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It’s Better to Be Single on Valentine’s Day (with Neil McArthur)

“I really love Valentine’s Day!” said no unattached person, ever. And why shouldn’t the holiday be depressing for singles, when everyone else is basking in the glory that is romantic love. While this feeling is understandable, it’s not exactly rational; being in love is no more wonderful, and probably quite a bit less so, on […]

No love for retail workers; American Apparel prohibits workplace romance

Amid complaints that American Apparel management has perpetuated a highly sexualized work environment, the clothing retailer has moved to prohibit romantic relationships between personnel. That move should satisfy concerned shareholders, who have recently witnessed the ousting of CEO Dov Charney for alleged sexual misconduct, but it might also limit the firm’s access to the young, attractive […]

Sex and the Super Bowl (with David Berri)

On Sunday night, as confetti rains down on the University of Phoenix Stadium, there will be millions of elated sports fans declaring “We Won!” Challenge theory predicts that the fans of whichever team wins will be looking for something more than high fives after the game.

The One Question You Should Ask Your Spouse

Here is a question you might never want to ask the person you love (but that maybe you should): If we were no longer together, do you think you would be happier? My guess is that you think you already know the answer to this question. But if new economic research is anything to go […]

Quebec’s IVF restrictions: Economics or ethics?

Last week, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette tabled a bill that, if passed, will prohibit women over the age of 42 from having access to in vitro fertilization (IVF). While the purpose of the bill, on the surface at least, is to lessen financial strain on the health care system, this particular section of the […]

Is Sexual Preference a Human Right?

As a Canadian, I would like to take this opportunity to say, I am sorry. Last week one of our own chose to frame the punishment he recieved from his employers for his personal conduct as nothing more than discrimination against those with non-traditional sexual preferences. According this man, his accusers are women with whom […]

The High Cost of Heartbreak for Modern Singles

Almost one half of all Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 have never been married, while the majority of those say that they hope to marry one day (61% with absolute certainty). This suggests that there are millions of men and women in this age group who are working towards the goal of […]

On Valentine’s Day, forget the roses and read the signals

If you are wondering this week what, exactly, is the purpose of Valentine’s Day then I have the answer for you. The purpose of Valentine’s Day is to assure your romantic partner that all the time and energy that he or she is investing into your relationship is not being wasted, and to give them […]

Dear Bachelor Producers, Please Seek Professional Help

The Bachelor Canada is holding a casting call in my hometown this week, inviting singles to take one “Last chance for romance!” Men who are not tapped to be the next bachelor, or women who are not one of the 25 lucky ladies, need not despair; the format of the show creates an environment in […]

The toughest course at university: Caring for aging parents

A former colleague once quipped about the guilt he experienced as we approached the end of the term; many grandparents, he feared, were about to have their lives shortened by grandchildren not yet prepared to write their final exams. Academics are naturally skeptical, perhaps a bit unfairly when it comes to what is known as “dead […]