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What to consider before co-owning a home

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For many Canadians not already in the housing market, the dream of home ownership can seem just like that. But some who would otherwise be priced out of real estate are finding creative ways into the market, such as co-own

Surreal Estate: $23.5 million for a Ritz-Carlton double suite with 180-degree views and a giant snail statue

Surreal Estate: $23.5 million for a Ritz-Carlton double suite with 180-degree views and a giant snail statue

Surreal Estate: $23.5 million for a Ritz-Carlton double suite with 180-degree views and a giant snail statue

What condo on Wellington would be complete without 6,000 square feet, a labyrinthine wine cellar and a giant halo hovering above it all?

A three bedroom, five-bathroom condo on the 46th storey of the Ritz-Carlton on Wellington. The recently renovated home combines two former uni

Surreal Estate: $16.5 million for a mansion off Bayview with a theatre that looks like a spaceship

Surreal Estate: $16.5 million for a mansion off Bayview with a theatre that looks like a spaceship

Surreal Estate: $16.5 million for a mansion off Bayview with a theatre that looks like a spaceship

What North York house would be complete without nine bathrooms, a quarry’s worth of limestone and a wine cellar that looks like a cave?

A five-plus-one bedroom, nine-bathroom house in North York. The recently finished home is equipped with European-style finishes, a sci-fi-inspired theatre room wit

'We’re in crisis mode'

The Manitoba government’s temporary pause on the approval of some new cannabis retail outlets has left some retailers in peril as they wait in limbo for approval to open their doors.

Manitoba-based c-store and gas retailer, Domo Corporation Ltd., had been working for almost a year to outfit some of its retail locations for the sale of cannabis. The c-store and gas station entered into an agreement in June last year to sell Wowkpow Inc. cannabis products at its stores.

Since then, the retailer

Program to improve health care for marginalized populations puts Black physicians in racialized communities

Marie Claud Felicien immigrated to Canada from St. Lucia as a teenager in 2000. As newcomers not yet covered by public health insurance, her family had to pay $60 to $70 out-of-pocket for appointments, Ms. Felicien said.

That experience informed how Ms. Felicien treated her patients when she worked as a nurse and now shapes the ethos at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (WHIWH), a community health centre for racialized women in Toronto, where she serves as director of primary health care services

Queens of the Qing Dynasty casts Cape Breton locals

In making the follow-up to her hit debut feature Werewolf, Canadian filmmaker Ashley McKenzie says she used a gonzo style of casting that felt “scary” but also offered more freedom and authenticity.

Queens of the Qing Dynasty, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 15, was shot on Cape Breton Island, N.S., and pays homage to the people, cultures, and ideas that have migrated to the region in the past five years, McKenzie tells Playback Daily.

Written, directed, and produced by McK

Niagara Falls braces for record crowds hoping to take in solar eclipse’s path of totality

It’s called a totality: the period when the sun’s light is completely blocked by the moon in a solar eclipse. And Niagara Falls, Ont., will be smack-dab in the middle of the phenomenon’s shadowy path as it streaks across a strip of North America on April 8.

The city is bracing itself for the equivalent of Woodstock, the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve rolled into one – an unprecedented weekend-long stargazing party that the city’s mayor says could attract up to a million onlookers, smashing all p

The rise of ‘Sephora kids’ and the tween obsession with pricey skincare products

Kristina Nguyen started to dip into skin care when she was 12, to deal with bad bouts of acne.

Home remedies led to experiments with products, and eventually to TikTok and YouTube, where Kristina shares skin-care routines, advice and reviews. Four years later, she has more than 615,000 and 26,000 followers on each platform respectively.

One of her most popular TikTok videos, with more than 13.9 million views, shows a dizzying array of beauty products laid out before her. It’s captioned: “This

Suicide-prevention initiative trains people to provide care within their own communities

A teenager who loved to act and sing, Lucas Rushton performed at his high school in Truro, N.S., and with the youth theatre program at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, the largest professional theatre company in Atlantic Canada. His passions in music, theatre and film were wide and varied; he loved Elvis and the Trailer Park Boys.

