Block Parents® and Jane’s Walk Programs

Last week I was shocked to see a shiny, crisp, red-and-white Block Parent® sign in the window of a house along a quiet suburban street in Waterloo. For those who do not know about the Block Parents® Program of Canada, it is a registered charity that tells “children, seniors and others that help is at hand if…

Yet Another Diversion: College, Skills, and Work

As the weather offers us a brief glimpse of sunshine and milder temperatures here in Southwestern Ontario, I feel the winds of change approaching. Doesn’t everyone go through a little mini transformation, a shedding of the skin, when springtime approaches? Houses are cleaned of rubbish, cars are scrubbed free of ice and salt, and winter…

Let the Shopping Begin!

Today is Black Friday, which is “often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season” (Wikipedia article). The term ‘Black Friday’ originates in “Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving” (Wikipedia article). Origins of the name are…