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6 Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published due to racist imagery

Six Dr. Seuss books — including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalogue represents and supports all communities and families.”

The other books affected are McElligot’s PoolOn Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer.

The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalogue of titles,” it said.

Books by Dr. Seuss — who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Mass., on March 2, 1904 — have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in 1991.

He remains popular, earning an estimated $ 33 million US before taxes in 2020, up from just $ 9.5 million US five years ago, the company said. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.

Increasing criticism

As adored as Dr. Seuss is by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others are drawn in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.

The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned it with Geisel’s birthday, has for several years de-emphasized Seuss and encouraged a more diverse reading list for children.

School districts across the country have also moved away from Dr. Seuss, prompting Loudoun County, Va., schools just outside Washington, D.C., to douse rumours last month that they were banning the books entirely.

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the school district said in a statement.

In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Mass., criticized a gift of 10 Seuss books from first lady Melania Trump, saying many of his works were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures and harmful stereotypes.”

In 2018, a Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype.

Reviewing portfolio

The Cat in the Hat, one of Seuss’s most-popular books, has received criticism, too, but will continue to be published for now.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, however, said it is “committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio.”

Numerous other popular children’s series have been criticized in recent years for alleged racism.

In the 2007 book, Should We Burn Babar?, the author and educator Herbert R. Kohl contended that the Babar the Elephant books were celebrations of colonialism because of how the title character leaves the jungle and later returns to “civilize” his fellow animals.

One of the books, Babar’s Travels, was removed from the shelves of a British library in 2012 because of its alleged stereotypes of Africans. Critics also have faulted the Curious George books for their premise of a white man bringing home a monkey from Africa.

And Laura Ingalls Wilder’s portrayals of Native Americans in her Little House On the Prairie novels have been faulted so often that the American Library Association removed her name in 2018 from a lifetime achievement award it gives out each year.

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How hot was 2020? It depends who you ask, but it was another one for the record books, agencies say

Once again, 2020 was a hot one.

According to NASA and recent findings from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, last year tied 2016 as the warmest on record.

It was the second-warmest according to the U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — with a global average temperature that was 0.98 C higher than the pre-industrial average. 

But the differences between the findings are negligible, the scientists say, with a 0.02 C difference on either side. But the message is still the same: Earth is continuing to warm.

“Year to year, there are always differences,” said Chris Derksen, a senior researcher at Environment and Climate Change Canada. “We don’t always expect every year to break the record set the previous year. But what’s important is the long-term trend and the consistency of this trend that has emerged.”

That long-term trend pegs the past decade as the warmest on record, dating back to 1880. 

The slight differences between the agencies are due to a few factors, including how they analyze the raw temperature data and how they account for missing temperatures in polar regions.

Ultimately, though, “It’s a statistical tie,” Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist and director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said at a news conference on Thursday.

The record heat comes amid almost a year of lockdowns around the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But the researchers found that didn’t really affect the upward temperature trend.

That’s because Earth is basically playing catch-up with the greenhouse gases that have already been released in the atmosphere, said Ahira Sanchez-Lugo, a physical scientist who compiles global temperature data at NOAA’s National Centres for Environmental Information.


This graphic illustrates how the global land and ocean temperatures differ from the pre-industrial average. (NOAA)

Greenhouse gases live for thousands of years in the atmosphere, acting like a blanket. 

“Just think about yourself, when you’re in bed, and you keep adding extra layers of blanket over you: there’s a point where you’re going to start getting hot,” she said. “[With] COVID, we’ve seen a decrease in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. That does not mean that we’re peeling off these layers that we’ve already added to Earth, it just means that we’re not adding more layers.”

Change in the Arctic

According to NOAA, the Northern Hemisphere experienced its hottest year ever, with the Arctic warming at twice the global average, and some parts as high as three to four times the average.

No one needs to tell Fred Sangris, the community negotiator for the Yellowknife Dene in the Northwest Territories. He said his community is seeing the changes firsthand.

“In the last 30, 40 years, climate change is starting to warm up a bit,” he said. “We have cougars that moved into this area. We have coyotes that moved here from the south. We also have birds like magpies. We have other animals that are moving north. Birds that we’ve never seen before are migrating here.”

But more importantly, it’s changing the way of life in the Arctic, one that has existed for generations: Lakes are drying up, caribou numbers are dwindling, the permafrost is thawing and the ice isn’t as thick as it once was, posing a serious danger for those who depend on it for hunting and fishing. And it’s threatening lives.


Aerial view of melting permafrost tundra and lakes near the Yupik village of Quinhagak on the Yukon Delta in Alaska on April 12, 2019. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

“The rivers are not freezing like they used to,” Sangris said. “I used to cross the river here with the sled dogs, dog teams way back. But now that the rivers are thin ice, they’re not freezing … People are going through the ice as they travel. And if they don’t get injured, then they lose their life.”

Sangris is trying to find a way to make it safer for the younger generation to travel in an ever-changing Arctic, one where the traditions no longer seem to apply.

“In the past year, we’ve been trying to develop a map for a young generation, a community map that they can take with them saying this area is soft here, that river is soft, this point here is open water,” he said. “So we’re trying to educate the younger generation so that they have safe travel.”

While the changes aren’t as dramatic south of the Arctic, Canadians can expect to see more climate-change linked events.

“We should expect temperatures to continue to increase,” Derksen said. “We can expect changes in precipitation, so more extreme precipitation events during the summer. But in overall reduction in water availability, we have changes in glaciers happening in Western Canada that also affects freshwater access for Canadians.”

