Penticton Elks gives generously to help feed kids in the Starfish Pack program (Penticton)
The Starfish Pack Project got a big boost on Wednesday afternoon, presented with a $5000 cheque from the Elks of Canada. The National Leader of the Elks of Canada, Maurice W. Koszman of Bengough Sask, was in attendance to present the donations. The local Starfish Pack program, facilitated by the Pen...
U.S. kids could get Pfizer shots by Halloween, Canadian approval still uncertain
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its partner BioNTech have submitted data on the effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccine in children to U.S. regulators, clearing the way for a possible authorization by Halloween, according to a member of the company's board of directors. Canadian parents, however, could be waiting longer to secure shots for their kids.
Federal Court upholds landmark compensation order for First Nations children
The Federal Court today dismissed an application for a judicial review of a landmark human rights tribunal compensation order for First Nations children — leaving the federal government on the hook for billions of dollars in compensation related to the child welfare system.
Why it's difficult to put a number on how many children died at residential schools
While many are eager to raise awareness and make shows of support, navigating the different numbers circulating is a challenge. Records held by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation show thousands of children never made it home from residential school, but a full account will take time and effort.
Pfizer and BioNTech submit data to U.S. FDA for COVID-19 vaccine in younger children
Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE submitted initial trial data for their COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 to U.S. regulators on Tuesday and said they would make a formal request for emergency use authorization in the coming weeks.
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases (Canada)
Ottawa’s controversial legal challenge of a pair of rulings involving First Nations children torn from their families by a chronically underfunded childcare system heads to Federal Court Monday, despite repeated calls for the cases to be dropped in the name of reconciliation. The federal gover...
Two bears ransacked this B.C. family's SUV. Dad, mom, kids and dogs slept through it all
Sean McQuillan, his wife, their two children and two pugs slept soundly Thursday night as two black bears rummaged through the family's SUV in Coquitlam, B.C. Despite a flurry of calls from neighbours and the police, the family knew nothing until morning.
Commons holds special debate on remains of 215 children found at residential school (Canada)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is Canada's fault that 215 Indigenous children were buried in an unmarked, mass grave at a one-time residential school in Kamloops, B.C. He says Canadians can't close their eyes and pretend this didn't happen; they must acknowledge that the country f...
Tribute left to honour the lives of 215 children buried on grounds of former residential school (Penticton)
Across the country, Canadians are laying out children’s shoes, teddy bears and flowers to pay tribute to the hundreds of children whose remains were recently found on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops. The discovery of 215 children's remains in an unmarked burial site ...
Remains of 215 children found at former residential school in British Columbia (Kamloops)
The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation says in a news release that the remains were confirmed last weekend with the help of a ground-penetrating rada...
Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other children's favourites, dead at 91
Eric Carle, the beloved children's author and illustrator, has died at age 91. His classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other works gave millions of kids some of their earliest and most-cherished literary memories.
Campaign focused on preventing children from accessing cannabis (BC)
In light of Poison Prevention Week, the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit is focusing their campaign on cannabis products and preventing children from accessing them. Most Canadian parents who use cannabis agree that its up to them to store their products safely, however only one-in-four do so...
Screen time and kids: What have we learned in the last year?
When life is stressful, screens can be soothing. When life is busy, screens can help us feel more in control and keep kids quiet. These are not new insights, but we've all experienced more of it this year as parents struggle with impossible role overload during a traumatic time.
Prince Harry pens message for grieving children who lost parents to COVID-19 pandemic
Britain's Prince Harry has written the foreword for a new book aimed at the children of front-line workers who died in the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing the pain he suffered as a boy after the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
Alberta man gets life in prison for killing two children (Canada)
A man who admitted to assaulting his girlfriend and killing her two daughters in "an act of extreme violence" has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years. The 31-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, pleaded guilty in Cour...
TV mogul Larry King left his $2.7 million estate to his children. The veteran broadcaster died last month at the age of 87 and his handwritten will has now emerged, which is dated Oct. 17, 2019, two months after he filed for divorce from seventh wife Shawn Southwick King, and less than a year befor...
Seniors care home not allowing in kids to maintain safety (Penticton)
Prairie Valley Lodge in Summerland usually has over 300 kids come trick or treating through their senior care centre, but this year won’t be bringing in the costumed kids. “It is usually a highlight of our year, where the children enter our home to show off their costumes, and our delig...
Experts divided on letting kids go out on Halloween due to COVID-19 risk
While some infectious disease pediatricians say now is not the time for trick-or-treating, especially in COVID hot spots, others contend that the outdoor nature of the activity makes it fairly low-risk.
A very COVID Christmas: U.S. mall Santas will see kids from behind plexiglass snowglobes
While the pandemic won't keep Santa Claus from making an appearance at the mall or at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, don't count on touching Santa, hugging Santa, or having the kids sit on his lap this year. Some U.S. mall operators are even offering Zoom calls with Santa instead of in-person visits.
