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


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., 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


Speaker credits 4-H for award-winning delivery technique

Lois Schultz suggested using well-known public figures to join the campaign against global food waste

Lois Schultz wants people to focus more on feeding the hungry rather than obsessing about food choices in the grocery store. She made food waste, its global impact and creating change the topic for her winning speech in the senior event at the 2017 Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition in Toronto this month. Schultz […] Read more



4-Her seeks higher profile for ag careers, women in business

Moving women up the business ladder and making their contributions more visible in the workplace while also raising agriculture’s profile as a career choice are among areas of special interest for the newest 4-H Canada scholarship winner. Sara Kate Smith, a member of the Yellowhead 4-H Club at Barriere, B.C., was one of four young […] Read more


4-H is a year-round commitment for Alta. leader

CHERHILL, Alta. — Dorothy Carlson is certain neighbours know when she is making her sticky cinnamon buns because they drop by her Cherhill, Alta., farm. She is also well known in her community for her longtime service to 4-H locally and in the district, having served as the president of the regional 4-H council for […] Read more


Off farm work keeps family operation humming

Daughters say they value the rural lifestyle and are exploring possibilities to ensure a long life for the Stasiuk farm

ROCHESTER, Alta. — Ken and Connie Stasiuk kick started the next generation’s foray into agriculture with the gift of a quarter section of their land. The recipients are their daughter, Kendra Stasiuk, and her husband, James Hoetmer, who operate a 2,500 hive apiary in a region known for beekeeping near Rochester, Alta. “When the kids […] Read more



When things go sideways …do you know what to do?

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Bill 6 has opened the door to addressing safety, say agricultural safety experts. “I saw it as an opportunity to talk about safety, raise the profile of safety in people’s minds,” said Dan Trottier of Ag Safe Alberta. “As a result, people are working toward more complex safety management systems for their […] Read more


Prepare farm plan to mitigate risk around marijuana use

The legalization of marijuana in Canada will pose safety issues for employers because there is no test to determine impairment

EDMONTON — Marijuana and dangerous workplaces do not mix, delegates were told at the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association’s annual conference in Edmonton this month. Dan Demers, a senior manager with CannAmm Occupational Testing services, noted effects linger for 24 hours beyond the acute period of use and days longer for chronic users, disrupting signals in […] Read more