This isn't the first time I've been a man alone in a park surrounded by kids I don't know. The last time this happened, I touched them. I felt no guilt, the other parent at the playground was another dad and the children were boys. This latest round of "man alone" happened at a public pool surrounded by moms, when two little girls walked up to me. Why is it that I feel like a predator just watching my kids at a pool?
Buzz Bishop helped launched the first radio station website in Canada in 1996. For the nearly 20 years since, he has been supplying content across a variety of outlets. From being a radio announcer to print columnist to television guest to blogger, it's hard to avoid this media maven. Buzz is married and a proud father of 2. He grew up in Vancouver, and now lives in Calgary.
When I was nine years old, I took a train from Kingston, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec by myself. I went to visit my grandparents for my birthday and to attend my first NHL hockey game. Nothing bad happened. So, why was I shocked this week when my parents sent me a last-minute email wondering if my son would like to go and visit them next week on a flight by himself?
09/01/2015 05:23 EDT
The reason I bubble wrap my kids is because of other parents and my neighbours, not because of malicious predators. I'm more worried about accidents than premeditated violent crime.
08/30/2015 10:28 EDT
I've lived in Calgary for 5 years now, but I grew up in Vancouver. I'm consistently saying C-Train instead of SkyTrain, I know more about the Flames' prospects than the Canucks', and I love the Calgary Stampede like the summer Christmas that it is. But I still miss the coast.
07/17/2015 12:53 EDT
You can find adventure in all four directions you choose to leave from Calgary but if you point your compass to the east, you'll discover yourself in the heart of the Canadian Badlands. It is rich fertile prairie soil but also rugged.
06/01/2015 05:41 EDT
Think about how you stand when you're dressed formally, versus how you may comfortably slouch when wearing sweats or yoga pants. How you look really does affect how you feel, and how you present yourself, and how you perform. So count me in as a dress code fan.
05/29/2015 06:28 EDT
I don't take my grandfather for granted. I soak up every single second I'm lucky enough to spend with him. I often wonder if, when I see him, if that will be the last time. After all, he's the only grand I have left. So what have I learned watching my grandfather? What lessons can I take from a man who has made it to 90 and shows no sign of slowing down? Here are six things.
03/26/2015 12:28 EDT
I don't talk about religion in our home. Or, at least, I try not to. This is how it works for everything. From bedtimes to toys to language to diet, you can set up the rules how you like them in your house, but once your kids get out in the real world, the rule book is out the window. But when your kids and my kids go to school, those different rules mix.
03/25/2015 01:23 EDT
The concept is simple: Bring a bear, when the home team scores, throw the bear on the ice. The Teddy Bear Toss Hockey Game is world famous, as videos of more than 25,000 bears flying from the stands have repeatedly gone viral.
12/08/2014 01:02 EST
So when the traditional North American holidays roll around, don't expect me to sanitize them. I don't expect my brother-in-law to dial down Hannukah thinking I'd find it offensive. I don't expect my mayor to skip Eid because I don't celebrate it. I look forward to the Chinese New Year parade and so do my kids. They shouldn't stop it because I'm not Chinese.
10/30/2014 12:53 EDT
"I got my father involved in it. We'd get down on the carpet and make cars and stuff. He had a friend that worked at LEGO, and he rose through the ranks and became a Master Builder."
05/13/2014 04:58 EDT
Just in time for every geek's favourite holiday! Learn how to add lightsabers to your photos with these step-by-step instructions. No Photoshop required.
04/30/2014 05:09 EDT
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