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Portfolio's - Why Less Is More

Portfolio's - Why Less Is More

Published: 09/18/2013 by Warren MacKenzie in Family

Start Summer Off Right with Some Cottage Opening Tips from Saniflo

Opening the cottage is the one of the most exciting times of the year and the perfect opportunity to do some renovations, such as adding ...

Gardening with children

Gardening with children

Published: 09/19/2012 by Richard Rix in Family

Children and gardens go together naturally, though adults can get in the way!

Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s Box

Published: 03/29/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Today, stoicism and hedonism are found everywhere one looks. Hope doesn’t get much press, yet it is the oxygen of the human spirit.

Buttons and Bows and Bracelets

Buttons and Bows and Bracelets

Published: 07/23/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Life's not about signs and symbols but about the nature of our deeds.

Simple Stuff

Simple Stuff

Published: 02/22/2013 by Jim Campbell in Family

Why much of the commentary around holiday celebrations is nonsense.

Forgetting the past

Forgetting the past

Published: 05/07/2013 by Jim Campbell in Family

With all the old scores to be settled, with all the lives twisted into knots, a good dose of amnesia could work wonders in our world.

A mother speaks to the importance of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital's Change for Kids program and how it has given her so...

The Family Wheels

The Family Wheels

Published: 06/20/2012 by William Roebuck in Family

How to carry cargo in comfort, whether you're roaming around town or on the route to the cottage, these models combine good road manners ...

The Pied Piper Among Us

The Pied Piper Among Us

Published: 03/27/2013 by Jim Campbell in Family

Many have missed the real point of this tale.

Opinion surveys on a scale of 1 to 10

Opinion surveys on a scale of 1 to 10

Published: 09/18/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Statistics are not invented out of nothing but we should question more of them.

Peacemakers in our Community

Peacemakers in our Community

Published: 09/17/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

To some, life in the big city means strangers, traffic, congestion and danger, yet the basic desire of all people and communities is to l...

Family Fire Traps

Family Fire Traps

Published: 06/14/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Put almost anything under pressure and heat and a fire can start, even in relationships.

Did you hear?

Did you hear?

Published: 05/09/2013 by William Roebuck in Family

did you hear?

Where did I leave my keys?

Where did I leave my keys?

Published: 05/01/2012 by Hellen Buttigieg in Family

Relax, do something else, and they will turn up, eventually...

Don’t confuse me with facts

Don’t confuse me with facts

Published: 06/25/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

It is convenient to believe there are forces at work that determine our destiny.

End of Life - A Loving Gift

End of Life - A Loving Gift

Published: 04/29/2013 by Jim Campbell in Family

Near the end of someone’s life, there’s often an opportunity to perform an act of compassion, to make a decision to let the normal and na...

How to Get a Life

How to Get a Life

Published: 06/26/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Three truths about living.

Damn Numbers

Damn Numbers

Published: 07/30/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Perhaps we should be skeptical when numbers are thrown at us

did you hear?

did you hear?

Published: 05/09/2013 by William Roebuck in Family

did you hear?

Smelling the flowers

Smelling the flowers

Published: 07/24/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Living ahead of ourselves makes us vulnerable and less able to see or enjoy the present.

New driving law aims to protect children

New driving law aims to protect children

Published: 07/24/2012 by William Roebuck in Family

Car crashes are the number one cause of death for Canadian children. However, a properly installed car seat can reduce the risk of seriou...

The Front-Line Rapid Action Force

The Front-Line Rapid Action Force

Published: 06/20/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

In this Year of the Volunteer, it's a good time to recognize the efforts of those who serve our communities and deal with problems first-...

Keeping bothersome bugs at bay

Keeping bothersome bugs at bay

Published: 06/12/2012 in Family

The arrival of warm weather means most of us are showing a bit more skin, which is of course more comfortable – except when there are mos...

Essentials for the home library

Essentials for the home library

Published: 08/01/2012 by William Roebuck in Family

All homes should have a reference library for those times you need a quick answer to one of life's problems. These three books would be w...

Preparing for Canada Day

Preparing for Canada Day

Published: 06/11/2012 by Hellen Buttigieg in Decor

The completion of another school year is approaching and if you have children, now is the time...

