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I Finally Understand Newfoundland Travel

As we sat down to our last meal in St. John’s, Newfoundland, after a busy week of activities and exploring in the city as well as around the Avalon Peninsula, I asked my 17 year old daughter if she would recommend Newfoundland as a family vacation spot for her friends. “Only my adventurous ones”, she said. Newfoundland is unlike any other province in Canada. With...

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It’s Winter. Is Your Teenage Driver Ready? Family

How far is five meters? If you have an average stride, take five good steps, that’s a fair estimate. Start from the front bumper of your card, and try it out. It’s significant when it comes to accident avoidance. And it’s the difference in the distance I traveled when I recently took part in tire safety testing, pitting 3-season tires against new and well-worn snow...

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Getting Teens To Look Up From Their Phones, and Look Into a Book Family

It’s not unusual to find a group of teenagers sitting quietly, all of them with their heads looking down, shoulders slumped, as they silently tap away at their smartphones. Many of them are texting each other (some sitting right across from them), catching up on social media or watching YouTube videos.  It’s natural for parents to be concerned not only with what the screen time...

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Ghoulish getaways: Haunted Canadian destinations to visit this Halloween Travel

What better way to get into the spirit of Halloween than by planning a ghoulish getaway? Canadian ghost-chasers, take note: You need not grab your passport, only your lantern. Here are some of the best Halloween haunts right here in Canada: St. John’s Haunted Hike, N.L. Cloaked guides walk travellers through St. John’s dark alleys and laneways and into the history-steeped downtown area, and if...

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Moms Dive Deep to Support Their Olympic Daughters #ThankYouMom

The first time I met Margarida Benfeito and Helene Filion, I was sitting in front of them as their daughters Meaghan and Roseline, half of Canada’s “Fab IV” diving team, prepared to dive in the finals for the 10m platform event. They would end up winning a bronze medal, and earning the love and respect of Canada; something they had from the start from their...

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Olympian Jen Kish Plays Rugby Like a Girl (And You Should Too) #ThankYouMom

“I’m wearing a bronze medal around my neck, but I feel like I’ve won gold.” Jen Kish looks tough. And she is tough. Tough on herself to perform at the highest level of athletics, and more importantly, to provide a positive role model for female athletes anywhere. As the captain of the Canadian Women’s 7 Rugby Team, she is well poised to do just that....

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