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Sharia Law or separate Sharia family courts will never have a place in the Canadian Justice System.

Petition to the Government of Canada Whereas: Differential justice based on an individual’s religion is prejudicial and preferential, therefore, an amendment to the Constitution Act of 1982 would ease the minds of all Canadians and ensure equal treatment for everyone under the Criminal Code of Canada. We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to propose an amendment to the Constitution Act of 1982, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, stating that Sharia Law or separate Sharia family courts will never have a place in the Canadian Justice System.

Not all TV programs all evil for your kids, some are very helpful

Research shows that kids who watched PEG + CAT and Odd Squad exhibited significantly improved performance on critical early math skills. In one study, 59 children ages 4 to 5 participated in five one-hour laboratory sessions in which they viewed PEG + CAT videos and played PEG + CAT digital games. At the end of the study, the children’s ability to identify shapes had improved significantly compared to baseline measures at the start of the study. In another study, 83 first-graders spent time over several days watching Odd Squad and playing digital Odd Squad games at school. Each participant also watched Odd Squad videos and completed other Odd Squad learning activities at home during the study period. Over the course of the study, kids improved in the following mathematical areas:

knowledge about number and operations and algebraic thinking skip counting pattern recognition addition subtraction

Millennials are becoming parents

Millennials are becoming parents, believe it or not, it is happening.
Of course, Millennials are not the first generation to make this transition. But their lifestyle values make them different from generations before.
Baby boomers and Gen Xers, brace yourselves.

mini baby boom

We are entering a "mini baby boom".
The offspring of the original baby boomers are starting to have kids of their own.

Motion and bill

A motion is a proposal moved by an MP to draw attention to an issue considered urgent or of public interest. It cannot become a law, but it can lead to the development of a bill that could eventually become a lawA bill is a draft of a proposed law which must be passed by the House of Commons and Senate before it becomes a law.

Toronto-Scarborough Seedy Saturday

Saturday April 1, 2017 11 to 4

Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley Road SOUTH, south of Kingston Rd.
Toronto-Scarborough, ON

This year the SSGF Fair will focus on Biodiversity and Saving Our Bees.

Come out and learn how to live more sustainably, exchange seeds with other seed savers, buy heirloom and organic seeds or attend our great workshops. Then stop by one of our local garden clubs' or gardening vendors' tables and ask an expert!

There will be Workshops including a focus on Biodiversity, diversity of seeds, bees, seed planting and saving and more!

This day is fun for everyone. Over 60 tables will include heirloom seed vendors, green exhibits, bee products, worm composting, backyard gardening, garden associations and regional organizations such as LEAF, the TRCA and Rouge Park . Be a steward and bring in your used electronics for recycling! And there will be KIDS events too.

The Fair is hosted by the Stewards of the Earth at St. Agatha Catholic School, the T…


SEEDY SATURDAYS RETURNSeedy Saturdays and Sundays return with spring. Planning a garden? Want to share heirloom seeds?Just getting started? Learn from seeders and gardeners at an upcoming Seedy Saturday/Sunday near you. Find an event near you

Now’s the perfect time to lease a 2017 Escape SE 4WD 201A.

No matter what your family’s needs are now and in the future, Ford has a vehicle to suit you. 
Now’s the perfect time to lease a 2017 Escape SE 4WD 201A. With advanced technology like SYNC® Connect, this 2017 Escape is fully FordPass™ enabled. The FordPass™ smartphone app is your key to a better journey:
Lock and unlock your doors from virtually anywhereStart your vehicle remotelySchedule your vehicle to start at a time that suits your needsLocate your parked vehicleCheck your fuel levels before you head out

Apply for Dragons’ Den!


It's time for all aspiring entrepreneurs to get their business pitches ready for a chance to be a part of Dragons' Den's incredible 12th season on CBC. Our producers will once again head coast to coast on the multi-city audition tour in search of the country's best businesses in need of a Dragon investment.

