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350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

A Norwegian children’s charity left a thinly-dressed 11-year-old boy shivering at a bus stop in the winter cold to test how many people would spontaneously help him. * The advert is part of a new fund-raising campaign SOS Barnebyer is launching to provide blankets and shelter to displaced children in Syria. The organization said the […]

Melissa Fong: The Pity Party, that is -Dave Foley-

I used to love Dave Foley. Kids in the Hall was one of the most epic variety shows, and Canadian to boot. Then there was News Radio that had awesome […]

Dead Wild Roses: Do you listen to Children?

Are we getting children the help they need? There is a nefarious double bind that we put children in that makes it very hard for them to be heard.

“Children should remain silent, and they are ‘good’ when they’re quiet, but ‘bad’ when they are not, because they are disturbing the adults and causing trouble. This attitude runs through the way people interact with children on every level, and yet, they seem surprised when it turns out that children have been struggling with serious medical problems, or they’ve been assaulted or abused.

The most common response is ‘well (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: A Thought on Spanking your Child…

“When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.

The boy was gone a long time. And (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Zero-tolerance No-Touching Rule… for Kindergarteners?

I’ll never forget the first day I got called in to teach a Kindergarten class. It was probably one of the most terrifying experiences of my life to see 30 […]

Melissa Fong: Children, health and the medical fools who focus on BMI

Who are these fools that believe it’s okay to measure a child’s BMI (Body Mass Index), label them as overweight and decide to call it a day because they think they taught someone about health? “[A] paper published today by the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that weighing and measuring the height of schoolchildren and sending letters …

LeDaro: Syria, War and Children

It is sad that how war-torn areas impact children and what kind of life they live. To start with there are two million refugees from Syria in neighbouring countries and many of them are children. Syria’s total population is 22 1/2 million and nearly 35% are 0-14 years old – children. What kind of life view will they have the ones who survive? It is all very tragic. Below is a picture of a child who is playing with a mortar launcher as if it is a toy.

PLAYING SOLDIER: Issa, 10 years old, fixed a mortar launcher at a (Read more…)

LeDaro: Syrian civil war and the plight of children

THREE’S COMPANY: Girls looked from behind a curtain at their family’s home at al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on Thursday. (Ashraf Amra/APA Images/Zuma Press)WSJ.

It is very sad to see these children. What kind of life is awaiting them? However, bombing Syria is not the answer. U.S and other countries should find a diplomatic solution to this problem.

Bill Longstaff: Will India defeat malnutrition?

India has a lot of a lot of things, including hungry people. It has the world’s second largest population and the world’s second highest percentage of malnourished children.

It also has the world’s largest food distribution system. Unfortunately the system has been largely ineffective, riddled as it is with incompetence and corruption. Now the ruling Congress Party has passed the Food Security

LeDaro: Poverty in America – especially children

The U.S is one of the richest countries in the world but poverty is aplenty. I was in New York, Manhattan area, and I could not walk a street without being accosted by beggars. These beggars don’t ask for money, they demand it. If you don’t give them a quarter or 50 cents some may spit on you.

George W. Bush spent $2 trillion, trillion with ‘t’, imagine how many people could have been fed with that money and provided shelter.

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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Before you were conceived I wanted you Before you were born I loved you Before you were here an hour I would die for you This is the miracle of life. ~Maureen Hawkins Happy Birthday Emma!

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives failing BC’s First Nations children: PBO report

Reported by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

First Nations demand a better deal from the Canadian Government during a massive December 2012 protest on Parliament Hill. (Photo: Obert Madondo)

A report released by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) on Thursday says the Harper Conservatives are failing BC’s First Nation children and on-reserve schools.

The report, titled First Nations School Infrastructure Funding Requirements: British Columbia, shows that the schools are severely underfunded. And, they’re much older than B.C. public schools.

“Baseline federal funding for First Nations school infrastructure in British Columbia is $26 million. The PBO estimates that sustaining (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian children are born pre-polluted with toxic chemicals: Report

by: Environmental Defence | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 26, 2013 – A new report with first of its kind data which demonstrates Canadian children are born pre-polluted was released today.

The new report Pre-Polluted: A Report on Toxic Substances in the Umbilical Cord Blood of Canadian Newborns found that Canadian babies are being exposed to a slew of chemicals while in the womb because they are so pervasive in the environment and in the products we use. Some of the chemicals tested for are linked to serious health issues such as cancer and developmental and reproductive problems.

