The thrilling days of cliff-hanger serials

From Congo Bill to Zorro, they were fertile ground for a youngster's imagination as we waited for next week's derring-do

The thrilling days of cliff-hanger serialsBecause my lifelong affair with the movies began at the tail end of the film serial era, I missed most of what’s been described as the genre’s golden age. But I did experience the thrill of watching a story evolve week to week. It was great stuff, or at least that’s how it appeared at…

The ‘A’ words – autism and advocacy – go hand in hand

With early intervention and the right supports, children with autism can learn and thrive. But too many doors are closed to these children

The ‘A’ words – autism and advocacy – go hand in hand“As soon as I mentioned the ‘A’ word, I knew she would not be calling me back.” This was what one of the parents I met at my preschool told me it was like trying to register her son with autism in a non-specialized local community program. Once the registrar heard the word autism, they…

Ontario offers a new direction in child-care funding

It will make care more affordable, recognize that parents have a right to choose and be relatively cost-effective

Ontario offers a new direction in child-care fundingThe tug of war over child-care funding in Canada is entering a new chapter, thanks largely to Ontario’s latest provincial budget. The province announced new tax rebates for child-care costs – almost irrespective of the type of care chosen. While the policy may not be perfect, its implementation will signify an important shift in the…

Kidoodle offers safe alternatives for family viewing

President Neil Gruninger wants to create a YouTube alternative for families, content producers and family brands

Kidoodle offers safe alternatives for family viewingNeil Gruninger is president and chief product officer of Kidoodle TV. What is Kidoodle TV? Gruninger: Kidoodle.TV is a Safe Streaming video service for children that delivers thousands of hours of vetted children's programs to Internet-connected devices, such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, personal computers, Roku, Apple TV and many others. How, when and why…

Don’t let the Senate kill the food labelling bill

Let’s make industry’s job of marketing to kids easier by not letting them do it in the first place

Don’t let the Senate kill the food labelling billI was as happy as anyone with the release of the revised Canada’s Food Guide last month. There wasn’t much to complain about and, in fact, much to praise. This is as true for what was in the guide – sensible guidance around cooking more and consuming less processed food – as well as what…

It’s time the Senate worked efficiently, for all Canadians

The health of our children is at stake. Bill S-228 should be brought to a vote in the upper chamber

It’s time the Senate worked efficiently, for all CanadiansThe Senate of Canada has several key roles and makes important contributions to the development of the country’s most pivotal public policy initiatives. But lately, several key government and private members’ bills have suffered the consequences of political theatre as we enter into the throes of an election year. In recent months, we’ve seen a…

We need not fear the voices of our children

When youth take a political stand, it’s inspiring. History is full of such amazing and courageous young people

We need not fear the voices of our childrenNelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children.” American news and social media were recently stirred up by a video of children meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The video went viral. The children represented a youth organization known as the Sunrise Movement, which…

Having children if you have a mental illness

The key is to think ahead and make sure the necessary resources and support are in place

Having children if you have a mental illnessDeciding to have children is a big step for any couple and those who have a history of mental illness have a few added difficulties to surmount along the way. Today I would like to discuss some of the important questions a couple should ask themselves when they decide whether or not to have children…

Women more likely to put careers on hold to care for loved ones

CIBC study says 30% of women have reduced or stopped saving as a direct result of care responsibilities

Women more likely to put careers on hold to care for loved onesA new study by CIBC says 69 per cent Canadian women make significant financial sacrifices, including putting their careers on hold to care for loved ones, which can put them at a considerable disadvantage to men when it comes to saving for their retirement. The study also found that 30 per cent of women say they've…

Why you need to talk to your teens about sex

Early sexual activity puts children at risk of pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases – and it can damage them emotionally

Why you need to talk to your teens about sexThe sexual behaviour of teenagers can strike fear in the hearts of most parents. Media reports and documentaries routinely tell us that today's teenagers are more sexually active, at younger ages, than ever. It's not uncommon for 13- and 14-year-old kids to experiment sexually. But what does this mean and what are the implications, if any,…