• Here's how to make your dorm room feel like home
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    Here's how to make your dorm room feel like home

    Make it your home away from home.

  • Parents Fined For Taking Child Out Of School For Grandmother's Funeral In South Africa
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    Parents Fined For Taking Child Out Of School For Grandmother's Funeral In South Africa

    A family has been fined for taking their son out of school to attend hisgrandmother's funeral in South Africa

  • Parents will be able to exempt children from some of Ontario's new sex-ed curriculum
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    Parents will be able to exempt children from some of Ontario's new sex-ed curriculum

    The Ontario government's revised sex-education curriculum for elementary schools includes instruction on health, cyber safety and consent, and requires school boards to allow parents to exempt children from certain teachings — though it's not clear how that policy will play out.The revamped curriculum includes most of the elements of a 2015 version that, while in opposition, the Progressive Conservatives criticized as ideological and later scrapped when they formed government.The new curriculum, released Wednesday, will replace a controversial, 20-year-old teaching plan brought in after the PCs took power last year. It requires school boards to allow parents to exempt children from teachings on human development and sexual health."The focus of this curriculum is safety. We made that a central foundation of success," said Minister of Education Stephen Lecce. "We're giving young people the tools they need to succeed."The updated Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum also includes learning on issues around cannabis use and concussions. School boards across the province will need to develop a "procedure allowing parents to exempt their child from instruction of the human development and sexual health education component" of the curriculum, the ministry said in documents posted online. "Currently, not all school boards across Ontario have policies in place to address the exemption of children from sexual health education," the government noted, adding that policies are to be in place by November. Online resources will also be made available for parents who wish to tackle those topics at home.Exemptions not newReligious and conscientious exemptions were available under the previous Liberal government, though those instances were addressed on a case-by-case basis and school boards were not required to have a codified policy in place. Some school boards also refused to allow exemptions for issues covered by the human rights code, such as sexual orientation.Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), told CBC News that teachers are happy to "finally" have this curriculum in place, but added he is concerned about how opting out will be handled. "We're talking about human rights across the board, and to be able to exclude certain children from particular lessons is extremely problematic for us," he said.Last year, Premier Doug Ford's government repealed a modernized curriculum introduced by the Ontario Liberals that included lessons on sexting, same-sex relationships and gender identity. Instead, educators were instructed to teach students material that borrowed heavily from a 1998 curriculum while the government completed consultations with parents and other stakeholders.The new curriculum will return to teaching many of the controversial topics covered in the discarded 2015 curriculum, but in some cases will do so when students are older. For example, concepts of gender identity — previously introduced to students in Grade 6 — will now be taught in Grade 8.Other concepts, like sexual orientation, are now being taught in Grade 5 instead of Grade 6, Lecce said."Young people are identifying earlier that they are from the LGBTQ community, and I want them to know that irrespective of their orientation, or their identity, or their heritage or faith, that they deserve the respect and human dignity that every child in the classroom ought to have."Speaking to reporters at the legislature, NDP education critic Marit Stiles said the Ford government "wasted a year playing politics with our kids' well-being"  as teachers worked from an outdated curriculum developed before the widespread use of the internet."I think it's been pretty unforgivable," Stiles said.Hammond echoed that sentiment."It is concerning that this government, in my mind, played politics with student's lives."$1M in consultations The PCs spent more than $1 million on online consultations "only to release a new curriculum that is largely unchanged," she added. The government's repeal of the former curriculum sparked considerable controversy and launched a charter challenge from the ETFO and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. The groups argued changes made by the government infringed on teachers' freedom of expression and put students at risk by failing to be inclusive.A divisional court dismissed the challenge in February.The PC's decision to mandate exemption policies for controversial subjects drew mixed reaction from social conservatives. Tanya Granic Allen, a former PC leadership candidate and one-time Ford ally, accused the premier of flip-flopping on a promise to repeal the province's sex-ed curriculum. "The Kathleen Wynne sex ed is still very much being taught, and nothing has been repealed. Doug Ford has lied," Granic Allen said, adding in a statement that "inappropriate material such as gender identity theory" should have been eliminated altogether from the new curriculum.But evangelical Christian leader Charles McVety, president of the Canada Christian College, said he was happy with the news, calling it a "compromise" that "gives the authority of education back to the parents.""This is a great day for children and a great day for parents in Ontario in education," he said.