The meaning of ‘what if’

The meaning of ‘what if’

Published: 06/25/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

There’s a thin line between success and failure, but no matter what your ‘what ifs’ are, a measure of gratitude is important.

Preparing for the future

Preparing for the future

Published: 05/12/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

The world is in danger of losing its future. There is a solution; it’s all about forgiveness.

Travelling right

Travelling right

Published: 06/27/2012 by Evelyn in Family

Packing for a family outing means keeping it light and practical.

The Sixty-Five Per Cent

The Sixty-Five Per Cent

Published: 08/24/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Why is it so hard to give praise?

Doing the Math

Doing the Math

Published: 06/27/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Instead of looking for the next hurt, add up the good things in your life

The Greatest Challenge

The Greatest Challenge

Published: 09/10/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Our world will need more energy, not less, despite conservation initiatives. What it really needs is an international scientific energy r...

Sorry

Sorry

Published: 06/26/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Sincere apologies, saying you are sorry and trying to do better are essential ingredients in helping us produce and live in a civil society.

It’s Boring!

It’s Boring!

Published: 07/17/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

When boredom results in anger, then it’s time to do something about it. All it takes is a change in attitude.

Organizing for Emergencies

Organizing for Emergencies

Published: 07/13/2012 by Hellen Buttigieg in Family

A little planning will get you through an emergency safely if you use this Ultimate Blackout Survival Checklist.

Together we stand

Together we stand

Published: 02/25/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

While many are looking for another ‘Great Man’, the idea behind it may be flawed.

Are your children at risk from products in your home?

Most homes with young children are full of products such as cribs, baby gates and playpens. Parents naturally think that these products a...

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

Published: 07/13/2012 by ROSLYN RALPH in Food & Drink

Teaching kids to cook is fun and practical.

Checking Baggage

Checking Baggage

Published: 06/14/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

If our baggage influences how we react, why not check it at the gate?

Why peace is such a wide word

Why peace is such a wide word

Published: 06/18/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Many pundits have been telling us that we were naive to sit back and enjoy the peaceful times we had before 9-11. But making that claim e...

Scientific experiments and the white coats

Scientific experiments and the white coats

Published: 09/18/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

Like law, politics, education and religion, science is an intensively human activity. Scientific experiments and the white coats....

The importance of trust

The importance of trust

Published: 01/25/2012 by Jim Campbell in Family

No one should be able to betray the trust put in them by using obfuscation and fine print.

Daily oral health tips for babies and toddlers

Daily oral health tips for babies and toddlers

Published: 03/02/2017 by Fran Simpson in Family

Typically, we don't think of cavities or gum disease in connection with babies. But the truth is that oral diseases begin very early ( fr...

Top 3 reasons your kids should be eating breakfast

Top 3 reasons your kids should be eating breakfast

Published: 02/14/2017 by Fran Simpson in Kids

Did you know that one in five Canadian children is at risk of starting the school day with an empty stomach because they don't have acces...

Ben & Jerry’s Introduces New Dairy-Free Flavours

Share the Love this Valentines Ben & Jerry’s New Delivery Service in Toronto

WATERFRONT COTTAGE FOR SALE TRENT HILLS

LAKEFRONT FURNISHED COTTAGE FOR SALE - CAMPBELLFORD

Tips on how to stress-test your mortgage

Published: 06/21/2016 by Arielle Duke in Money

With interest rates at an all-time low, locking into a mortgage is a tempting commitment. However, these low rates have experts cautionin...

We all experience the affect of social issues at some point in our lives.

Factors affecting female participation in sport

Factors affecting female participation in sport

Published: 06/21/2016 by Arielle Duke in Kids

Despite the wide-ranging evidence of the benefits of physical activity, many young girls continue to make the decision to drop out of spo...

Lack of media coverage hinders female sport participation

Published: 06/21/2016 by Arielle Duke in Health

Over the past 20 years in Canada, female participation in sport has continued to decline.

Canada's culture of sport impedes female participation

Published: 06/21/2016 by Arielle Duke in Health

Female sport participation is considerably lower than that of its male counterpart.

