Archive: December, 2011

I’ve been casually smoking for 10 years

The question: I’ve been a very casual smoker for about 10 years – but I only do it around my friends who smoke. This ends up being about 3 cigarettes a week. There’s something about my friends smoking that triggers a mental response for me to join them. What mental strategies can I use to […]

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New website, TV show challenge: find a million dollars in ten weeks

(by Daily News)   Facing crushing debt, massive bills, rocketing costs and out-of-control spending, Canadians are being challenged by a new specialty TV series and companion microsite to tackle their financial problems – at home that is, not in government.   OWN Canada has launched an online contest to determine the most common type of […]

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Show becomes reality; filming just wrapped up in December and it will air in January

(by Heather Colpitts, Langley Advance)   Filming on Aldergrove’s reality TV show ran August until December and in January, it’s ready to air.   Corus Entertainment has announced that Million Dollar Neighbourhood will premiere on Jan. 22 on its Oprah Winfrey Network Canada.   Aldergrove was chosen from among various communities contending for the show […]

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Aldergrove feels like a million dollars

(by Kurt Langmann, Aldergrove Star)   One hundred Aldergrove families will be the stars of a new TV series in January,  when Corus Entertainment’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) presents the premiere of the “Million Dollar Neighbourhood.”   Billed as “an unprecedented social experiment set in Aldergrove, in which 100 families have only 10 weeks […]

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I’m just going to say it: I hate Christmas gifts

The question: I hate giving and receiving gifts. It seems so materialistic to me – but everyone around me seems to just love it at this time of year. Is there something wrong with me? How can I mentally get behind the idea of gift giving?   The answer: Christmas has become an increasingly commercialized […]

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OWN Canada to premiere Million Dollar Neighbourhood

(by Etan Vlessing, Media in Canada)   Million Dollar Neighbourhood is set to join the OWN Canada schedule this January.   The reality competition series challenges 100 families to collectively raise $1 million in 10 weeks.   Million Dollar Neighbourhood, to debut Sunday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. ET, will see families in Aldergrove, British […]

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Million Dollar Neighbourhood leaves Aldergrove richer in more ways than one

(by Elaine O’Connor, The Province)   As many B.C. residents start the New Year with holiday bills, more than 100 families in Aldergrove will be in the black after surviving a months-long financial boot camp for the upcoming reality television show, Million Dollar Neighbourhood.   But they have also gained something more important than money: […]

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Oprah Winfrey’s Canadian network challenges 100 families to raise $1 million

The OWN Canada reality show has battling neighbours collecting money through challenges to escape crippling debt and unemployment (by Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter)   This captures the zeitgeist of hard times: OWN Canada has picked up a homegrown reality TV series that teaches competing families to raise money to get out of debt or […]

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Oprah Winfrey’s Canadian network challenges 100 families to raise $1 million

(by Hollywood Celebrity Times)   This captures the zeitgeist of hard times: OWN Canada has picked up a homegrown reality TV series that teaches competing families to raise money to get out of debt or unemployment.   Canada’s version of the Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered 13 episodes of Million Dollar Neighborhood, which challenges 100 […]

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New series Million Dollar Neighbourhood challenges 100 families to find a million dollars in 10 weeks

(Corus Entertainment Press Release)   This January, Corus Entertainment ‘s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) presents the premiere of the new original series, Million Dollar Neighbourhood, an unprecedented social experiment set in Aldergrove, British Columbia in which 100 families have only 10 weeks to raise their collective net worth by $1 million. Produced by Force […]

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Help: My 12-year-old still believes in Santa

The question: My 12-year-old still believes in Santa. It’s embarrassing, but he’s still so hopeful and it’s endearing. I feel responsible. How do I tell him without crushing his spirit?   The answer: The short answer? Tell him the truth. The longer answer is that, for me, one of the most amazing things about children […]

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Is my boyfriend’s psychologist sabotaging our relationship?

The question: My boyfriend is in therapy, which I encouraged him to do. But sometimes I worry about the psychologist saying disparaging things about our relationship. Would a professional do this or am I being paranoid?   The answer: One of the most important roles for a competent psychologist is to be objective, neutral, and […]

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My husband’s family won’t talk about mental illness

The question: My husband’s family keeps psychological illness in the closet. How do I discuss openly with my children their cousin’s illness without antagonizing my in-laws?   The answer: Unfortunately, there continues to be a significant degree of stigma around psychological health issues. Statistics indicate that 1 out of 4 Canadian adults will struggle with […]

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23 and 1/2 hours: what is the single best thing we can do for our health?

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way.   Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, […]

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Gals we admire: Dr. Joti Samra

Dr. Joti Samra always knew she wanted to be a doctor, but she gets squeamish at the sight of blood. So, Samra found a way to make her dream come true—by becoming a psychologist. Name: Dr. Joti Samra Profession: Organizational and Media Consultant Website: thepsychdoctor.com / drjotisamra.com Twitter handle: @drjotisamra Describe your typical work day, from start […]

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The Road to Psychological Safety

Legal, scientific and social foundations for a national standard for psychological safety in the workplace.  A working paper for the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Martin Shain S.J.D., Ian Arnold M.D., M.Sc., DOHS, FRCPC, FCBOM, Kathy GermAnn, Ph.D.   This project has been made possible through funding from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and […]

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