Immigration and Integration: The New Canada

Cynthia Cheng According to a recent Globe and Mail article, Canada’s visible minority population is set to double in the next twenty years.  This is not only due to increased immigration, but also because some cultures tend to have more children than others.  However, it’s very interesting that some commentors automatically assume that any recent arrival […]

The Olive Branch for Children's Intimate Downtown Gathering

Cynthia Cheng Over drinks and delicious hors d’ouevres, the Olive Branch for Children held an intimate cocktail event at the Empire Resto Lounge in Yorkville on Thursday evening.  There, founder Deborah McCracken updated the crowd with what has happened over the past year.  The news has been amazing.  One of the projects they are working on is building […]

Tanzania-Based NGO to Hold Two GTA Fundraisers in February

Cynthia Cheng The Olive Branch for Children, Deborah McCracken’s organization which helps people and communities in Tanzania affected by HIV/AIDS, will be holding two fundraising events this month.  The first, a small cocktail event in Yorkville, will be held this February 11 at the Empire Restaurant and Lounge on Cumberland and Bay from 7 pm to […]

Statscan Definition of 'Mother Tongue' Used to Inflate Numbers?

Cynthia Cheng Statistic Canada (Statscan) defines “mother tongue” as “first language learned at home.”  But is it accurate? Or, are they trying to inflate the number of Canadians who speak a non-official (English or French) language?  Why am I asking this?  Because plenty of people who learned an ancestral language prior to starting school grow up not […]

The Mane Event Does Hair for Charity

Cynthia Cheng Lemonade made by elementary school aged boys The 12th annual Mane Event was held at two downtown (Solo Base in Yorkville and Lift Salon and Spa at Yonge and Adelaide) salons on Sunday, October 25.  The event, which was founded by Steve Roy 12 years ago, is to benefit Teresa Group, an organization which helps children affected […]

All that Hullabaloo with Kids' Parties

Lisa McDonald  Does the thought of a half dozen kids storming around your house with gooey fingers and buzzing on sugar make your head spin?  Do you dread the upcoming celebrations involving children (IE birthday partys, staff picnics, work family Christmas parties)?  Well help is on the way!  Enter the Hullabaloo Party Planner for Children.  They’ll […]

Cynthia's Thoughts: Eight Babies? Wow!

On Tuesday, I heard that a woman in California gave birth to octuplets (she thought she was going to have seven – the eighth was a surprise).  Yes, eight babies at the same time.  While the woman currently wishes to be anonymous, and therefore, the hospital has not released much information about her or her […]

Celebrity Baby Names: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

 Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their new daughter’s name earlier this week as Seraphina Rose Elizabeth. Personally, I think it’s a mouthful and Seraphina doesn’t go all that well with Affleck (and is much fancier than Violet, the name of Afflecks’ older daughter).  However, this little girl’s name is definitely much better than many other […]