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  1. Our police department would want to know about it. I'd call the non-emergency number to report.
  2. I don't have any personal experience; I have never been in a nail salon. I thought this NYT article (from 2015) was eye-opening, especially the section titled "An Ethnic Caste System"
  3. I had a Confused Canadian moment when traveling in the US , ordering toast at a restaurant, and being asked "white or wheat". Pause. Thinking - what's the white bread made of exactly if not wheat? Then realizing the waitstaff meant white or whole wheat. I'd never heard of whole wheat bread being referred to as just "wheat" before.
  4. @Lanny The protocol for rabies prophylaxis for bats-found-in-a-room-with-a-sleeping-person cases varies by country. Here (Ontario, Canada) a rabies prophylaxis series is not generally recommended for a simple bats-in-the-bedroom case, unless there is evidence of direct contact with the bat. Exceptions include anyone who can't give a reliable history - such as small children or those with cognitive impairment. Awesome algorithm on page 7: "Evidence indicates that when there is no direct contact with a bat, the risk of rabies is extremely low. Finding a bat in the room – even if the person was asleep – therefore generally does NOT merit administration of rPEP UNLESS direct contact is known to have occurred, or there is evidence of direct contact with the bat". The last domestically acquired human rabies case in Ontario was in 1967. And I'm not so far from the border - a proportion of our bats do have rabies, and aren't any different than American bats. Americans and Canadians approach health care differently, based on the same evidence. Culture plays a significant role in medicine. ETA: We've had bats in the house twice, once in the main living area discovered late, late at night, and once in the kids' bedroom (discovered by the children well after bedtime, "Mom! there's a bat flying around in our room!!"). As per local protocol, we did not get shots. Edited for clarity
  5. I agree with all the above. Toronto is my home town . We now live 150km north of the city, but still make regular trips into Toronto to do city stuff. Public transit is excellent. Definitely make use of it! When my kids were little, we would make a day of just using public transit. GO train into the city, then buses, streetcars, subways, ferries. They loved it. Downtown is very vibrant, day and night. There is always pedestrian traffic. Walking around at night is quite safe. There are lots of fantastic museums: The ROM is excellent for history and nature. The Art Gallery of Ontario has a fantastic collection, including a very nice Canadian collection. Both are right downtown. Caribana weekend runs Aug 1-5, the grand parade Aug 3. It's quite an experience. And will make traffic that weekend extra terrible. Toronto has a wealth of ethnic neighbourhoods, many immediately adjacent to downtown (walkable) or a short subway or streetcar ride. Thousands of ethnic restaurants and shops. Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecakes are super popular. You can pretty much tour the whole world without leaving the city. It really is the most multicultural city in the world. If there's any variety of ethnic food you've ever wanted to try, Toronto is the place to find it.
  6. Get him some real tools! My boys got real tools about that age. A light weight small hammer, a hand drill, a small hand saw, small safety googles, some clamps,a bunch of nails and some scrap wood. We just let them have at it with some supervision. They loved it. ETA: I just realize that this reads as if only boys should have tools. I happen to only have boys. If I'd had any girls, they would have had tools too!
  7. I love canoes. So versatile. You can go solo, or pack in a bunch of kids. You can pack in a lot of stuff (coolers, lawn chairs) if you want. You can take along weak paddlers or passengers who don't paddle at all. And when you get tired, you can switch to paddling on the other side. In a kayak, when you're tired, you just have to suffer!☺️
  8. We canoe a lot, and transport our canoes a lot. We use standard roof bars. We also have a set of wide bars for when we need to transport 2 canoes. The easiest way to load and unload is from the back of the vehicle **: portage the canoe up to the back of the vehicle, place the bow on the rearmost roof bar and the stern on the ground behind the vehicle. Then get out from under the canoe, lift the stern from behind, and slide the canoe forward into position on the racks. I can do this by myself with a 60 pound canoe. Anything heavier takes a helper. We tie down with 2 standard canoe cinch straps (NOT rachet straps - too much force can crack your hull), over the hull and around each bar, and a y-strap at the front attached to the car's tow hooks, or to hood loops bolted to the frame (super easy to install). I also tie down the stern to the back of the vehicle with a simple rope (not tight) to prevent forward excursion of the boat if we were to stop suddenly. I have also used a foam car-top kit for a car without racks similar to this one. It was secure. The canoe rests on the roof on foam pads. The cinch straps encircle the hull and encircle the car's roof (travelling a path inside the passenger compartment). The only problem with this was that rain would wick through the straps into the car, so it was for sunny weather only. We also have a cart for when the walk from parking to launch is far. It's great for level ground. I have only seen trailers used for mass canoe transport (think 6 - 8 canoes). I have never seen a trailer used for a single canoe. I think it would be a hassle. It would definitely limit your parking options. ** ETA: I am able to get the canoes onto DH's giant SUV solo with this method. I have seen other paddlers pack a folding step stool to reach the strap fasteners. I just open the doors and climb onto the seats to reach.
  9. I love my Mirena. I'm in my tenth year (had it switched out at year 5, due again soon). No periods, no breakthrough bleeding. I had the first one put in right after the last kid was born. I'm 10-15 pounds heavier than I was pre-kids, but I'm not sure that has anything to do with the Mirena - I'm also exercising less, and 15 years older, and lots of women hold on to some baby weight. ETA- It's so very liberating to not have periods. This has made a huge difference in my life.
  10. Mine like snowpants, mitts or gloves, and a light pullover. Snowpants are good for beginners who will fall because they shed snow/ice and provide a little bit of padding. Mitts or gloves to protect the hands from the ice and other peoples skate blades when falling. We all wear helmets. One likes to wear a buff underneath to keep his ears warm, the other nothing. I think a parka would get too hot very quickly
  11. My kids really liked the art film "The Way Things Go". We first saw it at an art museum.
  12. I know this is the sort of discussion that happens routinely at our cancer centre. I also know that many patients and families just don't or can't really hear it, or just can't or don't or process the information somehow, and come away with a very distorted understanding of their illness. The heavy emotional burden of the illness can make good communication and understanding very difficult. Quill, I second (and third and fourth) the recommendation to read "Being Mortal". It should be required reading for all cancer patients and their families.
  13. We take a long summer break, mid June to mid September. It fits best with our social rhythms; homeschooling is uncommon here, all the kids extra-curriculars break for summer, and neighbourhood kids are available to play. It's not wasted academic time at all. Lots of high value learning happens over summer: long stretches of unstructured creative play, camping trips, reading, day trips for events/festivals, and very little screen time. We do need to spend a few weeks reviewing math in the fall, but they get up to speed quickly. ETA: Our summers are short. We need to take advantage of the good weather! Save the book work for when it's -25C.
  14. Slight tangent: Consider having a strategy in place for what to do if the ADHD med do get lost or stolen. Most of these meds are controlled substances. Emergency departments and urgent cares will not refill/replace controlled substances (around here anyway). Replacement meds will have to come from the patient's regular prescriber, who may insist on a visit, which might present a challenge if college is far away.
  15. I disagree. I think it would be wise to lock up ADHD meds. These are high value meds, particularly in a college setting where stimulant abuse is common. Casual/opportunity theft from a dorm room is a somewhat different situation than robbing a pharmacy.
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