Social workers: real experts for real life

Published: 06/21/2016 by Arielle Duke in Health

Divorce, bullying, grief, stress, addictions, abuse; these are just some of the issues that Canadians deal with every day.

Extend your support system after a life-altering event

Published: 06/21/2016 by Arielle Duke in Family

Traumatic life-altering events often occur unexpectedly and can affect anyone.

Healthy gums, an essential part of oral health

Healthy gums, an essential part of oral health

Published: 06/02/2016 by Arielle Duke in Family

One in two Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives. It is the most common dental condition, and it can progress qu...

The Keep-Your-Identity-Yours Q and A

The Keep-Your-Identity-Yours Q and A

Published: 06/02/2016 by Arielle Duke in Family

March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada – a time when Canadians should focus their attention on protecting their personal information....

Credit reports and bank statements can help you spot fraudsters

March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, a great opportunity to become your own financial-security expert. There are simple steps you c...

Virtual Reality brings real life Parkinson's awareness

Published: 06/02/2016 by Arielle Duke in Health

Canadian neuroscientist Kaylena Ehgoetz Martens has more than an academic interest in uncovering the reasons why almost half of everyone ...

4 tech gifts for Father's Day

4 tech gifts for Father's Day

Published: 06/02/2016 by Arielle Duke in Kids

Dad can sometimes be the hardest person to shop for, making Father's Day gifting a real challenge. Luckily, many fathers love and use tec...

5 ways to let music into your life

5 ways to let music into your life

Published: 02/16/2016 by Amanda Peja in Family

Music is the world's most popular language. Integrating it into your everyday life is a great way to connect with family and friends, an...

4 tips for feeding our four-legged friends

4 tips for feeding our four-legged friends

Published: 01/20/2016 by Amanda Peja in Family

Just as we want to be eating foods that are the best for us, our pets should be doing the same thing. Find out what to feed your furry fr...

Exercising in winter: Tips for seniors

Exercising in winter: Tips for seniors

Published: 01/20/2016 by Amanda Peja in Family

With the wind blowing and snow piling up it can be hard for anyone to get outside during the winter months. These struggles are escalated...

Essential steps for fitting a hockey helmet

Essential steps for fitting a hockey helmet

Published: 01/20/2016 by Amanda Peja in Family

We all want our children to be safe when they head out onto the ice. I hockey helmet is a crucial piece of equipment that will ensure thi...

4 cool things you didn't know you could do with your printer

Are you just using your printer to print? If so, you're missing out.

8 new family traditions to start today

8 new family traditions to start today

Published: 11/30/2015 by Amanda Peja in Family

Traditions are a big part of the holidays and each family has their own. But why not introduce some fun new ones to bring your family tog...

Top DIY craft tips for the holidays

Published: 11/25/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Decor

From party favours to place settings, personalized cards and handmade gifts, this is the perfect time for crafting enthusiasts to create ...

Creative ways to enjoy family time

Creative ways to enjoy family time

Published: 11/16/2015 by David Ferrer in Family

Between busy work schedules and endless extracurricular activities, fitting in quality mealtimes can be challenging for many families.

How to make meaningful memories this holiday

How to make meaningful memories this holiday

Published: 11/09/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Money

Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we can loose sight of what's truly important. Before you get overwhelming wit...

Snack packing tips for a healthy road trip

Published: 11/09/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

Heading out on a road trip doesn't need to mean filling up on unhealthy snacks at every stop along the way.

5 ways to spend more time with friends

5 ways to spend more time with friends

Published: 11/02/2015 by David Ferrer in Family

Between work, family, errands and everything else that life throws our way sometimes we just feel like there's never enough time to fit i...

8 tips for green gifting this holiday season

8 tips for green gifting this holiday season

Published: 11/02/2015 by David Ferrer in Shopping

The holidays can be a time of excess for many of us- from food, to decor to gifts, there's lots of waste that we create. Follow these env...

Five activities for your kids to do over winter break

Published: 10/26/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

For kids, being home for the holidays is the best winter vacation that ever happened, but for parents, it can be hard to juggle all the n...

Top 10 tips to survive cold and flu Season

Top 10 tips to survive cold and flu Season

Published: 10/26/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Health

We all know that winter is the worst time for coughs, colds and flu's. No matter how are parents try, kid's seem to attract germs from ev...