  • The best places to buy school uniforms for kids on a budget
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    The best places to buy school uniforms for kids on a budget

    Don't break the back on back to school clothing with these picks that start at just $5.

  • Alanis Morissette Shares Breastfeeding Photo of Her Newborn Son: It's 'Not Always Easy Peasy'
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    Alanis Morissette Shares Breastfeeding Photo of Her Newborn Son: It's 'Not Always Easy Peasy'

    Alanis Morissette Shares Breastfeeding Picture with New Baby Boy

  • Police say couple faked pregnancy, death of baby to field donations
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    Police say couple faked pregnancy, death of baby to field donations

    A couple is facing charges for fraud and theft by deception after they allegedly faked a pregnancy and then the subsequent birth and death of a baby.

  • Hatch and J. Crew just teamed up for the cutest maternity collection
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    Hatch and J. Crew just teamed up for the cutest maternity collection

    The collab combines two of Meghan Markle's favourite brands.

  • Best backpacks: Expert-approved shopping tips on what to look for
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    Best backpacks: Expert-approved shopping tips on what to look for

    Prevent back pain and poor posture with these top backpack picks.

  • Weight Watchers' weight loss app for kids and teens draws criticism online
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    Weight Watchers' weight loss app for kids and teens draws criticism online

    "It's scientifically proven to fail at reducing weight."

  • Back-to-school shopping: The best buys for every age you can get on Amazon
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    Back-to-school shopping: The best buys for every age you can get on Amazon

    From kindergarten to university, we’ve rounded up our favourite gear and gadgets to get your kids (and/or you) ready for the new school year.

  • Infant formula at Edmonton Walmarts may have been tampered with, CFIA says
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    Infant formula at Edmonton Walmarts may have been tampered with, CFIA says

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is cautioning the public after reports of tampering in an infant formula product at an Edmonton Walmart.According to the agency, the reports come from the Walmart store at 775 Tamarack Way NW. The agency did not say which brand or brands may have been affected.Edmonton police confirmed Thursday afternoon they are investigating the alleged tampering at the Tamarack Way location, as well as at a Walmart located at 3931 Calgary Trail NW. Police said they are investigating the tampering incidents "as frauds, as opposed to having any malicious intent.""Infant formula products have been found where the tamper-proof seals had been broken and the product inside the containers had been substituted," read a CFIA advisory issued Wednesday.The issue is not usually from the manufacturing process, but from a consumer returning altered products for a refund, the agency said.The advisory did not state what product had been substituted for the formula.Emily Myrehaug of Spruce Grove said she purchased a container of Similac formula last month from the Tamarack Way Walmart that she believes was actually flour."I opened it and I noticed that it was actually a different colour," said Myrehaug, mother of five-month-old son Breckan. "It was more brown-white. Usually it's very white, and obviously I could tell the difference and I thought it was kind of weird."Myrehaug said that at first she thought the formula had gone bad, but decided to try it for herself."When I tasted the flour obviously I was pretty freaked out." Myrehaug said the CFIA collected a sample of her formula for testing on Monday.She said she noticed the broken seal on the container, but thought originally she might have opened the container herself earlier. She said she wanted to raise awareness to other parents to inspect their products."Always check, always look, always make sure. I could see easily see a mom that's exhausted at three in the morning, making it in the middle of night easily not pay attention and accidentally give her kid something."The CFIA has not confirmed the advisory is related to the product purchased by Myrehaug, though she said her formula was tested by the agency on Monday.In a statement emailed to CBC News, Walmart Canada said food safety is a top priority the company. "We take these matters very seriously," reads the statement. "We are aware of the CFIA Consumer Advisory and are investigating further with our store at 775 Tamarack Way NW in Edmonton. The product in question has been removed from the store floor while we investigate." In a later email, Walmart Canada said other area stores were directed to review the formula on the sales floor and the Walmart location at 3931 Calgary Trail NW also identified potentially tampered products. The company is working with local police and the CFIA on the issue. Customers urged to examine productsAbbott, the maker of Similac, said product quality and safety are the company's highest priorities and it is investigating. In a statement, it added that consumers should report any product that looks suspicious."As precautions, our products are designed with tamper-resistant and tamper-evident seals, and we encourage consumers to always buy our products from authorized channels," said the statement."If anything looks suspicious with the packaging, label or contents, customers should not use the product in question and should contact our consumer care line at 1-800-670-7878."The CFIA said no illnesses have been associated with the reports, but consumers are advised to examine their formula products and ensure the security seal is intact. Do not use products that appear to have been altered.

