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Daycare fines mom for ‘unhealthy’ lunch

Compared to the boring ham-sandwich standard in my house, the lunch that Winnipeg mom Kristen Bartkiw made for her two kids sounds fantastic: roast beef, potatoes, carrots, with an orange for dessert.<p>Not good enough for the licensed daycare they attend, which fined Bartkiw $10 for not including … …

I keep on hurting myself when I exercise. Help!

<b>The question:</b> I keep going through the same cycle of injuring myself, going through physio, getting better and re-injuring myself. What is going on? It is really frustrating because I am really trying to become healthier.<p><b>The answer:</b> Congratulations on your perseverance. Continually injuring oneself …

Leamington’s Heinz farmers: ‘There is life after tomatoes’

Walter Brown has been growing tomatoes for H.J. Heinz Co. for 47 years. Now he's looking for another crop and wondering what to do with a barn full of planters, harvesters and trailers that are useless for anything but tomatoes.<p>Heinz said last week that it will close the century-old plant in …

Bob Dylan: Musician by day, iron welder by night

At the swishy Halcyon Gallery in London, tools of dreaded domestic chores become the source of unexpected nostalgic pleasure. Remember that old hand-mower your Dad made you cut the lawn with when you were a kid? Well, the bottom bit with the rotating blades, minus the handle, is affixed to the top …

Rail Companies Must Inform Communities About Dangerous Goods: Raitt

OTTAWA - Months after the deadly train disaster in Lac-Megantic, Que., the federal government is forcing rail companies to tell municipalities when …

Canada's parks and historic sites now on Google Street View

Hikes through spectacular national parks such as Banff and tours of historic sites such as the Viking settlement at L'anse au Meadows in Newfoundland …

National Parks

Canada under Prime Minister Rob Ford

Scott Feschuk imagines: ‘No more whining, OK? I’ve made mistakes, and I have an after-party to get to.’<p>News item: <i>Rob Ford said this week that he</i> …

Rob Ford reminds us just how important leadership really is

(Photo: Chris Young/CP)<p>Life in Rob Ford’s Toronto is at once the best of times and the worst of times, for those of us with an interest in …