The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Hopeful entrepreneurs should prepare to pitch their concept to the Dragons' Den producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons.

While attendance at the audition tour is not mandatory, in order to better your chances on being selected to appear on the show, we encourage you to come out and audition!

Producers will be on the lookout for entrepreneurs in the following cities:

Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Toronto, ON at CBC Toronto (25 John S…

Having a good sense of humor is a great way to connect with others and a it could make you feel healthier.

A sense of humor can brighten family life. You can blow raspberries on a baby's belly, put on a silly hat and chase a 3-year-old, or pretend to fall into a pile of leaves to amuse a first-grader. As kids grow into preteens and teens, you can share puns and jokes as their sense of what's funny grows more sophisticated

Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest inviting students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for the homepage for a day.

Welcome to Doodle 4 Google Canada! Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest inviting students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for the homepage for a day. As Canada blows out a whole lot of candles for its 150th birthday this year, what better way to celebrate than by asking students to imagine what the next 150 years will look like? Google believes our youth hold the key to a bright future for Canada, and can't wait to see what their optimism, creativity and imagination give rise to. The winning doodle will be featured on the Google Canada homepage for 24 hours. The winning student will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $10,000 technology award for their current school along with a trip to the final event on June 13, 2017. Submit a Doodle now!

How to claim rent paid?

Most Canadian taxpayers are not eligible to claim their rent as a tax credit. However, there are a few exceptions. If any of the following situations apply to you, click the corresponding link from the list below to see how you can claim the tax credit:
Residents of Ontario: Ontario Trillium Benefit Residents of Manitoba: Education Property Tax Credit Residents of Québec: Solidarity Tax Credit Seniors living in Québec: home-support services for seniors (TPZ-1029.MD.7-V)

Toronto Spring Festival

Spring arrives at 6:28 a.m. on Monday. 
To celebrate its arrival, an arts and culture festival is being held at the Murray Building on Spadina Avenue on Saturday from noon to midnight. The family-friendly festival features a drawing contest, a chance to design your own mini tree house, a spring shop, baked goods and more. Children under 12 years old can enter for free.

CRA Online services restored

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is pleased to report that all of its digital services were returned to service on Sunday, March 12 starting at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Individuals, businesses and representatives are now able to file returns, make payments, and access other digital services available through the CRA’s website, including all our secure portals.

Canada Children’s arts amount

The maximum eligible fees per child (excluding the supplement for children with disabilities) has been reduced to $250. Both will be eliminated for 2017 and later years. For more information see line 370.

A couple is considered common law

In the eyes of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), a couple is considered common law: 
after living together for 12 months; after becoming parents to a child by birth or adoption; if one partner takes custody and control of the other person’s child. 

Couples must inform the CRA of their marital status change by filling out form RC65.

Make taxes a little simpler.

The CRA expects us to figure out what we owe, and then pay if we need to, or get a refund because we have overpaid throughout the year.

None of us likes to fill out the forms, but it's a requirement.

Nutrition Facts label tips:

Keep these low: saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodiumGet enough of these: potassium, fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, and ironUse the Percent Daily Value (% DV) column when possible; 5% DV or less is low, 20% DV or more is high

School Readiness Skills

My child and I practice basic math skills together, like counting to ten, sorting objects by size and shape, and identifying some number symbols.  My child is able to read her own name, to listen attentively when being read to and tell me stories. She enjoys rhymes and recognizes rhyming words.  My child can do many things independently, like button shirts and zip up zippers, and use the bathroom without too much help.  My child is beginning to share with others and can understand and follow rules. She is becoming able to control her emotions and to talk about her feelings.

How to find my unused RRSP contributions?

Most people do not have unused contributions on their prior year Notice of Assessment. This is not the same as your RRSP deduction limit.

To find your unused contributions in CRA My Account, click on the RRSP & TFSA and then click the RRSP link.

