Archive | October, 2016

DEWALI SPECIAL

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India‘s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians or Eid holiday is to Muslims.

Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. India was an agricultural society where people would seek the divine blessing of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as they closed their accounting books and prayed for success at the outset of a new financial year. Today this practice extends to businesses all over the Indian subcontinent, which mark the day after Diwali as the first day of the new financial year.

Indians celebrate with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi. Some believe that Lakshmi wanders the Earth looking for homes where she will be welcomed. People open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Lakshmi in.

Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs.

Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:

  • In northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
  • Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
  • In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.

In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.

Non-Hindu communities have other reasons for celebrating the holiday:

  • In Jainism, it marks the nirvana or spiritual awakening of Lord Mahavira on October 15, 527 B.C.
  • In Sikhism it marks the day that Guru Hargobind Ji, the Sixth Sikh Guru was freed from imprisonment.

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Ottawa must invest to reduce wait times at Pearson Airport

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

First impressions matter. But you wouldn’t know it by how passengers coming into the country’s busiest airport, Pearson International, are routinely treated.

Lineups for incoming travellers have gotten so bad that during May security staff were forced to hold passengers outside of a jammed customs hall an average of twice a day. Wait times in the holding area topped 30 minutes before travellers could begin the long process of working their way through the customs lineup.

That’s no way to welcome home weary residents or visitors who are bringing millions of dollars of business to the GTA, whether they’re spending their vacation money or investing in city businesses and ventures.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is asking Ottawa to step in to provide more funding to improve customs and immigration screening. Given the situation at Pearson, the government should agree to the more-than-reasonable $5 million the authority is asking for.

Otherwise, as Toronto Region Board of Trade president Jan De Silva warns: “The unintended consequences are going to be horrific for us at a time when we’re looking for global growth to stimulate our economy.”

And Ottawa shouldn’t stop there. It should consider whether business travellers and tourists will want to come back after what they go through when they are trying to catch a flight.

At peak times passengers have waited an hour to get through security clearance. To be fair, that’s not the norm. Of the 17.6 million passengers screened at Pearson in 2015, almost three-quarters got through the checkpoints in 10 minutes or less. But another 4.8 million had to wait longer than 10 minutes, and half of those were held up for more than 15 minutes.

That’s unconscionable in a so-called world-class city that is competing globally for visitors and business travellers. Consider London’s Heathrow Airport, where 95 per cent of passengers are screened in five minutes or less.

That’s why the airport authority is also asking for another $20 million for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to improve screening for travellers trying to catch a flight. It should get it before things get worse.

That’s right. The screening authority says wait times will increase next year because it is facing budget restrictions even as passenger volumes increase at Canadian airports.

Travellers are not a captive audience; most of them have choices. Ottawa must invest in airport screening and customs and make sure Toronto doesn’t lose out because it makes passengers feel stressed out and unwelcome.

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Finance Minister says Canadians should get used to short-term employment

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canadians should get used to so-called “job churn” — short-term employment and a number of career changes in a person’s life.

Morneau made the comment on Saturday at a meeting of the federal Liberal Party’s Ontario wing, days before he’s scheduled to deliver a fall economic update.

The remark also comes just three days after the Bank of Canada delivered bad news for the economy, downgrading the country’s growth outlook yet again.

And when asked about precarious employment the finance minister told delegates that high employee turnover and short-term contract work will continue in young people’s lives, and the government has to focus on preparing for it.

“We also need to think about, ‘How do we train and retrain people as they move from job to job to job?’ Because it’s going to happen. We have to accept that,” Morneau said during a question-and-answer session.

Elsewhere in his presentation, Morneau noted that some people will see their jobs disappear in the years to come — truck drivers and receptionists, for instance.

Morneau said the government has to look at helping out with the “things underneath” disappearing or precarious work.

He listed the changes to the Canada Pension Plan as an example, calling it “a recognition that people aren’t going to have the same pension benefits” as in generations past.

“Recognizing that we need a way to help people through their career is something that will soften that blow as they think about the long term.”

But his remarks weren’t all doom and gloom.

He told delegates that the “first thing” the Liberals did was reduce taxes for nine million Canadians, and touted the Liberals’ Canada Childcare Benefit as the biggest advancement in Canadian policy since universal health care.

