In Sweden, a preschool has decided to stop referring to children as 'him' or 'her' to avoid gender stereotypes.

The Egalia preschool, in Stockholm, has attempted to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood. The taxpayer-funded school also carefully plans the colour and placement of toys and the choice of books to assure they do not fall into stereotypes.
The school opened last year and is on a mission to break down gender roles - a core mission in the national curriculum for Swedish pre-schools.

'Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,' says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. 

'Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.'

At the school, boys and girls play together with a toy kitchen, waving plastic utensils and pretending to cook. Lego bricks and other building blocks are purposely placed next to the kitchen, to make sure the children draw no mental barriers between cooking and construction.

Books that deal with homosexual couples, single parents or adopted children are also standard here.

Director Lotta Rajalin notes that Egalia places a special emphasis on fostering an environment tolerant of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Rajalin says the staff also try to help the children discover new ideas when they play.

What do you think?

 
 
Its confirmed!  The Gap has indeed teamed up with the ‘first lady of American fashion’ for a kids’ range. That lady is Diane Von-Furtenberg!!

Following British designer Stella McCartney, the new collection — equally designed for babies and girls aged two to 14 — will become available in stores in close to 30 countries and online in 75 countries starting next March.

Gap’s president for America, Art Peck, said of the collection that it would make use of Von Furstenberg‘s “signature approach to print, optimistic color and femininity, mixed with our expertise in great quality premium children’s clothing at accessible prices.”

The latter will be music to shoppers’ ears since designer collaborations in the kids’ sector are still rather rare: GucciBurberry, and Dior, for instance, only offer their collections under their own label at elevated prices. This collaboration will a great niche to marketing and designer kids wear!


 
 
OTTAWA, June 2, 2011 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Heinz Strained Meat baby food products described below as some jars have a glass deformity that could break off during normal use.

The affected products described below are sold in 100 mL (3.52 oz fl) glass jars.

Product UPC Production code Best Before dates 
Strained Beef with Broth 0 571650 0 0081 xx:xx*
0481 xx:xx*
0981 xx:xx* 2013JA08
2013FE17
2013AL07 
Strained Chicken with Broth 0 571660 7 0091 xx:xx*
0491 xx:xx* 2013JA09
2013FE18 
Strained Lamb with Broth 0 571670 4 0501 xx:xx* 2013FE19 

* xx:xx – Digits indicate Military time and all times are included.

These products have been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of these products.

The manufacturer, Heinz Canada, Leamington, ON is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Heinz Canada at 1-888-570-1675 or by e-mail at: heinzrecall@stericycle.com

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/c...carapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available athttp://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

 
 
Tanta Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling some children's acetaminophen tablets because of reports the child-resistant packaging might not work.

Health Canada announced the recall Tuesday of all lots of Junior Strength Acetaminophen Tablets 160 mg and Children's Strength Acetaminophen Tablets 80 mg. The child-safety locks and caps on the affected products can open even in the locked position, the department said.

"This presents a risk to children who are able to open the bottle and ingest the product," Health Canada said. "Tanta Pharmaceuticals is requesting that retailers immediately stop sale of this product and return their products to the company."

These products can be found at retail locations, including Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart and Preferred Pharmacy.The products may also be found at other stores across the country.

Health Canada said it is monitoring the recall and will update Canadians should new information be identified.


To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please contact the Canada Vigilance Program of Health Canada toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of these methods:


 
 
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A British Columbia boy who was allegedly abducted by his mother more than six years ago has been found near Phoenix, Ariz.

Valor Howell was three years old when he went missing from Grand Forks, B.C. in December, 2004. 


Allegedly abducted seven years ago in Grand Forks, B.C., has been found with a woman in Chandler, Ariz. Valor Heath Howell, now 10, and the woman were located in a Chandler laundromat after police were called about a woman creating a disturbance.

The woman, believed to be the boy's mother.

When police arrived and questioned the woman, they found out she is connected to a missing child report and the child with her is the victim.

The boy was first reported missing on Dec. 1, 2004, in Grand Forks, which is close to the U.S. border and about 350 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Authorities had reported then that he may be in the company of his mother, Jamie Howell. Howell, 51, was arrested Sunday by Chandler police on charges of disorderly conduct, the report said.

She remains in custody. The boy's father, Garrett Taylor, of Kamloops, B.C., told CBC News he is delighted to hear his son has been found. "It's quite amazing — pretty exciting for everybody," said Taylor in a telephone interview. "It's hard to put into words. It's a prayer come true."

Finally a happy ending to a long awaited victory.