Heather Buchan

Get your kids moving in 2012

As a kid, you played Capture the Flag. Kids today are playing Call of Duty. The premise of each game is similar. The difference: One is done outdoors, and involves running and jumping and fake shooting…while the other requires a couch. And maybe a sugary soda, as an accessory.It’s an old story:...

Monday, January 9, 2012, 3:04 AM

Marketing guru reveals the tactics his industry uses to influence us all

Students and faculty at Humber College were recently treated to a compelling presentation by international marketing guru and branding expert, Martin Lindstrom, who has for two decade, advised top corporations, including Pepsi, LEGO, American Express and Microsoft, on how to build stronger brands....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 2:03 AM

Canada’s training mission in Afghanistan

Canadian Forces Col. Mike Minor is the NATO commander in charge of the Advisory Group to the Kabul Military Training Centre (the largest Afghan army training facility)talks about Canada’s legacy in Afghanistan. Who are the trainers?I have a team of about 500 coalition personnel from about 10...

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5:32 AM

Weighing the future of video game fitness

Two weeks after embarking on a quest to determine whether Ubisoft’s Your Shape Fitness Evolved for Xbox Kinect — a fitness-simulation program, which displays your image on the TV screen and tracks your movements in real time while you follow a virtual personal trainer — will negate the need for gym...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7:41 PM

Walking thousands of steps in her shoes

All over the world, women and girls in some of the poorest communities take on the brunt of domestic labour: Collecting firewood, fetching water and gathering food -- tasks that often entail long, arduous walks. According to CARE Canada, an aid and development organization dedicated to fighting...

Monday, February 28, 2011, 8:31 PM

It may be generic, but a Kinect workout is also convenient

Just like my inaugural session, my second and third workouts using Ubisoft’s Your Shape Fitness Evolved for Xbox Kinect don’t work me into a sweat like my sessions at the gym, but they do raise my heart rate and get my muscles working. One main advantage of working out using Ubisoft is I can simply...

Friday, February 25, 2011, 7:41 PM

From the gym to the basement

The following two sessions at the gym with trainer Nanci S. Guest are increasingly more intense. On the second of three 45-minute sessions, I find myself holding a 12-pound dumbbell while skipping sideways down a long corridor at the gym. “Faster, faster, deeper, pause, do you feel that now,” says...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 7:41 PM

Kinect has some sweaty shoes to fill

My first session back at the gym post-baby is a rude but much-needed awakening. Most people I encounter tell me how great I look for being just three months post-partum. But when I meet up with Nanci S. Guest — a certified personal trainer and registered dietician who specializes in strength and...

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:41 PM

Can Kinect make the gym pass obsolete?

When my editor recently asked me to test out Ubisoft's Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, a fitness-simulation program for the Xbox 360's new Kinect peripheral and compare that experience and my fitness results verses working out with a personal trainer at the gym, I jumped at the chance. The reason: I’m...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7:41 PM

Eva Longoria’s perfume exudes confidence

She shot to stardom six years ago when the hit TV show Desperate Housewives — in which she plays the hilariously vain and materialistic Gabrielle Solis — first premiered, and Eva Longoria Parker hasn’t looked back since. Aside from acting, Longoria Parker has ventured into producing and directing...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 1:30 AM

Grand Am the perfect companion to comedian

Meet the driver Who is he? Toronto-based comedian Christian Smith is one-fifth of the award-winning comedy troupe The Riot. What he drives: A “stunning” silver 2004 Pontiac Grand Am with a charcoal interior. Why the Grand Am: My dad bought it for himself and I just ended up driving it all the time...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 10:28 PM

Make your bedroom a calming oasis

When it comes to decorating, many of us tend to focus on the public spaces in our homes — living room, dining room and kitchen — often neglecting our bedroom, the place where we recharge every night for the following day. The calmer and more serene and comfortable the bedroom environment, the...

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 1:30 AM

Actor Karen Parker knows: the best cars in life are free

Meet the driver WHO?IS SHE Karen Parker is a Toronto-based, Canadian Comedy Award-winning actress and a member of the three-woman comedy troupe Punch in the Box, which will be performing at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival next month. WHAT SHE?DRIVES A two-tone beige Toyota Corolla that my...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 10:58 PM

Decorate for the harvest this Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is the time for family and friends to gather around a harvest table to enjoy a hearty meal and good conversation. And nothing sets the mood better than a seasonally decorated tabletop. Here are some quick tips on how to dress your table to impress. According to Canadian interior...

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 1:30 AM

Celebrity chef goes for wine-country red

Celebrity chef Anna Olson, host of Food Network Canada's Fresh with Anna Olson, is an authority on cooking and baking using locally grown ingredients. Olson, who’s famous for her pastries, will be speaking and demonstrating cooking techniques at the International Home Show this Friday. She’s also...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 1:30 PM

Switching up your decor for the fall season

As the season changes from summer to fall with the days getting shorter and the weather getting cooler, we naturally start spending more time indoors, and the urge to create a warm and cosy atmosphere at home instinctively kicks in for many people. So how can you add a dose of autumn to your home...

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 1:30 AM

Chad Bisch gets the most from his 'freedom top'

Chad Bisch is the energetic co-host of the new W Network TV show Burn My Mortgage (premiering Oct. 5) in which he helps homeowners shave years off their mortgages. What he drives A black 2007 Jeep Wrangler. It’s my third Jeep. I’m so passionate about Jeeps. I was always driving the two-door Jeeps...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 1:30 PM

Designer Trish Ewanika stays loyal to her Volvos

Trish Ewanika is a Canadian womenswear designer whose legion of loyal customers love Ewanika — her contemporary line of polished, unfussy and chic day-to-night clothing. What she drivesA grey 1992 960 Volvo Sedan Why the 960 Volvo?I bought my first car ever in 2005. Before that, I’d cycled and...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 1:30 PM

Conquer clutter

With fall upon us, now’s the time to simplify your life and get all that clutter organized. Not only will taming clutter free up space and keep your home looking clean, but organizing allows you to find everything you need right away. The good news is that there are a plethora of stylish storage...

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 9:30 AM

Dancer Moore’s own ‘showmobile’

Why the Protege?Because the mileage was pretty good when I bought it second-hand and I feel really safe in it. It’s a good size, not too huge. Being an independent artist, I need to be able to get around the city. I may have to be in six different locations in one day, so I don’t want anything huge...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 5:41 AM