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Where Can I Shop for Clothing? Understanding Bangladesh, Safety and Ethical Sourcing

Young woman in Bangladesh training to work in the garment industry

A lot of people were hit hard by the images of the Rana Plaza factory that collapsed in Bangladesh last year and the news of the factory fires that came before that. As Western consumers of many of the goods that are produced in that factory, the deaths, the injuries, the inhumane working conditions make us feel guilty, devastated and confused. Where can we buy clothing for our families without hurting people? How do we know that the companies that we are buying from are treating workers fairly and ensuring they have safe working conditions?

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Masterchef Mama?

Masterchef Canada

This year, I started watching Masterchef Canada. I heard there was going to be a food blogger on it, so thought I would check it out. I didn't expect to get hooked and I certainly didn't expect my kids to express an interest. I did and they did though and it has now become a weekly routine to watch the show together. "You should be on Masterchef, Mama," they say to me. But should I be?

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Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding Overstated?


You may have heard that a new study recently proved the benefits of breastfeeding (or risks of formula) are overstated. You probably heard this because journalists like to read scientific studies and twist them into a storyline that fits their agenda and then editors like to come along and put the cherry on top with a link baiting exaggerated headline.

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Are We Lying on Facebook?


In an essay, Sarah Tuttle Singer describes a Saturday where she offered up various blissful glimpses of her day for the world to "like". Then she takes us through all the things that she left out.Sarah wants us to stop fakebooking and start sharing the real and shitty family moments. But should we? This post gives my take on the issue.

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Canadian Government Forced to Review Safety of 23 Pesticides


Environmental groups in Canada have forced the federal government to review 23 ingredients that are used in 383 different pesticide products approved for sale in Canada. These pesticides have been banned in European countries and the environmental groups (David Suzuki Foundation and Equiterre, represented by Ecojustice lawyers) won a legal challenge which will force the Canadian government to review their safety.

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