Health Canada has issued a voluntary recall of various bibs sold with the following item numbers: 19-1900392, 19-3018618 (CA number on the label is 56069), as testing revealed the bibs' lining contains a phthalate, DEHP (Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate), over the allowable limit.
Phthalates such as DEHP may cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities in young children when sucked or chewed for extended periods.
Although neither Health Canada nor Dollarama has received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of these bibs, customers are advised to dispose of them.
For further information, customers can contact Dollarama by telephone at 1-888-755-1006 or by e-mail.
Between July 2011 (item 19-1900392) and August 2011 (item 19-3018618) to January 2012, approximately 111,000 of the bibs were sold in Canada.
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Got a book worm at home? Well, for the entire month of March, you can download an adorable (and did I mention, free?) eBook, to get your little reader reading. Available as an app on Android™, iPad®, iPod® and iPhone®, "Sock n Boots Adventures” is an "educational and visually-stimulating storybook collection for children ages 1-8," with simple tales about playing safe and beating a fear of the dark.
March is designated as National Reading Month, in conjunction with Dr. Seuss's birthday. Children all over the world are encouraged to read for at least 20 minutes a day with family to set up a life-long love of books.
To mark its 15th Annual Read Across America Day, the National Education Association is expected to draw more than 45 million participants on Friday, March 2.
The lovable footwear duo hopes to make it not only across America, but also to at least 100 countries worldwide, with the stories already translated into seven languages: including Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, and Arabic.
“It is a fact that children who read early and often develop stronger language skills,
Even though the face of publishing is changing and many parents fear for the future of reading, the comprehension and fun factor between print and digital remains the same. According to a survey by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, most children actually preferred reading an e-book to a printed one.
Of course, with young children, parent-child interactivity is a crucial component of reading comprehension.
The iPad version comes with a “Write My Own Story” option, whereby parents and children can create alternative versions of the stories, or even record themselves reading together.
Without further ado, I give you, Sock n Boots. You're welcome!
Heard of the Oscars Curse? No, it has nothing to do with that swan dress Bjork wore way back when... It seems whomever takes home the bald golden man also takes with her a curse that will affect her married life.
Silly as it sounds, researchers at the University of Toronto trawled through the vaults (to the year 1936), and found that leading leading ladies historically paid the piper in her personal life for winning the accolade.
In fact, Best Actresses were 1.68 times more likely to divorce than those who did not win, even though the romantic lives of their male counterparts weren't significantly affected either by a nomination or a win. Dubious? Consider Reese Witherspoon, Kate Winslet, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Hilary Swank and Halle Berry...
The high divorce rate among cream-of-the-crop actresses would seem to suggest households don't adjust well when the lady of the house plants a gold statuette on her mantle. (Add to that the fact that in this year's Oscars, women comprised a meagre quarter of all nominations.)
Researchers involved in the study attributed the double standard to "the general social norm that kind of requires a man to have higher professional and economic status over the wife. So whenever that social norm is violated, both husband and wife may feel discomfort — could be either one of them. We know from other situations that the strain that marriages feel under that circumstance is not unusual and people try to overcome it in a variety of different ways."
Sadly for these women at the top of their game, success comes as a professional blessing and a personal curse. Even where there are inflating egos involved, few marriages can thrive amidst that level of notoriety.
We may have come along way from the days of torched brassieres, but let's not be fooled: latent sexism remains the real curse in any industry. And even on the reddest of red carpets, all that glitters is not necessarily gold.