Canada Family & Parenting
Stunning footage shows Georgia firefighter catching child thrown from balcony
Couple arrested after 13 brothers and sisters held captive
Family recounts how father saved pregnant daughter from deadly Oshawa fire
Parents fight to record school day of son with disabilities
50 Outdoor Things to Do with Your Kids in Winter
Kids encouraged to smoke at Epiphany in Portuguese village
Elderly woman dies in extreme cold trying to find dead husband
Mom makes 5-year-old daughter pay rent as a lesson about money
2018-01-17 23:04:32 One mom hopes to teach her five-year-old daughter the value of money by charging her rent – and her approach has people divided.Essence Evans of Atlanta, Ga., revealed her strategy to other parents by posting a message on Facebook over the weekend. The mom explained that every week her daughter gets a US$7 allowance – US$5 of which goes back to mom for things like rent, water, electricity, cable, and food   Read More ...
2 children seized after deadly drug allegedly found in Edmonton home
2018-01-17 19:32:26 Edmonton police have arrested the parents of an infant and a toddler after more than 100 fentanyl pills and two handguns were allegedly discovered in their home. The parents, who are both adults, are facing multiple drug, firearm and child endangerment charges after a search of their southwest-area residence earlier this week. Their arrest last Friday followed a four-month long investigation, but their names have not been released to protect the identities of their children   Read More ...
Woman who concocted story about abandoned newborn will not be charged: police
2018-01-17 14:06:14 No criminal charges will be laid against a woman who gave birth to a baby on Tuesday and then concocted a story about finding the child abandoned in a nearby plaza, Toronto police confirmed Wednesday. On Tuesday morning, police said a newborn baby boy was reportedly spotted by a couple in a walkway outside a shopping plaza near Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue   Read More ...
'Digital file' will follow Quebec children from birth through school
2018-01-17 06:40:35 Quebec unveiled its strategy for children under 8 years old Tuesday, including the establishment of a “unified digital file” that will follow children throughout their school career. The file is meant to ensure a smooth transition from level to level. The strategy, on which Quebec says it will spend $1.4 billion by 2022, includes support for community organizations that are able to reach children who do not attend daycares, particularly children of immigrants and children from disadvantaged areas   Read More ...
Abandoned baby story fabricated by scared, young mother: police source
2018-01-17 05:13:43 A story about a newborn baby being found abandoned behind a commercial plaza in Toronto Monday morning was fabricated by the child’s scared, young mother, a police source has said. According to the police source, who spoke to CP24, the woman, who is under the age of 20, gave birth alone Monday morning in a Toronto home after a “secret” pregnancy   Read More ...
Children chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested
2018-01-17 05:13:18 PERRIS, Calif. -- From the outside, the brown-and-beige four-bedroom home looked fairly orderly. Inside, it was a veritable torture chamber for 13 siblings who lived with their parents, police said. The couple who owned the home purchased it new in 2014 and soon arrived in the rapidly growing city 70 miles (113 kilometres) southeast of Los Angeles with their 12 children   Read More ...
Pincourt family creating scholarship to honour son killed in car crash
2018-01-17 04:57:19 The family of Robert Sobol, the 23-year-old Pincourt man killed in an automobile accident on Jan. 1 in eastern Quebec, is trying to raise funds to establish a scholarship in his honour. The family has set up a gofundme page with a $5,000 goal. The funds will be used to create a scholarship at the Pearson School of Culinary Arts in LaSalle   Read More ...
Stunning footage shows Georgia firefighter catching child thrown from balcony
2018-01-16 16:05:35 DECATUR, Ga. — A helmet camera captured the exact moment a parent, frantically escaping a burning apartment complex, threw their child down from their third-floor balcony to a Georgia firefighter. The fire department said it was Scott Stroup who caught the child in the footage captured on Jan. 3 that went viral this week. Assistant fire chief Jeff Crump told reporters: “We don’t encounter that pretty often … Obviously the parents trusted us enough to drop their children to our captains   Read More ...
Parents arrested, neighbours stunned by 'house of horrors' where kids were shackled
2018-01-16 15:34:30 PERRIS, Calif. -- A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults. The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles   Read More ...
