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Map out your meal to avoid menu mishaps

You may have heard advice to dine out less often if you want to weigh less. That’s like telling people to leave their cars in the garage if they want to avoid getting into an automobile accident. To improve road safety, we need driver’s education.
Miss Saigon as mesmerizing as it is moving

Miss Saigon as mesmerizing as it is moving

Where: McPherson Playhouse When: Until May 12 Tickets: 250-386-6121 Rating: Four stars (out of five) --------------------------------- When we heard Victoria Operatic Society would venture out of its Broadway comfort zone to stage a musical as ambiti
Around Town: Langham Court is honoured

Around Town: Langham Court is honoured

Vice-regal visit delights performers, patrons and behind-the-scenes workers at popular community theatre
Ask Eric: How to make butter chicken

Ask Eric: How to make butter chicken

Dear Eric: Would you happen to have a fairly easy recipe for butter chicken? Diane Dear Diane: There are many marvellous Indian dishes but, for many Canadians, butter chicken is the favourite.

The Parent Rap: Lack of motivation common in mid-teens

Last week, a parent wrote about a 15-year-old who won’t do his schoolwork. “The problem began when he entered his teens, and has become progressively worse. He is very bright, but totally uninterested in getting his work done.
Family 411: New crop of bad-mommy books bares all

Family 411: New crop of bad-mommy books bares all

NEW YORK — These moms curse a lot, drink to excess, reveal scary truths and draw twisted little stick figures of their kids pooping and whining relentlessly. And this Mother’s Day, they’re bringing their derelict parenting to you.

Nudge, Nudge: Smoking bans set aside laws of logic

As we all know, there are no greater villains in modern society than smokers. With that in mind, non-smokers are stepping up the offensive.
Authors and illustrators are creating child authors with Story Studio

Authors and illustrators are creating child authors with Story Studio

Authors and illustrators of children’s literary classics such as The Alien Guy Named Bob and Super Raccoon Learns to Jump gathered in Victoria Thursday to compare stories and ideas.
Who knew the simple doodle had educational value?

Who knew the simple doodle had educational value?

The doodle. We’ve all done it, during a classroom lecture or a meeting at work. At first glance, it’s a trivial waste of time.
Early Years Awards honour family-friendly businesses and organizations

Early Years Awards honour family-friendly businesses and organizations

Alison Paine is a senior government manager, but she is also the mother of three boys. That gives Paine, executive director of accounts management for the B.C.