Apollo 13’s Problem-Solving: A Guide for Divorcing Couples

Apollo 13’s Problem-Solving: A Guide for Divorcing Couples

The gripping story of Apollo 13 showcases the remarkable problem-solving abilities of a team of astronauts facing a life-threatening crisis in space. Surprisingly, the techniques they employ resonate with the benefits of mediation for divorcing couples. In this blog, we delve into specific examples from Apollo 13 to illustrate how these problem-solving methods align with …

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Empowered LGBTQIA2+ Divorce in Canada

Fresh Start Mediation: Empowered LGBTQIA2+ Divorce in Canada

Divorce can be an emotionally challenging process for anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In recent years, Canada has made significant strides in recognizing and protecting the rights of LGBTQIA2+ individuals. As a result, the legal landscape has evolved to provide more inclusive solutions for those seeking a divorce within the community. …

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The Power of Mediation: Embracing the Taoist Perspective

The Power of Mediation: Embracing the Taoist Perspective

According to an Taoist parable, an old farmer had a horse that ran away, prompting his neighbors to remark, “Oh, that’s bad news.” “Good news, bad news, who can say?” the farmer reportedly replied. Soon after, his horse returned with a second horse, which many labeled a stroke of luck. The farmer again withheld judgment …

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Groundhog Day … Again

Groundhog Day … Again

I look forward to Groundhog Day every year. Not because I particularly believe in the mythos of a groundhog’s mystical ability to recognize its own shadow on an arbitrary date on a calendar thereby foreseeing future weather patterns, nor that a human can become a gopher-whisperer/translator and is able to decipher whether the rodent saw …

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3GNY Stories Live: WEDU Wednesdays Featuring Don Schapira

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3GNY Stories Live: WEDU Wednesdays: In this virtual series, grandchildren of Holocaust survivors share their family stories with us. You’ll also learn more about our educational initiative, WEDU, which trains 3Gs to learn and share their family stories in school classrooms. On March 9, Don Schapira will share the story of his grandfather, Mordechai Gabrieli, …

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A Mediators Rant on Israel Palestine

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Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med. Since the outset of the latest flare up in the occupied territories, I have been repeatedly asked for my opinion on which side of the fence I am on. Rather than share it, I typically choose to listen and understand what side is theirs. My curiosity is usually fulfilled with a …

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Best Interests of the Child: Changes to the Divorce Act

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As with any living document, The Federal Divorce Act is undergoing additional changes this year. While these changes were delayed from July 2020 due to Covid, their time has finally arrived and as of March 1, they will be implemented. We at Fresh Start Mediation, wanted to take the opportunity to discuss some of the …

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Love, Actually… Communication is Key

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Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med Spoiler Alerts for the movie Love Actually… ‘Tis the season to question what the greatest Hollywood contributions are to the holidays. From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Die Hard’, this fun debate rages annually. While some people may disagree as to whether it deserves a spot in the top 3, 5 …

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Financial Well-being During Covid-19

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Author: Jesse Richards Financial well-being is not just living on a budget, it’s about being prepared for the situations that can and will arise throughout our lives. In most instances, extraordinary expenses occur suddenly, such as loss of employment, home repairs, or vehicle repairs. Other situation can be foreseen and planed for, like retirement. How …

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