Teen fatally shot after gunfight erupts near parent’s vehicle on Vancouver street
2018-01-16 15:06:32 Vancouver police have assigned more than 50 officers to the investigation of a brazen gunfight that killed a 15-year-old boy after he was struck by a bullet while passing in a vehicle with his family. BC Coroners Service spokesman Andy Watson confirmed the teen died Monday following the shooting on Saturday evening. A 23-year-old man who was the target of the attack has died in hospital, Chief Const   Read More ...
HOUSE OF HORRORS: Parents accused of locking up 13 children
2018-01-16 14:10:56 PERRIS, Calif. — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family’s home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults. The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles   Read More ...
Kids chained in California house of horrors; parents arrested
2018-01-16 12:33:16 PERRIS, Calif. -- A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults. The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles   Read More ...
Couple arrested after 13 brothers and sisters held captive
2018-01-16 05:01:48 PERRIS, Calif. -- A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults. The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles   Read More ...
Saskatoon mom speaks out after son drowns in Sheraton Cavalier Hotel pool
2018-01-16 04:04:31 A Saskatoon Mom is bravely speaking out about a breathing technique that innocently ended her son’s life while playing in a hotel pool during a family staycation.It’s hard to imagine a simple game many children have played in a pool, taking 17 year old Nolan Royer’s life… but it did. “They were playing that game where you breathe really fast,” Nolan’s mom Jodie Lonsberry exlpained   Read More ...
'Chains and padlocks': California police say parents shackled their children to beds
2018-01-16 03:04:38 ccording to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, a 17-year-old escaped from the home in Perris early Sunday morning and called 911, telling emergency officials that her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive. Police said that when officers met with the caller, she "appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated." Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner   Read More ...
California police say parents shackled children to beds
2018-01-16 00:11:44 ccording to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, a 17-year-old escaped from the home in Perris early Sunday morning and called 911, telling emergency officials that her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive. Police said that when officers met with the caller, she "appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated." Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner   Read More ...
Parents of kids with rare neuromuscular disorder want funding for expensive drug
2018-01-15 17:04:49 Parents whose children are battling a genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy are calling on the provinces to fund a drug that's considered a life-changer, but also one of the most expensive medications in the world. The drug is called nusinersen, sold under the name Spinraza, and is the only approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA. SMA is a genetic disease that destroys motor neurons in the spinal cord, damaging children’s ability to move   Read More ...
Recall of Lactalis baby milk products extended to 83 countries
2018-01-14 17:32:55 PARIS — The head of French dairy company Lactalis says that a recall of baby milk products because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries from around 30. In an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, the president of Lactalis, Emmanuel Besnier, said that more than 12 million boxes of infant milk products are now concerned   Read More ...
It shouldn't be taboo to criticize parents for having too many kids
2018-01-13 12:09:53 Celebrities Chip and Joanna Gaines took some heat for announcing they are pregnant with their fifth child Kristen Pyszczyk is a writer and IT communications professional living in Toronto. Her areas of focus include feminism, mental health, addiction, pop culture and digital media. Her work has appeared on the Globe and Mail and Quiet Revolution websites. Related Stories Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper, were probably surprised at the backlash on social media last week that accompanied their announcement of baby number five   Read More ...
Finding Your Child’s Passion Without Committing All Your Time And Money | CBC Parents
2018-01-13 05:08:10 Learning Finding Your Child’s Passion Without Committing All Your Time And Money There’s been a lot of discussion about the dangers of over-scheduling your kids, but after-school music classes or organized sports on the weekend can be part of a healthy balance. It can be so empowering to find a sport at which you excel or an activity you love, especially for kids who are not always super excited about their normal school day   Read More ...
Ikea crib ad doubles as pregnancy test
2018-01-11 17:11:24 “Peeing on this ad may change your life.” Ikea is pitching one of its stylish baby cribs in the new magazine ad. It also encourages women to pee on it at the same time. “This ad is also a pregnancy test. Pee on the marked area and wait a moment. If you are expecting, you will get a surprise right here in the ad,” it states   Read More ...
