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We are very fortunate that we live in Canada, more so Toronto, where we feel it is a progressive, open, accepting city. It is legal for gay people to live freely, marry whomever they love, and start a family. We are a family, just like any family out there. It is not OK to harass anyone based on their sexual orientation or for any other reason.
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The notion that cancer touches everyone is true. The burden on the family is as great as the burden on the individual. But, the notion that out of hardship comes unexpected blessings is also true. Any cancer patient I have ever talked to expresses, in one way or another, the gifts that come from the diagnosis. It changes both the person and the family.
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You don't even have to go out if you don't want to.
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Family Day is thus far a holiday without a tradition. Rather than retreat into separate rooms in the February darkness or risk it becoming just another greeting card holiday, let's imbue this unclaimed occasion with a tradition of giving. Not giving gifts, but giving back as a family to our communities.
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Four Canadian provinces observe this holiday.
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We introduced the kids to the idea of charity by getting them to donate their time; they helped us sell Daffodils, which was a mere four hours, but the impact it had on them was profound. The kids also gained a greater understanding of how they can make a difference.
Family Day is recognized in five Canadian provinces.
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Most of Canada is shivering and shovelling its way through Family Day — except for British Columbia.
Family Day is right around the corner and is, of course, all about spending time with loved ones and taking advantage of the long weekend. What better way to do that then to take a quick mini-vacation! Here's a look at the top five most popular domestic destinations over the holiday weekend, along with some fantastic things to do in each city.
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Start with one family walk or run per week. During the holidays, when everyone is at home from school or work, add another one in. Have someone volunteer to make a schedule and stick it to the refrigerator door or entrance to your home. Don't discourage anyone from getting out on their own but save one special walk or run as a family.
Admit it: You forgot when Family Day was and now you're scrambling for something to do during the long weekend of Feb. 15 - 17. Maybe you were too busy watching the Olympics. Perhaps you were preoccu...
Looking for a Family Day activity in Alberta that won't break the bank? Several museums and historic sites in Calgary, Edmonton and beyond are offering free admission to everyone who shows up Monday,...
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Who says Valentine’s Day is only a celebration of romantic love? We think it should be a celebration of love in all of its wondrous forms, which is why we’re smitten with this family’s themed photo sh...
In addition to the special events and interactive exhibits at most major tourist attractions, here is a list of virtually free things to do around the GTA, most of which will give you an opportunity to try something new or different by virtue of the favourable price tag.
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It's year two of Family Day in British Columbia, and Sacha Thompson, who owns the Flowerbox on Commercial Drive, says it will cost her an additional $1,500 this year in staffing costs even though...
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On February 17, several provinces across the country will get a statutory holiday for Family Day — perhaps as a way to make the month a bit more bearable. The second statutory holiday of the year, Al...
Ah Family Day, Ontario's favourite fake holiday. It's only been around since 2008, but the statutory holiday in 2014 gives many in Canada's most populous province a long weekend right in the heart of...
Family Day for British Columbians falls on the second Monday in February. That makes Monday Feb. 10, 2014 the day to plan for your activities this year. This will be the second year B.C. celebrates Fa...
It may be the shortest month, but February can be tough to slog through with its bone-chilling temperatures, limited daylight and (shudder) Valentine’s Day pressures. There is one bright spot, though,...
While most British Columbians will be off work for the province’s first-ever Family Day holiday on Monday, thousands of workers aren't getting a long weekend. When Christy Clark announced the creatio...
The B.C. government is going all out to provide free community events for the province's first-ever Family Day on Feb. 11, 2013 The Vancouver Art Gallery will be hosting a full day of activities star...
Family Day in Alberta this year falls on February 18, 2013, and after what seems like a long winter and a big gap of time since the Christmas holidays, you can bet many Albertans will be looking to ge...
Lucky us, Ontarians — we can all look forward to a light at the end of winter's tunnel in the form of the mandated three-day weekend of Family Day soon. Coming up on February 18, 2013, Family Day in O...
For some Canadians, a holiday in February means another long weekend to hang around the house and avoid the cold — that is, if you're one of the six provinces lucky enough to have it. But for others,...
For Canadians, the long post-holiday stretch of winter between January to April can feel never-ending, which is why (at least, as far as we understand it) Family Day was "invented" in 1990. In 2013, F...
B.C. gets a stat holiday in February for the first time in 2013, after Premier Christy Clark allowed public online voting to help determine its exact date. More than 30,000 people responded resulting...
If we really want to have a conversation about integration and the joyousness of diversity in the country, we should be discussing whether Canada, founded on the Judeo-Christian values of the English and French, is ready to consider introducing other religious days, such as Lunar New Year or Diwali, to the official roster of statutory days off.
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VANCOUVER - Dust off the skis, get out the toque and find the hiking boots — B.C. officially has a holiday in February.Family Day will now fall on the second Monday of every February starting in 2013,...
This is a space for both Israeli and Arab students to coexist at school and at home. The conversations at Project Harmony in Jerusalem usually start organically because, after all, the campers were born into the conflict: sixty years of failed peace treaties, losses on both sides, destruction of lives and heartbreaking stories.
The thing is, most of the time teens are fine with not being listened to by their parents. But here's the problem: What happens when you really need them to? You see, all your training in getting them to ignore you isn't going to come in handy. You're, like, the kid who yelled woof! Or barked, or something.
Single parent households, blended families, same-sex families, cohabiting families. There so many more configurations that I haven't even mentioned. But when you're divorced and single, the expression "family day" suddenly takes on a very new meaning.