Author Archives: Kathy Buckworth



Kathy Buckworth

Kathy Buckworth is a writer, personality and host who lives in Toronto, Canada. She is a major press contributor, the author of 6 books, and is an international travel writer.

I Finally Understand Newfoundland
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I Finally Understand Newfoundland

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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21 Dec 2016
It’s Winter. Is Your Teenage Driver Ready?
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It’s Winter. Is Your Teenage Driver Ready?

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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11 Nov 2016
Getting Teens To Look Up From Their Phones, and Look Into a Book
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Getting Teens To Look Up From Their Phones, and Look Into a Book

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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09 Nov 2016
Ghoulish getaways: Haunted Canadian destinations to visit this Halloween
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Ghoulish getaways: Haunted Canadian destinations to visit this Halloween

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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04 Nov 2016
Moms Dive Deep to Support Their Olympic Daughters
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Moms Dive Deep to Support Their Olympic Daughters

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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17 Aug 2016
At MY Age? If Not Now, When?
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At MY Age? If Not Now, When?

“At our age, we really need to stop trying new things.” As my former work colleague, a good seven years younger than me, said this during a recent dinner, my reaction was mixed. Since turning 50, I have tried out many new things; riding a horse in Patagonia, descending some of the world’s highest and longest zip lines in Costa Rica, flying through the air...

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05 Aug 2016
Stephanie Labbe: You Play Like a Girl? Good For You.
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Stephanie Labbe: You Play Like a Girl? Good For You.

“At least I’ll be playing hockey with the kind of girls who play hockey.”, so said my daughter a few years ago, when she reluctantly made the move from being the only girl on a boys’ house league hockey team, to a girls’ rep team. The awkwardness of changing in the referees’ room and not really feeling like she was a part of the team,...

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14 Jul 2016
Pamela & Jennifer - half of the dynamic team heading to Rio.
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It Takes a Village To Get To the Olympic Village

Featured Image: Pamela Ware & Jennifer Abel – half of Canada’s dynamic diving team heading to Rio.   One of the biggest commitments and complaints you’ll hear from the parents of competitive athletes in training is the constant driving. Driving to practice, to competitions, all of it made a little bit easier when you can count on a car pooling community. Your “village” of drivers is...

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05 Jul 2016
Hugging a Teen: Why It Can And Should Be Done
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Hugging a Teen: Why It Can And Should Be Done

  “A hug is like a boomerang. You get it back right away.” – Bil Keane, creator of Family Circus And let’s be honest, there are some times where we equally don’t want to hug our teens. Maybe they’ve just finished playing road hockey in the heat for two hours, or maybe they’ve just finished explaining to you how old you are, in case you weren’t...

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03 Jul 2016
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