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Finding fun toys for my 8 year old

Christmas morning, when my kids wake up excited to see what Santa brought them, is one of the most special events of the year!

There are so many things that fill my heart to the brim and being able to surprise my two little ones Christmas morning is one of them I’m so grateful to get to do!

That being said, sometimes kids can do a switcheroo on you, and all of a sudden go from being a toddler to a bigger kid (honestly it feels like it happened overnight).

This year is one of those years where my son has grown in his interests – and as much as I want him to keep playing with the types of toys he has enjoyed over the years (hello, choo-choo trains!), it’s time for Mama to switch things up and get him toys that will put a huge smile on his face.

Looking for toys for 8 year olds can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. They aren’t quite in that 4-6 year old range, but neither in the 10-12 year old range. Thankfully I found two really fun toys  I believe will be very special and fun for him this year.

Hexbug VEX Offroad Truck | $89.99 | Available from Toys R Us, Walmart, and Indigo | Age 8+

One of the gifts we chose for our son is the Hexbug VEX Robotics Offroad Truck. The vehicle is a construction kit that once assembled is controlled by a smartphone app. For a little guy who loves building activities, I am certain he will be very excited about this project! Building toys like this one are something that I have always been happy my son has enjoyed. At a young age he was drawn to them and has a strong aptitude in putting them together.

The Hexbug utilizes the STEM learning method: which is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching module used to foster those skill sets with applied approach. This is an educational gift that I believe will be equally just fun!

Crate Creatures Big Blowout | $119.99 | Available from Toys R Us, Walmart, and Indigo | Age 4+

 

Another gift we selected for our son is the Crate Creatures Big Blowout. This is a totally different gift idea! While there may not be the same educational angle going on here, the hilarious and imaginative play this toy offers is sure to be a winner.

With more than a 100 noises and sounds this totally gross, but kind of cute, creature in a cage has a lot of bells and whistles. Once you help break your monster friend out of its cage you can get up to all kinds of mischief with it, including letting your child project their voice through the monster with a walkie-talkie, making their very own monster voice.

I can only imagine what fun mayhem is going to be had with this little guy!

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Ottawa families give mixed reviews for online schooling

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So, how’s it going with online school? Families reached by CBC Ottawa seem to have mixed reviews. 

Masuma Khan is a mother of two. Her seven-year-old, Hana Wyndham in Grade 2, is attending French immersion virtual school. Masuma is grateful it’s an option, but can’t help notice a lot of down time.

“There’s a lot of, ‘are you on mute?’ In terms of the amount of learning that’s actually happening, it does seem to be not that high,” said Masuma.

Parents who kept their children at home this fall are in the minority, but they still form a significant chunk of families in Ottawa.

In the city’s largest school board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), about 27 per cent of elementary students and 22 per cent of high school students chose online learning. The Ottawa Catholic School Board says roughly a quarter of its students are online.

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Top environment official urges Canadians to back Ottawa’s ambitious plans to tackle plastic trash

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The second in command at the federal Environment Ministry challenged Canadians to continue to speak up about the problem of plastic pollution and push elected officials, scientists and businesses to do more.

Quebec MP Peter Schiefke, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, made the comments online at Vancouver’s annual zero waste conference on Friday.

He said most Canadians want solutions to curb the tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic garbage that ends up as litter each year on the country’s beaches, parks, lakes and in the stomachs of animals. 

“Making sure that message is heard with industry stakeholders, elected officials and make sure that they are constantly putting pressure on it … so we notice that this is something that Canadians want, the backing of Canadians to go and undertake these huge challenges,” he said.

Schiefke filled in for  Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson at the last minute after Wilkinson was called away to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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OC Transpo’s monthly bus pass one of the most expensive fares in Canada

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OTTAWA — OC Transpo’s monthly bus pass is one of the most expensive passes in Canada, and transit riders are facing another 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares on New Year’s Day.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Transit Commission meeting on the 2021 budget, CTV News Ottawa looked at the cost of a monthly adult bus pass at transit services across Canada. Ottawa ranks behind the TTC in Toronto, Mississauga’s “MiWay”, Brampton Transit and Vancouver “TransLink” Zone 2 access to the suburbs for most expensive transit fares in Canada.

The cost of an OC Transpo adult monthly bus pass is currently $119.50 a month.

The 2021 City of Ottawa budget includes a proposed 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares. If approved, an adult monthly transit pass will increase $3 to $122.50, while a youth pass will increase $2.25 to $94.50 a month.  The cost of an adult single-ride cash fare would rise a nickel to $3.65.

The TTC is the most expensive transit service in Canada, charging $156 a month for an adult fare. MiWay charges $135 a month, and the cost of an adult monthly pass with Brampton Transit is $128.

Metro Vancouver’s transportation network “TransLink” has three fare zones. The monthly bus pass cost for “Zone 1”, which covers Vancouver, is $97 for adults. The “Zone 2” fare, which covers Vancouver and the suburbs of Richmond and Burnaby, is $131 a month.

Edmonton Transit Service, which includes a Light Rail System with 18 stations on two different lines, charges $97 a month for an adult monthly bus pass.

An adult monthly bus pass in Calgary costs $109 a month.

The survey by CTV News Ottawa of transit fares across Canada shows Gatineau has higher transit fares than Montreal and Quebec City. The STO charges $99 a month.

A monthly adult bus pass costs $88.50 in Montreal and $89.50 in Quebec City.

The cheapest adult monthly bus fare is in Charlottetown, at $58.50 a month. A monthly bus pass in Whitehorse costs $62 a month.

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