Planning your child’s after-school program pathway

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children looking at bugs in a jarTop American Idol competitors are often quoted as saying that they have been singing since they were 5-years-old. While inspiring, this kind of statement can be discouraging to many parents who struggle to get their child to focus on one activity for an entire school year, let alone throughout their entire childhood. However, as competition increases for apprenticeships, internships, and jobs, parents may want to consider planning an after school program pathway that keeps their kids committed longer, and increases their future competitive edge.

One successful model is that of youth-serving organizations (YSO), like the Girl Guides and Scouts, that aligns their programs with age-related social and behavioural needs. This helps …

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Celebrate Food Heroes on World Food Day

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Boy eating strawberriesHeroes do what matters and contribute to the greater good but they don’t all wear tights and a cape. In fact, my heroes wear work boots and have dirt under their fingernails. My heroes are family farmers around the world who put safe and wholesome food into their local communities and on our tables. Think of the anxiety you would feel if you didn’t have access to fresh, farm-grown food, and good nutrition! Unfortunately, food insecurity happens all over the world, in both poor and wealthy nations and the family farm is an important antidote. It’s important that this World Food Day we celebrate family farming, and recognize the contributions of …

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The zen guide to dealing with an ex

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couple looking away from each otherRunning into your ex-partner at the grocery store or movie theatre can make you feel very anxious, especially if their partner is with them. This is true even if you’re newly separated or if you signed the divorce papers months ago. Unfortunately, there will be many times when you will need to deal with each other because of your shared relationships with your kids, friends and family members. These encounters could take place on joyous occasions such as graduations and weddings, or at mournful events like funerals. Regardless of the circumstances, it is important that you learn to let go of your ex so that you can move on with …

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Palliative care: living with dying (Part one)

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elderly manPalliative care. It’s not a sexy subject and I’d even guess it’s on most people’s top 10 list of conversations to  avoid. Palliative care doesn’t typically conjure up warm feelings; instead images of dark shadows and strong emotions come to mind.  I learned this early when, as a fairly new grad, I accepted a position with the Palliative Care Team at a Hamilton hospital.  I had a sobering effect on a dinner conversation when I was asked what I did for a living.  It was enlightening as I realized that the subject of palliative care makes people anxious. Because of that, I expected avoidance from people yet, ironically, I often became …

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Mental Illness Awareness Week: How can you get involved?

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MIAW 2014 BannerMental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. MIAW aims to promote discussion and informed decision-making about mental health issues. One way to end the stigma of mental illness and bring education to the forefront is to talk about it. It is a time to reach out and support someone you know who suffers from mental illness.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, the causes of mental illness are:

  • A complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors causes mental illnesses.
  • Almost one half (49%) of those who feel they
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