He said the policy — which was among Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promises — has been lifting “hundreds of thousands” of Canadians out of poverty.

Trudeau also mentioned the benefit when he spoke at the meeting Friday night, when he said it provided more money to 90 per cent of Canadian families.

“We’re on track to doing what we promised—lifting 300,000 Canadian kids out of poverty,” Trudeau said.

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Steven Blaney Reignites Niqab Debate At Start Of Tory Leadership Bid

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

A Conservative leadership candidate is reopening a divisive debate over the wearing of niqabs and other face-covering veils.

Quebec MP Steven Blaney announced Monday that, if elected prime minister, he would be prepared to invoke the notwithstanding clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to ensure faces are uncovered when would-be Canadians swear the citizenship oath, as well as when citizens vote and work in the federal public service.

“Uncovering your face is a day-to-day requirement for every Canadian whether it is to obtain a driver licence or getting a passport for obvious security reasons,” Blaney said in a media release. “This same requirement should apply to all those who swear allegiance to our country, vote in-person at a polling station or work within the federal public service.”

Blaney pledged to reintroduce as government legislation his 2011 private member’s bill that would have demanded voters show their faces before voting or registering to vote. The bill would have additional amendments related to the citizenship ceremony and federal bureaucrats.

Blaney said he “will not hesitate” to use the notwithstanding clause if the Supreme Court of Canada should “oppose the will of Parliament.” Section 33 of the Charter allows the federal Parliament or provincial legislatures to override certain fundamental freedoms, and legal and equality rights for no more than five years.

No federal Parliament has ever invoked the clause, but governments in Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Yukon have used the controversial tool.

 

Testing on ‘Canada’s core principles’

Blaney also pledged to change the citizenship test to ensure prospective Canadians are “sufficiently tested” on their proficiency with one of the two official languages and “Canada’s core principles.” He said a Blaney government would also tweak the citizenship oath to incorporate those “core principles.”

The former public safety minister under the government of Stephen Harper also said more investments would be made in security agencies to screen “potential national security threats.”

The right of Muslim women to wear the face-covering niqab during the citizenship ceremony became a major topic in last year’s election campaign. Pakistan-born woman Zunera Ishaq successfully challenged the former Tory government’s ban on the practice in a federal court and eventually took her citizenship oath while wearing the veil, after confirming her identity.

The two Tories behind that announcement — Chris Alexander and Kellie Leitch — are also running for the Tory leadership.

On Monday, Tory MP Deepak Obhrai, who is also running for leader, took to Twitter to say he disagreed with Blaney.

“My campaign is based on inclusiveness and embracing diversity,” Obhrai tweeted.

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Ottawa floats changes to mortgage default rules, targets banks with risk-sharing plan amid housing boom

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

The federal government is looking for feedback on proposed changes to Canada’s mortgage system that would require lenders to take on a “modest portion” of the losses on insured-loans that default.

As part of measures announced earlier this month, the Finance Department on Friday began a four-month consultation period for individual Canadians and organizations to submit their views on Ottawa’s plans to “modify the distribution of risks” in the housing finance sector “by requiring mortgage lenders to manage a modest portion of loan losses on insured mortgages that default, would enhance the current system.”

In particular, Ottawa is considering whether that transfer of risk — from taxpayer-backed insurance to private lenders — would provide greater stability to the financial sector.

The goal of the proposed changes is to ensure the country’s mortgage-lending system “continues to meet the needs of Canadians and support a strong economy . . . and better protect taxpayers by ensuring that the distribution of risk in the housing finance system is appropriately balanced,” the government said.

Along with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., a federal agency, there are two major private mortgage insurers — Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance and Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance.

Since the 1950s, the government has required lenders to have mortgage default insurance. At present, insurance is necessary if the mortgage on a property is more than 80 per cent of its value.

Mortgage insurance guarantees the total amount of any default, minus a 10-per-cent deductible paid by the private lender. If a lender does not have enough capital to cover the remaining amount of the mortgage, Ottawa — and ultimately taxpayers — is responsible for the paying the difference.

“The government guarantee of mortgage insurance is intended to protect against severe risks that could threaten financial stability,” the Finance Department said in its consultation document.

