Category: Lifestyle

West Coast Chocolate Festival

West Coast Chocolate Festival – October 15 to November 10, 2010

First launched in 2002, the West Coast Chocolate Festival is a unique and innovative collection of individual high calibre chocolate-themed adult and all-ages events that occurred throughout the Tri-Cities area of Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. In 2009, the festival expanded to Burnaby and Vancouver, then expanding across the Lower Mainland in 2010.

iPhone

Online travel booking sites beef up mobile offerings

Travel suppliers and the online agencies that sell their bookings are targeting a new breed of jet setter who cannot be bothered booking trips in advance.

These travellers are relying more on their mobile smart phones – the iPhone, BlackBerry or Android – to negotiate, book and manage trips they have already begun, perhaps even from the parking lot of a hotel where they hope to stay.

Smoke Free Parks

Smoke Free Parks

Vancouver has joined a long and growing list of cities and regions in North America and internationally that ban smoking in parks and on beaches. Vancouver’s ban takes effect September 1, 2010: after that smoking in all 224 parks will be prohibited.

Healthy Lunches

Make healthy lunches kids will want to eat

OK kids, fun is over. It’s back to school and back to routines. The season of campfire hotdogs and ice cream cones and water parks is done, more or less.

For moms and dads, that means getting their act together for school lunches.

China

Wired youth forget how to write in China and Japan

Like every Chinese child, Li Hanwei spent her schooldays memorising thousands of the intricate characters that make up the Chinese writing system.

Yet aged just 21 and now a university student in Hong Kong, Li already finds that when she picks up a pen to write, the characters for words as simple as “embarrassed” have slipped from her mind.

Facebook

Should parents “friend” their kids on Facebook?

To friend or not to friend is the big question facing many parents dealing with teenagers on Facebook.

Three quarters of parents questioned in a Nielsen survey said they are friends with their children on the popular social networking website which boasts 500 million active users. But a third admitted they are worried they are not seeing everything their children are doing on the web.

Home-school

Improved resources, strong network encourage families to choose home-schooling

Aubyn Baker never planned to home-school her daughter, but when tests showed the fifth-grader was gifted and learning-disabled, many of her problems made sense.

Since Grade 3, Taegyn Baker-Riley had struggled with school. She often suffered from headaches, exhaustion and discouragement.

After trying to fix the problem by switching Taegyn from French immersion to English, and then to a different school, Baker was at her wit’s end. It was an offhand comment from Taegyn’s father, Terry Riley, that pushed them to try home-schooling.