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Should children’s clothing be categorized as ‘plus’ or ‘husky’?

Nicole Martin | posted Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016

Many parents have started the mad dash for back to school shopping, hauling their kids from store to story, and one retailer is using words such as “husky” and “slim” to label their clothing.

Old Navy, a major kids retailer, is making waves after parents realized that the company has separated girls clothing into “slim” and “plus” sizes, while boys clothing has been labelled “slim” and “husky.” Old Navy has a full size chart explaining what is considered slim, regular or plus or husky size online.

Sasha Emmons from Today’s Parent says obesity among children is real so there is a market for larger kids clothes.

“I think it’s just a sign of the times, that they’re creating sizes to cater to this market,” said Emmons.

The main concern seems to be the specific terminologies being used, “plus” for bigger girls clothing, whereas clothing for bigger boys is not labelled “plus” it’s labelled “husky”, which many parents say carries a different connotation.

Parents say “husky” tends to refer to a broader more muscular build, as opposed to overweight or obese.

Emmons says it’s definitely sending the wrong message.

“I agree that the terminology is really unfair and definitely shows you that its much more acceptable for a man to be carrying some extra pounds than it is for a woman or a girl to be carrying extra pounds, and that’s not okay,” she said. “It’s not a great message that we’re sending to our sons or our daughters.”


We asked Gap Canada, the parent company of Old Navy and Gap about the terms slim, plus, and husky and they said “this is standard sizing within the retail industry and many of our competitors share this practice. It’s not specific to Gap or Old Navy,” in a statement. CityNews also checked H & M, Abercrombie, and The Children’s Place websites and couldn’t find any of the same sizing terminologies being used. The clothing company Sears does use husky for boys.

“I think it’s addressing, actually, a very real need. We know at this point that childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years,” said Emmons. “There’s been a slight dip recently, which is really encouraging, but still a third of Canadian school age children are obese.”

Emmons said that while there is a market for larger children’s clothing the focus really needs to be on healthy active living for kids not plus, husky, or, slim sizes.

Markham’s sweetheart earns bronze, Bolt strikes again

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Aug 15th, 2016


Markham-bred Andre De Grasse has won a bronze medal in the 100-metre men’s dash at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

He finished the race with a time of 9.91 seconds. Olympic champion Usain Bolt defended Jamaican gold with a time of 9.81 seconds for the third time in a row.

De Grasse is the first male to earn Canada a medal in Rio 2016.

Canadian diver Jennifer Abel came up just short again at the Rio Olympics.

The 24-year-old from Laval, Que., finished fourth in the individual three-metre springboard on Sunday, a week after narrowly missing the podium in the synchronized three metre with partner Pamela Ware.

Canada's Jennifer Abel competes during the women's 3-meter springboard diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Abel earned a total of 367.25 for her five dives in Sunday’s final, 5.5 points back of bronze medallist Tania Cagnotto of Italy. China’s Shi Tingmao won gold with 406.05 total points while He Zi, also of China, took silver with 387.9.

Ware of Greenfield Park, Que., in her first Olympic Games, placed seventh. The 23-year-old finished with 323.15 points.

Abel dominated the qualifying on Friday with a total of 373 points, 5.95 and 15.45 points more than China’s He and Tingmao, respectively, and finished third in the semifinals on Saturday.

Abel won gold in the individual springboard at the Pan American Games in Toronto last summer.

Boxer Ariane Fortin of St-Nicholas, Que., will also leave Rio disappointed after a tight, split-decision loss to Dariga Shakimova of Kazakhstan.

Fortin had to wait several minutes while the judges tallied the points from the final round. It’s a crushing blow for Fortin, who considered giving up boxing after losing to Mary Spencer at the Canadian trials for the 2012 London Olympics.

Also, Karine Thomas and Jocelyn Simoneau sit seventh after the free routine portion of the duet synchronized swimming.

Thomas, from Gatineau, Que., and Simoneau, from Saint-Laurent, Que., scored 90.0667 in the recently cleaned waters of Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre. The technical routine is on Monday morning, with the final on Tuesday.

Vancouver’s Shallon Olsen finished eighth in an eight-woman field in the vault final.

Equestrians Amy Millar of Perth, Ont., and Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., headline the Canadian show jumping team. On the first day of qualifying Sunday, Amy Millar and Lamaze both posted clear rounds while Canada was tied for third in the team event.

David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., was 5-under 66 to tie for fourth on the day, while Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., was 2-under 69 to tie for 23rd on the round. DeLaet was 20th on the final leaderboard, while Hearn was tied for 30th.

Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley were eliminated from the Rio Games on Sunday after dropping a 2-0 decision to Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst in women’s beach volleyball.

Pavan, from Kitchener, Ont., and Bansley, from Waterdown, Ont., beat Victoria’s Jamie Broder and Toronto’s Kristina Valjas 2-0 in the round of 16.

In badminton, Michelle Li of Markham, Ont., fell 19-21, 21-15, 21-17 to India’s Sindhu Pusarla.

Girl, 10, critically injured in black bear attack

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Aug 15th, 2016

A black bear stands near the side of Highway 881 near Conklin, Alberta on Tuesday May 10, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A 10-year old B.C. girl is in hospital after being attacked by a female black bear in Port Coquitlam, just east of Vancouver.

A spokeswoman for the B.C. Ambulance Service described the child’s injuries as critical.

The attack happened late Saturday afternoon on a trail near a river in the city’s River Springs neighbourhood.

Conservation inspector Murray Smith said the bear had been with its cub at the time.

Smith says the mother bear would not leave the heavily populated area and as a result had to be “destroyed.”

He says the cub is being held in a facility until it’s old enough to take care of itself when it will be released back into the wild.

Man killed by GO train may have gotten mobility scooter stuck in tracks

CityNews | posted Sunday, Aug 14th, 2016


A man who was struck and killed by a GO train in Mississauga on Saturday night may have gotten his mobility scooter stuck in the tracks, Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins told CityNews on Sunday.

Aikins said it “appeared” to night crews that the scooter was stuck just east of the Port Credit GO Station near Lakeshore Road East and Enola Avenue.

Aikins said an investigation is underway.

Residents in the area said they could hear the train collide with the victim.

“We heard the horn from the train and then just a loud thump,” recalled Denny Muratovic.

“And then we went down and took a lot and sure enough we saw the remains of the scooter and the remains of the person that was on it.”

The fatality delayed service on the Lakeshore West line for up to three hours.

The deceased person’s name and age haven’t been released.

US court orders ‘Making a Murderer’ nephew be released

The Associated Press | posted Saturday, Aug 13th, 2016


A federal court in Wisconsin has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of helping his uncle kill Teresa Halbach in a case profiled in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

The U.S. District Court in Milwaukee on Friday overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction and ordered him freed within 90 days unless the case is appealed.

Dassey confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery carry out the rape and murder of Halbach, but attorneys argued that the confession was coerced.

Dassey was 16 when Halbach was killed in 2005 after she went to the Avery family auto salvage yard to photograph some vehicles. Avery was tried and convicted separately in the homicide.

Dassey’s case burst into the public’s consciousness with the popularity of the “Making a Murderer” documentary.

Olympic Roundup: MacLennan wins trampoline gold at Rio Olympics

The Canadian Press | posted Saturday, Aug 13th, 2016


Rosie MacLennan’s historic defence of her Olympic trampoline title highlighted a three-medal day for Canada on Friday at the Rio Games.

MacLennan delivered an impressive mix of flips, twists and jumps in her final routine to repeat as women’s individual trampoline Olympic champion, becoming the first Canadian summer athlete to successfully defend an individual Olympic title.

“It feels incredible,” said MacLennan, who also won at the 2012 London Games. “I don’t know how it compares but it’s just absolutely amazing.”
MacLennan, from King City, Ont., just outside Toronto, had her trip to Rio in doubt after a pair of head injuries left her concussed. She battled headaches, vision issues and occasionally mixed up her words at times, a dangerous place to be when you’re jumping 25 feet high in the air and the trampoline looks more like a postage stamp than a large mat.

“In some ways it was really tough,” MacLennan said of the comeback. “But it was also a reminder of how much I really did love the sport. Because if I didn’t, I would have given up.”

Reigning world champion Li Dan of China followed with a score of 55.885, taking bronze when Tatsiana Piatrenia of Belarus settled for fifth with the final routine. That result gave Britain’s Bryony Page (56.040) the silver and MacLennan her second Olympic title.


MacLennan’s gold wasn’t the only medal Canada won on Friday, with rowers Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee relying on their powerful finishing kick for a silver medal in the women’s lightweight double sculls and swimmer Hilary Caldwell adding to Canada’s medal haul in the pool with a bronze in the women’s 200-metre backstroke.

Trailing by nearly three seconds at the halfway mark, the Victoria rowers closed the gap to 1.63 seconds heading into the final 500 metres.

“If we couldn’t do anything until the last 250, our last 250 is so strong I knew that we were going to get a bronze, at least,” said Obee. “The aura in the boat felt like we’re charging and it could be gold, it could be anything.”

