Lianne Castelino
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Lianne Castelino is a mom of 3, an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and founder of (@parents_talk) --- her fourth child born in 2005.

A former news reporter and sportscaster @CTV, Lianne is a sports junkie, storyteller, passionate about people and telling their stories --- especially to powerful visuals.

She is also the founder of WINE, a monthly networking group for women created in 2008.

She currently works in healthcare communications.

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One Question That Needs To Be Asked About Mental Health

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2017 | 10:42 AM

Just about everywhere you turn these days, the words appear -- seared into the psyche through a heart-wrenching story, recounted in raw detail by sufferers, their families and loved ones, fingered by psychiatrists, police forces, the media, etc., as perhaps the "likely cause."

Mental illness, mental wellness, mental health --...

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A Cheat Sheet For Parents Of Soon-To-Be High-School Grads

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2017 | 5:02 PM

These are particularly heady times if you have a child embarking on graduation in the next few weeks or months -- be that from high school or from university.

Heady, for the child definitely, and undoubtedly their parents as well.

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(Photo: Prasit...

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What To Keep In Mind When Working From Home With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2017 | 3:32 PM

Maybe I was in an ultra-serious head space when I first saw the video of Robert Kelly's children enter the backdrop of their father's live interview with the BBC. I didn't laugh. I didn't see an ounce of humour in it, frankly.

All I could think about was how...

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Addressing The Child Poverty Chasm Begins At Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 4:05 PM

It is certainly a step in the right direction and an appropriate, rational foundational pillar from which to build.

Campaign 2000, a national organization whose mandate is to end child poverty in Canada, is asking the federal government to tabulate how much it costs to raise a child...

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Who Is Ultimately Responsible For Rude Behaviour?

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2017 | 11:05 AM

Calling out rudeness, a lack of etiquette or a complete absence of compassion or empathy in public should never have to happen -- but it MUST.

The recent examples that made the headlines -- of a woman allegedly sitting on the feet of a passenger whose feet dangled...

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PK Subban Is Misunderstood (And That's A Good Thing)

(9) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 11:51 AM

Any way you slice it, PK Subban is different. The NHL general manager who hurled a missile in announcing he had been traded said as much, in both official languages.

The former Montreal Canadiens defenceman -- winner of the Norris trophy given to the NHL's top blue-liner two years removed,...

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What Is Our Role In The Orlando Nightclub Massacre?

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 4:09 PM

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A small memorial is seen on the grounds of the Orlando Regional Medical Center where many of the victims from the Pulse mass shooting were taken June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

The panic was palpable. The terror both mother and son...

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What Parents And Children Can Learn From Muhammad Ali

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 5:30 PM

The worldwide eulogizing of arguably the greatest personality of the 20th Century has been simply riveting to observe, on so many levels and for so many reasons.

Each of us should make time, regardless of age or interest, and take in a little bit of the more-than-full life lived...

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My Apologies, But Your Manners Are Absolutely Appalling

(11) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 3:45 PM

Few things irk me faster than what continues to be par for the course on the roadway these days. Number one on my list of pet peeves? People who are unable to lift their right arm up for a nanosecond or longer to acknowledge or thank a fellow driver for...

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The Message In A Bottle Needs To Change

(3) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 1:03 PM

This affects all of us. And we should be afraid. Very afraid.

This past long weekend, the number of drivers on Ontario roadways charged with impaired driving by provincial police was almost DOUBLE that of 2015. The numbers are sobering. 180 vs. 94.

It may not seem that dramatic...

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Behind Every Entitled Kid Is An Enabling Parent

(5) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 1:07 PM

They seem to be sprouting all around us. Multiplying, it would appear, like rabbits. Defying age, culture, socio-economic status, demographic criteria, etc. And as we watch -- often in disbelief, frustration or just plain anger -- we wonder where in the world they come from and how in the world...

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So You Think You've Got What It Takes To Be A Leader?

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 12:12 PM

Leadership has always and continues to fascinate me. For decades, I've met, observed, outreached to, interviewed, photographed, video recorded, worked with, been mentored by, provided some form of training to 'leaders' in various industries, and from a myriad of cultural, religious, socio-economic backgrounds whose approach to leadership differs vastly in...

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Mind The Gap: Is Taking A Year Off After High School A Good Idea?

(35) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 1:22 PM

With her intention to take a year off -- more formerly known as a "gap year" before starting at Harvard in 2017 -- now a matter of public record, President Obama's eldest daughter's decision comes with it the predictable flood of raised eyebrows, analysis and opinion.

Indeed, Malia Obama is...

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There's No Time Like The Present When You're A Parent

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 12:56 PM

No one revels in the art of taking smart shortcuts more than yours truly. You know the one that leads from point A to D with expedience and without sacrificing quality. It's a thrilling thing! And when you master it, there is no turning back. The sheer delight in increased...

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It's Time Canada Finally Put First Nations First

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 10:22 AM

Canadians, as a people, have regularly been hailed for their individual and collective generosity, their giving spirit and quickness to lend a helping hand via either donations or deeds. That's undoubtedly a wonderful thing to be celebrated for. And hopefully, it continues to bear fruit in the form of generous...

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The Solution To Childhood Obesity Is Nothing New

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 11:39 AM

It's absolutely gobsmacking how largely a reactionary -- bordering on comatose --- society we have become in many respects, despite the revolutionary scientific advancements, innovative technology and novel communications vehicles we have available at our fingertips.

Childhood obesity is a huge societal file that continues to get tossed around...

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Goodwill's Closing Reflects Reality For People With Disabilities

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 2:38 PM

World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2016 is now recent history. And the media spotlight has long dimmed on the recent unraveling of Goodwill. But the realities remain. In their own way, each embody a range of significant issues that most of us take for granted.

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The Challenge Of Taking A Stand

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 9:18 AM

Teaching a child how to advocate for themselves is one of the most important tools a parent can provide their youth, tween, pre-teen, teen or adult offspring. There is absolutely NO debate here, in my opinion.

Understanding why this is integral is also important. Showing them how this is done...

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Why Adam LaRoche's Daddy Daycare Went Too Far

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 2:27 PM

What am I not understanding about this Adam LaRoche story? Actually, scratch that. There is plenty here that I don't understand, most of it from a parenting perspective.

You'll recall LaRoche is the Chicago White Sox baseball player who, last week, abruptly retired after team management asked him...

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I Bought My 12-Year-Old A Smartphone And We've Never Been Closer

(5) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 12:23 PM

We flirted with fairness recently, opting to buy our daughter, the third of our three children, a cell phone for her 12th birthday. It was the only thing she asked for, and had been asking for quietly for at least a year -- and likely longer.

We had previously...

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