Sling Recalls, YouTube Stars, Super Spellers and More

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Each Friday, we dish out the best news stories of the week to help keep you in the loop.

As seems to be the trend in recent weeks, Canadian parents have been faced with more recalls on popular baby products. Infantino recalled their SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo baby slings after they were linked to three infant deaths in the U.S. And Evenflo recalled their Top-of-Stair Plus baby gates after 142 reports of broken slats.

Meanwhile, a warning has been issued about some older toys that might be hanging around at the cottage or grandma's house. Fisher-Price "Little People" figurines manufactured before 1991 should be thrown out. They are significantly smaller than the new ones and could be a choking hazard.

Because of the high number of recalls in the past couple of weeks,this article asks some interesting questions: Is recall overload causing parents to tune out? Is product quality going out the window to cut costs? Or are some of these recalls overblown?

It worked for Justin Bieber, but is it good for your child? The Globe and Mail reported on a 14-year-old Sarnia girl who has become a Youtube sensation, but also asks whether this kind of online exposure good for young kids.


After being slapped with a fine for playing street hockey, a Montreal man vows to fight it, saying that fining someone for playing Canada's national pastime is "ridiculous." Car!

Health Canada is reminding pregnant women about the dangers foodborne illnesses pose to their unborn children. Their advice to moms-to-be includes four key steps to avoid contamination: Cook, Clean, Chill and Separate.

Beware the cream soda! We all know that pop is loaded with sugar, but you may soon have a new reason to avoid the bubbly stuff. Health Canada has authorized beverage companies to add caffeine to non-cola carbonated beverages.

Do word like onomatopoeia and paroxysmal leave you spellbound? Twenty-one young spelling champions from across Canada will compete in the Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee this weekend. Word enthusiasts can watch it aired live on www.canspell.com.

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