By Kristin Rushowy Queen's Park Bureau Tues., Dec. 11, 2018 Muhammad in Peel, Maverick in the Soo. Across Ontario, the most popular baby names are Noah, Ethan and Liam for boys, and Olivia, Charlotte and Ava or Emma for girls — but from region to region, choices vary. In Barrie, it’s Lincoln for boys; in Waterloo, Grace for girls. Amelia hits the top five in a couple of communities. In Peel Region, where there is a booming Muslim population, Muhammad is number one. “The meaning of the name is ‘worthy of praise’ and that is also a strong characteristic we hope Muhammad will carry,” said Memona Hossain of Brampton, who gave her son that moniker when he was born in January. Article Continued Below Hossain, who travelled to Mecca and completed the hajj during her pregnancy, said she and husband Pooyan Najafi narrowed their choices to a couple of prophetic names, and then figured once the baby was born, they’d … [Read more...] about Muhammad in Peel, Maverick in the Soo — a look at top baby names across Ontario
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By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Fri., March 9, 2018 Define normal. Justin Altmann, mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville, 50 kilometres north of Toronto, thinks it’s normal to assemble a link chart — you know, the kind police use for crime scene investigations — of more than 30 local people, including staff, on his office washroom walls. OK, then. The photos, which include one of Toronto Star reporter Noor Javed, were connected by black lines and arrows along with Trumpish handwritten signs such as “You’re Hired” and “You’re Fired.” They’re called Crazy Walls and TV shows use them to explain a complicated plot to viewers without putting them to sleep. There are several kinds of Crazy Walls, as always-useful TVTropes.org explains. Altmann’s wall sounds a bit like the Room Full of Crazy in which a conspirer or a victim fills the entire room with images. Then there is the Stalker Shrine, all about … [Read more...] about How do you solve a problem like Justin Altmann?
source Getty/Astrid Stawiarz Actress Katherine Heigl credits a program called BBG with helping her get back into shape after having a baby. The program, designed by personal trainer Kayla Itsines, is based around a science-backed workout regimen called high intensity interval training, or HIIT. I tried one such program recently and was blown away by its effectiveness. Do you have seven minutes? You could spend them getting into shape. It may sound like hype, but working your body fast and hard for just a few minutes – interspersed with short periods of rest – is an effective means of toning your muscles and improving your heart health. This type of exercise goes by a handful of names, including high intensity interval training, HIIT, and tabata, but the basic gist is the same. The science-backed program essentially boils down the strength and heart benefits of a sweaty bike ride or a trip … [Read more...] about Celebrities like Katherine Heigl are praising a viral fitness regimen for whipping them back into incredible shape — here’s how it works
Recent gyrations in the stock market are telling Wall Street to be worried about the future. That is because, thanks to bad economic policy, we are stealing from the future to give to those who have money in the present. Thanks mom and dad. I like to call the Masters of the Universe at night, after the market has closed, the dust has settled, and the gains and losses realized during the day have crystallized into some kind of truth about where the market is headed. And last night, amidst the terror of the last few days and an avalanche of policy news out of Washington, I had a break through with one of them. “Can you finally admit that your generation is insanely selfish,” I asked the billionaire on the other side of the line. “Yeah, I guess your right,” he said gradually. He had to admit it. We had just gone over his analysis of why the stock market has been puking. Here it goes: After last … [Read more...] about Now do you finally believe baby boomers are the most selfish generation?
You may experience it once in your lifetime when you travel either by bus, train or aeroplane. While you're seated in your cramped seat and trying to rest, a baby passenger starts to cry. Minutes pass like hours and the baby doesn't stop crying. Crying infants can be annoying. Brawling can make some people angry and that might lead to an ugly circumstance where the baby and the parents are forced to abort the bus.That scenario happened to the family of Mongkol Thongboran just recently. He and his wife took their two young sons to board an inter-provincial bus of the state-run Transport Company from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal at 8pm. Their destination was Koh Samui in Surat Thani, about 765km south of Bangkok. But the family's 12-hour trip was cut short to two hours because of the crying baby -- their 17-month-old youngest son.According to Sitthiporn Sriwarom, a witness seated in front of the family who revealed the story on his Facebook page. The journey went peacefully for awhile … [Read more...] about The sound of life