Flying South For A Week: The Canadian Dream

Flying down south for a week per year to an all-inclusive resort is the Canadian dream in a nutshell.

The Cost Of Things: Tampons In The English-Speaking World

Assuming 40 years of menstruation, this means the Canadian government has been taxing the average woman $292.80 in their lifetime to have a vagina.

Giving To Family Beyond Your Parents

I had never felt as much like I really had money as I did when I began sharing it with my family.

Food Cart Entrepreneurs, Maple Syrup Mafias, & More

“In my first two years of the food cart, people said that I’d reached the American dream. But I didn’t know what that was so I Googled it.”

Underemployment, Illustrated; Why Not Take Your Cat To A Restaurant?; & More

“Underemployed” is a beautifully illustrated and painfully sad account of graduating into a recession and trying to get meaningful work.

How a Canadian Working in London Does Money

“I don’t generally tell people that those are the things that make it harder for me, but he also hadn’t bothered to ask about the difficulty of getting in. Which I think is typical of people who don’t have disabilities and don’t realize the extra difficulty that many of us face in terms of access to work, transport and often just everyday life activities that many people take for granted.”

Where To Buy Ilana’s Bras And/Or How To Live In A Cave

Make sure you agree on terms before taking a job for someone, or you might get paid in half of a dead horse.

The Cost of Losing a Passport: The Tangible Losses and Intangible Gains

Discovering that you have lost your passport while in another country and with an impending deadline for an enormous feature can make you feel as if there is a mass of trumpets screaming inside your head. The guilt from your Chinese upbringing and 12 years of Catholic education only deepen your urge to crawl into a hole.

How Much Would You Pay For Mermaid School?

The website offers lots of options, including fitness classes for people aged 16 and up, though it cautions that “Introduction to Mermaid Swimming” is a pre-req and also that “students must know how to swim.”

My First Love Was a City: Victoria, British Columbia

I still won’t say I’m over Victoria. Like all first loves, Victoria will always know how to hurt me. When I went back to the West Coast this summer for vacation, I stayed with friends in Vancouver and purposefully avoided it. I still miss the trees and my friends and the life I had there. But I am becoming happy here. I have moved on from just making the best of things. Like the protagonists of a thousand books and films and ballads, I have grieved and I learned to love again.