Lucas had a lot of plans, says his mother, Laureen Rushton, including studying performing arts at Sheridan College. “Someday, he planned to make it to Broadway. That was my

Kids Help Phone launches initiative for Black youth

Kids Help Phone is launching a new initiative, RiseUp, that aims to provide more culturally informed and accessible mental-health services to Black youth across the country.

The services include free wellness support that Black youth can access 24/7 by texting RISE to 686868, the Kids Help Phone number.

“When youth text RISE to that number, they will be paired with a crisis responder that knows the youth is Black and can give them services that are tailored to them,” said Barbara Ukwuegbu, the

Meet the Canadian running this year’s Oscars awards show

Off Duty is a series of lively conversations with influential people, from CEOs to celebrities, on life, work and the art of taking time off

Raj Kapoor says his favourite Hollywood award-show moments are the ones that give viewers a glimpse into the humanity of stars.

Fresh off executive-producing the 2024 Grammy Awards, the Edmonton-raised director is in the midst of preparing film’s biggest night: the 96th Academy Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars.

Having earned six Emmy Award nominations and one w

JAMP Pharma Group to acquire 100,000 square feet of Pharmalab Inc. manufacturing space

Quebec-based JAMP Pharma Group says it will acquire a large manufacturing facility in the province in a bid to boost pharmaceutical production in Canada, which is faced with thousands of drug shortages.

The purchase from Pharmalab Inc., announced Thursday, is pending approval by the Superior Court of Quebec. It is set to add more than 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the portfolio of JAMP, which hopes to repatriate the production of more than 100 different new generic drugs in the

Three ways Canadian companies are advancing sustainable fashion

This is the weekly Style File, featuring what’s on the radar of The Globe’s lifestyle desk – from travel to home and design, wellness, fashion or beauty. Sign up for The Globe’s arts and lifestyle newsletters for more news, columns and advice in your inbox.

When Stephanie Lipp and Leo Gillis decided to uproot their lives in Mississauga and move to Bonavista, N.L., the couple was looking for a fresh start. The plan was to begin a mushroom farm in the rural town of about 3,000.

Five years later,

This PhD student makes $40,160 a year. How does she spend it?

This PhD student makes $40,160 a year. How does she spend it?

This PhD student makes $40,160 a year. How does she spend it?

“I don’t keep alcohol at home—it’s too expensive”

Who: Jessica Gosio, 29

What she does: She’s a PhD student at U of T, completing research at a major hospital

What she makes: $40,160 a year

Where she lives: A one-bedroom rental on Hospital Row

Rent: $1,150 a month. “I’m lucky because my parents subsidize my rent and phone as long as I’m a student.”

Transit: $180

We asked people over 80: What keeps you fit, healthy and happy?

The parade of longevity fads promising to add more years to average existence – from cold plunges and intermittent fasting to red-light therapy – can itself feel never-ending. But the glut of health buzzwords, along with the strength of the US$1.8-trillion global wellness market, demonstrates the obvious: people want to live a long time – but they also want to age well.

Five tips from neuroscientists for improving your memory

According to the United Nations Population Division, the global life

Google launches AI chatbot Gemini in Canada after long delay

Google Inc. has launched its AI chatbot in Canada after a delay tied to the company’s standoff with Ottawa over online news.

On Thursday the search giant expanded the rollout of Gemini, formerly known as Bard, to Canada after excluding Canadian users from its chatbot’s “biggest expansion” – to more than 230 countries, in more than 40 languages – in July. Canadians can now access Gemini in both English and Québécois French.

“Our team in Canada was still working to find a constructive resolution

Mushroom coffee, decor and skincare: Why Canadian brands like Blume are using fungi

This is the weekly Style File, featuring what’s on the radar of The Globe’s lifestyle desk – from travel to home and design, wellness, fashion or beauty. Sign up for The Globe’s arts and lifestyle newsletters for more news, columns and advice in your inbox.

It seems like mushrooms have been everywhere lately. They had a moment with Netflix’s documentary Fantastic Fungi in 2019, which explored the magical world of mushrooms, from their healing powers to the underground fungal networks that help

TikTok-turned-TV star Boman Martinez-Reid is living the dream

Boman Martinez-Reid began his ascent to TikTok fame during the pandemic, when his short parodies of hit reality TV shows such as The Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules charmed thousands of fans on the popular app. Since then, the 25-year-old Toronto native has amassed an audience of more than 2.1 million followers on the platform, under the handle Bomanizer.

Those parodies have garnered him more than 70 million likes, a TikTok campaign splashed on billboards across Canada and red-carpet appea

This Bloordale Village film prop buyer makes $99,900 a year. How does she spend it?

This Bloordale Village film prop buyer makes $99,900 a year. How does she spend it?

This Bloordale Village film prop buyer makes $99,900 a year. How does she spend it?

Who: Nicole Stephenson, 41

What she does: She’s a prop buyer for a film production company and the owner of Goodeye Vintage

What she makes: $99,900 a year

Where she lives: A studio in Bloordale Village with her tabby cat, Magic

Rent: $1,500 a month, utilities included. “My former roommate and I were living in a unit downs

New program trains barbers as mental-health first responders for Black communities

“I started with a goat that my grandfather bought. I would style the tuft of hair on its head and cut it,” Ms. Thomas said.

Since immigrating to Canada in 2013, Ms. Thomas has continued her passion, trading a goat for the heads of her clients at Klean Kut Barbershop and Salon in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. There, she says she sees some clients weekly, and like many barbers and hairdressers, has built deep relationships through her practice.

It’s that barber-client rapport that Self Care

Pok Pok app provides a ‘non-addictive’ virtual experience for young children

When Esther Huybreghts and husband Mathijs Demaeght began developing Pok Pok in 2019, the new parents were aiming for an app that would both entertain and stimulate their toddler creatively.

“There was nothing on the market that could give our kid both,” says Ms. Huybreghts, chief creative officer and co-founder of the Toronto-based kids educational app company.

The iOS app, which launched in May, 2021, features “digital toys” for children aged 2 to 7 and was created with Montessori principles

How to be fearless: Grammy nominee Allison Russell and eight other notable Canadians share their secrets to success

Success comes in many forms, but often has a single ingredient: boldness. We asked headlining Canadians to reflect on how they stayed fearless in 2023, and how they plan to challenge themselves in the year ahead.

For Allison Russell, 2023 began in December of 2022.

The Montreal-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter recorded The Returner – now a four-time Grammy-nominated album – during that year’s winter solstice. Helping her over six days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles was the a
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Program to improve health care for marginalized populations puts Black physicians in racialized communities

Marie Claud Felicien immigrated to Canada from St. Lucia as a teenager in 2000. As newcomers not yet covered by public health insurance, her family had to pay $60 to $70 out-of-pocket for appointments, Ms. Felicien said.

That experience informed how Ms. Felicien treated her patients when she worked as a nurse and now shapes the ethos at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (WHIWH), a community health centre for racialized women in Toronto, where she serves as director of primary health care services

Queens of the Qing Dynasty casts Cape Breton locals

In making the follow-up to her hit debut feature Werewolf, Canadian filmmaker Ashley McKenzie says she used a gonzo style of casting that felt “scary” but also offered more freedom and authenticity.

Queens of the Qing Dynasty, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 15, was shot on Cape Breton Island, N.S., and pays homage to the people, cultures, and ideas that have migrated to the region in the past five years, McKenzie tells Playback Daily.

Written, directed, and produced by McK

Niagara Falls braces for record crowds hoping to take in solar eclipse’s path of totality

It’s called a totality: the period when the sun’s light is completely blocked by the moon in a solar eclipse. And Niagara Falls, Ont., will be smack-dab in the middle of the phenomenon’s shadowy path as it streaks across a strip of North America on April 8.

The city is bracing itself for the equivalent of Woodstock, the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve rolled into one – an unprecedented weekend-long stargazing party that the city’s mayor says could attract up to a million onlookers, smashing all p

The rise of ‘Sephora kids’ and the tween obsession with pricey skincare products

Kristina Nguyen started to dip into skin care when she was 12, to deal with bad bouts of acne.

Home remedies led to experiments with products, and eventually to TikTok and YouTube, where Kristina shares skin-care routines, advice and reviews. Four years later, she has more than 615,000 and 26,000 followers on each platform respectively.

