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Under The Christmas Tree: Massive Monster Mayhem Toys

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Have you heard of Massive Monster Mayhem?

If you haven’t seen the television show, Massive Monster Mayhem combines elements of game-show, obstacle course, sci-fi, and action all in one. And while the television show might be, in my opinion, for a more mature tween audience, the toys are fun for imaginative play from age 4-12 years old.

Whether your kids are playing in their playroom, running around outside, or jumping on their beds, they’ll most likely have a blast play-fighting and pretending to be building-smashing-creatures…or protecting the world from them with these toys. 

At first, I was unaware of the game-show but seeing the toy line, developed by Alpha Group and available at Toys “R” US in Canada, I knew it would be a big hit with our two creative kiddos, who both love dressing up and having fun adventures.

So this weekend my husband snuck downstairs and blew up the inflatable Bash Armor and jumped into the living room as Macho Cheese! Our kids went nuts and the fun mayhem began!

With the inflatable Bash Armor, my kids jumped around as Macho Cheese and Robro, two characters from the show. The Bash Armor inflates into wearable headgear and fists. They had a blast playing together in this hilarious gear.

Then I pulled out the Massive Mayhem Monster Figure called Major Disappointment (which is the name of the character not how I feel about it), which I think is a pretty cute robot toy! Haha, I know what you’re going to say, “These figures aren’t supposed to be cute!” but honestly, the 16″ tall figure with a spinning drill, submarine nunchucks and bunny slippers (yes you read that right) is one of the funniest and kind-a-cute movable and talking action figures I have ever seen.

The toy fits in perfectly with my son’s action figure collection and is a lot of fun to play with!

I’m pretty impressed with the toy line created by Alpha Group and available at Toys “R” US Canada and we’ll be wrapping some of the other toys up to open Christmas morning, like the Power Punchers.

The Power Punchers are motion activated foam fists with bashing sounds and phrases from the show. The Inflatable Bash Weapons – which are three different 4’’ tall fun weapons that are easily inflatable like the Bash Armor. The Bash Em’ Up Foam Weapons – made up of soft foam these are some of the weapons the characters use in the television show (like the submarine nunchucks – smashmarines). And the 5’’ diameter Massive Moon Battle Ball is a huge inflatable ball that is a great accessory for creating some fun and safe mayhem!

Even though my kids haven’t seen the television show, they were very much into these toys and the imaginative play they lead to. My husband and I even got in on the fun! I can definitely see us playing with the inflatable Bash Armor outside this summer!

If you’re looking for a gift idea your kids can have fun playing with all year long, check these out.

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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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