Families Change

This website has guides to separation and divorce for kids, for teens, and for parents. The information in the guides for kids and teens is delivered by drawn characters and the content is spoken and written in easily understood language. For parents, in addition to the guide, there are two online courses, Parenting After Separation,…

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How not to say the wrong thing

When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, but our favorite came from one of Susan’s colleagues. She wanted, she needed, to visit Susan after the surgery, but Susan didn’t feel like having visitors, and she said so. Her colleague’s response? “This isn’t just about you.” “It’s not?” Susan wondered. “My…

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How do assets affect my ODSP income support?

The value of your assets is one of the things we look at monthly when deciding if you are eligible, or continue to be eligible, for ODSP.  You have to tell your caseworker about any assets that you or your family own. What are assets? Assets are property, possessions or money that belong to you…

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What the Renfrew County murders tell us about rural violence

A local crisis worker on how isolation, poverty and an abundance of weapons put women at risk. Sep 23, 2015 Katie Underwood   24 Three women, Anastasia Kuzyk, Natalie Warmerdam and Carol Culleton, were found dead yesterday in a triple homicide in rural Eastern Ontario. Their bodies were discovered in separate homes in Renfrew County….

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‘Sextortion’ of Canadian teens spikes 40%, prompts warning

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says it has seen a 40 per cent spike in teenage “sextortion” in the past six months. Nearly half of the victims are teenage boys, and the statistics are so significant that it has prompted the Winnipeg-based agency to issue a warning to parents across the country. “We need to get in front of this,” said Signy Arnason,…

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