One of her most popular TikTok videos, with more than 13.9 million views, shows a dizzying array of beauty products laid out before her. It’s captioned: “This

Suicide-prevention initiative trains people to provide care within their own communities

A teenager who loved to act and sing, Lucas Rushton performed at his high school in Truro, N.S., and with the youth theatre program at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, the largest professional theatre company in Atlantic Canada. His passions in music, theatre and film were wide and varied; he loved Elvis and the Trailer Park Boys.

Lucas had a lot of plans, says his mother, Laureen Rushton, including studying performing arts at Sheridan College. “Someday, he planned to make it to Broadway. That was my

Kids Help Phone launches initiative for Black youth

Kids Help Phone is launching a new initiative, RiseUp, that aims to provide more culturally informed and accessible mental-health services to Black youth across the country.

The services include free wellness support that Black youth can access 24/7 by texting RISE to 686868, the Kids Help Phone number.

“When youth text RISE to that number, they will be paired with a crisis responder that knows the youth is Black and can give them services that are tailored to them,” said Barbara Ukwuegbu, the

Meet the Canadian running this year’s Oscars awards show

Off Duty is a series of lively conversations with influential people, from CEOs to celebrities, on life, work and the art of taking time off

Raj Kapoor says his favourite Hollywood award-show moments are the ones that give viewers a glimpse into the humanity of stars.

Fresh off executive-producing the 2024 Grammy Awards, the Edmonton-raised director is in the midst of preparing film’s biggest night: the 96th Academy Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars.

Having earned six Emmy Award nominations and one w

JAMP Pharma Group to acquire 100,000 square feet of Pharmalab Inc. manufacturing space

Quebec-based JAMP Pharma Group says it will acquire a large manufacturing facility in the province in a bid to boost pharmaceutical production in Canada, which is faced with thousands of drug shortages.

The purchase from Pharmalab Inc., announced Thursday, is pending approval by the Superior Court of Quebec. It is set to add more than 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the portfolio of JAMP, which hopes to repatriate the production of more than 100 different new generic drugs in the

Three ways Canadian companies are advancing sustainable fashion

This is the weekly Style File, featuring what’s on the radar of The Globe’s lifestyle desk – from travel to home and design, wellness, fashion or beauty. Sign up for The Globe’s arts and lifestyle newsletters for more news, columns and advice in your inbox.

When Stephanie Lipp and Leo Gillis decided to uproot their lives in Mississauga and move to Bonavista, N.L., the couple was looking for a fresh start. The plan was to begin a mushroom farm in the rural town of about 3,000.

Five years later,

This PhD student makes $40,160 a year. How does she spend it?

This PhD student makes $40,160 a year. How does she spend it?

This PhD student makes $40,160 a year. How does she spend it?

“I don’t keep alcohol at home—it’s too expensive”

Who: Jessica Gosio, 29

What she does: She’s a PhD student at U of T, completing research at a major hospital

What she makes: $40,160 a year

Where she lives: A one-bedroom rental on Hospital Row

Rent: $1,150 a month. “I’m lucky because my parents subsidize my rent and phone as long as I’m a student.”

Transit: $180

We asked people over 80: What keeps you fit, healthy and happy?

The parade of longevity fads promising to add more years to average existence – from cold plunges and intermittent fasting to red-light therapy – can itself feel never-ending. But the glut of health buzzwords, along with the strength of the US$1.8-trillion global wellness market, demonstrates the obvious: people want to live a long time – but they also want to age well.

Five tips from neuroscientists for improving your memory

According to the United Nations Population Division, the global life

Google launches AI chatbot Gemini in Canada after long delay

Google Inc. has launched its AI chatbot in Canada after a delay tied to the company’s standoff with Ottawa over online news.

On Thursday the search giant expanded the rollout of Gemini, formerly known as Bard, to Canada after excluding Canadian users from its chatbot’s “biggest expansion” – to more than 230 countries, in more than 40 languages – in July. Canadians can now access Gemini in both English and Québécois French.

“Our team in Canada was still working to find a constructive resolution

Mushroom coffee, decor and skincare: Why Canadian brands like Blume are using fungi

This is the weekly Style File, featuring what’s on the radar of The Globe’s lifestyle desk – from travel to home and design, wellness, fashion or beauty. Sign up for The Globe’s arts and lifestyle newsletters for more news, columns and advice in your inbox.

