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…

The very real dangers of overwork

It's only a matter of time before your entire system breaks down

The very real dangers of overworkConventional wisdom says that hard work yields it's own just rewards.  It's hard to argue with success, fame, fortune. The big successes of the world aren't clock watchers.  They've turned their back on the conventional 9 to 5 mentality, and work 12- to 14-hour days and put in Saturdays – even Sundays – when they…

Why we should respond to the lure of wedding bells

There are sharp differences in family life satisfaction and perceived relationship stability between married and cohabiting parents

Why we should respond to the lure of wedding bellsAs surely as spring arrives this month, wedding season won’t be far behind. But the peal of wedding bells signifies more than just the formalization of a relationship, according to new data from the Global Family and Gender Survey (GFGS). Statistics Canada numbers also shed light on the issue. In short, there are sharp differences in…

The entrepreneur’s tricky work-life balancing act

Our business problems are difficult to leave behind, especially when the business is tied to us personally, financially or emotionally

The entrepreneur’s tricky work-life balancing actI was in Jose’s office one morning recently and he asked why I hadn’t brought up the business at hand when we were at the ball game a couple nights before. “I didn’t want to bother you with my problem in your off time,” I said. “I figured I would see you at our next appointment…

You have not nearly seen everything yet

A 96-year-old mother’s invaluable experiences and insights help put today’s calamitous events in perspective

You have not nearly seen everything yetIt’s tempting to think when you hit your 60s that you’ve seen it all, that your analysis of contemporary issues is tight and complete. I’m here to say it ain’t. That’s because I’ve just checked in with my 96-year-old Mom, Frances Robinson, after being in Mexico for a couple of weeks, forgetfully without a phone…

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitude

Jasper's spectacular ski resort may offer slopes less travelled but it certainly deserves wider attention

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitudeCue the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Duct tape a sombrero onto your helmet. Find a half-burned cigarillo (good luck!) to chomp on. The bad boys have arrived at Marmot Basin, Alberta’s quieter, family-friendly Rocky Mountain ski resort in Jasper National Park. These new rascals are Tres Hombres – a series…

From communism to Canada

Local reverend recounts the humorous and the trying in his life adventure

From communism to CanadaJoan Janzen for The Clarion Kindersley resident Piotr (Peter) Strzeleck experienced the culture shock of transitioning from communist Poland to our nation of Canada in the fall of 1993. Though his homeland had already been free of communist rule for several years, Rev. Peter couldn’t recall any dramatic changes that took place as a result.…

Preparing for another Christmas at Skelhp

There are lights to hang, cleanup work to be done inside and out, kindling to split, a turkey to order and a final round of gifts to buy

Preparing for another Christmas at SkelhpIt’s very calm this morning and still a dark grey overcast at 7 a.m. The offshore islands are shrouded in mist. There’s no sign of human habitation right across the southern horizon. No rising plumes of chimney smoke are visible. No boats or tugs and booms are passing. And it’s cold in the house. Time…

This Christmas, resolve to go device-free one day a week

Starting this Christmas, have the guts to turn off the phone for a few days – okay, start with one day – and contemplate what you have to celebrate

This Christmas, resolve to go device-free one day a weekSomeone once asked me if I missed the mayhem of owning a business at Christmas time. The truth is, I do. While I don’t miss taking inventory, all the extra hours, the squeeze of trying to find enough time for family and customers, figuring out if there should be a Christmas bonus or another program,…

How to shake off your Christmas stress

People who have a calm perspective make better decisions than those who are stressed. And stress behaviour is self-perpetuating

How to shake off your Christmas stressIt’s almost that time of year again – the shops are filling up, along with the roads, and people’s stress levels are increasing. Christmas is a time of tradition. Some people have huge family gatherings with relatives from all over the place, others prefer a quiet evening – fireplace, wine, blanket and time off work.…

Are you one plum pudding away from a Christmas meltdown?

The pre-Christmas preparation can turn the jolliest of elves into Scrooges

Are you one plum pudding away from a Christmas meltdown?I have a holiday cocktail napkin that reminds me to keep a sense of humour during the busy weeks leading up to Christmas Day. The napkin depicts a spotless 1950’s kitchen where a mother and daughter are preparing to take Christmas dinner out of the oven. The little girl looks excited about the feast ahead,…

A different kind of Christmas list

Five-year-old Kinley Hildebrandt and her parents, Candis and Justin, are waiting to receive a call saying a liver donor has been found for Kinley

A different kind of Christmas listJoan Janzen for The Clarion Christmas is coming, and five-year-old Kinley Hildebrandt and her parents, Candis and Justin, and big brother Cohen would love nothing more than to receive a call saying a liver donor has been found for Kinley. It’s been four weeks since Kinley was placed on a waiting list for a liver transplant;…

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?

Trade, trade, trade your way to the perfect family

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?A few years back my dog suffered from GDV, gastric dilatation volvulus, a sudden killer that can affect the healthiest dog. GDV is more commonly known as gastric torsion, where that cute, furry little quadruped stomach flips like a young Eastern bloc gymnast and is quite often fatal if not caught in time. Even if…

Falling in love with barbecue

Jack Thompson of BroBBQ.com talks about the necessity of a slow and patient, yet spontaneous approach to grilling

Falling in love with barbecueJack Thompson is founder of BroBBQ.com. What is BroBBQ and what do you do? Where are you located? When and why did you start this up? Thompson: BroBBQ is my brainchild, dedicated solely to all things BBQ. We are located in Texas. BroBBQ started February 2018 and I decided to start it just because BBQ is…
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