Why did our children stop walking to school?

Naomi Buck is a freelance writer in Toronto. As a kindergarten student in 1977, I set out every morning into the vastness of North Toronto. Having been ditched by my older brother at the first hill (he had a reputation to maintain), I would join dozens of other neighbourhood kids on the migration to school. We walked – or biked …

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Stop helicoptering other people’s kids

How old do you need to be to see a movie alone in New York City? I recently found out. My daughter had been asking for permission to go to the movies with her friend. They are both 9 years old and fairly mature. I would drive them, buy the tickets and pick them up. It seemed reasonable to me. …

Helicopter parents aren’t making it easier for their children

Maurice Fernandes thought it was a joke when a parent called asking why their adult child did not get a job with his company. At the time, Mr. Fernandes was early into his 20-year career in human resources. Today, Mr. Fernandes, who works as a career education specialist in the Career Centre at Ryerson University, says he and his colleagues …

Private school plans at expanded Surrey ice arena emphasize student ‘grit’

At Excellent Ice building, hockey among five sports to be offered at Glarea Elevated Learning One ice arena in Surrey will soon expand to include a private school that incorporates education, sports and arts. The look and feel of Excellent Ice will change with the addition of Glarea Elevated Learning, due open next September with a focus on what school administrators call …

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Arts Umbrella launches new pilot program to reach remote schools in Canada

As it prepares to move into a much larger new facility, Arts Umbrella is expanding its training much farther afield with a new online program. One caveat in accessing Arts Umbrella’s programs in dance, theatre and visual arts is that you need to be located in Vancouver. But now, through a joint partnership with TakingITGlobal and the Connected North program, …

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Arts Umbrella prepares for season-finale shows and a spacious new building

Beyond the construction fencing, Arts Umbrella’s vast new space on Granville Island is beginning to take true shape. And at the same time that the facility is getting ready to stage its ambitious end-of-the-year dance and theatre productions, it’s preparing for a major new chapter in its evolution “It’s been fun to dream a space,” Arts Umbrella’s associate director of …

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New $52-million Surrey sports complex with 3 ice rinks opening next month

A significant community and recreational complex in North Surrey is set to become a major destination attraction for the area, while also providing a rapidly growing municipality with a much-needed recreational amenity. Aptly named the North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex (NSSIC), the $52-million, 110,000-sq-ft complex features three ice rinks for ice hockey and figure skating, as well as a full …

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Heuro Canada’s First Client Begins Innovative Neurological Treatment at Canada’s First Heuro PoNS™ Clinic

Leader in traumatic brain injury management completes first client intake to receive groundbreaking treatment program for gait and balance symptoms from previous mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) MONTREAL, March 4, 2019 /CNW/ – Heuro Canada Inc., a top provider of innovative neurological health solutions, announces the first client has completed intake to begin the revolutionary Heuro Program featuring the non-invasive Portable Neuromodulation …

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David Hunt and Deani Van Pelt: Independent schools provide options ‘a single, government-run school monopoly cannot provide’

As the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and provincial government head into contract negotiations so close to the new school year, many parents are rightly worried about the possibility of disruptions to their children’s education. But one cohort of parents has nothing to fear: Teachers. School teachers and education counsellors are nearly four times more likely than other British Columbians to send …

Jay talks about the pursuit of reaching his goals.

Jay DeMerit talks about growing up wanting to play soccer in the biggest league in the U.K. It is not an easy journey for an American born player to get a contract overseas. Jay had to start from the bottom of the league, sleeping in a friend’s family attic, practicing everyday in the courtyards to reaching his goals and so …