Posted in Canada, Community, Daddy, family, Life, Parenting, The Urban Daddy, Toronto

Our Family Day Plans! #NoPhoneFamilyDay


I saw this, and I love it!  What a great way to spend Family Day!

Parenting Power brings back #NoPhoneFamilyDay this February

Put down the phone and pick up your kids!

This Family Day, February 18th, 2019, Canada’s leading resource for all things Parenting, Parenting Power, is asking people to put away their smartphones for the day and instead, spend quality time with their families. #NoPhoneFamilyDay, now in its third year, is a one-day movement in which families unplug and spend more quality time with each other without the constant distraction of a handheld device.  

“This is how kids spell love: T-I-M-E,” said Gail Bell, Co-founder of Parenting Power. “You are not present with your kids if you or they are looking at an electronic device; both parties have just become less important. That’s why we’re encouraging people to share #NoPhoneFamilyDay on social media, leading up to Family Day, to get parents to focus on quality family time.”

#NoPhoneFamilyDay aims to improve family ties, help parents set clear intentions about their technology use and plant the seeds for year-round reduction of technology dependence. Countless studies have proven the importance of reduced screen time and increased person-to-person contact – this occasion serves as a reminder to take a break from the phone to focus on family.

Last year, thousands of people engaged in the #NoPhoneFamilyDay movement, with authentic and engaging conversations that allowed people to get real about their smartphone use. “As soon as we begin to consider the idea of putting devices to the side, we open an opportunity to connect as a family,” says Julie Freedman Smith, Co-Founder of Parenting Power and #NoPhoneFamilyDay.When we decide how this will happen in our own home, we become more intentional in our parenting and teach our kids how to take responsibility for our own actions.

About Parenting Power

Julie Freedman Smith and Gail Bell are Canada’s go-to parenting support team! The two co-founded Parenting Power in 2002. Their combined experience in the education sector set them up perfectly to support parents in facing the everyday parenting challenges of life.

Their clients range from individual families to large scale companies seeking to support their employees in feeling confident, capable and calm at home so that they can arrive focused and ready to work. Julie and Gail believe that there is more than one right way to parent and combine research-based information, humorous anecdotes and parenting-tools-to-use resulting in audiences and clients ready to face their real-life parenting challenges head on!

Their first book, A YEAR of Intentional Parenting, praised by world-renowned parenting expert, Barbara Coloroso, guides parents in finding their ‘right way to parent.’

In 2017, Julie and Gail were featured on WomenofInfluence.com. You will regularly find them quoted in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent Magazine, Canadian Families Magazine, GlobalNews.ca, and CBC.ca. You’ll also see and hear them on CityTV’s Breakfast Television, CTV, Global, and CBC Radio One.

In 2018, Parenting Power launched their Real Life Parenting Podcast, available weekly on iTunes and GooglePlay. 

 

Who else is in?

Posted in Canada, Food, Life, news, The Urban Daddy, Toronto

What is the World? Canada Dry Ginger Ale Sued!


Let’s follow this thread for a minute;

Canada Dry ginger ale has no ginger: suit – New York Post

https://nypost.com/2018/07/30/canada-dry-ginger-ale-is-a-sham-suit/

 

A customer couldn’t find any ginger in Canada Dry ginger ale, so she’s

Jul 31, 2018 – Julie Fletcher filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of Canada Dry ginger alealleging the beverage does not contain ginger..

Woman Sues Canada Dry Over Lack of Ginger in Ginger Ale | Fortune

fortune.com › Briefing › canada dry
Jul 31, 2018 – Woman Sues Canada Dry Over Lack of Ginger in Ginger Ale … compound comprised predominately of flavor extracts not derived from ginger, …
Canada Dry Ginger Ale Can’t Claim It’s ‘Made With Real Ginger’: U.S. …
3 days ago – Cans of Canada Dry Ginger Ale at a bottling plant in Louisville, Kentucky, on … it is in everyone’s best interest to get on board for a more prosperous Canada. There is no one group that is entitled to disrupt this great country.
Canada Dry | Made From Real Ginger
Official Canada Dry site. Product information, product ingredients, history, recipes. Features ‘Something Good’ everyday!
Huh?
Canada Dry will still tell Canadians it is ‘Made from Real Ginger’ — just not Americans
National Post·1 day ago
So can you follow this?
Canada Dry, the “Champagne of Ginger-ales” and for whom the street “Champagne” was named in Toronto because the Canada Dry bottle plant was at the corner of Champage and Finch Avenue West, has no real ginger in it, thanks to an American woman who was shocked to find this out.
She sued.
Canada Dry lost.
In the US, they cannot claim to be made from Real Ginger, but if you look at the Canadian link… Clearly not the case in Canada, or we just know better and don’t need to sue them to have that removed / altered / adjusted.
All this chaos is making me thirsty, and since all publicity is good publicity, I’m going to crack open a bottle of the “Champagne of Ginger Ales” or has someone sued them over that too?
Posted in Canada, Community, Daddy, disaster, government, Life, news, Parenting, politics, school, Toronto, travel, ttc

