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How to test employees for cannabis impairment

Recent legal cases clarify the do’s and don’ts of testing, while new technologies promise improved measurement

A worker at Tolko Industries in Williams Lake, B.C. was backing his log loader out of a loading bay in May 2016 when he struck and seriously damaged a chip loader. In post-incident drug testing, the worker tested positive for cannabis.

The Weight Loss Myths That Are Sabotaging You

In my practice, I meet people who have tried many things to lose weight: from juice fasts to protein loading. Many of these people, in spite of stubborn fat, are well-versed in what it takes to shed the pounds: and they come to me feeling exasperated because their well-meaning efforts — sticking to whole foods and exercising regularly — have amounted to barely a budge on the scale. What gives?

Expert Advice On How To Boost Winter Immunity

If you spend a lot of time on social media or watching reality shows, you might have heard of a high profile doctor or seen some posh black or gold caddies in some for your wellness feeds.

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The Importance of Scent when Selling Your House

Everyone knows staging is an important part of selling your home. You want to make sure it shows off its best assets. Things like: well-managed landscaping, a thoughtful layout, abundant lighting and cleanliness.

One Breast Cancer Survivor Talks Self-Care After Diagnosis

Breast cancer vlogger Sarah DiMuro explores how she’s coped throughout her cancer journey—from waiting on results to receiving hormone therapy and everything in between. 
Actress and writer Sarah DiMuro, 41, is a vibrant, funny new mom. She’s also a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma just nine-and-a-half months after giving birth to her son.

WE TRIED IT: WEIGHTED BLANKET

After years of taking pills for anxiety, depression and insomnia, Lisa van de Geyn wonders if a non-pharmacological sleeping aid will do the trick—or at least help. 

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WE TRIED IT: WEIGHTED BLANKET

After years of taking pills for anxiety, depression and insomnia, Lisa van de Geyn wonders if a non-pharmacological sleeping aid will do the trick—or at least help. 

A New Emphasis On Mental And Emotional Well-Being In Healthcare

Many of the mental and emotional damages people suffer from have been inflicted early in life. Negative childhood experiences can lead to lasting consequences later on and sometimes persist for a lifetime.

‘My child’s health is paramount’: Gabrielle Daleman’s mother on her daughter’s mental health battle

Olympic bronze medallist Gabrielle Daleman has been open about her issues with depression.

In my mind, Canadian figure skater Gabby Daleman is a tiger. I told Gabby’s mother Rhonda that her daughter’s fierceness as a competitor sets her apart. Rhonda chuckled at my comment.

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I’ve Stopped Searching For Self-Love At The Bottom Of A Bottle

The main problem I faced was a distorted belief system. I felt that love came with accomplishments and accolades. I didn’t believe that I was good enough to love as is. When love is missing, a lot of negative stuff comes out of the woodwork: anger, resentment, fear, jealousy.

Apparently, ‘Slow Lit’ Podcasts Can Help You Fall Asleep — & We’re All Ears

We all know the average person is supposed to get seven hours of sleep, but let’s be real; most of us don’t. But if you need help turning off and zonking out, we may have just the thing: “slow lit” podcasts, which apparently can help you sleep.

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4 HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER PLUS YUMMY RECIPES

Ginger may not be the first spice you think of to incorporate in your snacks, salads and dinners but it’s one of the healthiest on the planet!

Here’s why:

1. It’s healthy for your heart.
Research has shown that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood clotting, which could, in turn, help prevent blood vessel blockages that can lead to heart attacks or strokes.

AVOCADO TUNA SALAD WITH SPINACH

Perfect for a quick and light lunch or dinner, this protein packed Avocado Tuna Salad with Spinach will get you back into warm weather clothes comfortably in no time.

Family Meal Planning Tips To Get You Through The Winter

With the shorter days, many of us are inclined to go into hibernation mode, snuggling on the couch under warm blankets and ordering takeout. By getting the whole family involved in meal planning you ensure that the task of feeding your family healthy meals doesn’t fall all on one person’s shoulder.

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The Importance of Scent when Selling Your House

Everyone knows staging is an important part of selling your home. You want to make sure it shows off its best assets. Things like: well-managed landscaping, a thoughtful layout, abundant lighting and cleanliness.

5 Tips for Stress-Free Moving with Kids

When you finally decide to take a big leap and move, it can be one of the most exciting and stressful periods of your life. And if you’re a parent, double that excitement and stress based on the number of children you have.