It seems like mushrooms have been everywhere lately. They had a moment with Netflix’s documentary Fantastic Fungi in 2019, which explored the magical world of mushrooms, from their healing powers to the underground fungal networks that help

TikTok-turned-TV star Boman Martinez-Reid is living the dream

Boman Martinez-Reid began his ascent to TikTok fame during the pandemic, when his short parodies of hit reality TV shows such as The Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules charmed thousands of fans on the popular app. Since then, the 25-year-old Toronto native has amassed an audience of more than 2.1 million followers on the platform, under the handle Bomanizer.

Those parodies have garnered him more than 70 million likes, a TikTok campaign splashed on billboards across Canada and red-carpet appea

This Bloordale Village film prop buyer makes $99,900 a year. How does she spend it?

This Bloordale Village film prop buyer makes $99,900 a year. How does she spend it?

This Bloordale Village film prop buyer makes $99,900 a year. How does she spend it?

Who: Nicole Stephenson, 41

What she does: She’s a prop buyer for a film production company and the owner of Goodeye Vintage

What she makes: $99,900 a year

Where she lives: A studio in Bloordale Village with her tabby cat, Magic

Rent: $1,500 a month, utilities included. “My former roommate and I were living in a unit downs

New program trains barbers as mental-health first responders for Black communities

“I started with a goat that my grandfather bought. I would style the tuft of hair on its head and cut it,” Ms. Thomas said.

Since immigrating to Canada in 2013, Ms. Thomas has continued her passion, trading a goat for the heads of her clients at Klean Kut Barbershop and Salon in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. There, she says she sees some clients weekly, and like many barbers and hairdressers, has built deep relationships through her practice.

It’s that barber-client rapport that Self Care

Pok Pok app provides a ‘non-addictive’ virtual experience for young children

When Esther Huybreghts and husband Mathijs Demaeght began developing Pok Pok in 2019, the new parents were aiming for an app that would both entertain and stimulate their toddler creatively.

“There was nothing on the market that could give our kid both,” says Ms. Huybreghts, chief creative officer and co-founder of the Toronto-based kids educational app company.

The iOS app, which launched in May, 2021, features “digital toys” for children aged 2 to 7 and was created with Montessori principles

How to be fearless: Grammy nominee Allison Russell and eight other notable Canadians share their secrets to success

Success comes in many forms, but often has a single ingredient: boldness. We asked headlining Canadians to reflect on how they stayed fearless in 2023, and how they plan to challenge themselves in the year ahead.

For Allison Russell, 2023 began in December of 2022.

The Montreal-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter recorded The Returner – now a four-time Grammy-nominated album – during that year’s winter solstice. Helping her over six days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles was the a

4AG Robotics raises $17.5-million in financing for mushroom-harvesting robots

Mushroom farms in Canada are taking on new workers: robots.

Salmon Arm, B.C.-based 4AG Robotics develops fully automated solutions for mushroom harvesting in Canada and globally, and has raised $17.5-million in equity financing to further its quest. The company’s chief executive, Sean O’Connor, says the company’s name – pronounced “forage” – reflects its novel focus.

The equity financing is led by the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Industrial Innovation Venture Fund, a $250-million fund

Alberta moves to legalize use of ‘software engineer’ title, ending lengthy battle between regulators, tech firms

The government of Alberta is moving to legalize the use of the title “software engineer” for technology companies, ending a lengthy battle between regulators and tech companies in the province.

The move was welcomed by the tech industry, which has been lobbying to be able to use the term.

Bill 7, a proposal to amend the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, which was tabled on Monday, would allow tech companies to use the “software engineer” title to attract and retain talent.

“We’re gl

Non-profit aims to bridge gap between Black health-care professionals and patients

Despite completing a master’s degree in clinical psychology two years ago, Myriam Georges-Estigène was struggling to find permanent work. So in April, she decided to take matters into her own hands and start her own clinic.

