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Women of the week: Susan Jamieson

Sometimes a personal crisis can give you the needed perspective to change your life.

In 1995, Susan Jamieson’s daughter was diagnosed with A-plastic Anemia. Doctors prescribed a treatment of blood transfusions, a treatment neither her daughter nor Jamieson supported.

“We are grateful to live in a country that respects religious freedoms and our family supported our daughter’s constitutional right to ask that hers be respected. Now 31, Tarin still remains the youngest child in Canada to have gone to court and ask for the right to have a say in her medical management,” says Jamieson.

Prior to her daughter’s illness, Jamieson had overseen marketing and sales programs for numerous high profile companies such as Sheraton Hotels, American Express, Budweiser and Pepsi. She took a leave of absence to focus on this medical battle but in 2001, with the disease in remission, Jamieson returned to the work world with a new, more refined focus.

She now serves as a managing partner in JoSuTa Group, a company whose directive is “A desire to help people be healthy.” With clients such as Greenzone, Food Diva and Score-Up, JoSuTa is helping people make informed decisions and working to make the world a better place.

A fine example of her impact: In 2007, she travelled to Dubai to be a guest on a radio show and discuss organic fertilizer. Her segment would prove to be incredibly popular, bringing in a floodgate of callers. The show quickly made the decision to cancel the other scheduled guests and Jamieson was the featured guest for the full hour.

In 2012, Jamieson learned about First Do No Harm. Produced by Asia Geographic Entertainment, this documentary, according to its website, details the “controversial and paternalistic” history of blood transfusions and “the knee-jerk rejection of new knowledge because it contradicts entrenched norms.”

Very excited by the concept of the film, Jamieson sought out the producer and asked for Canadian distribution rights.

“You might say I came to the table a little more motivated than most,” she says.

A key source for her pitch: “She Decides: How to Reach the Most Important Audience for Your Health Campaign,” a report published by Fenton Communications which details the critical role women play in making health decisions for their families.

Once she successfully secured the rights, Jamieson began reaching out to Canadian and U.S. companies, using both her personal story and statistics on targeting the women’s segment of the market. Her goal, she says, is to get these companies to support a potential paradigm shift on the subject of blood transfusion use.

“I am not interested in starting a discussion about individual choice – the question I am asking all women to think about and answer for themselves is have you made an informed choice about the use of blood in your medical management?”

“Yes, I recommend all women make the time to watch the film, educate themselves and then consider, with the assistance of your family doctor, what your stand on blood transfusion use is for your family,” concludes Susan.




LRT vs. SUBWAY: Here is a map of both proposed extensions

This week saw a flurry of activity around the LRT versus subway debate. What will replace the Scarborough RT?

What you may not know is that the extensions will not follow the same route. Look below to see the routes of both.

Both begin at Kennedy station, currently the eastern terminus of the Bloor/Danforth subway line. The proposed subway extension takes the route further east before meeting up with Danforth and jutting up to Sheppard.

The extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT continues on from the Kennedy station where it is currently slated to end. The extension thakes the LRT along a very similar route at the current Scarborough RT but going further west and eventually curving up to meet Sheppard.

Take a look below, which route best serves the community?

View Poposed subway extension vrs LRT in a larger map

RECIPE: The dress monster

By Melissa Ramos aka Sexy Food Therapy

Certain things I find terrifying: the Boogeyman who hid underneath my bed, Bloody Mary who’s name I would never say three times, and Casper the ghost (I know he’s supposed to be friendly, but he’d chase me in my dreams).  However, there is another monster that’s far scarier…the Dress Monster.

She taunts you on the wrack with her clean lines and gorgeous colour and soon you find yourself in the change room, throwing her over your head. You tug on her to get deeper but then realize…you’re stuck. You huff and you puff and blow all your air out so that it’ll fit.  Your face becomes red from overexertion and you stop, look in the mirror to realize…the Dress Monster got you.  Stuck at the breast line, you begin to contemplate your escape.