Can This Eglinton LRT Be Built Any Sooner?!?


Apparently the Eglinton Light Rapid Transit (LRT) aka should have been a subway, can be built faster, but in doing so, it’s found an even newer way to inconvenience the residents who live so close to it.

Forgetting the fact that they started this thing in 1971, okay, it started in summer of 2013, and that residents near the construction have been besieged by dust, noise, a significant increase in street traffic and near death experiences trying to drive, or walk in the community, but the roads themselves are falling apart.  Not only are the roads full of potholes, and one-way streets, speed limits and stop signs all “optional”, but as a resident, trying to get out to Eglinton Avenue or Bathurst Street has become nearly impossible.

Well, now that’s going to get even better!

This morning I received this lovely email letting me know that Bathurst Street north of Eglinton is going to be closed for 7-months!!!

GASP… Or is that GULP.

You see, the Cedervale community and to some extent, the Forest Hill community, have very few options when it comes to getting to Bathurst Street or even Eglinton Avenue.  For the past 5-years, we have given up on getting to Allen Road, because that is a 20 minute endeavor in stress and frustration.

The only street going north which has a traffic light, Glen Cedar Avenue, is backed up all the time and doesn’t allow cars to go straight or left in morning or evening rush hour.  Even if that changed, Eglinton Avenue heading towards Allen Road cannot handle all the cars so Glen Cedar would become a parking lot.

The other street that heads north is Hilltop road, which is steep, narrow, and when the Kings and Queens in the community stop to get their Starbucks and leave their vehicles on the road, it renders that road undriveable.

Not that getting out to Bathurst and waiting in that traffic is a boatload of fun either, but it means all the cars who can’t go north on Bathurst will swoop into Cedarvale and race through this community ignoring all traffic laws and the fact that there are a LOT of children walking to and from school.

This closure could start next week.

SIGH.

I can’t wait until it’s completed, to be so perfectly honest.

I’ve have 7 flat tires, lost 2 rims, and the traffic delays have brought in “people” who stand where the traffic crawls to go car to car seeking handouts.

I just hope at the end of the day it’s worth it, and that traffic on Eglinton doesn’t suffer the way it does on St.Clair Avenue (one major intersection south) which is impossible to drive.

Here is the email:

 Bathurst Street Closure

Beginning in Mid-December 2018, Bathurst Street will be closed for one block between Eglinton Avenue West and Wembley Road to accelerate construction of Forest Hill Station.

By closing Bathurst Street for seven months, the duration of the construction in the roadway is nearly cut in half. The intersection will be back to normal by June 2019.

You’re invited to an upcoming Open House at Forest Hill United Church. Come out to speak with experts about station progress, construction methodology, and ask questions about the upcoming road closure.

When: 

Tuesday December 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: 

Forest Hill United Church
2 Wembley Road, Toronto

 

Parking available at Hilltop Road Green P. 

Posted in Canada, hockey, news, The Urban Daddy, Toronto

Put Up Or Shut Up: William Nylander


What are the Toronto Maple Leafs going to do with William Nylander?  Sign him by 5pm today, December 1st, 2018, let that time pass and force him to sit out the entire NHL season, or trade him?

The saga might end today, or maybe it doesn’t.

The team certainly could use him, but then again, Kasperi Kapanen has been great in Willie’s spot.

The Leafs could let him sit out the entire season to teach him a lesson?  He’s an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so he belongs to the Leafs and just has to agree to the dollars and length of a contract and play, but he wants a lot of money and the Leafs don’t want to pay him a lot.

That’s a problem.

Maybe the Leafs make him sit out.

