Technology Addicted Kids: The Why And How Of Tackling It

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‘Technology overload’ is something that makes us stressed and lethargic to many other things in day-to-day life. Though technology has made life easier, technology obsession has made life uneasy for many. It also necessitates to upgrade parenting skills. This article throws light into many of those challenges and alternatives. Read more…

Technology Addicted Kids: The Why And How Of Tackling It.

It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease

The Globe and Mail

The No. 1 reason for hospitalization in Canada is childbirth. The most commonly performed surgery in this country is the cesarean section.

Those facts should give us all a case of morning sickness. And they should prompt a lot of hard questions.

Is pregnancy a disease? Is a hospital really the best place to give birth? Are women ending up there by choice or by default? Is surgery actually required to deliver one in every five babies?

There were 389,822 live births in Canada in 2012-13, according to Statistics Canada; there were 369,454 births in hospitals, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The balance were home births or babies born in birthing centres not located in a hospital. (Also, Statscan counts actual babies; for CIHI, multiple births – twins and up – count as a single birth.)

It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease – The Globe and Mail.

Homeless in the GTA: Finding affordable housing especially tough for women

Story: Toronto Star

Lisa Roberts and her 15-month-old son, Liam, spend their days at the Whitby library or walking around parks and playgrounds. At night, the same playgrounds become their place to sleep, curled up in the play structures wrapped in blankets.

Roberts, 38 — who is nearly eight months pregnant with a girl — and her son have been homeless since the beginning of May, when she had to leave her basement apartment in Whitby because her landlord’s son was returning from university.

Living off welfare, she has been unable to find a one-bedroom apartment for less than $800 in Durham Region.

Homeless in the GTA: Finding affordable housing especially tough for women | Toronto Star.

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BC Election: Clark pulled off an upset for the history books…

British Columbia Liberal Leader Christy Clark pulled off an upset for the history books on the West Coast Tuesday night, confounding every pre-election poll and prediction, retaining power for her centre-right coalition. Clark entered the 28-day campaign almost 20 points behind New Democrat Adrian Dix, who ran an error-free, but timid, campaign trying to ensure that voters here would feel no fear of switching to a party which had only governed in the province three times before.

Yes, British Columbia had surprised, as it has before. Ninety minutes after the polls closed, it was being declared the “West Coast miracle.’’ But the Clark victory marked the second time in two years that major pollsters got an election in Western Canada wrong — brutally wrong (Toronto Star, May 14, 2013)….

The election was a stunning turnaround for Premier Christy Clark, although she lost her own seat in Vancouver-Point Grey. Polling had for months put her far behind NDP Leader Adrian Dix, and many thought a change was inevitable after 12 years of Liberal rule.

Voters appeared to have grown tired of the governing Liberals. And Ms. Clark, who came back to win the party leadership after leaving her job as a radio hotline host, was never regarded seriously by many. Her critics, including some in her own party, believed she lacked the gravitas necessary to continue as leader.

On the campaign trail, however, she connected with voters, putting on hard hats, hugging heavy equipment operators and repeatedly saying that more than anything she wanted to put British Columbians back to work.“Tonight we have received a mandate from the people of British Columbia,” Ms. Clark said after fighting her way through a jubilant mob to take the stage and give her acceptance speech. (The Globe and Mail, May 14, 2013)

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer a mom we love to hate (?)

Toronto Star Story

A woman leading a huge tech company was big news. So was her salary: $117 million U.S. over five years, according to the New York Times . Expectations were high. Mayer was also six months pregnant.

How was it going to work, people wondered. How would she balance mothering a newborn and running a Fortune 500 company?

Mayer quickly went from role model to earning the wrath of women the world over when she skipped her maternity leave, taking only two weeks off after giving birth to a son in September.Here’s what Mayer has done: she’s built a nursery, at her expense, next to her office so she can be near her baby as she works long hours.

You can hear the howls of hypocrisy. That’s what $117 million can buy you.

To play the devil’s advocate, if you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company — and new to the job — you have to put in the hours to justify the paycheque. There are only 21 women CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. That’s only about 4 per cent. It’s hard enough for women to get the job in the first place, let alone mothers.

Let’s turn this around. What if a male CEO had just become a father and built a nursery next to his office. The guy would be hailed as Dad of the Year, no?

It’s tough for working mothers. Something’s gotta give. Work the hours and have someone else look after your kids, or sacrifice your career and spend more time raising your family. One thing is as certain as poopy diapers and spit-up on your work clothes: there will always be someone there to criticize your decision.

Mayer sets an impossible standard for working women, but she’s in exceptional circumstances. Let’s cut her some slack. Mayer is being a paid to run a huge company, not set child-care policy. That’s what politicians are for.


To read the story: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer a mom we love to hate | Toronto Star.