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It's Time For Toronto To Become A Car-Free City

As Toronto continues its rapid growth, the limitations of travel by car are becoming ever more apparent. Average commute times have increased to 33 minutes as the city's main arteries struggle to keep up with the more than 1.1 million (2011) vehicles on city roads each day. While the rhetoric around change has been positive, action has been achingly slow.
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The Four Words Parents Need to Say to Their Kids

As a child, I built a wonderful bond with Mother Nature. Nowadays, when I look at the empty playgrounds and parks near my house, I can tell a lot has changed since my childhood. My parents encouraged my friendship with Mother Nature by telling me to "go outside and play" on a daily basis. Where have all the children gone?
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Active Video Games Are No Replacement for Activity

Lately, there's been a lot of buzz about active video games being a new tech solution to the inactivity crisis in Canadian kids. While active video games -- also called exergames -- may seem like a plausible way to get kids to exercise more, a recent review of academic literature suggests this may not be the case.
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For Kids, Playing Is Not a Waste of Time

Play is not only an easy, accessible and affordable way to get children more physically active, but it has the potential to improve a child's physical, emotional, social and cognitive well-being. It's not a frill or a waste of time. According to the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, play has been shown to improve and foster motor function, creativity, decision-making, problem solving and the ability to control emotions.