 5,820 Japanese-American men for 40 years. At the start of the study their average age was 45 and they were all healthy. What happened to them depended on nine key factors. You can calculate your longevity with this simple arithmetic.

Not much on the gardener’s mind or elsewhere

According to late owner of the famous Victoria, B.C., garden Princess Abkhazi, “There is a Chinese proverb which says that to be happy for a week you take a new concubine. To be happy for a month, you kill a pig, and to be happy all your life you build a garden.” She concluded, “ I can’t vouch for the first two, but the last is true.”

By Wes Porter - Sunday, July 6, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Healthy Aging? Not Just the Stuff of Dreams

Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Aging

While Canadians struggle to go green, one thing’s certain: as a society we’re going grey. In fact, we’re on the cusp of a historical first in Canada – in two decades almost a quarter of us will be “old”.

WANTED: People who care about people

By Lise Cloutier-Steele

Since my 83-year-old father’s admission to a long term care facility in May 2007, I have had first-hand experience with the adverse effects of staff shortages and excessive workloads on dependent residents.

By Guest Column Lise Cloutier-Steele- Monday, June 30, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Viagra and Other Medical Tidbits

There are more uses for Viagra than meet the eye. You can get more than the Mother of All Hangovers after a night of binge drinking. Few parents give much thought to the fact that children face a hazard when urged to brush their teeth. And roller coaster rides this summer could provide more than thrills. All are topics worthy of concern.

Toyota Sequoia – Surprisingly Capable and Civilized Brute

Talk about a vehicle with an appropriate name!

Toyota’s Sequoia is an immense motor vehicle, a “full sized SUV” that seems about the mass of an Airbus A380, it’s large enough to haul a family of eight and a lot of their stuff. It also makes a heckuva statement on the road. 

By Jim Bray - Monday, June 30, 2008 - -- Automotive

Spain captures title, Turkey captures Heart

Just finished watching the finals of the Euro Cup 08 which saw the side from Spain defeat Germany 1-0 to win their first European championship since 1964. It was a great tournament that certainly had its share of excitement and dramatics. Not taking anything away from either Spain or Germany, but for me the team of the tourney was the side from Turkey. From their incredible last minutes come from behind win over the tough Czechs, to defeating the heavily favored Croatians 4-2 and their heartbreaking last minute loss to Germany, the Turks certainly won over a legion of fans with their heart and determination and for that I’m going to name them my team of Euro 08. It was a great month of world class football and I’d be interested on seeing later this year how the soccer ratings compared to the upcoming Beijing
Olympics later this summer. I bet that the 2nd largest football tourney next to the World Cup gives the Olympics a run for its money.

By Edward Zawadzki - Monday, June 30, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Films Summer of 2008

Well, summer wackiness is well underway at your local movie theatre and the first batch of summer blockbusters has arrived.  Some are already completing their run and there are lots more on the way. This is the time of year when every weekend seems to bring one, two or three new must see films, so let’s give a quick look at what’s already arrived and see how the summer is faring:

By Larry Anklewicz - Monday, June 30, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Children’s Gardening: Briar Rose

In the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, the threatened Princess Aurora was renamed Rose Briar by the good fairies to protect her from the foul Maleficent.

By Wes Porter - Sunday, June 29, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Saturn’s Looking for a Few Astra-Nuts

The Saturn Astra, according to a radio commercial in my neck of the woods, is the top selling car in Europe.

Really? It’s certainly not a “disAstra”, but the bestselling car of any sold in all of Europe? I don’t get it.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, June 29, 2008 - -- Automotive

Paternal dog Billy takes on an unusual kid


Billy the boxer has become the constant companion of the 12-day old kid called Lilly. He sleeps with the goat, licks her clean, and protects her from any dangers at Pennywell Farm wildlife centre at Buckfastleigh, near Totnes, Devon.

By Guest Column - Friday, June 27, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Patience Is A Virture

Real words of wisdom….....




Gas prices getting you down? Search AOL Autos for fuel-efficient used cars.



By Guest Column - Thursday, June 26, 2008 - -- Lifestyles

Use Radiation Like Porcupines Make Love, Very Carefully

It’s said that elephants never forget. Neither does radiation. The human body has a natural computer that tabulates every bit of radiation to which it is exposed during a lifetime. Radiation has great benefits in diagnosing disease when used wisely, but potentially harmful when used carelessly. So how much risk is there of developing   radiation-induced cancer?

Dr. Ken Walker Honoured

imageDr. Ken Walker was distinguished with the Kenneth R. Wilson Memorial Gold Award for an article published in the prestigious Journal of the Canadian Medical Association

By News on the Net - Monday, June 23, 2008 - -- Lifestyles