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It's Snacktime with the Barenaked Ladies

Are you a fan of the Barenaked Ladies? Are your kids? What would you do with a million dollars? If you're not a fan, or even familiar with them, the Barenaked Ladies are a Canadian alternative rock group dating back to the late 1980's. Now, you're...

Father acquitted of assault for shoving daughter

She was fifteen and rebellious -- much more so than her two older siblings had been. She snuck out, yet again, to meet up with her boyfriend, the drug dealer, and to attend a party with him. Her dad went looking for her and found her at a phone...

African-American school coming to Canada

The trustees of the Toronto District School Board recently approved an "operational model" for an afrocentric school, intended to help black students having difficulty in school. In a press release, John Campbell, the board chair said that "The...

A special moment before shipping out

I imagine it must be very difficult to be a parent in the military and be deployed overseas away from your kids. I can understand that some parents might want to do something special before they ship out. Captain Dave Perry had something planned --...

She's leaving home, bye, bye

A couple of weeks ago, Rachel had the flu. It wasn't enough to keep her home from school, but it did have her in bed the rest of the time. That weekend, I opted to take the kids out on my own so that she could rest up and get better. We went to their...

Vacation is all I ever wanted

So I am back. From four days in Eastern Canada without kids and eight days in Northern Ontario with kids. Remember back in the day, when I was waxing on about my eagerness to check in to a hotel room, with laminate dressers and mini fridges and a...

Manitoba camp for gay teens a success

Many kids go away to camp during the summer. Some are general outdoorsy-type camps while others are more focused and specialized. When I was younger, I spent several summers at a camp that included hikes, canoeing, arts and crafts, and about six...

Canadian teens make Segway-style motorcycle

Starting with the frame of a Yamaha R6 motorcycle, two teens from Ontario, Canada have developed what may very well be the next step in personal transportation. Instead of two wheels at either end of the vehicle, however, the Tango has two wheels...

Skookum Baby Gear is oh-so cute

There are very few things that make me want to go back and start breeding all over again, but when I laid eyes on the Skookum goods I admit I felt a twinge in my girl parts. The clever business, started at home by an engineer mom looking for better...

"Wal-Mart Public School" coming to Canada?

Canadian schools need money -- bad. So bad, apparently, that they're willing to sell their naming rights to corporations in order to raise extra funds. Subsequently, it might not be long before students start graduating from "Wal-Mart High," or "Taco...

Best prom entrance ever

Prom season has concluded in the US, but it's still going strong in Canada -- and I have to say, I think Canadians kids are far more inventive than their American counterparts. Sure, US high school kids show up in limos, helicopters -- even...

Candy cigarettes lead to the real thing

According to a recent article on yahoo news, kids who "smoke" candy cigarettes are more likely to try the real thing when they outgrow their taste for the other ones. Now, I am no expert (no, really, I'm not!) and I am only one example, but I...

Labatt heir gives millions to children's hospital

When Arthur Labatt was an infant, doctors still made house calls. When he was nine months old, back in the mid 1930's, Dr. Alan Brown, the physician-in-chief at the Hospital for Sick Children and co-inventor of Pablum, made such a visit, coming well...

Goverment intervenes on behalf of sextuplets

A set of sextuplets born in British Columbia, has run into some trouble. The babies, born fifteen weeks premature and weighing less than two pounds each, were in need of medical assistance to survive. Two of them didn't get it and died. Three of the...

Should the government help parents of multiples?

It used to be that when a couple had a large order multiple birth, companies would offer products in exchange for publicity. With the increase of multiple births, thanks in part to fertility treatments, the extra help for families is waning. Gone...

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