Getting Teens To Understand The Dangers Of Texting While Driving

Neil Seeman | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

Online counter-marketing succeeds only if teens tell other teens how ridiculously uncool and unsafe it is to text or speak into a phone while driving. Yet the dominant form of teenage communication is texting. This poses a public policy conundrum: how best do we change teen behaviour?

Leaving Your Child Home Alone Can Be Safe And Worry-Free

Mazen Habash | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Mazen Habash

For many children, the beginning of a school year might also mean being home alone until their parents arrive home from work. If your child is old enough and comfortable being home alone, you'll want to take steps to ensure they're safe and sound.

I Thought I Lived In A Safe Neighbourhood, Until Someone Got Shot

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada
Fransi Weinstein

September 20. It was an ordinary Tuesday, at least it started out that way. The sun was shining, I worked on a writing assignment in the morning and ...

Don't Let Fear Be Your Guide To Planning A Vacation

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Travel
Julie Rusciolelli

I prepared for this trip months before, but not in the way I should have. With the recent bombings and terrorist activity in the countries I was about to visit, it seemed we couldn't go a month without an attack in Europe making headlines in Canada. This put me and my husband on high tourist safety alert.

Play It Safe By Having Your Kids Wear Mouth Guards This Summer

Anaida Deti | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Anaida Deti

Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injury in sports; and as you get your children ready for their summer sport(s) activities, a mouth guard should be at the top of that list of equipment you need to get. They don't just protect the teeth, but also the mouth and jaw; areas that are not protected my regular helmets.

Pokemon Go While Driving A Great Way To Catch Some Consequences

Andrew Lo | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Andrew Lo

It's OK to engage in a little fun and chase around these imaginary characters, but safety always comes first. And when your attention is completely on your virtual surroundings rather than what's really in front of you, you can easily end up in a dangerous situation.

We Don't Talk Enough About Backyard Safety

Carson Arthur | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Carson Arthur

According to the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission), a majority of the injuries that happen in the outdoors are related to the tools that we use and the lack of proper gear when we are using them.

Travelling In An Age Of Terror

Claire Newell | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Travel
Claire Newell

It's really sad when terrorist attacks and other tragic events halt travel to a country, especially because people depend on the tourism industry to make a living -- from restaurants and hotels to travel companies, shops and more. But big and small risks exist everywhere: overseas and at home.

Keeping Your Kids Safe On Vacation Near Wildlife

Heather Greenwood Davis | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Heather Greenwood Davis

As parents, recent stories of children wandering off and tragically encountering a gorilla or an alligator strike fear into our hearts. We've all lost sight of a child for a moment while tending to another or had two toddlers shoot off in separate directions at a theme park. So how can we show our kids the world while keeping them safe?

Ignite Your Love For Culinary Discovery With Food Travel

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Having just returned from visiting Japan and having been thoroughly spoiled by the country's unique culinary culture, I found my interest in exotic foods and cooking styles renewed. I have enjoyed such experiences before, but never made it a specific quest.

Microbial Superglue May Lead To Faster, Safer Vaccines

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

There may be a new way to develop these vaccines safely. Last week, an international team of researchers unveiled new means to make vaccine candidates from proteins. Instead of trying to modify or clone the proteins, these researchers have come up with an entirely new concept: they use bacterial superglue.

Add These Senior Safety Precautions To Your Spring Cleaning

Optimum Care | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

Household safety is especially important when it comes to seniors, who unfortunately experience many of their injuries within the home. Factors like declining vision, hearing loss and worsening bone density make injuries from minor trips and falls more likely.

Is It Safe For Our Kids To Play Outside?

Jenna Em | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Jenna Em

As a three-year old child in the mid-1970s, I was allowed to play outside on our street by myself. It was taught that I should "never talk to strangers" and "never go with strangers". Only one year later, I was granted even more freedom, and was allowed to roam freely throughout our entire neighbourhood... How did I know when it was time to come in? Once the street lights turned on, of course!

