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A selection of some of our favourite children's books released in the last year

A selection of some of our favourite children's books released in the last year

When it comes to picture books, my kids and I don't always agree. As they get older, their likes and dislikes get stronger, which means I don't get to make all the decisions.

Things to do

Icy-Crystal See-Through No-Name Man Music Corner: A Musical adventure for young children at VCM, Wood Hall. Two performances, today, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 900 Johnson St. Tickets: $15/$14 at 250-386-5311; MusicCorner.

Help whiny daughter express her feelings

Last week, we heard from a mom fed up with her five-year-old daughter's whining and fussing: "My daughter often approaches life with a whiny attitude," she wrote.

French sperm count shrinks

When it comes to sperm counts, French men aren't what they used to be, according to a new study.

Weak evidence for carcinogens

Studies suggesting that everything from cinnamon to lobster either raises or lowers a person's risk of cancer may sometimes be a bunch of baloney, a new report suggests.

Learning to be the life of the party - sober

Today, four years into sobriety, advertising executive Peter Rosch can linger at any party and, he said, "carry on far more interesting conversations than anyone ever got from me in those last few years of being a drunk.
Strategize your drinking for holiday celebrations

Strategize your drinking for holiday celebrations

The night before Thanksgiving, Sarah Allen Benton would meet hometown friends to begin a season of binge drinking.

A guide for the introvert at festivities

Holiday cheer can take a toll on those of us with limited energy for socializing and a high need for quiet. No season is more demanding for us than the most extroverted time of the year, which starts with Halloween and doesn't end until Jan.
Colour maven says emerald is a gem

Colour maven says emerald is a gem

Emerald is the jewel in Pantone's crown of colours for 2013 as the vibrant green hue was announced Thursday as its colour of the year.

Island Lives: A man and his waddling dog

The death of Eric Lewis's mother in England during the Depression set in motion a series of events that would eventually lead him to a farm school in the Cowichan Valley and a new life in Canada.