To help get the word out, Ms. Georges-Estigène, an Ottawa-based Black psychotherapist, listed her private practice, Peace by Piece Counselling and Psychotherapy, on the Black Healthcare Professionals Network’s directory. This public database of Black doctors and health care

Ontario small-business owners grappling with ‘overwhelming stress’ over effects of COVID-19 pandemic

Small-business owners in Ontario are struggling in a mental-health “echo pandemic” and lack the resources to deal with employee and self-burnout, a report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has found.

Mind the Gap, released on Tuesday, examines the economic effects of COVID-19 and how a lack of mental-health program funding has affected small businesses.

“Many of the small-business owners in the chamber network feel that they have been left on the front lines of the mental-health crisis afte

Majority of racialized Canadian employees have faced workplace racism during their careers, study shows

The majority of racialized Canadians have experienced racism at work, including workplace harassment and professional inequities, a new study shows.

The study by global advocacy group Catalyst surveyed more than 5,000 racialized and ethnic women, men, transgender and non-binary employees in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Britain and the United States. It showed that 66 per cent of people surveyed have experienced racism in their career, with 54 per cent of workers reporting that

Spin Master to buy toy maker Melissa & Doug in US$950-million deal

Spin Master Corp. TOY-T said it will acquire U.S.-based toy maker Melissa & Doug for US$950-million, the largest takeover in the company’s history.

“We have admired Melissa & Doug for many years,” said Spin Master chief executive officer Max Rangel at a news conference at the company’s Toronto headquarters on Wednesday.

Spin Master – which courted the wooden toy maker from parent company AEA Investors – will finance its acquisition with approximately US$450-million in cash and US$500-million i
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Queens of the Qing Dynasty casts Cape Breton locals

In making the follow-up to her hit debut feature Werewolf, Canadian filmmaker Ashley McKenzie says she used a gonzo style of casting that felt “scary” but also offered more freedom and authenticity.

Queens of the Qing Dynasty, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 15, was shot on Cape Breton Island, N.S., and pays homage to the people, cultures, and ideas that have migrated to the region in the past five years, McKenzie tells Playback Daily.

Written, directed, and produced by McK

Niagara Falls braces for record crowds hoping to take in solar eclipse’s path of totality

It’s called a totality: the period when the sun’s light is completely blocked by the moon in a solar eclipse. And Niagara Falls, Ont., will be smack-dab in the middle of the phenomenon’s shadowy path as it streaks across a strip of North America on April 8.

The city is bracing itself for the equivalent of Woodstock, the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve rolled into one – an unprecedented weekend-long stargazing party that the city’s mayor says could attract up to a million onlookers, smashing all p

The rise of ‘Sephora kids’ and the tween obsession with pricey skincare products

Kristina Nguyen started to dip into skin care when she was 12, to deal with bad bouts of acne.

Home remedies led to experiments with products, and eventually to TikTok and YouTube, where Kristina shares skin-care routines, advice and reviews. Four years later, she has more than 615,000 and 26,000 followers on each platform respectively.

One of her most popular TikTok videos, with more than 13.9 million views, shows a dizzying array of beauty products laid out before her. It’s captioned: “This

Suicide-prevention initiative trains people to provide care within their own communities

A teenager who loved to act and sing, Lucas Rushton performed at his high school in Truro, N.S., and with the youth theatre program at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, the largest professional theatre company in Atlantic Canada. His passions in music, theatre and film were wide and varied; he loved Elvis and the Trailer Park Boys.

Lucas had a lot of plans, says his mother, Laureen Rushton, including studying performing arts at Sheridan College. “Someday, he planned to make it to Broadway. That was my

Kids Help Phone launches initiative for Black youth

Kids Help Phone is launching a new initiative, RiseUp, that aims to provide more culturally informed and accessible mental-health services to Black youth across the country.

The services include free wellness support that Black youth can access 24/7 by texting RISE to 686868, the Kids Help Phone number.

“When youth text RISE to that number, they will be paired with a crisis responder that knows the youth is Black and can give them services that are tailored to them,” said Barbara Ukwuegbu, the

Meet the Canadian running this year’s Oscars awards show

Off Duty is a series of lively conversations with influential people, from CEOs to celebrities, on life, work and the art of taking time off

Raj Kapoor says his favourite Hollywood award-show moments are the ones that give viewers a glimpse into the humanity of stars.

