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Couple finds ways to remain on the farm

The Warwaruks raise chickens and gather eggs 
for sale and market their hand-woven items at farmers markets and trade shows

NEVIS, Alta. — Corwyn and Nancy Warwaruk may have one of the smaller farms in central Alberta but they are finding unique ways to make a living and raise their two young children. The Warwaruks’ hilly three-acre farm houses several dozen goats, 100 chickens, an alpaca, a horse, and Rosa, the dog. Corwyn and Nancy […] Read more


Cree teacher keeps traditions alive stitch by stitch

JOUSSARD, Alta. — Margaret Cardinal has made it her mission to teach young people the skills that her Cree mother and grandmother had passed down to her. “Teachers like me are pretty rare,” said Cardinal during an interview in her studio at Joussard, Alta. “My grandmother and mother, they always told me I had to […] Read more


Childrens’ toys teach and entertain

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Toy shopping can be stressful for parents trying to decide between trends that are played with today and shelved tomorrow or educational interactive toys that offer continuous engagement. Perhaps a little of both is the answer. Many toys such as Barbie, Hot Wheels and Lego have stood the test of time and […] Read more



Technology is not a good babysitter

Expert says children need stimulating activities and interaction with others to reduce anxiety and develop social skills

PENTICTON, B.C. — Developmental and language delays, increased depression, distracted behaviour and less empathy in children are red flags for parents who need to better manage technology use in their homes. Elad Milman presented a session on keeping human connections in the technological age at a recent parenting conference in Penticton. “I think the concern […] Read more


B.C. community tackles food insecurity

OLIVER, B.C. — Connecting the bounty of food in the highly productive Okanagan with people in need is a priority of Food Secure Oliver. After three years of planning and consultations with the community, the initiative is expected to roll out in February and March with the hiring of a co-ordinator to implement the plan […] Read more



Famous chef designs cookbook around seasonal food

Canadian chef Lynn Crawford has created a book so approachable and down-to-earth that when you read it, you may be able to take on a recipe that day with items you already have in your fridge, pantry or garden. That’s the first thing I thought as I thumbed through Farm to Chef: Cooking through the […] Read more


Outdoor play expands curiosity, vocabulary, communication skills

PENTICTON, B.C. — Young children are more likely to be hurt in car accidents than on the playground, said an early childhood researcher. Beverlie Dietz, director of learning and applied research at Okanagan College, said outdoor play should be a part of everyday life, whether at home or in child-care centres. Her study of early […] Read more


Sask. offers wildfire assistance for grazing land

Saskatchewan producers affected by wildfires will be eligible for some coverage under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program after all. The government had said that typically PDAP didn’t cover insurable losses. However, Government Relations Minister Larry Doke announced Dec. 6 that grazing land would be covered. “Tame and native grazing lands are not insurable,” he said […] Read more



Many farmers got a break from hailstorms this year

Hail caused less damage across the Prairies in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the final report tabled Dec. 4 by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Western Canadian farmers with hail insurance were paid $96 million on about 8,600 claims, making 2017 one of the lightest claim years since 2009, the CCHA said. […] Read more


Sask., Que. couples win Outstanding Young Farmer

PENTICTON, B.C. — Both the east and the west were represented among this year’s Outstanding Young Farmers national winners. Derek and Tannis Axten of Minton, Sask., and Francois Handfield and Veronique Bouchard of Mont Tremblant, Que., were selected from seven provincial nominees during an awards ceremony Dec. 1 in Penticton, B.C. The Axtens, the fourth […] Read more