The Parent Trip-Rooster Trouble

My friend was having rooster trouble. This is not an analogy for a grouchy husband or a misbehaving two-year-old. I mean an actual rooster.

  • Mar 20th, 2015

APPLE EVENT LIVE: The watch, a gold MacBook, HBO on iPhone

Apple Watch unveiled: lots of features, functions, price tags. So... Do you want it?

  • Mar 9th, 2015

The Parent Trip-Music

There seems to be universal similarities among children. They like candy. They like animals. They like music. My girls like music a lot.

  • Mar 6th, 2015
REPLAY: This week in B.C. in video
Canucks Playroom offers fun space for sick kids at BC Children's Hospital
REPLAY: This week in B.C. in video
Bartenders respond to push for better non-alcoholic drinks

Most Popular Baby Names in Canada (VIDEO)

There are lots of kids named Emma and lots of kids named Jackson, according to registered entries on

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 per cent of diet

No way to sugarcoat this: WHO says sugar should be no more than 5-10 per cent of total calories

  • Mar 4th, 2015

The Parent Trip – Milestones

Lately my girls have been hitting a lot of milestones. This weekend was another one. The first time we went up on the chairlift together.

  • Mar 2nd, 2015

Mayor’s update for the month of January

Fernie may have physically changed over the years but the one thing that remains constant is the amazing generosity of the people.

The Great Llama Chase of 2015, Apparently (VIDEO)

Humans are always trying to go viral. Turns out, llamas have the secret. Just be themselves. Escape, and be themselves...

3 in 4 Canadian adults bullied in school: poll

3 in 4 Canadian adults bullied in school; 46% say their kids were bullied: poll

  • Feb 25th, 2015

Part VI: Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

When it is more than anxiety and depression: bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

  • Feb 18th, 2015

The Parent Trip — Late Birthdays

If you know me, then I have probably asked you lately if you or your kids have later birthdays, and if so, what’s your experience been?

  • Feb 14th, 2015

Canada’s maple leaf flag turns 50 this weekend (VIDEO/TIMELINE)

Once a controversial new design, the maple leaf withstood a battle between Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and Lester B. Pearson

Youth new face of gambling addiction, data shows

Younger people more at risk for problem gambling, target of new B.C. action

  • Feb 3rd, 2015

The Parent Trip – Aging

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted something. It was silver and shiny and seemed to be catching every beam of light … A giant grey hair.

  • Feb 1st, 2015

The Parent Trip – Canadians

We’re back! If you missed my column a few weeks ago, we went down to Disneyland after some urging from a close friend.

  • Jan 26th, 2015

B.C. Literacy: A Family Culture of Reading

Family culture is apparent in several parts of our lives. These are great places to create a change and show what we value.

  • Jan 21st, 2015

The Parent Trip – Frustrated Words

Parenting is hard. Sometimes, when you least expect it, it can kick you right in the teeth.

  • Jan 20th, 2015

Part IV: Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health Problems – Which Came First?

Alcohol and marijuana (or cannabis) are the substances most used by B.C. teenagers, writes Dr. David Smith.

Part V: Eating Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Dr. David Smith looks at the effects and symptoms of deadly illnesses like bulimia and anorexia nervosa.

The Parent Trip – Disneyland

So we’re going to Disneyland. The most magical place on earth. According to their marketing department anyways.

  • Jan 14th, 2015