Tips for accident-free winter driving

Tips for accident-free winter driving

Published: 10/19/2015 by David Ferrer in Family

Winter driving in Canada means braving conditions that are sometimes less than ideal. Be prepared for snowy road conditions and freezing...

5 ways to use credit cards to your advantage

Published: 10/19/2015 by David Ferrer in Money

Everyone needs to spend money – whether it's on groceries, gas, entertainment or travel – and how we manage this spending is just as imp...

7 ways to get your family through the airport faster

7 ways to get your family through the airport faster

Published: 10/19/2015 by David Ferrer in Travel

If you want to get your family through airport security quickly and easily, follow these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security A...

Assistive technology is redefining student success

Assistive technology is redefining student success

Published: 09/24/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

Technology has revolutionized how today's students are learning. With the digital world at their fingertips, it's easier for teachers to ...

Your own shoreline cleanup is just a stone's throw away

Your own shoreline cleanup is just a stone's throw away

Published: 09/21/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Kids

As Canadians we need to protect our cherished waterways from pollution. Learn how you can help the environment, and clean up shorelines a...

5 benefits of adding a skylight to your home

5 benefits of adding a skylight to your home

Published: 09/11/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Decor

Every home owner wants their house to look bright and inviting. Adding a skylight can provide a range of benefits to not improve the appe...

5 fun family fundraising ideas

5 fun family fundraising ideas

Published: 09/11/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

With back to school time upon us, parents often look for ways to spend meaningful quality time with their kids. Instead of just sitting i...

Teach your old dog new health tricks

Teach your old dog new health tricks

Published: 09/11/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

Those who have pets know that as the years go by, they become a cherished member of the family. Just as parents want to keep their kids h...

4 Ways To Save Money On Your Next Road Trip

Published: 09/11/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Automotive

Fall is the ideal time for a fun filled road trip. With all the local spots to explore, scenic routes to experience, must-try food along ...

How to set healthy building blocks for kids

How to set healthy building blocks for kids

Published: 09/04/2015 by David Ferrer in Family

It's crucial for children to get adequate nutrition while they're youth to stay happy and healthy as an adult. Strong and healthy childre...

Avoid feeding your cat these 5 foods

Avoid feeding your cat these 5 foods

Published: 09/04/2015 by David Ferrer in Family

It's important for pet owners to learn what they should and shouldn't be feeding their pets. Avoid these foods when it comes to your cat.

Make eye exams part of your child's health routine

Make eye exams part of your child's health routine

Published: 09/04/2015 by David Ferrer in Kids

Parents always want the best for that kids- and that includes making trips to the eye doctor part of a child's health routine. This can b...

Why are all of these things just like the others?

Why are all of these things just like the others?

Published: 09/04/2015 by David Ferrer in Family

Canadians need to do their part to protect the environment. Taking part in a waterway clean up near you is a great way to do this.

Are You Ready for the Coming Cold Weather?

Published: 08/25/2015 by Harry Levinson in Decor

Is your closet ready for winter... time to clean it out, update and upgrade!

Think beyond your coffee cup

Published: 08/21/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

Informed coffee lovers who are thinking beyond their cups about the lives of the people who farm and process the beans, will often insis...

Custom Pet Beds

Custom Pet Beds

Published: 08/18/2015 by Harry Levinson in Decor

Doesn't your pet deserve their own custom bed?

Tips for choosing authentic Italian products

Tips for choosing authentic Italian products

Published: 08/05/2015 by David Ferrer in Food & Drink

Italian gastronomy is one of the most beloved cuisines, but can you actually tell if the fine bottle of vino you are enjoying with your d...

Keep reducing your carbon footprint

Keep reducing your carbon footprint

Published: 08/05/2015 by David Ferrer in Travel

Every effort adds up, so let's be creative when it comes to continued conservation, say environmentalists around the world.

Plan reliable care when pets can't travel with you

Plan reliable care when pets can't travel with you

Published: 08/04/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

As you count down the days until summer vacation, it's important to prepare a great little 'staycation' if your family pet is not taking ...