WE TRIED IT: Endy, Mattess In-A-Box

We tried ordering a mattress online from Canadian company Endy.
Getting a good night’s sleep is at the top of all of our to-do lists, right? Which means investing in a good mattress is key.

Luckily, with the rise of super convenient mattress-in-a-box brands, the options are endless and easy to peruse.

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Can being more organized be good for your health?

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned through working with a professional organizer is the action step of planning. In the past, I often relegated planning to another item on my to do list. I was not aware of the extra-ordinary advantages that come from planning one’s schedule, whether related to work, family, or social life.

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The Best Septic Safe Household Cleaning Products

Household septic systems are something we don’t think about until there is a problem. And when there is a problem, it is usually an expensive and messy one. More than 25 percent of the homes in the United States use a septic system to process household plumbing waste.

Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It, Use Plain Soap and Water

When you buy soaps and body washes, do you reach for products labeled “antibacterial” hoping they’ll keep your family safer? Do you think those products will lower your risk of getting sick, spreading germs or being infected?

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Surprising Ways Home Decor Can Boost Your Happiness

No matter where you live, careful design can turn your space into a sanctuary. Elements like room layout, sounds from the street, even the color of your throw pillows come together to determine the character of your home. And that includes much more than looks—design influences your mental and physical health in surprising ways every day.

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Canada is again investigating an active Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken

Just as a bad penny always turns up, reports of outbreaks of Salmonella infections from raw chicken just keep popping up in Canada.

There are open and closed investigations on these sometimes deadly incidents going back almost two years.

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Accessibility, Ramps, Lifts

Accessible homes and business should never be a nice to have it's a must. Accessibility and ease of mobility in the home or workplace can vastly improve everyday quality of life. There are many options, products and experts that can install ramps, install lifts, redesign a space and so on. Ask questions here and start removing those barriers and build a better space.

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Kitchen

Kitchen renovations can add such tremendous value to your home and let's face it we spend some part of every single day there. Maximize space, add style , have a more functional space add beauty. Sometimes you just want a little advice and other times you don't want he headache and just let the pros get you where you want to go. Sometimes we start out and get in over our heads or run out of steam, either way post your questions here and let some local experts help you out.

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Lawn, Garden and Landscaping

Some of you our there gave a real green thumb and then there's the rest of us. Fighting weeds, planting, putting in or pulling out trees and shrubs, cutting limbs (the plant kind) can be at the least a challenge, not to mention back breaking! Post your questions here see what sprouts.

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Lighting

Lighting can change the feel of a living space dramatically. It's not always as simple as it seems at the outset and sometimes D I Y can live you in the D A R K! Here you can post questions to local experts who can shed some light on on how and where to go next. This topic is full of bright ideas inside and out.

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Painting Interior and Exterior

One of the simplest ways to make a subtle or dramatic change to a space is with a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes though things seems so simple and before we know it we have painted ourselves in a corner. Walking into a local hardware store will show you pretty quick that there are a lot of choices, products, tools, supplies and lot's of ways to do things the right way and the wrong way. Posting here to local Ottawa experts is a great way to find the best options for you and your home or business.

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Paving

Driveway repairs, new driveways, repairs paving stones, resurfacing all can change the look that leads to your front door. Ottawa is filled with local pros that can help you get answers and set you on the right path.

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Pest Control

Some of us have furry little friends that are supposed to live with us while others move in unexpectedly. Pests can move into attics, walls or hide in plain sight. Creepy crawlies can literally take over and eat away at your home. Some solutions allow you to take some things into your own hands but often you need a pro to get pests under control. Ask a local pest control pro for help and ditch the stress.

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Plumbing

Problem with your plumbing? No not that, there are a bunch of things that can go wrong with plumbing and unchecked could lead to serious damage and big expenses down the road. Nip it in the bud! Post your questions here to find help about repairs, emergencies, general maintenance or complete overhauls. Your community is here to help!

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Plastering

Having a plaster disaster or trying to avoid one in the first place? Talk to people in Ottawa who have experience dealing with plastering work, repairs, maintenance and so on.

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Roofing

A good roof over your head is something we often take for granted. Keeping the house warm and dry seems obvious but often things are happening over time we don't even realize, resulting in big expenses if left unchecked. Post your roofing questions here for the Ottawa community to help you with repair issues, maintenance, emergencies, a new roof , venting and more.

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Solar and Wind Power

Wouldn't we all love to live off the grid? Ditch those crazy utility bills that you spend so much of your energy paying for. If you want to decrease your carbon footprint start by asking people in Ottawa who have experience with making their own energy. Discuss equipment, terminology, share resources, avoid common pitfalls, discuss rules and regs or find qualified installers and consultants.

