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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.

Egypt protest in Washington - Image: zenashots
Breaking News News Politics

Egypt’s President Says He’ll Leave In September

The people of Egypt have been protesting against their President, Hosni Mubarak. He has been in power for 30 years, and the people want him out. They say he hasn’t done enough for the country or the people.

Mubarak wants to stay in power. However, because so many people were angry with him, he now says he will not run for president again in September. (September is when an election is supposed to be held.)

Egypt protest in Washington. Image: zenashots.
Breaking News Politics Primary

Egypt’s President To Leave In September (Primary Version)

Two days ago, the president of Egypt told the people he will stop being president in September. (September is when an election is supposed to take place.)

But many people want him to go now. They have been shouting in the streets, “Leave! Leave! Leave!”

The president of Egypt is Hosni Mubarak.

Barak Obama, the US president, spoke to him on Tuesday.

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.

Kids having a fun snowball fight.
Health Kids

Kids Focus Better When They Are Active (ESL and Grade 2 version)

When kids move around a lot in class and on the playground, they do better on their school work.

Many teachers try to get their students moving so they learn better. One teacher in Toronto takes her Grade 7 kids outside where they move around trying to find different shapes on the playground. The teacher will also ask her kids to walk around the room to talk about all of the work on the walls – just like it was an art show. Then she will get them to write a poem about what they saw.

A little boy sits atop his father's shoulders as they protest in Egypt against Mubarak.
Breaking News Politics

Protests in Egypt

A week ago, many people in Egypt’s capital city began to protest against their government. They met in the streets of Cairo and held up protest signs and shouted that they wanted Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, to leave the country.

They said the government is not helping the people in Egypt who do not have enough money for food or clothing. The protesters say that the rich are getting richer while they have nothing.

Breaking News Politics Primary

Protests in Egypt (Primary Version)

A week ago, many people in Egypt became angry with their president, Hosni Mubarak. They wanted him to leave the country.

They were upset because many of them don’t have enough money for food or clothes.

The people who are mad at Mubarak think that a new president would be better. But President Mubarak doesn’t want to to stop being the president, and that’s why they are having a problem.

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.