  • Must-have lunch bags and accessories you can get on Amazon
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    Must-have lunch bags and accessories you can get on Amazon

    Packing a healthy lunch has never been easier.

  • Kourtney Kardashian praised for not airbrushing stretch marks in swimwear selfie
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    Kourtney Kardashian praised for not airbrushing stretch marks in swimwear selfie

    “I love my little stripes.”

  • Woman puts tiredness down to being a busy mum but it was actually a brain tumour she'd had for a decade
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    Woman puts tiredness down to being a busy mum but it was actually a brain tumour she'd had for a decade

    The brain tumour had actually been there for more than a decade.

  • Baby loses his limbs to sepsis following an undiagnosed throat infection
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    Baby loses his limbs to sepsis following an undiagnosed throat infection

    Doctors told Oliver's parents to expect the worst.

  • 'I give zero f-cks': Jessica Alba credits motherhood with helping her overcome her insecurities
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    'I give zero f-cks': Jessica Alba credits motherhood with helping her overcome her insecurities

    "I can flaunt what I want and still feel good."

  • Jade Roper Tolbert Poses with Newborn Son Brooks Nine Days Postpartum in Underwear Selfie
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    Jade Roper Tolbert Poses with Newborn Son Brooks Nine Days Postpartum in Underwear Selfie

    Jade Roper Tolbert Poses in Underwear Nine Days Postpartum

  • This $67 'absolute game changer' portable stroller accessory rocks your baby to sleep when you can't
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    This $67 'absolute game changer' portable stroller accessory rocks your baby to sleep when you can't

    Created by three dads to help parents on the go, this device is clinically tested to mimic the normal hand rocking of a pushchair.

  • Pink dyes eight-year-old's daughter's hair, hits out at 'parenting police'
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    Pink dyes eight-year-old's daughter's hair, hits out at 'parenting police'

    She did so to show solidarity with singer and fellow mum Jessica Simpson.

  • Shawn Johnson feared body image issues would reemerge during pregnancy: ‘I fell victim to very extreme ways of nutrition and working out’
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    Shawn Johnson feared body image issues would reemerge during pregnancy: ‘I fell victim to very extreme ways of nutrition and working out’

    Former U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson opens up about concerns that her body image issues would resurface during pregnancy.

  • Aldo just launched the cutest kids collection for fall
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    Aldo just launched the cutest kids collection for fall

    Aldo Shoes launches Kids Fall Collection today

  • Mario Lopez apologizes for 'ignorant and insensitive' comment that it's 'dangerous' for parents to support transgender children
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    Mario Lopez apologizes for 'ignorant and insensitive' comment that it's 'dangerous' for parents to support transgender children

    Mario Lopez promised to be “more informed and thoughtful” with his words in the future.

  • Jessica Simpson mom-shamed for letting daughter Maxi, 7, dye her hair: 'So upsetting! She's a little girl'
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    Jessica Simpson mom-shamed for letting daughter Maxi, 7, dye her hair: 'So upsetting! She's a little girl'

    A lot of people have opinions about the way Jessica Simpson raises her kids.

  • 'No excuses' fitness mom apologizes for 'normalizing an unnatural body standard' after breast implant removal
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    'No excuses' fitness mom apologizes for 'normalizing an unnatural body standard' after breast implant removal

    Maria Kang, a fitness influencer and mother of three, has offered a vulnerable post about why she had breast augmentation and why she recently had her implants removed. "I'm sorry," the post began.