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Stairs

Stairs and steps can get a lot of traffic in your home and projects to renew or repair them can be filled with ups and downs. They can also transform a home and renewed can add beauty and value. Post your questions to have your local community help you step by step.

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Sunrooms and Home Additions

Extra space, a little getaway, a tranquil reading space, there are all kinds of options and variations to that little extra to your home. Whether you want to look into building one or having some improvements or repairs done post your questions here and let the Ottawa community help you solve it.

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Swimming Pool and Spa

Pool and spa owners have a love hate relationship with their oasis and sometimes it's just a matter of chemistry. Ask local Ottawa professionals for some help be it big or small they will help you spend more time enjoying the oasis you intended it to be.

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Waste, Sewage, Sanitation

This can be a messy and smelly topic and a nasty problem to face. Thankfully you don't necessarily have to deal with it on your own.The Ottawa area has many experts who can help you with removal, cleanup and repairs so post your questions and someone will help you deal with the nasty.

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Home Theater AV and Gaming

Home tech is getting more advanced and complicated everyday. Movie theaters are getting so expensive for families not to mention the price of snacks! Time to bring that theater experience home, stay in stay comfy and eat the all the snacks YOU want! Find a pro and ask the questions to get you started and let movie and gaming adventures begin.

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Heating and Air Conditioning

Ottawa homes and homeowners are subjected to some wildest variations of hot and humid to seriously deep bitter frigid cold temperatures. As homeowners we are faced with maintenance, breakdowns, upgrades, repairs and needing new installations. This is a great area to have your needs met by Ottawa's HVAC specialists.

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Architecture

Looking to find an architect? How do you choose one? Where do you start? Ask an expert!

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Bathroom

Ask questions to contractors, share tips, mistakes you learned the hard way or just want to know where to begin on a bathroom reno or repair.

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Brickwork and Masonry

Hitting the bricks? Ask a contractor for help, find tips, share ideas about brickwork and masonry.

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Building a Home

This topic is for those who are looking into new home builds or are in the process and have more generic questions about the process, suppliers, materials or looking for a contractor. If you have a specific question about roofing, foundations or anything in between post in those specific categories.

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Cleaning

It's the one thing we all have to do but sometimes we don't have the time or the job is too big and you just need a big ugly mess go away. You have your blood sweat and tears to a big reno or home job and no energy left to tackle a big mess. So whether you are looking for help on residential cleaning, need temporary help or you have an industrial strength mess post your questions here. Unless it's hazardous material if that's the case head over to the hazardous material topic.

This topic for now covers all kinds of cleaners and cleaning solutions.

 

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Concrete

Want to ask a concrete question and get a concrete answer then post it here.

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Decks and Gazebos

Whether you are starting from scratch or you want to extend or repair a deck or gazebo post your questions to local Ottawa contractors here.

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Demolition and Removal

Before you start tearing things apart, breaking down walls that may present safety issues ask a local contractor for advice. In this topic you can also post questions about removal of materials. If you have questions about hazardous wast removal or related questions post them in the Hazardous materials topic.

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Drywall

Building a wall seems all the rage these days but sometimes at home it can simply help to divide up a space. Maybe you have a wall that has had more than a few bad days and needs some tlc. Post here and get the help you need from local experts.

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Electrical

Electrical work is one of the most important things in your home to be done well and safe. Post your questions for local Ottawa contractors here and find the help you need.

Electrical work is serious stuff so find a local professional because ...damn! You don't want to get this one wrong.

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Fences, Barriers and Screens

Whether you are looking for a whole new fence , barrier or screen post your questions and get help from your Ottawa contractor or handy person.

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Fire, Smoke, Water Damage

These are some of the hardest things to clean up and deal with and the Ottawa area has many trained experts standing by with their years of experience to answer your questions, and help you with your cleanup and restoration. These kinds of accidents can lead to mold and different toxins that you don't want to make contact with or breath so let the pro's help you.

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Flooring

So many types, ceramic, laminate, vinyl, tile, or carpeting there are so many things to consider to get things done well and looking amazing. Post your questions big or small and find the answers you are looking for.

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Foundations

A solid foundation for a structure is probably the single most important aspect of it's longevity and stability. Post questions here about foundation repair, maintenance extensions, new foundations, sealing and more.

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Hazardous Materials

Want to ask a question about what to do with hazardous waste, removal, storage or cleanup post it here.

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