‘ERRATIC’ BABY: Family members arrested after toddler drank meth-laced pop
2018-01-11 16:12:41 Three members of a Utah family are behind bars after a three-year-old girl drank meth-laced pop stored in a water bottle. The toddler’s mother, Lucinda Black, 30, along with aunt and uncle Ashley Black, 27, and Danie Black, 20, were arrested after the girl tested positive for methamphetamine in hospital, reported. Things became suspicious after the girl’s grandmother brought her to a hospital and told nurses the child was “acting crazy and erratic,” cops say   Read More ...
Newborns with opioid withdrawal do better cared for by mom, versus stay in NICU
2018-01-11 11:32:09 TORONTO – With the opioid crisis leading to a rising number of babies suffering withdrawal symptoms from exposure to the drugs while in the womb, the Canadian Paediatric Society is issuing recommendations to doctors and hospitals on how to better care for these vulnerable newborns and their mothers. The CPS released a guidance document Thursday advising that babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their mothers should room together in hospital when possible, rather than the baby being sent for treatment to the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU   Read More ...
Newborns with opioid withdrawal fare better when cared for by mom
2018-01-11 09:32:34 TORONTO - With the opioid crisis leading to a rising number of babies suffering withdrawal symptoms from exposure to the drugs while in the womb, the Canadian Paediatric Society is issuing recommendations to doctors and hospitals on how to better care for these vulnerable newborns and their mothers. The CPS released a guidance document Thursday advising that babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their mothers should room together in hospital when possible, rather than the baby being sent for treatment to the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU   Read More ...
Mother of Rori Hache says that daughter was pregnant
2018-01-10 19:39:56 The mother of a pregnant 18-year-old woman whose remains were found at two separate locations in Oshawa says that her daughter was a “brilliant” young woman who would have made a great mother. A torso belonging to Rori Hache was found floating in Oshawa Harbour in September, just weeks after she was first reported missing by her family. Police scoured the harbour in the wake of the grisly discovery but were unable to locate any additional remains   Read More ...
Leopards kill at least three children in rural India
2018-01-10 18:15:48 NEW DELHI — At least three children have been killed by leopards in a series of recent attacks in rural India, according to media reports and wildlife experts. Two of the children were killed in a village in central India — possibly by the same leopard — with a 14-year-old boy killed in the country’s north, near the edge of a wildlife conservation area   Read More ...
Family recounts how father saved pregnant daughter from deadly Oshawa fire
2018-01-10 04:33:20 A 50-year-old father who died in a devastating fire while rescuing his pregnant daughter from the burning Oshawa home is being remembered as a “heartfelt” person who would “give you the shirt off his back.” Steven MacDonald was inside the two-unit home on Centre Street North along with his daughter, ex-wife and girlfriend when a fire suddenly broke out, reportedly trapping the tenants living in the upper unit   Read More ...
Good parenting best solution to stopping kids from getting addicted to phones: experts
2018-01-10 00:33:15 TORONTO – Consumers shouldn’t count on Apple redesigning its phones and tablets to make them less addictive for kids, say experts, who caution that good parenting may be the only solution to keep children from staring too long at screens.While two of Apple’s biggest shareholders are pushing for new features to help limit damaging screen time for children, tech observers say there’s no easy fix and the responsibility will remain with parents to do what’s best for their kids   Read More ...
Father ’struggling to stay alive’ after N.S. house fire kills four: Relative
2018-01-08 22:10:15 PUBNICO, N.S. — A Nova Scotia man was fighting for his life Monday, a day after a fire that swept through his rural home killed four people, including at least two young children, a family member says. Ervin Olsen, great-grandfather of two children who died in the Pubnico, N.S., blaze, said the father of at least one of the children remains in hospital   Read More ...
Ambassador was not with husband on Myanmar beach: Foreign Affairs
2018-01-08 21:07:15 A day after categorically denying Canada’s Ambassador to Indonesia Peter MacArthur was in Rakhine State when he tweeted “perfect” beach shots, Global Affairs Canada now admits he was, but that his wife Karen MacArthur, Canada’s Ambassador to Myanmar, was not. According to a foreign affairs official speaking on background, the MacArthurs spent the holidays in Yangon, where she is based, with their two children until Mrs   Read More ...
