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Happy Birthday to The Urban Daddy Dinosaur


So today is my birthday.  I’m not normally a fan of birthdays – something about getting older, and all the unnecessary attention that it brings – but I had to share a conversation that I had with my son.

Him: “Happy birthday Dad.  What do you want for your birthday?”

Me: “Nothing, thank you.  Just lots of hugs.”

Him: “Okay.  That’s easy.  What are you going to do differently this year?”

Me: “Ummm…. I’m going to lose a pound of weight for every year old that I am.”

Him: “Won’t it be difficult trying to lose 150 pounds?”

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, Community, Daddy, family, hockey, Life, Parenting, sleep, The Urban Daddy, Toronto

What’s Better Than Coaching Hockey?


What’s better than coaching hockey?  Coaching AND being the convener!

Oh yes!

I’ve always loved coaching hockey.  I’ve never actually ever played a single game of ice hockey in my life, but I have coached ice hockey before.  This year represents my 7th year coaching hockey.  My previous 6-years were in my early 20’s when my sports rehab coach, Michael Grafstein (he was the BEST!), asked me to open and close the doors in the bench for him as he was the head coach of a team in North Toronto Hockey Association.

He failed to tell me that the games were at 6am.

So I asked a friend of mine to join me, and together we would go out Saturday nights, come home at 3am or 4am, then get up at 5am and head to the rink.  It was way more fun than it seemed.

After doing that for 3-years, my “Uncle” asked me to help coach his oldest son all the way up in Richmond Hill, Ontario, for the Richmond Hill Hockey Association, and again I would drive up there and open and close the doors for that team.  I went on the ice as little as possible, but I was there, and I learned.

I decided I wanted to be a real coach, so I started the process of getting certified by Hockey Canada, and I took courses towards my National Canadian Coaching Certification, but stopped when I had to pick a sport to specialize in.  I didn’t want to specialize in baseball, for example, only to find my future children would never play that sport.

All this time, I was playing and coaching my ball hockey team.  From the age of 19 up to 45-years-old, I played in a the North West Toronto Ball Hockey League and the York Central / North Central Ball Hockey League, until I tore my calf muscle in a game.

I was awarded the Coach / Manager of the year award 6 or 7 times, and we won the championships somewhere around 7-10 times, and it’s funny how many hockey players tried out ball hockey but couldn’t play because there is no coasting in ball hockey like you can do in ice hockey.

With all that being said, when asked if I wanted to coach my 11-year-old son this season in his house league in the Forest Hill Hockey Association, I jumped at the opportunity.  We had moved from that horrible experience last season back to the league where he played his first 2 seasons and in this league, when you make the select team, you have to play house league too.

With coaches in place, the league was then looking for a convener or two to run their division this season and I must not have said no quick enough because that’s now part of my role.  I’m actually really happy about it, and really excited to see how the season is going to play out.  The other convener that I’m working with is absolutely fantastic.  He’s been around the game much longer than I have and his personality and thoughts about how teams should run themselves are a perfect match with mine.

So this season, while my oldest continues to swim competitively, and my youngest dances and trains in synchronized swimming, I get to spend time with my middle son at his select hockey practices, and his house league hockey games, and taking him to basketball games because why play only one or 2 sports when you can play them all and make your parents drive you around every evening and weekend.

I wish I had these opportunities as a kid…

I’m happy to do this for the fitness component, and so that my kids have an opportunity to work in a team, to have responsibilities to their team and their coaches, and because it’s proven that exercise helps kids focus and sleep better.

It’s a win-win-win-win-win… Scenario.

I prefer being called “Coach”.  I’m not sure what people call conveners other than really nasty words.  lol.

Thank goodness I have a brand new Canada Goose jacket to keep me warm!