Now that students have returned to classrooms across Canada, taking a child to get a COVID-19 test is something more parents are faced with. Parenting expert Caron Irwin explains how parents can make the process as trauma-free as possible for their kids.
B.C. man with violent history released from custody two days before allegedly assaulting children
A mother is 'livid and outraged' a man with a history of violence was released from custody just two days before allegedly assaulting her son and another boy in a park in the Okanagan community of Kaleden, B.C.
Mouth wash test coming for school-aged children in British Columbia (BC)
British Columbia is introducing a new saline gargle test for students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to help make it easier for children and teenagers to check whether they have COVID-19. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says British Columbia is one of the first places in the world to use a...
'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges (Entertainment)
Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday with producing child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and begged for oral sex. A...
Ottawa agrees to certify 2 class action lawsuits over the treatment of First Nation children
The federal government has consented to the certification of two class action lawsuits over funding for First Nation child welfare services and the state of health services for children on-reserve and in the Yukon.
Bill Blair weighs decision on Canadian child porn prisoner seeking transfer home from U.S.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair must decide this week whether to allow a Canadian man serving a 14-year prison sentence for child pornography in the U.S. to transfer back to Canada — a move that would override a decision made by his predecessor, Ralph Goodale.
Missing child near Clark Lake has been found (Kelowna)
UPDATE: 4:49 p.m. Castanet has received reports that the missing person has been found. Myrna Thompson witnessed the emergency crews returning back from Clark Lake at approximately 4:40 p.m. She flagged down one of the vehicles to ask what had happened. "It was a child and it has been found,&qu...
Vast majority of Alberta’s masks for schoolchildren made in China and Mexico
As part of its back-to-school policy, the UCP recently announced students would have to wear masks - so the government is buying 1.7 million reusable masks for children, the vast majority of which will be made outside of Canada.
YMCA August kids camps and September preschool opportunities are back (Kelowna)
The YMCA of Okanagan's August kids camps and September preschool opportunities are back to help get kids thinking and moving. The activities include camps with active swim times and preschool opportunities to help get kids ready for kindergarten. “It is more important than ever to equip k...
Neighbours frustrated, fear for children after man's latest arrest (Vernon)
A Vernon man with a long history of charges and probation breaches has been fined $500 and spent one night in jail after his most recent arrest. And his neighbours fear it is only a matter of time before someone is hurt. Richard Slobodian was arrested June 6 for taking photographs at the Coldstream ...
Rare gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies
Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria's Mbe Mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts.
B.C. government urged to create task force to help kids with long-term effects of pandemic
A letter sent to various government ministries signed by over 100 individuals and organizations calls for a collaborative approach to mitigate the long-term effects the COVID-19 pandemic could have on children and families.
2 weeks in, a mix of relief and anxiety as B.C. kids return to school
Parents, children and teachers are reporting mixed experiences with how the return to in-class learning has gone so far. One thing most can agree on is that it's been a teachable moment for everyone, with hints of what may come this fall.
Nicki Minaj fans are convinced the rapper is expecting her first child after she shared a revealing new photo of herself online. The Starships hitmaker wed beau Kenneth Petty last year, and has since been the subject of pregnancy rumours, with her loyal followers hoping for a new arrival. The late...
Widowed by COVID-19, a pregnant mother of 5 struggles with guilt and grief
Désiré Buna Ivara was in the final stages of his doctorate, caring for his five children while his wife, Amoti Furaha Lusi, worked at a long-term care home in Dorval. Furaha Lusi struggles with her grief and her guilt over Ivara's death from COVID-19, blaming herself for bringing home the virus.
The death of George Floyd in police custody and subsequent global protests has sparked a huge anti-racism movement. Tanya Hayles, founder of Black Moms Connections, explains how parents can use this as an opportunity to have conversations with children about race.
B.C. woman shot dead during police wellness check had just made fresh start to be with her child, family says
Her family says 26-year-old Chantel Moore, a Vancouver Island woman who was shot in New Brunswick by police early Thursday, was kind, gentle and bubbly and making a fresh start to be closer to her mother and five-year-old daughter, Gracie.
Boys and Girls Clubs serving kids in a time of crisis (Kelowna)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, charitable organizations had to adapt to continue providing for those most vulnerable as they're essential for communities across the country. "Our role and the roles of our partner organizations during this pandemic hasn’t changed, except that the needs...
Province to provide kids with free, live coding workshops (BC)
Kids across the province now have access to free, live online coding workshops through the Ministry of Education website Keep Learning BC. "Students need programs that will lead to 21st-century careers," said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. "With new access to live, weekly worksho...
Katy Perry's new album will be a "gift" to fans dancing in the streets after the coronavirus lockdown, while she prepares to hunker down again as a mom. The Roar singer's new release will drop in August, and Katy admits she's being so active virtually at the moment because she...