They finished in seven minutes 5.88 seconds at Lagoa Stadium, just behind Ilse Paulis and Maaike Head of the Netherlands, who won gold in 7:04.73. China’s Huang Wenyi and Pan Feihong were third in 7:06.49.

Carling Zeeman of Cambridge, Ont., finished fourth in her women’s single sculls semi, just missing out on a spot in the final. She will race in Saturday’s consolation race.
Canada’s women’s eight will take part in Saturday’s final.


Caldwell, from White Rock, B.C., finished the women’s 200-metre backstroke in a time of 2:07.54 to give Canada its sixth swimming medal of the Games.

“I looked up and saw the three lights on the blocks so I knew I was third,” said Caldwell. “I was happy, but I did want the gold medal. I think I saw the time and gave a little scowl.”

Madeline Dirado of the United States won gold in 2:05.99, upsetting Hungarian star swimmer Katinka Hosszu who settled for silver in 2:06.05.

Canada’s Hilary Caldwell competes in the women’s 200-meter backstroke final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CANADIAN OLYMPIC TEAM
Canada’s Hilary Caldwell competes in the women’s 200-meter backstroke final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CANADIAN OLYMPIC TEAM


Canada has 10 medals (two gold, two silver, six bronze) after seven days of competition and is well on its way to meeting the Canadian Olympic Committee’s goal of 19 total medals. Canada’s women athletes have accounted for all 10 of those medals.

There is potential for another medal in women’s soccer, as Sophie Schmidt’s second-half goal sent Canada into the semifinals with a 1-0 win over favoured France.

The 10th-ranked Canadian women are now one win from climbing the medal podium in back-to-back Games. They won bronze four years ago, defeating France by the same score.

The Canadians rushed off the bench to celebrate after the whistle blew on a tense final passage.

“I’m proud of the girls tonight,” Canada coach John Herdman said. “We showed that Canadian grit.”

Canada is 4-0-0 in Brazil and has dispatched three top-10 teams in No. 2 Germany, No. 3 France and No. 5 Australia. John Herdman’s team is on a roll.

Canada will play Germany again on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.


Meanwhile, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor came up just short on winning his second Olympic medal when he and Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil  were defeated 6-2, 6-4 by Americans Steve Johnson and Jack Sock in the men’s tennis doubles bronze-medal match.

The American never faced a break point and broke the Canadians on three of nine attempts.

“Obviously, it doesn’t feel so well, but hats off to them,” Nestor said. “They played very well, seeing the ball big and putting a lot of pressure on us. we couldn’t match it. (…) It’s a little bit upsetting right now, ending in fourth place after being in a medal position yesterday and walking away with nothing.”

Nestor teamed with Sebastien Lareau to win Canada’s only Olympic tennis medal, a gold in men’s doubles at the 2000 Sydney Games.


Also Friday, Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask., struggled to finish sixth after Day 1 of the heptathlon.

The two-time world silver medallist and No. 1-ranked heptathlete in the world this year got off to a rocky start when she finished sixth in the 100-metre hurdles, one of her strongest events.

She then cleared a season’s best 1.86 metres in the high jump to move up a spot, and remained in fifth place after the shot put. She ended Day 1 finishing ninth in the 200 metres with a time of 24.18 seconds. That dropped her from fifth to sixth.


Also, Mandy Bujold of Kitchener, Ont., won by unanimous decision in her preliminary 51-kilogram bout against Yodgoroy Mirzaeva of Uzbekistan. It was Bujold’s first-ever Olympic fight.

The 29-year-old had hoped to compete at the London Games when women’s boxing made its Olympic debut in 2012.


Canada’s men’s field hockey team ended their winless streak in Rio, concluding Olympic pool play on Friday with a 2-2 tie against India.

Team captain Scott Tupper of Vancouver scored twice for Canada, while Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh had goals for India.


Miranda Ayim of London, Ont., scored eight points to lead Canada’s women in a 81-51 loss to the United States in basketball.

Tips to prevent your home security from being hacked

Winston Sih | posted Friday, Aug 12th, 2016


A new app, which we have decided to keep unnamed for the purposes of this article, features hundreds of home security cameras across North America, causing great concern among users online.

In Toronto, dozens of driveways, backyards, front entranceways are featured, and south of the border, cameras inside the home are displayed for public streaming.

When it comes to security tips, experts are saying to regularly change the password on the camera itself, and ensure it is a strong key combination that is different from the default password.

Similar practices are recommended for routers itself. Change your Wi-Fi network password, hide your network (SSID), and remember to set your router administrator credentials away from the default username/password.


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