Author: Joyce Grant

A dog park with a black metal fence and a couple of dogs.
Animals News

Toronto’s battle over dog parks

There are 49 dog parks in Toronto where people can take off their dogs’ leashes and let them run freely.

However, not everyone is allowed to use the parks. Dog walkers walk people’s dogs when they are unable to because they are working. They often walk up to six dogs at a time. When they come to a dog park, up to six dogs may pile out of their car and run into the fenced dog park. One or two dog walkers can fill up a dog park, leaving single-dog owners feeling crowded out.

A boy making a snow angel. Image; Ren Norman
Kids News

Toronto’s Snow Day!

Last Wednesday, Toronto braced itself for a huge winter storm. Cities in the U.S., like Chicago, were reporting snow and high winds. That storm was headed for Toronto.

A full day before the storm was to hit Toronto, the city’s airport cancelled flights. They didn’t want planes to be in the air during bad weather because it could be very dangerous.

Kids everywhere in the city crossed their fingers. They wanted the schools to be shut down for a “snow day.” And around 6:30 a.m., they got what they wanted.

Two young boys having a fun snowball fight
Health Kids

Kids Focus Better When They Are Active

When kids are allowed to move around and blow off steam, they are better able to focus on their schoolwork, say a growing number of researchers.

More educators are looking for ways to help kids be active, to help them learn better. For instance, one teacher in Toronto takes her Grade 7 kids outside to identify shapes or call out adjectives that describe what they see.

Or, she’ll have them walking around the class, talking about work that is pinned to the wall—as if it was an art museum. Then she’ll get them to write a poem about what they saw.

Technology

Let This “Server” Take Your Order

Restaurants are using iPads to let customers get information about their food and place their order.

An iPad is a flat, square computer – like a large iPhone but instead of making phone calls it displays information and can access the Internet. It has a touch screen, so people can use their fingers to work it.

Chicago Cut is a steakhouse in the U.S. They have 40 iPads in their restaurant so people can see their wine list and order a bottle of wine. They can also get information on the wine to find out what it tastes like before they order it.

Business people applauding, ie, after a presentation
News

Self-Control Key To Healthy Adulthood

A new study shows that kids who have excellent self-control are more likely to grow into healthy, successful adults.

Having self-control means (among other things) having the ability to wait your turn, be neat and tidy and plan ahead.

Not having a lot of self-control doesn’t mean you won’t be successful as an adult. But the study showed that the kids who had greater self-control were less likely to become dependent on drugs, have health problems or commit a crime.

Martin Edmonds "acting" ill
Arts Health

Acting Like A Real Pain

When someone is studying to become a doctor, he can learn a lot from professors and textbooks. But there are some things he will have to actually experience, in order to learn them.

Like diagnosing a patient, for instance. Figuring out what’s wrong with someone when he comes into the emergency room complaining of a “sore stomach” or a “severe headache.” Those two symptoms could have many different causes—anything from a gas bubble to appendicitis.

Milos Raonic, Canadian tennis player
Sports

Young Canadian A Big Surprise At Australian Open

Milos Raonic is from Thornhill, Ont., but he’s causing a huge stir half-way around the world… in Australia.

The 20-year-old tennis pro has become an overnight sensation, beating players well above his ranking. Currently, Raonic is ranked 152nd in the world. Last week he beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia–ranked #10 in the world.

Vernon Wells
Sports

Blue Jays Trade Vernon Wells (#10)

Last week, The Blue Jays traded away one of the team’s key players – centre fielder Vernon Wells. The trade took many fans by surprise because #10 was a fan favourite. In return for Wells, the Jays get catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera.

Wells will now be playing for the Los Angeles Angels. The main reason for the trade was money. Wells had one of the highest salaries of any baseball player.

Students in a classroom.
Science

Write Your Worries Away

Students who are anxious about a test can improve their scores just by writing about their fears, according to a new study.

Researchers took 47 university students who were nervous about an upcoming exam and divided them into three groups. The first group was told to write about their fears 10 minutes before they took a math test. The second group was told to write about what they did the day before. And the third group relaxed for 10 minutes before the test.

Telephone operators in 1952.
News

Co-Workers Argue Over Lottery Prize

A group of co-workers at Bell Canada won $50-million in the lottery on New Year’s. However, they’re fighting about who chipped in for the Lotto Max ticket—and therefore who is entitled to a share of the winnings.
One woman in the office organized the lottery pool. Each month about 19 people put in $20 for lottery tickets. She says she has a list of who paid and who didn’t.
But some people who regularly go in on the pool are upset that they won’t get any of the money.