“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is archaic and inaccurate. It has given freedom to bullies for decades. Bullying comes in three forms: verbal (taunting), social (exclusion), and physical (pushing, hitting). Twenty percent of children experience bullying first-hand. For special needs children the number rises to a staggering…

While the Bank of Canada has yet to raise their overnight rate—a rate that dictates what happens with variable mortgage interest rates—there are changes within the current Canadian mortgage climate. In late 2016, TD Canada raised it’s variable rate mortgage—not just for new mortgage business, but also for existing mortgage holders. The rate increase was…

We set the clocks ahead for daylight savings and many of us woke up to a darker sky feeling sluggish thanks to a one hour loss of sleep. If you hit the snooze, pulled the covers up over your head still feeling bummed out about your waistline, bank account, career or love life, you’re not…

2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of Canada and what better way to celebrate than to celebrate family in Canada. We are so blessed to live in this great country of freedom and opportunity. Our families are as unique as snowflakes, not one is alike.  Your family may be made up of kids, pets, neighbours, friends, aunts…

View Birth Control Options Here For more information on ECP , please call  the Sexual Health Clinic in Waterloo Region Public Health  at 519-883-2267 Written by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services Updated November 2016 For more information contact your health care provider or local public health. (23)

During pregnancy or after the baby is born 1 in 5 women may experience difficult moods (Perinatal Mood Disorders) including depression and anxiety. Men can also experience emotional difficulty. Have you had some of these symptoms for more than two weeks? You may: Not feel like yourself Be sad and tearful Feel exhausted, but unable…

While we may think of low mood or other challenges as adult problems, they can affect people at any age. Children and teens can experience mental illnesses like depression. Sometimes it can be difficult for adults to understand how difficult children’s problems can be because we look at their problems through adult eyes. But the…

Boys and girls often seek to earn extra money by babysitting. But as a parent, how can you be sure your local pre-teen or teenager is a good babysitter? And what responsibilities do you have as an employer? What Makes a Good Babysitter? You hire a babysitter so your children will be safe when you…

Your three-year old daughter has memorized all the words to her favourite bedtime story. Your three-year old son plays with the refrigerator magnets and asks you to name the letters for him. It’s time to teach your child to read. The first step is to take a trip to the library to pick out books…

By Justine Pitt, Centre Manager of Oxford Learning London North   It’s easy enough to recognize a student who isn’t motivated in school—there is forgotten homework, misplaced assignments, poor test performance, and frequent complaints about disliking school.   An unmotivated child is not a happy student.   Not surprisingly, school dissatisfaction usually goes hand-in-hand with…

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