When it comes to women and our money, most of the surveys and reports we’ve read sum up our financial situation like this: we simply aren’t on a level playing field with men. It turns out women aren’t, for example, as confident in managing financial services, we’re often reluctant to talk about cash (it’s still considered taboo) and, no surprise here, we generally don’t earn as much as our male counterparts.
All of this got us thinking—is the relationship between Canadian women and our money as dire as it seems? To find out, we've created a survey that goes deep into the minds (and pocketbooks) of women across the country specifically to find out how you feel about all-things financial. Who pays the bills in your household? Have you ever asked for a raise at work? Do you know how much is currently in your savings account?
Take our survey and find out the results in an upcoming issue. Plus, one reader will win a $250 Visa gift card just for participating.
Fill out the survey above and click back here for a chance to win the $250 Visa gift card.
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.
A recent study out of Pennsylvania State University found that a meal made with a spice blend that included ginger (along with garlic, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, paprika, turmeric and black pepper) reduced levels of triglycerides by 30 percent when compared to an identical non-spiced meal.
2. It helps your tummy!
Ginger has long been associated with relieving nausea and morning sickness, motion sickness, and even menstrual pain, as it's original use was for pain relief. A 2012 study shored up that wisdom, showing that ginger can reduce nausea after chemotherapy when taken as a supplement.
3. It can help you breathe easy.
Ginger tea is a classic remedy purported to ease cough and cold symptoms. And it turns out, there’s some science to its soothing powers when you’re sick. In 2013, research out of Columbia University found that ginger might help asthma patients breathe more easily.
4. It has anti-inflammatory effects.
Osteoarthritis causes joint pain and stiffness, but the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger can help that. In a trial done by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, participants who took ginger extract had less pain and needed less pain medication than those who didn't.
*Although rare, too much ginger can cause heartburn, diarrhea and irritation of the mouth, according to the University of Maryland. There can also be interactions with medications, such as acetylsalicylic acid.
But most of us can indulge in ginger for its flavour and health benefits. Try it in:
Apple Cran-Curry Salsa
Apricot Almond Energy Bars
Asparagus and Orange Salad With Ginger Dressing
Broiled Tofu With No-Cook Peanut Sauce
Photography by Pamela Littky
We talked to Canadian musicians Tegan and Sara about their relationship, activism and why they've teamed up with Kiehl's to benefit the LGBTQ community.
Identical twins Tegan and Sara Quin have spent a vast portion of their lives in close quarters. The 36-year-old Calgarians shared a bedroom as kids, then a tour bus when they became "indie darlings–turned–pop tour de force," as GQ described them last year.
But as the duo was steadily racking up accolades, their sisterhood was crumbling, despite—or maybe because of—all that time spent together. "In our younger years, it was really difficult to navigate our relationship in the context of what we were trying to do in music, running our own business and travelling the world," says Tegan. "While most of our friends were entering college and getting to explore their identity, we were bound together in this career and life. There was inevitably a lot of trouble. Often, it was just the two of us on the road, so it was easy to pick on each other."
The sisters, who skipped university in favour of playing music, scored a record contract with Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young at age 19. They received a Grammy nomination in 2012 for their concert DVD Get Along, then went on to win three Juno Awards. It was their breakout hit, "Closer," an upbeat synthpop track from their seventh album, Heartthrob, that propelled them from indie rock band to mainstream chart-topping pop-dance duo seemingly overnight.
But if that song title felt slightly ironic, well, it was; by that point, the twins had been living on opposite sides of the country for 13 years. But where mainstream success has historically torn bands apart, for Tegan and Sara, it has had the opposite effect. The sisters, who have always been honest about their tumultuous relationship, say they're now in a really good place.
And this reconciliation made writing about their issues for their latest album, Love You to Death, easier. "Stability affords us an opportunity to look at the past with a critical eye, but it also helps us shift narratives away from previous losses. I'm still flawed, but my relationships have become stronger," says Sara.
This record, their eighth, is coated with a layer of "poptimism," continuing the modern pop takeover they started with Heartthrob. But they're not abandoning their outspoken past selves; as with their sibling strife, the twins have always been open about their sexuality and the social issues that are close to them, perhaps taking a cue from their mom, a social worker. At the 2014 Juno Awards, Tegan accepted the Group of the Year award for Heartthrob by saying, "I don't think very many people— and especially not us—thought two queer kids from northeast Calgary would get here, but here we are." Today, she says, "We've always been honest about seeing ourselves as a band, first and foremost, but in times like this, we do use our voices, as frequently as we can, if we think we can help. In this day and age, I think it would be irresponsible of us to say, ‘We're not political people; we don't want to get political.' "
In fact, compelled to use their voices beyond singing to help those who don't have one, the sisters set up the Tegan and Sara Foundation, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ women and girls around the world. It will focus on economics, health and representation, the areas in which they say LGBTQ girls and women face the most challenges. And when Kiehl's approached them about a partnership that would help support the foundation, they quickly jumped on board. Proceeds from special editions of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser, products the pair has been using for more than a decade, will directly benefit the sisters' new charitable endeavour.
It's just one more way they're getting closer. As of 2015, the sisters have both settled on the West Coast. "We live really close in Vancouver," says Tegan. "So close that Sara can see my apartment from her courtyard."
Proceeds from these special editions will go to the Tegan and Sara Foundation. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser, $26 each, kiehls.ca.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to arrive in Washington for the Women's March on January 21, but events and rallies are planned for cities across Canada, too.
On the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people will unite for the Women's March on Washington to express their support for the rights of marginalized groups—and similar events are planned for cities around the world.
Though it's not officially an anti-Trump protest, the march was planned in reaction to the Republican candidate's presidential win. "The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights," the organizers say in their mission statement.
Hundreds of Canadian women will be making the trek to Washington, but there are also events planned across Canada. So if you can't make it all the way there, here's when and where you can join a march or rally closer to home:
11am at the Esplanade de la Place des Arts in Montreal
1pm at the Halifax City Hall
1pm at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse