No One Wins the iPad: Are We Selling Out Our Kids in the Name of Fundraising?

He poured off the school bus and loped toward us with a goofy grin. He already had one hand in his backpack and was pulling out a folded up flyer. Oh no, I thought. Here it comes....more
@Leighbra Yes! I didn't even get into the whole socioeconomic disparity angle, but there is SO ... more

No One Wins the iPad: Are We Selling Out Our Kids in the Name of Fundraising?

He poured off the school bus and loped toward us with a goofy grin. He already had one hand in his backpack and was pulling out a folded up flyer. Oh no, I thought. Here it comes....more
@Linda Anselmi Right? And when every school kid is selling the same stuff, there's only so many ... more

No One Wins the iPad: Are We Selling Out Our Kids in the Name of Fundraising?

He poured off the school bus and loped toward us with a goofy grin. He already had one hand in his backpack and was pulling out a folded up flyer. Oh no, I thought. Here it comes....more
@whatacrock Exactly! The incentive is raising money for the school. That's it. Kids naturally ... more

Official Toronto Pre-BlogHer Meet Up!

So we spoke, and you spoke, and everyone spoke, and everyone listened, and... the pre-BlogHer meet-up on July 24th will be a late afternoon pub visit, GROWN-UP STYLE!

Hey, Jealousy: Every Blogger Was a Newbie Once

Today's topic: Jealousy in the blogosphere. Or envy, feeling left out, whatever emotion you want to add to it....more

I agree that you absolutely cannot always tell how successful/popular a blog really is. I ... more

Oh, Canada: Blogging Across The Border.

Track:  personal-identity Some of your favorite bloggers are Canadian, and you might not even know it. In a blogosphere that is predominantly American, how do Canadians distinguish themselves? Do we need to? Should Canadian bloggers have their own networks? Should there be a BlogHer Canada? Or should we just - like such esteemed artists as Jim Carrey and Pamela Anderson before us - blend into the American community and celebrate our bacon quietly?Also: are Canadians funnier? Cuter? Do we really have better bacon? Why should anyone care if we're Canadian, anyway?...more

Fantastic idea. To what extent do we/should we flaunt our Canadian-ness and to what extent ... more

Official Head Count: Who's Going to be there this Weekend?

So we have a time and a place now we just need to know how many are going to be at the Don Mills Brickworks this Saturday June 6th between 10 and 12pm. Catherine and I (Katie) will both be there with the offspring in tow, so don't hesitate to bring the kids if that's a deciding factor.

TO BlogHer Meet-Up: Location, Location, Location!

So we have the date, we have the time - and now we have the place! TO-area BlogHers, care to meet-up at... the Don Mills Brickworks!

Let's have a Toronto-area pre-BlogHer meet-up in June...who's in?

BlogHer '09 in Chicago is less than 75 days away (!!!!) and we thought it would be great to do an official BlogHer pre-conference meet-up here in Toronto. Now before you say "Oh well, I'm not going to BlogHer this year so I might as well skip this post" - DON'T! This get together is open to both people attending and not attending BlogHer '09 and heck, we just wanted an excuse to get together. Whether you're going to BlogHer or not, you like hanging out with other bloggers, right? You wouldn't be skulking around this group otherwise, right? SO COME ON DOWN.

Where is Victoria Stafford?

Wednesday, April 8 was a fairly normal day. People in Woodstock, Ontario got up, sent their kids to school, and went about their business much the same way they did the day before. That evening the town was turned on its head as it started searching for eight-year-old Victoria "Tori" Stafford, who did not come from school that day. Video surveillance cameras outside the school captured her talking to and leaving with a woman in a puffy white jacket. She hasn't been seen since. ...more

These kinds of tragedies are heart-wrenching. Because what mother doesn't know the feeling of ... more