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Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Canada’s long summer school break and literacy concerns for children

In Canada, school children have long breaks of a little over two months. During this time, some studies have shown that  a percentage of children tend to lose some of the literacy and math skills acquired during the previous school» 

Society

Give children more free time in summer, urges blogger

Schools in Canada usually close at the end of June and that leaves children free for about two months. But government statistics from 2015 show that only 18 per cent of couple families had a stay-at-home parents. The figure declined» 

Health

Physical activity can affect children’s future heart health: study

A study of children three to five years old found that those who engaged in almost two hours of energetic play daily had better blood vessel health and cardiovascular fitness that could help prevent later heart disease. “Kids don’t get» 

Society

Language-savvy parents good for children’s reading acquisition

Parents who understand language complexity offer more praise and improve their children’s reading development, according to a study from Concordia University in Montreal. Researchers studied 70 sets of six- and seven-year old children and their parents. The children were given» 

Society

Canadians unprepared to support aging parents: online survey

A large proportion of Canada’s population is getting old and an online survey suggests their children are not clear on the tools available to them to alleviate the financial burden of caring for them. Of those living with a parent,» 

Society

‘Secret parenting’ said to be bad for business

While the Canadian government provides paid parental leave for employees, there appear to be workplace barriers that prompt parents to avoid drawing attention to their children. “It could be something small like not putting photos out on your desk,” says» 

Health, International

Pass law banning harmful food ads to children, urges non-profit

The Heart & Stroke Foundation is urging the government to pass its proposed law which would ban the advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children. The consumption of these foods is links with chronic diseases and» 

Health

More children poisoned by cannabis, warns hospital

The Montreal Children’s Hospital is warning people to use extreme caution when storing cannabis and to realize it is dangerous for children. Where it used to be rare for children to come to the hospital for cannabis use or intoxication» 

Environment, Society

Camping with kids in the Canadian wilderness highly recommended

May 18 to 20, 2019 is a holiday weekend in Canada and usually warm enough for families to go on their first camping trips of the year. It can be a little more challenging to camp with children, but they» 

Health

Children suffering late diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes

The rates of Type 1 diabetes among children and youth are going up around the world and Canada has one of the highest rates. The estimated prevalence among Canadian children up to 14 years of age  is 21.7 per 100,000»