YouTube not great for kids, University of Alberta researcher says
2018-01-08 19:04:44 One University of Alberta researcher says YouTube may not be the best option when it comes to children’s entertainment. Davide Brake spoke on the Alberta Morning News about how, with the introduction of tablets and laptops, YouTube is becoming more popular among parents. While there is plenty of kid-friendly content on the platform, it’s less secure than more traditional forms of media like television networks   Read More ...
Canadian envoy to Myanmar was on 'private holiday' with diplomat husband
2018-01-08 03:31:57 Global Affairs has confirmed that Canada’s ambassador to Myanmar was on a “private holiday” in the southeast Asian nation with her diplomat husband, after questions emerged over a New Year's. Canada’s ambassador to Indonesia, was criticized on social media for praising Myanmar’s idyllic beach scenery in a Jan. 1 tweet that was later deleted. His wife is Ambassador to Myanmar. “First day of 2018 unfolded on a Myanmar beach where the great surf is pleasingly turquoise coloured, warm, clean and clear -- perfect for snorkelling to visit with nature and the fish,” read the tweet posted to Peter MacArthur’s account   Read More ...
Parents fight to record school day of son with disabilities
2018-01-07 23:06:44 BOSTON — A Maine teen with autism and a rare neurological syndrome that affects his speaking ability cannot talk to his parents about his school day the same way other students can. So his family is fighting for the right for him to carry an audio-recording device to ensure he’s being treated properly when they aren’t watching. A novel case heading Monday to the 1st U   Read More ...
Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany celebrations
2018-01-07 23:03:06 VALE DE SALGUEIRO, Portugal – The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes. Locals say the practice has been passed down for centuries as part of a celebration of life tied to the Christian Epiphany and the winter solstice – but nobody is sure what it symbolizes or exactly why parents buy the packs of cigarettes for their children and encourage them to take part   Read More ...
50 Outdoor Things to Do with Your Kids in Winter
2018-01-07 18:08:50 Before cabin fever sets in, check out this list of 50 fun (and free!) winter activities to get kids excited to play outdoors!   Read More ...
4 children dead after house fire in southwestern Nova Scotia
2018-01-07 18:05:10 Four children are dead after an early-morning house fire at a home in Pubnico Head, N.S., two family members say. Ervin Olsen said his two great grandchildren died. Two other children in the home were not relations and an adult remains in hospital, he said. CBC News has confirmed the fatalities with members of both families affected. Kathy Bourque, a municipal councillor in Pubnico Head, said the tight-knit community is reeling   Read More ...
Kids encouraged to smoke in Portugal at Epiphany
2018-01-07 15:32:09 VALE DE SALGUEIRO, Portugal -- The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes. Locals say the practice has been passed down for centuries as part of a celebration of life tied to the Christian Epiphany and the winter solstice -- but nobody is sure what it symbolizes or exactly why parents buy the packs of cigarettes for their children and encourage them to take part   Read More ...
Kids encouraged to smoke at Epiphany in Portuguese village
2018-01-07 15:02:54 VALE DE SALGUEIRO, Portugal -- The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes. Locals say the practice has been passed down for centuries as part of a celebration of life tied to the Christian Epiphany and the winter solstice -- but nobody is sure what it symbolizes or exactly why parents buy the packs of cigarettes for their children and encourage them to take part   Read More ...
Elderly couple die after wife ventures out in freezing cold to find husband
2018-01-07 13:04:22 An elderly couple died within hours of each other after a man had a heart attack outdoors and his devoted wife froze to death in the brutal cold after she went looking for him. Grant Triebner, 90, and his wife Ada Triebner, 83, were found by police on their property in Ontario, Canada. Police found Mr Triebner's body inside an open barn on their property and said he died of a heart attack, and Mrs Triebner's body was found nearby in the snow   Read More ...
GUEST COLUMN: Paralegals in family court
2018-01-07 06:05:46 BY MARSHALL YARMUS, SPECIAL TO THE SUN It only took seven years of fighting with the Law Society of Upper Canada to get it to take the first steps towards allowing paralegals to offer some family law services. The Law Society is the regulator of lawyers and paralegals in Ontario. It is required to regulate in the public interest and to facilitate access to justice   Read More ...