Rivers flow through your coffee

Rivers flow through your coffee

Published: 08/04/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

Water is an essential part of coffee. Without it, the heavenly brown liquid would be a mound of dry grains sitting at the bottom of your ...

How to get your family through airport security quickly

How to get your family through airport security quickly

Published: 07/22/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Travel

We are in the busy season of travel. This article gives you good information on how to get you and your family through airport security a...

All is not lost at Canadian airports

All is not lost at Canadian airports

Published: 07/22/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

Canadian airports are a place of frustration for many of us. While this has historically been unavoidable, all hope is not lost. This art...

Prepare your home for summer travel

Prepare your home for summer travel

Published: 07/08/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

If you're planning a great summer getaway with your family, make sure to take the necessary steps to ensure your home is safe while you'r...

Italian cuisine is the favourite of many Canadians. Making sure we select authentic Italian food and beverage can be the difference betwe...

5 facts you should know about RIFs

5 facts you should know about RIFs

Published: 06/22/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Money

Retirement is becoming an increasingly far-fetched term these days. It is simply not financially realistic for many individuals and coupl...

Important tips for home buyers

Important tips for home buyers

Published: 06/22/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Insurance

Buying a home is a huge decision with so many different considerations. This article contains some important tips that every potential bu...

Spice up your health with the Power of Peppers

Spice up your health with the Power of Peppers

Published: 06/17/2015 by David Ferrer in Family

We are always looking for new and delicious ways to improve our health. Peppers have numerous health benefits and they can be added to a ...

Canada's youth representative to Rugby World Cup 2015 selected

The Women's World Cup was one of Canada's most exciting moments last year. The men's team will try and duplicate that success this year a...

Canadians can count on emergency alerts

Canadians can count on emergency alerts

Published: 06/16/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Insurance

In Canada an emergency comes in many different forms. The other week we had a Tornado warning in Southern Ontario and citizens had to rea...

Get the most out of your vacation without breaking the bank

Get the most out of your vacation without breaking the bank

Published: 05/06/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Travel

The perfect vacation is both cost-effective and memorable. Here are some effective tips for keeping the price down and making sure we hav...

Feel like a local anywhere in the world

Feel like a local anywhere in the world

Published: 05/06/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Travel

This is a great article for anyone travelling around the world and looking for accommodations. This article provides an authentic option ...

How gluten sensitivity may link gut and gland

How gluten sensitivity may link gut and gland

Published: 04/23/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Health

Many Canadians and Americans are partaking in Gluten Free Diets. This is considered controversial as removing gluten from your diet has s...

The twelve tips of fire safety

The twelve tips of fire safety

Published: 04/08/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

Your house is your greatest asset. Here are 12 important tips that can help protect it.

Essentials for preparing the perfect steak

Essentials for preparing the perfect steak

Published: 03/19/2015 by Marcus Johnson in Family

This is an informative article on how to make the perfect steak. A lot of valuable preparation and grilling techniques.

Put the Future First

Put the Future First

Published: 11/08/2014 by Jim Campbell in Health

Leaving the past behind in the cause of peace is an honourable endeavour.

BLACKS’S FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS: From your phone straight to Dad’s heart

The clock is ticking and you don’t yet have a gift for Dad? BLACKS can help you replace the tried and true gift card with a personalized ...

GIFT IDEAS FOR TECHIE DADS and GRADS FROM MICROSOFTSTORE.CA

June is the perfect time to spoil the special Dads and Grads in our lives. But braving the mall crowds to search for that ideal gift can ...

Make Silence

Make Silence

Published: 06/11/2014 by Jim Campbell in Pen Point

The idea to ‘make silence’ challenges people to do something, in contrast to common advice that falls into the ‘thou shalt not’ category.

Stuck on Zero

Stuck on Zero

Published: 05/09/2014 by Jim Campbell in Family

Emotions always trump reason and logic, but we need to look for realistic compromises and ways to manage the inevitable risks of progress

Anything Goes

Anything Goes

Published: 04/04/2014 by Jim Campbell in Family

Do you know your faults and failures? The reality is, we all know that everything is not ÒK

Raising Kids

Raising Kids

Published: 12/02/2013 in Family

Baby swimmers have better balance