People keep saying that Willie needs to take the most money he can get because hockey careers are short and he should maximize his earnings and while we might think that’s greedy, and not best for the team, maybe losing the million or so he would have earned this season, plus the $4-5 million that he would have earned had he signed could be money he’ll never get back, especially if he can’t recapture his touch, or produce at a level he thinks he can while playing for the Hurricanes or Coyotes after the Leafs ship him out of town.

Personally, I think he’s got to sit, or go.  I think that he’s producing at his rate because he’s skilled but also so is the team, and while he might think he’s comparable to Dreiseitl in Edmonton at $8 million per year, if you were to remove Leon and place him on, say, Arizona, does he produce on his own at the rate he is now?  We know that to be a resounding no.

So what happens to Willie after 5pm today if he doesn’t sign, you ask?

Well, he’s only 22-years-old, and has only played in 2 NHL seasons so he falls way short of the 27-year-old / 7-season threshold needed to become an unrestricted free agent (meaning he could then sign with any team).

As for next season… He would still be a restricted free agent (RFA), meaning he would be in exactly the same spot he is in this year, but he would have missed an entire season and not been paid at all.

How about arbitration?  Maybe an arbitrator could solve this?  Again, no.  Willie hasn’t met the NHL requirements of playing 4-seasons, so he is ineligible.

Ouch.

He can be traded at any time, but he can’t then sign a contract until July 1st, 2019 because he’s ineligible to play this season if him and his daddy decide that money takes precedence over everything.

The Leafs are hoping that faced with these options Willie will take their offer.  Willie, I’m sure is being told that the Leafs need him (they do and they don’t) and that they’ll cave as the deadline approaches.

If the Leafs cave, what does that say to Marner and Matthew’s agents?

As a fan of the team, I’m positive that there are players on the team who would like to see him moved.  No player is bigger than a team – see Las Vegas last season – and his actions at the end of the day may be his right, but they’re selfish.

Sure, the team could trade him at a moment’s notice, blah, blah, blah, but that’s the price you pay for making it to the NHL.  You get a ton of money if you’re good.  But somehow, if suddenly you suck, the players don’t seem to be offering it back to the team, do they?

Today is put up or shut up time for Willie, but I really feel the damage has been done.

Posted in Canada, Community, government, politics, Weed

Poof! Marijuana is now legal in Canada, and…


On October 17th, 2018, on the one year anniversary of the death of Tragically Hip front man Gord Downey, the Federal Liberal Government – under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – has legalized recreational marijuana in Canada.

And…

People cheered.

People smoked.

People were concerned

Some people didn’t really care

…and people like me were REALLY, REALLY happy and excited!

Why am I so excited?

You see I have never touched the stuff, and likely never will.  I have no interest.  I don’t pass judgment on others (much), and if someone wanted to smoke up pre-legalization, I would only ask that they 1) Don’t do it in front of children, and 2) Don’t do it where I have to smell it.

After growing up with parents smoking cigarettes in the house, I have developed a very strong dislike of the smell of cigarettes (and other strong odors such as, weed, strong smelling colognes and some perfumes).

But what makes me really happy is that now that marijuana is legal in Canada, it is being taxed which means everyone who buys it is contributing to the Canadian economy.  Yes, a lot of that tax money will be earmarked for weed-related education and health care, but certainly, the more that buy and consume safely, the more money the government will have and then hopefully that means the less taxes that we’ll have to pay.

What have I been smoking?

Think about it…

On the first day of legalization, reports indicated that here in Ontario where the only legal way to purchase pot is through the Ontario Cannabis website, the average purchase was $50 per transaction which means 13% HST was added to the price, or an additional $6.50.

In the first hour that the site was open there were around 1000 orders.  The site opened at 12:01am, so from 12:01am to 1am, Ontarians contributed $6500 in tax dollars to the Canadian economy.

Now, lets assume that there were 1000 purchases an hour in Ontario throughout the rest of the day, then the Ontario contribution to the economy on day 1 of legalization was around $156,000.

Extending that projection across the country, and we’re looking at an additional $1,560,000 in tax revenue PER DAY!

If this trend continues throughout the year, the Canadian government can net upwards of $560 million dollars in tax revenue!

Sure the Federal debt is now at 1-trillion dollars and under the Liberals they project a $20-billion deficit for the 2018, so those weed sales had better be on the low end to justify legalization.

So we have to either change governments, or buy a LOT of weed / weed-related products (available in 2019) before we can balance the Federal budget, and from there we could see a significant reduction in the debt in about 1000-years…

Have to start somewhere, eh?