Catherine McLean Freelance Writer

Turn on, tune in … heal your head? LSD as therapy

Published September 17, 2010 in The Globe and Mail

In a psychiatrist's office in the sleepy Swiss town of Solothurn, patients are taking part in extraordinary individual therapy sessions that can last up to eight hours.

The patient can sit on a stool or lie on a mat while listening to music or exchanging a few words with the psychiatrist. But for most of the session silence rules as a long-time feared and banned drug pushes them deep into a meditative state.

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Cracking the challenging European market

Published September 2, 2010 in The Globe and Mail

In the busy streets of Europe, it's not unusual to see a piece of Canada roll by on two wheels.

Bicycle carriers made by Calgary-based Chariot Carriers Inc. are the preferred method for carting kids around town for many European parents. Instead of bundling everyone into the car for errands, moms and dads instead hop on their bikes and pull their kids - and groceries - behind them in one of the sturdy carts.

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‘Stop pushing this model of a perfect mother on our society’

Published July 12, 2010 in The Globe and Mail

She may not be a household name here, but Elisabeth Badinter is considered one of France’s most prominent women. She is part of that country’s elite thanks to her role as chair of the supervisory board of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest advertising agency, which was founded by her late father.

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Organic dairy does a frothy business

Published March 17, 2010 in The Globe and Mail

It's mid-afternoon on a cold winter day, but the Holstein and Jersey cows on Rachel Green's farm are contentedly snacking on hay inside a charming red barn as a puppy the colour of brown sugar plays nearby.

This is the farm of children's storybooks, a very different image from the crowded and disturbing factory farms depicted in recent documentaries and books on the food industry.

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There must be 50 reasons to leave your partner

Published March 3, 2010 in The Globe and Mail

For 34 years, the partnership in Le Papillon weathered the sorts of threats and tests that fill up the small- business graveyard. The popular French restaurant in Toronto survived the departure of an original partner, the severing of romantic ties between the other two partners, and forced relocations that arrived once a decade, as if on schedule. Finally, emerging succession concerns, along with yet another move, pushed the owners to the brink.

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The million-dollar club

Published February 26, 2010 in The Globe and Mail

The building off a busy Toronto street is beautiful but imposing, its grand stone columns framing a formal black front door.

Those curious enough to try to enter the Georgian gem, owned by Morgan Meighen & Associates, will first have to ring a doorbell and answer to a voice from within.

Even if they gained access to its soft yellow interior, most Canadians wouldn't have the deep pockets required to proceed further.

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The growing fight over personal information

Published February 5, 2010 in CBC

Just a few days after marking the New Year, Canadians learned they would soon be revealing yet another personal part of themselves: their bodies to airport scanners.

A decade ago, this intrusion would have seemed implausible. But now it is just another milestone in the steady erosion of privacy that computers and a restive world have brought about.

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Produce-sack idea bearing fruit

Published February 2, 2010 in The Globe and Mail

Judy Lazar is anxiously waiting for her first sighting.

Nearly two years after founding her business, Ms. Lazar is looking forward to the day when she pops into a grocery store and finds someone carrying broccoli or apples in one of her reusable produce sacks.

For now – despite thousands of sales and a growing movement toward being environmentally responsible – most shoppers in Canada still use the free plastic bags in the produce aisle.

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