“Lender risk sharing would aim to rebalance risk in the housing finance system by requiring lenders to bear a modest portion of loan losses on any insured mortgage that defaults, while maintaining sufficient government backing to support financial stability in a severe stress scenario and borrower access to mortgage financing.”

Ottawa has set a deadline of Feb. 28, 2017 for written comments on the proposed changes.

Friday’s announcement on mortgage-risk measures is part of series of changes suggested to help normalize Canada’s housing market, which has seen record-high prices in Vancouver and Toronto as consistently low interest rates have attracted homebuyers — many of whom could find themselves unable to meet their mortgage payment in the event of a plunge in sector — and resulted in personal debt reaching historic levels.

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Foreign Buyers And Insane Home Prices: Get Used To It, Toronto

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

By Wayne Karl

Prospective homebuyers in Toronto — get used to one thing: ever-increasing prices. Either that or move further out in the GTA. Or rent.

These are the limited options — and unfortunate unintended consequences — caused by government policy and market forces in the Toronto area, says Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist of CIBC World Markets.

And things aren’t going to get better any time soon.

Speaking at the recent Building Industry and Land Development Association’s 2017 Economic Outlook Conference, Tal cited the Ontario government’s Places to Grow plan as the primary cause of skyrocketing home prices in the GTA.

The average price of detached homes in the GTA recently surpassed the $1-million mark for the first time. Buyers are now looking further out of the city, causing markets there to see double-digit price growth. Oshawa, for example, recently recorded the fastest year-over-year gain in average price — at 26 per cent — in all of Ontario.

Places to Grow is the Ontario government’s program to plan for growth and development in a way that supports economic prosperity, protects the environment and helps communities achieve a high quality of life across the province.

 

Underestimated Impact

No one can argue with government’s program to better plan growth and such important issues as investment in infrastructure, Tal says. But Places to Grow has had an underestimated impact on the price of housing across the GTA.

“Affordability and Places to Grow cannot co-exist,” he says.

It is such forces, and not foreign investors or other factors, that are the primary cause of rising home prices in the Toronto area.

“The number one reason for house price inflation in the GTA is supply — which is all about government policy,” says Tal. And there is “zero chance” of that policy changing.

Nor are foreign buyers the chief cause of rising prices in Vancouver, he says. There, the cause is geography, with limited ability to expand housing supply because of the city’s waterfront location.

The recent introduction of a foreign buyers’ tax in Vancouver, and other conditions, have caused sales there to pause significantly — but not prices, at least not yet. Royal LePage, in its latest House Prices Survey, for the third quarter of 2016, says these developments could soon lead to a more balanced market in Vancouver.

Royal LePage President Phil Soper is among the experts who do not expect capital to automatically migrate to Toronto.

“We are not seeing a significant migration of foreign capital from Vancouver to Toronto in the wake of the new property transfer tax,” he told YPNextHome. “Most people, whether they be of domestic or international origin, buy houses for the location and lifestyle, not simply based on financial investment criteria.

“While there has been a recent increase in foreign interest in Canadian markets like Toronto or Calgary, this has more so to do with the regions’ characteristics and prescribed lifestyles, which differ greatly from that of Vancouver. Put another way, if a Canadian had their heart set on purchasing property in Florida, a new tax would not automatically entice them to purchase property in Arizona. The two markets are completely different, and in many cases they are purchasing in Florida for a specific reason.”

‘Welcome To Ontario’

Tal, on the other hand, is not so sure more foreign investment in Canada is not heading east.

“More money, not less, will be leaving China. The only question is where it’s going.”

Vancouver, through its new tax and discussion of another levy — a “vacancy tax” — seems to be telling the world “no more.”

As a result, “it’s going to be ‘Welcome to Ontario,’” especially Toronto, says Tal, as foreigners look for places to invest.

“The only question is what will the government do about that,” he says, pointing to speculation that Ontario will introduce its own foreign buyers’ tax.

One positive for prospective homebuyers is that interest rates in Canada are not likely to rise any time soon, as the Bank of Canada is focused on keeping the dollar low. “If anything, the Bank will cut rates, not raise them,” Tal says, citing low interest rates around the world.

But this also contributes to an “affordability mirage,” as buyers are blinded by low interest rates.