If you have unused RRSP contributions, it would show up under your RRSP deduction limit.

NETFILE is an electronic filing service that taxpayers can use to file their own individual income tax and benefit return with the CRA.

Limit of 20 returns To protect the integrity of NETFILE service, the CRA has set a limit of 20 returns per computer that can be prepared with NETFILE-certified tax preparation software each tax year. The limit may help prevent some tax preparation service providers from using NETFILE. Software developers must respect this limit to be certified for NETFILE.

The CRA has determined that a limit of 20 returns, whether printed or filed using NETFILE, is appropriate and sufficient for a NETFILE software product. This will allow even a large family to share one software product to prepare and file their tax returns.

Receipts and income records for your CRA tax return


T4 slips (Employment income)Employment insurance benefits (T4E)Interest, dividends, mutual funds (T3, T5, T5008)Tuition / education receipts (T2202A)Universal Child Care Benefit (RC62)Old Age Security and CPP benefits (T4A-OAS, T4AP)Other pensions and annuities (T4A)Social assistance payments (T5007)Workers’ compensation benefits (T5007)All other information slips


RRSP contribution receiptsSupport for a child, spouse or common-law partnerProfessional or union duesTool expenses (Tradespersons & apprentice mechanics)Medical expensesTransit pass receiptsCharitable donationsPolitical contributionsChild care expensesAdoption expensesChildren’s arts and sports programsMoving expenses ReceiptsInterest paid on student loansCarrying charges and interest expensesOffice - in-home expensesExams for professional certification

Other documentation 
Notice of Assessment/ReassessmentCanada Revenue Agency correspondenceSale or deemed sale of stocks, bonds or real estateNorthern residen…

Why Breakfast is Important

Breakfast is called the most important meal of the day, but why are people always saying that? Imagine you're a car. After a long night of sleeping, your fuel tank is empty. Breakfast is the fuel that gets you going so you can hit the road.

Canada is a highly non-diversified market

Even though Canada has representation in all ten sectors, and she has hundreds of companies in many different industries. It is highly non-diversified because most of these companies relate to natural resources in some way or another.  This means that if your equity portfolio is 100% in Canadian equities, you run a high risk of a downside surprise. It’s been a great ten years, but that inductive evidence doesn’t preclude a nasty shock.

How much you can contribute to RRSP each year

There are limits on how much you can contribute each year to your own RRSPs and your spouse's RRSPs.  Your total contribution room for the year is the lower of:
18% of your earned income for the previous year, orthe maximum contribution amount for the current tax year: $25,370 for 2016.
If you are a member of a pension plan, your pension adjustment will reduce the amount you can contribute to your RRSP.


Reporting RRSP contributions on a calendar year basis is wrong. Your tax return is designed to report the contributions you make from March 2, 2016 to March 1, 2017.

Receipts for contributions in the first 60 days of 2016 should have been reported on your 2015 tax return. Receipts for the first 60 days of 2017 should be counted as 2016 contributions.

What if you belong to a group RRSP where you work? You may not actually receive your final 2016 RRSP receipt for your February 2017 contribution until mid-March. Before you top your RRSP contributions to maximize your deduction for 2016, you should take into account all the contributions you are making by payroll deduction in the first 60 days of 2017, which includes March 1.

But the first-60-day rule causes quite a lot of confusion. You will receive RRSP receipts for any contributions made in January and February 2016, whether it is a regular monthly contribution or a one-time deposit, and those receipts must be recorded on your 2015 tax…

An RRSP is a great way to save for retirement

Diversity your portfolio. When you open an RRSP, you can add different investments (like GICs, mutual funds, stocks and savings accounts).Contributions are tax deductible. Contribute to your RRSP and you can lower your annual taxable income and your income tax bill. Basically, you defer taxes until retirement.Invest regularly: You can invest up to 18% of your earned income, up to a max $25,370, for the 2016 tax year.