From Wikipedia: Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt is a Canadian singer, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. McKennitt is known for her refined, clear soprano vocals. She has sold more than 14 million records worldwide.
Listen & Laugh
by Marie-Claude Beaulieu, CHN
Celiac is the most common genetic disease in the world.
But awareness of Celiac disease (CD) is very low, even though recent research indicates 1:100 are affected. As many as 300,000 Canadians could have Celiac. If one is diagnosed with Celiac, other family members have a 1:10 risk factor for the disease...
by Amanda McCuaig
The Blue Trees, a recent work by international artist Konstantin Dimopoulos is part of a larger discussion on forests worldwide. The inspiration? Each year, an area at least the size of Belgium of native forests is cleared from around the planet...
Editor's Note: Internationally celebrated artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos, raises awareness of the degradation of our planent's forests through his recent work, The Blue Trees, for which he painted trees in three Canadian cities a vibrant blue.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Susan Drury
Recently the Canadian broadcasting company’s Marketplace TV program aired an hour-long “investigation” entitled “Homeopathy – Cure or Con?” At the same time, the homeopathic community is being warned that internationally, various anti-homeopathy groups are mobilizing organized events and media propaganda with the goal of discrediting homeopathy and ultimately making remedies unavailable to the public...
by Jennifer Buchanan, BMT, MTA
It’s Thursday morning and eight visually impaired babies and toddlers accompany their parents to the music therapy program at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). They file in one by one, many of the parent’s looking disheveled and tired. The parents help each child take off their coat before finding a comfortable place on the floor. The child sits in front while their parent cradles their little body from behind...
Editor's Note: Children with visual impairments can find a sense of relaxation with the help of soothing sounds. Jennifer Buchanan, Past-President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and owner of JB Music Therapy, shares a descriptive account of an interactive group music therapy session for young children with visual impairments.
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
by Jeremy Shepherd
SHANE Koyczan has become an industry.
The West Coast writer who rose to fame when his patriotic ode to Canada We Are More was featured in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics has become something unique: the poet as entrepreneur...
Editor's Note: Canadian slam poet Shane Koyczan speaks candidly about bullying, writing, and poetry as personal therapy.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
Nobody’s figured out how to harness the awesome power of a tornado, but a Canadian engineer has come close: he’s working on creating a tornado that will generate electric power in what he calls an “Atmospheric Vortex Engine.” (Isn’t that what powered Star Trek’s Enterprise?)
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
Today, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) gave the Aquarium des Iles permission to release two six-month-old harp seal pups who were slated for death on September 15.
Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: The power of petition and the peoples' voice is impressive - 2 baby harp seals were saved thanks to the voice of the Canadian people and their petition. Zak and Mika will survive beyond the tourist season thanks to 140,000 Care2 members speaking up.
Animals & Pets
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