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Military- civilian relationship strains further after news leakage of meeting at the PM Sharif’s house

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

  Dr Hasan Askari

 Pakistan’s domestic politics has entered a complex phase in the last week of October. The outcome of such a difficult situation is unpredictable. Pakistan is experiencing three types of political issues. First, the leakage of information about the discussions in a national security meeting to a newspaper. Second, the Panama Leaks case before the Supreme Court. Third, The decision of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf to shut-down Islamabad on November 2. All these issues have built pressure on the PMLN federal government, especially on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

 The Army top brass are angry that an unauthorized news item appeared in a newspaper about the high level national security meeting held in the Prime Minister House. This news has accused the Army and the Intelligence agencies of supporting the militant groups that are said to be resorting to violence in India and Afghanistan. Such a charge is often made by India and the U.S. Now, the news item showed that Pakistan’s civilian leadership was repeating the same charge against the military. This has seriously undermined civil-military relations.

 The Army wants that the persons giving out the news should be punished. By now, it is more or less known to the media as to who were responsible for passing on the information to the newspaper correspondent. These people are so close to Nawaz Sharif that it may be difficult for him to take any strong action against them. The federal government is delaying the matter so that the episode is forgotten. However, the Army top brass are not in a mood to forget the incident.

 The Supreme Court has taken up the petitions filled by different people for disqualifying Nawaz Sharif from the membership of the National Assembly on account of the information made available through the Panama Leaks about the family’s property abroad and offs-shore companies. Currently, the Supreme Court has issued notice to Nawaz Sharif and his family. The Supreme Court will in the first instance settle the issue of taking up these petition. Nawaz Sharif and his family’s lawyers are expected to contest the right of the Supreme Court to take up these petition. If the Supreme Court admits these petitions for hearing, then the real case of properties and wealth of Nawaz Sharif and his family as leaked in the Panama Documents will be taken up for adjudication.

 The third major challenge to the Sharif government pertains to the decision of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf to shut down government functioning in Islamabad on November 2. Currently, Imran Khan is visiting different cities, addressing his party’s public meetings for mobilization of the people to come to Islamabad on November 2.

 The current government strategy is to fight out all the three issues, especially the challenge of Imran Khan. To the government’s good luck, most opposition parties are staying away from Imran Khan’s agitation. The PPP leadership criticizes Nawaz Sharif but, in the confrontation between the PMLN and the PTI, the PPP is supporting Nawaz Sharif. The PMLQ has however endorsed Imran Khan’s demands.

 Imran Khan appears determined to show his party’s strength in Islamabad. His party people are confident after the Raiwind public meeting that they would be able to mobilize very large number of people for the Islamabad political agitation.

 There can be several possible outcomes of the situation arising out of these three issues. Nawaz Sharif may sacrifice some associates from the bureaucracy and one cabinet members to pacify the military on the news leakage issue. If he does not take any action, the Army may invoke its powers regarding national security under the Army Act to adopt some tough investigative steps against those accused of passing on the information.

 If the Supreme Court takes up the Panama Leaks case, Nawaz Sharif can be disqualified. The PMLN may have to select a new prime minister; some leaders are in this race. If the case is decided in favor of Nawaz Sharif, it will be a major political triumph for him. Imran Khan’s movement will suffer a setback.

 The PTI agitation on November 2 is the most problematic issue for the federal government. It cannot let Imran Khan close down the capital. It can either summon the Army and the paramilitary forces under article 245 of the constitution to protect government installations. The advantage of this move for Nawaz Sharif is that it can cause a direct confrontation between the Army and the PTI. There will be no blame of use of force on the federal government. However, a virtual handover of the capital to the Army exposes the weakness of the federal government whose dependence on the Army will increase. All this strengthens the position of the Army in the political system and makes the future of the civilian government uncertain.

 If the federal and the Punjab governments arrest top PTI leaders and other activists a few days before the shutdown, it can make the agitation leaderless and can result in violence even before November 2. If the law and order situation deteriorates, the civilian government may have to seek Army’s assistance.

 If Imran Khan succeeds in shutting down the government in Islamabad, it will be difficult for Nawaz Sharif to stay on in power.

 The critical question is if the Army will press hard the civil government to take action against the culprits of the news leak or it will itself take action against them. The alternative for the Army is to wait for the judgment of the Supreme Court and what is the outcome of Imran’s agitation? If Nawaz Sharif does not pacify the military, it may not be keen to rescue his government in the face of Imran’s agitation.

