Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
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Rebecca Cuneo Keenan is a freelance writer living in Toronto with a husband and three kids. She also blogs at Playground Confidential. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccakeenan

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What Would You Do If Karla Homolka Was A Parent At Your School?

(447) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 12:09 PM

The truth is I don't know what I would do.

But this is a reality for families living in Châteauguay, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. The news broke earlier this week that Karla Homolka has been living in the Quebec community under the name Leanne Bordelais with her three school-age...

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Trudeau's Nannies Aren't Elitist, But A Working Parents' Reality

(6) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Zut alors!

News broke that Canada's new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has two nannies paid for out of his publicly funded household budget to help care for his three young children. A CBC headline read "Trudeau children's nannies being paid for by taxpayers." The implication is clearly that...

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5 Easy Ways to Keep From Running Over Children With Your Car

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:44 PM

I live in the city of Toronto with three young children. I am a driver and I am a pedestrian. I don't really cycle. But I am a pedestrian first. We all are. If I were to run for mayor of this city, "Pedestrians first," would be my slogan. (Though...

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Have Access To a Measles Vaccine? Get It Now

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 11:23 PM

We've got measles. The collective we, I mean. Nobody in my actual family has contracted the disease, thank goodness. But the latest in a string of localized outbreaks across the country is in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, and that's close enough to get my attention.

The measles...

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I Want to Stop Smothering My Kids, But I Don't Know How

(6) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:19 PM

"Oh, wow. That school has a great playground."

I was talking to a mom with a child just starting kindergarten. This was a few years ago and I wanted to know how he was adjusting.

"Yeah, the playground's alright -- except for all the balls!"


"They let the older...

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Health Food With a Side of Pretension Makes Me Sick

(29) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 4:39 PM

First, a daycare worker in Manitoba followed a well-intentioned, if misapplied, policy to ensure that children are given a well-balanced meal and the internet broke. Ritz crackers as a grain?! How stupid is that!

At the same time, there is this New York Times article on rich Manhattanites...

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Should Toronto Have A Casino? No Way

(27) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 8:17 AM

FACT: A mega-casino will be built in downtown Toronto if we don't stop it. City council will be voting on this in the next six weeks. This is really happening and it's happening now.

We can't let this happen.

You don't have to be opposed to legalized gambling or...

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Do Working Parents Deserve First Dibs On Shifts?

(117) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 4:28 PM

It finally happened. A court of law has ruled that caring for your children is more important than prime time TV. Earlier this week a Canadian federal court upheld a human rights tribunal's finding that employers have an obligation to try to accommodate employee needs as they pertain...

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It's Public Transit, People, There Are Going to Be Strollers

(10) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 7:43 AM

"There are too many strollers on buses." "These mothers today and their SUV strollers." "That kid shouldn't even be in a stroller." There's been a lot of that kind of sentiment going around since a citizen issued a complaint at a Toronto Transit Commission meeting on Monday about...

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