Fresh off executive-producing the 2024 Grammy Awards, the Edmonton-raised director is in the midst of preparing film’s biggest night: the 96th Academy Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars.

Having earned six Emmy Award nominations and one w

JAMP Pharma Group to acquire 100,000 square feet of Pharmalab Inc. manufacturing space

Quebec-based JAMP Pharma Group says it will acquire a large manufacturing facility in the province in a bid to boost pharmaceutical production in Canada, which is faced with thousands of drug shortages.

The purchase from Pharmalab Inc., announced Thursday, is pending approval by the Superior Court of Quebec. It is set to add more than 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the portfolio of JAMP, which hopes to repatriate the production of more than 100 different new generic drugs in the

Three ways Canadian companies are advancing sustainable fashion

This is the weekly Style File, featuring what’s on the radar of The Globe’s lifestyle desk – from travel to home and design, wellness, fashion or beauty. Sign up for The Globe’s arts and lifestyle newsletters for more news, columns and advice in your inbox.

When Stephanie Lipp and Leo Gillis decided to uproot their lives in Mississauga and move to Bonavista, N.L., the couple was looking for a fresh start. The plan was to begin a mushroom farm in the rural town of about 3,000.

Five years later,

This PhD student makes $40,160 a year. How does she spend it?

This PhD student makes $40,160 a year. How does she spend it?

This PhD student makes $40,160 a year. How does she spend it?

“I don’t keep alcohol at home—it’s too expensive”

Who: Jessica Gosio, 29

What she does: She’s a PhD student at U of T, completing research at a major hospital

What she makes: $40,160 a year

Where she lives: A one-bedroom rental on Hospital Row

Rent: $1,150 a month. “I’m lucky because my parents subsidize my rent and phone as long as I’m a student.”

Transit: $180

We asked people over 80: What keeps you fit, healthy and happy?

The parade of longevity fads promising to add more years to average existence – from cold plunges and intermittent fasting to red-light therapy – can itself feel never-ending. But the glut of health buzzwords, along with the strength of the US$1.8-trillion global wellness market, demonstrates the obvious: people want to live a long time – but they also want to age well.

Five tips from neuroscientists for improving your memory

According to the United Nations Population Division, the global life

Google launches AI chatbot Gemini in Canada after long delay

Google Inc. has launched its AI chatbot in Canada after a delay tied to the company’s standoff with Ottawa over online news.

On Thursday the search giant expanded the rollout of Gemini, formerly known as Bard, to Canada after excluding Canadian users from its chatbot’s “biggest expansion” – to more than 230 countries, in more than 40 languages – in July. Canadians can now access Gemini in both English and Québécois French.

“Our team in Canada was still working to find a constructive resolution

Mushroom coffee, decor and skincare: Why Canadian brands like Blume are using fungi

This is the weekly Style File, featuring what’s on the radar of The Globe’s lifestyle desk – from travel to home and design, wellness, fashion or beauty. Sign up for The Globe’s arts and lifestyle newsletters for more news, columns and advice in your inbox.

It seems like mushrooms have been everywhere lately. They had a moment with Netflix’s documentary Fantastic Fungi in 2019, which explored the magical world of mushrooms, from their healing powers to the underground fungal networks that help

TikTok-turned-TV star Boman Martinez-Reid is living the dream

Boman Martinez-Reid began his ascent to TikTok fame during the pandemic, when his short parodies of hit reality TV shows such as The Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules charmed thousands of fans on the popular app. Since then, the 25-year-old Toronto native has amassed an audience of more than 2.1 million followers on the platform, under the handle Bomanizer.

Those parodies have garnered him more than 70 million likes, a TikTok campaign splashed on billboards across Canada and red-carpet appea

This Bloordale Village film prop buyer makes $99,900 a year. How does she spend it?

This Bloordale Village film prop buyer makes $99,900 a year. How does she spend it?

This Bloordale Village film prop buyer makes $99,900 a year. How does she spend it?

Who: Nicole Stephenson, 41

What she does: She’s a prop buyer for a film production company and the owner of Goodeye Vintage

What she makes: $99,900 a year

Where she lives: A studio in Bloordale Village with her tabby cat, Magic

Rent: $1,500 a month, utilities included. “My former roommate and I were living in a unit downs

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