 The retirement of General Raheel Sharif is not going to make any difference because the current disposition of the Army towards the Sharif government is shared by the top brass. Nawaz Sharif has alienated all top brass. The new Army Chief is expected to opt for continuity of policies.

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Share On The Job

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

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Here are 10 things you shouldn’t share on the job:

Your political views. OK, maybe your politics are a big part of who you are, in which case you go about knowing that trumpeting your opinions might affect your personal and professional relationships and are OK with that because being pro life/pro choice/anti-gun/libertarian is more important. But if this isn’t you, avoid political discussions with your colleagues and superiors. You don’t know the political opinions of the people who can affect your career and discussion can lead to all kinds of problems.

What you think of them (if it isn’t positive). If you don’t like someone, there is no need for them to know that. Keep it to yourself. This means being nice and polite to that person and giving no indication of your dislike.

That you hate your job/boss/office/coworker. Similarly, there’s no reason for anyone to know that you can’t stand your boss or the guy who sits next to you. If you really have an issue, such as harassment, go to HR or find a new job. Don’t talk about it. Even people who seem sympathetic to your position can turn around and stab you in the back.

The reason you can’t get the thing done that needs to be done. Everyone hates excuses. If you want to get ahead professionally you will take care of your responsibilities, deliver what you promise and do what you are asked. Nobody needs to know that you didn’t sleep well or have the sniffles or had a fight with your partner. Only in very rare circumstances — a serious illness, death, or accident, should you be excused from your duties. Not because your printer wasn’t working.

The condition of your digestive tract/rash/foot fungus. If you are going through a serious illness that will affect your attendance, job performance, and/or morale, by all means let your colleagues know what is going on. But don’t give a daily play by play of your aches and pains or digestive processes. You never know who you might make uncomfortable.

How much you make. While some companies have transparent salary policies, be aware that knowing what other people make can sometimes lead to bad feelings and jealousies. If you think it will bother you to compare yourself with others (and vice verse), resist the urge to ask and to tell.

Why you need a raise. If you’re asking for a raise, keep the request about why you deserve it and not about why you need it. Nobody cares that you took out a second mortgage. You’re not a charity case. Prove that you deserve it by listing your accomplishments and showing your value.

That you have a sexual attraction to inflatable animals, or cars or whatever. You know what I mean. Even if your sex life is fairly vanilla, keep the details to yourself. While you might be a sharer, not everyone wants to be shared with, and a lot of people can be sensitive, squeamish, or guarded about that sort of thing.

That you’re mad. I know a few people on social media who are always outraged about stuff — from big hot button issues, like large game hunting, to small things like random sexist comments from anonymous strangers on small blogs nobody reads. It is super off-putting to be up in arms and angry all the time. It also makes people afraid to talk to you.

That you’re job hunting. If you’ve decided it’s time to shove off, don’t let your colleagues or boss know. Your boss will figure it’s time to start looking for your replacement — which might mean it’s also time to hurry you out the door — and your colleagues might tell the boss. Keep your job search on the down low or you could wind up jobless before you’re ready.

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Celebrating Diwali In Canada

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

By Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma

This year Diwali falls right before Halloween. Since my family has adopted Halloween with a fervor, I am not sure what form our celebration will take.

Celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights, is a special time for millions of people around the world. Houses are decorated with oil lamps, candles, and strings of lights. Families feast and share gifts. This festival runs over a number of days and culminates in a night of fireworks. This used to be my favorite part of the festival because as a child I wasn’t allowed to play with fire, but come Diwali all bets were off!

The Meaning of Diwali

The festival is celebrated by more than a billion people around the world. Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists come together to celebrate this festival for different reasons and do so in a hundred different ways. The main theme running through this five-day celebration is the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance. The evening of the final day coincides with a dark no-moon night and is usually on a day between mid-October to mid-November. This year it falls on October 30.

Celebrating Diwali

In the first phase of Diwali celebrations, people clean and decorate their homes and offices. Decorative patterns are drawn on the ground with colored rice flour, sand, and flower petals. These designs are Rangoli and are made to welcome the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi with open arms. On the the final Diwali night everyone dresses in their finest clothes and lights up their homes to help the Goddess of Wealth (yes, she is!) find her way to them. In fact on this day people don’t turn off their lights at all in case the Goddess misses their homes.

