Juliann Fraser

mums a little defensive about sweatshops

Don’t try getting answers from Please Mum. If you’re wondering, like I was, why the children’s apparel store stopped manufacturing…

chinese gamers moil for gold so we can play

While some old-fashioned gold panning was taking place in an international competition in Dawson City this past weekend, gold mining with a more…

I would have banned them for being ugly

The controversy over Crocs makes me laugh. Not because the shoes might be short-circuiting medical equipment in Sweden, but because these brightly…

Born to Shop: To toss, or not to toss: the Barbie question

The Barbie doll has played a prominent role in so many girlhoods, including my own. So, why now, as women, do many of us want her banished from the…

ethical consumers result in ethical corporations

I bought a pair of boots this week with a red “sweet spot” on the toes meant “for kicking corporate ass.

I’m not buying into these so called ‘green’ hotels

I just spent 10 hot sunny days in the Klondike. I slept in a tent, a shack and a hotel during that time.

i can boycott china but not necessarily cbc

Last week, I wrote in support of boycotting the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing because of human rights abuses in China directly related to next…

When kids are raised under the Golden Arches

It has occurred to me that fat has no truth in our society. Alcoholics, drug addicts and gambling addicts, we know, are troubled and irresponsible,…

vintage baby products at garage sales are a bad deal

Its garage sale season and I’m in the mood to buy some cheap used stuff for my kids. Normally, the main draw for me at a garage sale is that…

could the soul of meat be the cause of all cancer

One day, the most comprehensive study of the human diet ever conducted may be exalted as the Bible of good health.

dont be afraid to wear your thoughts on your sleeve or your sedan

Slapping a sticker on your car’s bumper or wearing a controversial T-shirt is a fashionable way of making a statement.

We are happiness ‘pigs’ — and that depresses me

This column is dedicated to my friend, Angry Tim. At any given time of day there’s a pretty good chance that I could be feeling grumpy and…

next year dont be lazy on mothers day

The woman who invented Mother’s Day in the early 1900s called the Mother’s Day card “a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy…

the ugly truth about the beauty industry

lmost every time I put on makeup, I think of my old college roommate, Glen, who looked pretty outrageous wearing high heels and a dress one…

When thirsty hits the stock exchange, it’s too late

If some enterprising children set up a drink stand on your street and charged a $1 for a glass of tap water, would you buy it? Most of us have paid…

the questionable business of banning a bulb

Hurray for Nunavut for being the first in Canada to ban the incandescent light bulb. Ontario, good for you too, but you could do more.

does this ringtone a bell

In Thomas Edison’s day, the X-ray machine was the gypsy’s potion at the fair. It was snatched up by a scientific community giddy over…

A bottle of cool, refreshing estrogen, anyone?

What kind of dictator allows scientists to conduct potentially maiming and deadly experiments on its citizens? In this day in age, it’s the…

gadgets are one year wonders

Remember Video Killed the Radio Star? The 1979 British new wave hit by The Buggles was fittingly the first video aired on MTV in 1981.

advertising that provokes crying gets you buying

The race to discover our “buy button” has turned into a blood sport. Neuromarketing is the study of the brain’s responses to…