“This is evidence (Read more…)

centre of the universe: Everybody get down, make love

I am about a week late for this, I guess, but I’m not one to jump on bandwagons and talk about things because it’s the official week of talking about things, so…there you are. And really, it’s always a good time to talk about love. And it’s almost always a good time to talk about [...]

The Canadian Progressive: Half of First Nations children in Canada live in poverty, study finds

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:

OTTAWA – Indigenous children in Canada are over two and a half times more likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous children, according to a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and Save the Children Canada.

The study disaggregates child poverty statistics and identifies three tiers of poverty for children in Canada based on data from the 2006 census, which is the most recent data available on Indigenous child poverty:

The first tier has a poverty rate of 12% and excludes Indigenous, racialized, and immigrant (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: ‘Our kids deserve the right to their culture’: Anishinabek Nation

By: Anishinabek Nation | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 17, 2013 – Anishinabek Nation leaders have told provincial government officials that their children in care deserve the right to their culture.

“We need to leave here today with long and short term goals in place,” said Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare, part of a delegation who met with Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services. “We need to see a nation-to-nation approach where leaders from both sides work together on solutions in the interest of our children. The Anishinabek Nation has requested that the Minister respect our culture and (Read more…)

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Before you were conceived, I wanted you Before you were born, I loved you Before you were here an hour, I would die for you This is the miracle of life ~Maureen Hawkins Happy Birthday Kate! You are magnificent.

centre of the universe: Call me Ducky

The Nipper has the Best Ideas Ever Invented. He said, last night on the way to rehearsal, “you know what would be cool, would be if they made a Call of Duty ™ game that’s age-appropriate for kids and they called it Call of Ducky. And you’d play this duck having adventures all over in [...]

The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th of 29 for children’s well-being, says UNICEF report

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada ranks 17th out of 29 wealthy countries when it comes to tackling child poverty, obesity and related well-being issues, says a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN children’s agency. The Innocenti Report Card 11 by UNICEF’s Research Office also reveals that the Canada [...]

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Boreal Citizen: Can reason and secularism protect kids from anti-science rhetoric (and build a better society)?

When it comes to teaching my kids about the world, I never assumed science would be a top priority. Yet these days I find myself spending little time focusing on language, instead opting for discussions about things like gravity, the solar system and human evolution.

This is partly due to my children’s natural curiosity about such topics. But one might also argue that our future as a species depends on our ability to think critically, and base our decisions on evidence and reason. (Climate change denial, and its potentially dire consequences, might be the ultimate example of our collective failure

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Dead Wild Roses: Prostitution – Hurting Women and Children; Always.

I’m not really into the whole prostitution is what happens between consenting adults argument. I find that it reeks with the notion that the experiences of a lucky few, a sub set of a sub set, somehow overlays what happens to most people who get involved in prostitution; that would be degradation, pain, and suffering. Layer that with helplessness, fear and shame and your have a tried and true recipe for broken human beings.

Prostitution is not okay. It is never okay and thus the topic is set for your Thursday DWR PSA.

Thank you to Buy

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Left Over: Subsidizing Reality in BC

B.C. premier’s office mobbed over child-care costs CBC News Posted: Mar 9, 2013 4:49 PM PT

Lots of people complain that those who cannot afford childcare should simply stay home, or conversely, have no children until they can afford them (the 12th of never for many.) Let’s be honest and creative here (and, full disclosure, I have no children) and take the money, with which we already subsidize the rich parent and pay into private schools, and transfer it to a subsidy for daycare, based on a sliding scale of ability to pay, just like our medical plan

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The Canadian Progressive: Vatican Summoned Before UN Committee on Rights of the Child

Groups Submit Report on Worldwide Sex Abuse Crisis By: Center for Constitutional Rights (Press Release) | Feb. 28, 2013: NEW YORK and ROME – Today, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an alternate report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child READ MORE

centre of the universe: I’d go out on the ocean

The manager of our restaurant is close personal friends with Joe Paopao, the Throwin’ Samoan. He used to come home at lunch bruised and battered from running patterns for him in the street. Our manager drawls his vowels, and flattens them, like the peaks of things threaten him. He lives on the west coast, where [...]

The Canadian Progressive: REPUGNANT: Syrian rebel propaganda video stars children with AK47s

A recent report on the Syrian conflict by Human Rights Watch accused the Free Syria Army rebels of using children as young as 14 as child fighters. Now another rebel group, the Syria Justice and Freedom, recent posted a propaganda video YouTube featuring AK-47-totting children. If you think using a 14-year old as a fighter is disgusting, imagine indoctrinating a five year old. READ MORE