I grew up in India and moved homes a number of times around the country with my parents. As a result my mom adopted traditions from different regions and incorporated them into our family’s celebration. Because of that our festival usually started on the third day. Our lights were a combination of string, candles, and brass and terracotta diyas inside and outside our home.

Over the next couple of days we would visit neighbors and friends with decorated trays of homemade sweets. Trays and gifts would be exchanged with much hugging and choruses of “Happy Diwali!” There would also be the occasional round of teen patti, or gambling with cards and money. Diwali is the biggest and most fun celebration for Hindus around the world, and this is one of the reasons why!

Finally on the last day of Diwali everybody in the neighborhood would set off fireworks. Once my brother and I were done with our fireworks we would hang out with others on rooftops to watch the world light up the dark Diwali night.

Diwali in Canada

Since my hubby and I moved to Canada, celebrating Diwali and other festivals we enjoyed during our childhood in India have taken on a different hue. Over the years we’ve made our own traditions especially around Diwali in Canada. Entertaining with friends, watching Indian movies, and playing Bollywood music all add to that feeling of celebration far away from India. I usually make traditional Indian sweets, and we decorate our home with lights and color. All of this is especially easy if Diwali falls on a weekend like this year. Making new traditions and celebrating is so much easier when it’s convenient as well.

This year Diwali falls right before Halloween. Since my family has adopted Halloween with a fervor, I am not sure what form our celebration will take. I know I have to give the timing some consideration as I plan the festival season. Perhaps I can convince my kids to go trick-or-treating in their Indian finery. Somehow I don’t think it’s going to be that easy. It never is.

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4 New Mom Essentials For Your Post Pregnancy Closet

Posted on 27 October 2016 by admin

Women are busier than ever and new moms are often left feeling overwhelmed and not quite like themselves. So as a busy women on the go how do you keeping up with the latest trends? For so many Moms getting dressed in the morning is a dreaded act and is only made more difficult by the five minutes we are given to get ourselves ready for the day.

So how can mornings be made simpler? I always recommend a few key items that can be mixed and matched and will take you from the boardroom, to the playground, to dinner out in the evenings.

The perfect fitting jean – Every season a new jean style emerges whether it’s the skinny jean, or the wide trouser style jean, but a classic straight leg will never go out of style. Owning a dark denim, stretchy and comfortable high rise jeans is an essential for every woman. Look for a jean with a lot of stretch so whether you are bending down on the floor to play with your kids or running into a lunch meeting they will give you the comfort you need. The beauty of a dark denim jean is it can be mixed and matched. Add a high-heeled pump, or a pair of Converse running shoes for a more casual vibe. Dress it up with a tunic and leather jacket or down with a basic tee and scarf.

Basic black blazer – Owning a fitted and tailored blazer will be the best item you ever purchased. Not only are structured jackets the perfect item to help whittle away at your waist but also a well-constructed jacket can take your boring t-shirt to the next level. Try rolling up the sleeves to get a more relaxed and chic approach to the basic black jacket. Don’t love the look of a traditional blazer? My favourite is the knit blazers now available in stores. Stretchy and comfortable but with all the shape of a “traditional” jacket but in a fabulous and chic alternative.

Basic tees and tanks – Owning several long sleeved and short-sleeved tees as well as some sleeveless tanks in various colours and lengths are a must for any woman’s wardrobe. Not only can you wear a tank under a sheer printed blouse but often layering a tank under your clothing can smooth any unwanted lines or wrinkles, and who doesn’t love that? When purchasing these basic items think about year round fabrics — breathable, and easy to wash, this way you will extend the life of your basics. While you want to invest in a few fitted tees and tanks also consider the flowier styles, they are the perfect match to your skinny jeans or thick legging.

Accessories – Accessorizing is one of the most difficult and often overlooked things for busy moms. The simple act of adding an accessory can not only finish off any outfit but is also the easiest way to make your “look” more current. Afraid of colour? Try adding a print or colour in an accessory. From a fabulous oversized scarf, to a simple long style necklace, or even a drop earring, have fun with your accessories and don’t be afraid to try something new.

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