Being An Orthodox Jew Shouldn't Make Me A Target For Hate

Rebecca Beck | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca Beck

I am an orthodox Jewish woman and it's something I'm proud of. I know I may seem different to you, strange even. We look different, we keep mostly to ourselves and basically live in our own little bubble. I understand you don't "get" us. But I don't understand why we deserve the hatred directed at us.

To Change Drug Policy, First Change the Way You Measure It

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

It's become clear that the way countries evaluate their drug policies dictates the kinds of outcomes that governments are seeking to highlight. Simply put, reform begins with taking a hard look at what governments themselves are prioritizing in their drug policy evaluations.

TSB Reminds Air Passengers To Wear Seatbelts After Turbulence Scare

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY — The Transportation Safety Board is reminding air passengers to wear their seatbelts after 21 people on an Air Canada flight that landed in...

12 Ways To Stay Safe Abroad

Jonathan Duke | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Travel
Jonathan Duke

Anytime you're standing still in public you're a target for pickpockets. So whether you're watching a street performer or engaging in conversation with a friendly local, remain aware of who's around you.

Don't Wait For A Close Call To Get Winter Tires

Andrew Lo | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Living
Andrew Lo

modern winter tires offer up to 50 per cent more traction than all-seasons, and it's estimated that they'll shorten your braking distance by as much 25 per cent. It's widely reported that winter tires simply handle winter weather conditions better than all-seasons, and from personal experience, I'm a believer.

Can Social Media Be Considered A Safe Place To Talk About Rape?

Lauren Messervey | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada
Lauren Messervey

When we talk about something that not everyone wants to hear, there is going to be backlash as much as there will be support. There are no guarantees that the internet is a safe place to talk about anything, let alone rape. But that does not mean that we should stop talking.

My Toddler Almost Died In My Arms

Angie Campanelli | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

Don't ever think it will never happen to you, because it can, it might and it could even happen when you're sitting right there with your kids. Get rid of those small choking hazards. Just because they haven't swallowed one yet doesn't mean they won't. You just never know when.

One Pill Can Kill - Medications That Can Kill A Child In Small Doses

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

As a mom and doctor, I want to ensure my kids and your kids are as safe as possible, as often as possible. I work in a busy emergency room and from time to time have the responsibility of caring for unlucky children who accidentally ingest caregiver's medications, sometimes with dire consequences.

We Still Need to Pay Attention to Nuclear Safety in Quebec

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

Remember that a few years ago, the Harper government fired Linda Keen, then President of the CNSC, because she questioned the safety of the Chalk River reactor, which produces bio-medical isotopes. By firing a person who had as her mandate the safety of citizens in nuclear matters, and who had the courage to question the laxity of nuclear industry safety, has the CNSC and the Canadian government truly protected the public?

Responsible Home Daycares Enrich Our Communities

Catherine Hernandez | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Catherine Hernandez

I know many of you are as appalled as I am about the news stories highlighting negligent home daycares. It is common that in Canada the reaction is to crack down on that which is deemed "uncontrolled" and to pass legislation which will hopefully protect our young. That said, I believe it is time to fill your news feeds with another perspective: that of a responsible caregiver.

10 Tips for Living a Healthy and Long Life

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

You can't choose your parents or age, but there are many things you do have control over. The secret lies in eating a varied and balanced diet, and making sure you put your body's needs are at the top of the list. Remember that if you have too much of one thing, you're likely missing out on another! Be wary of health crazes and fad diets. You need to ask yourself, "Can I do this forever?" Here are 10 top recommendations from Sunnybrook experts to help you achieve a long and healthy life.

Let's Prevent Hot-Car Deaths This Summer

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

A car is like a greenhouse and temperatures can rise very quickly, even with the windows open. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child (or pet) alone in the car. Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related injuries and aren't able to sweat as well as adults to cool down.