Should I call the sales girl? I can’t. I’ve gone commando today.

Do I try to pull the dress off versus trying to fit into it? It’s no use; it’s stuck underneath my armpits.

Luckily, when the Dress Monster came to pay me a visit one fateful day, I was with The Gentleman, who after hearing me banging into walls, offered to help and luckily I was saved.

Thankfully, I still managed to find an outfit for an upcoming fashion show and also learned an important lesson.  Eat more greens and I couldn’t get home fast enough to make one mega killer salad.


½ bunch kale

½ beet shredded

1 carrot shredded

1 bulb roasted garlic roughly chopped

Handful mixed nuts: pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds – pan roasted for 5mins on low

2 tbsp hemp hearts

1 tbsp olive oil


1 heaping tbsp tahini paste

½ lemon squeezed

1 tbsp umeboshi vinegar

1 tbsp honey (or more to taste)

Bunch up kale and slice thin.  Add this to a pan with heated oil on medium heat.  Cook kale until bright green – about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and top with shredded beet, carrot and cabbage. Add roasted garlic, mixed nuts and hemp hearts.  Set aside.

Combine all ingredients for dressing and stir until well combined. Top on salad and serve.

Serves 2

Sometimes I fall off the bandwagon and forget the importance of greens for energy, stress and reaching my ideal healthy weight. More reason to shape up.  With my new found strength, I was fearless and empowered.

While I’m no longer 20, I’m 32 and my curves are fuller and sometimes they get stuck – but that’s okay.  Instead of living out of a box and running from our bodies that we’ve grown to not accept and even loathe, let’s reconnect through real, whole, sexy foods where the process of self love, true protection and fearlessness is inevitable.

They called her hideous and said she should kill herself — this amazing woman came out on top

Lizzie Velasquez was bullied from day one because of her rare genetic disorder and was even called “the world’s ugliest woman” — but she hasn’t let anyone else define her and is one of the most amazing women you’ll hear speak.

Listen to her story and see how the joke is on anyone who ever doubted her as their words propelled her into becoming an author, speaker, and a woman who is incredibly wise beyond her years.

CREEP: This guy gropes women while posing for photos

There is a joke online about the so-called “hover hand” — where men posing with women for photos won’t actually put their hand on their female companion’s shoulder but instead will let their hand hover just shy of a normal photo pose. Silly, yes. Most women would find it a bit funny that these guys are too shy to even put their hand on a shoulder.

This guy, however, is billed as “the opposite of the hover hand” for his flagrant disregard for boundaries as he shamelessly gropes women who he poses for photos with. This website applauds the guy for being a public perv.

Check out the series:


The women he is posing with are all in costumes, leading us to think they are either trade show models or at some sort of cosplay convention.

Are they inviting this kind of behaviour because they are dressed up in revealing costumes? the answer is, of course, no. In fact, if these women are trade show models they are bound and pressured to stay quiet and pose for the photos with this creep at the risk of losing their job by complaining. These women are hired to be dangled along with whatever is being promoted at the show, to complain because a patron went a step too far and groped them would probably get them in trouble or fired for shattering the illusion that they are hired to promote.

Creep factor: 100% — this guy is taking advantage of women who are incapable of fighting back.

Someone should also tell this guy that Jamiroquai called and he wants his fun-fur bucket hat back.



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LISTEN: We love the new Miley and so do you

We are in love with the new Miley Cyrus track We Can’t Stop. WE can’t stop — listening to this tune!

It sounds like Miley is borrowing a bit of Kanye a vibe from the backing synth, and the breakdown in the middle sounds like something taken directly from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. She had some amazing dance tracks on her last album, Can’t Be Tamed, and hopefully the trend continues in her latest effort with the synth-pop.

Wait, does she say she’s ‘trying to get a line in the bathroom’  at 1:53? Uh oh. Oh well, child stars gotta rebel sometime.

In the meantime it looks like we have at least one new song to add to our patio playlist this summer.


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