44 consecutive years 

Canadians can expect more heat waves, a potential increase in fires and more precipitation. 

Weather events across the country in 2020 had an insured loss estimate of close to $ 2.5 billion. And while it was a quiet fire season in the west, southern B.C. was plunged into darkness as smoke from fires in California and Oregon sent thick smoke high into the atmosphere, blanketing the region.

WATCH | 2020 tied for hottest year on record, NASA says:

Last year was also the 44th in a row that Earth’s temperature has been above the pre-industrial average. 

“I’m of the age where Earth has had warmer-than-average temperatures for 44 consecutive years … That means I’ve lived almost my entire life on a planet that’s warmer than average,” Derksen said. “So Canadians should anticipate and expect to continue living in that environment.”

So what does that mean for the Paris Agreement, which seeks to limit pre-industrial warming to 1.5 C by 2100?

“Using baselines now, it’s likely that we will have one year or so of 1.5 C before around 2030,” Schmidt said. “Personally, I don’t think that there’s much that will change [in upward trajectory] that barring a massive volcano that would slow things down for a few years.”

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Scotties championship field taking shape as P.E.I.’s Birt books ticket in round of 8

Prince Edwards Island’s Suzanne Birt advanced to the championship round of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts with an 8-7 win over Kerry Galusha of Northwest Territories on Wednesday.

Birt (5-2) joins Ontario’s Rachel Homan and the Jennifer Jones wild card team (6-1), and Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson (5-1) in the round of eight.

The top four teams in each pool of eight carry their records with them into the championship round starting Thursday.

Ties for fourth are solved by tiebreaker games.

Nova Scotia’s Mary-Anne Arsenault beating B.C.’s Corryn Brown 10-4 forced a tiebreaker rematch Thursday morning.

WATCH | Arsenault cruises by Brown:

Mary-Anne Arsenault beats Corryn Brown 10-4 in Draw 13, Nova Scotia and B.C. will battle again on Thursday in a tiebreaker. 0:44

Six-time Canadian champion Jones and Homan capped Pool B play with wins Wednesday.

Jones was a 7-4 winner over Newfoundland and Labrador. Homan thumped Yukon 9-3.

Pool A was still in flux heading into the last draw of the round robin. Only Einarson had a championship spot locked down.

Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville, defending champion Chelsea Carey, and Saskatchewan’s Robyn Silvernagle (4-2) battled to advance.

WATCH | McCarville shines in win:

Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville threw a perfect game in a 4-3 wi. over Alberta’s Laura Walker. 0:42

Alberta’s Laura Walker and New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford (3-3) were playing to get into tiebreakers.

Teams in the championship round play four games against opponents from the other pool.

The four rinks with the best records advance to Saturday’s Page playoff. The semifinal and final are Sunday.

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Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov enter record books with victory at inaugural ATP Cup

Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime won the first-ever ATP Cup match on Thursday. Teammate Denis Shapovalov followed that up with an impressive victory of his own.

Auger-Aliassime, 19, defeated Greece’s Michail Pervolarakis 6-1, 6-3 to open the tournament’s inaugural edition in Australia.

The 21st-ranked Montreal native fired five aces while winning 85 per cent of his first-serve points against his Greek foe, ranked 487th.

After Auger-Aliassime dusted aside Pervolarakis, Shapovalov took down world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, with both ending in tiebreaks.

WATCH | Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov make history at ATP Cup:

Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime each won their singles matches in straight sets to guarantee Canada would win their best-of-three series against Greece. 2:01

Interrupted by a weather delay, the 20-year-old Canadian, ranked No. 15, kept his composure to upend Tsitsipas 7-6(6), 7-6(4).

“It’s always amazing to be part of the team and have kind of a team feeling — it’s pretty rare on the tour, so I definitely love it and I always feel like I thrive off that atmosphere,” Shapovalov said., “So, yeah, I’m really happy, happy with the result today.”

That victory clinched Canada’s win in the best-of-three against Greece, with a doubles match between the quartet of combatants still to be played.

“It’s definitely a huge win for me. Obviously, he had an unbelievable end to the season and he’s definitely one of the top players in the world right now,” Shapovalov said. “He’s got a great game. So to beat a guy like this first match of the year, it’s really special for me. It means a lot.”

Next up, the Canadians take on host Australia on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

Australia was playing Germany in the other Group F match Friday night in Brisbane.

The United States took the first singles off Norway in Group D when Taylor Fritz beat Viktor Durasovic 6-2, 6-2 in Perth. John Isner was playing Casper Ruud in the second singles encounter.

Belgium took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three match against Moldova, the last team to qualify, when Steve Darcis held off Alexander Cozbinov 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5 in Sydney. David Goffin was playing Radu Albot in the second singles.

The winners from each of the six groups and the two best runners-up will advance to the quarter-finals, which will start in Sydney on Jan. 9.

The ATP Cup sees 24 nations contesting in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney over 10 days for the first time and will give the top men’s players a solid platform to prepare for the Australian Open.

To accommodate the $ 15 million US ATP Cup, which also offers 750 ranking points, the year’s first Grand Slam — the Australian Open — has been pushed back from its usual mid-month start by a week and will kick off at Melbourne Park on Jan. 20.

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Bianca Andreescu wins 17th consecutive match and books spot in China Open quarters

Bianca Andreescu’s historic season continues.

The Mississauga, Ont. native won her 17th consecutive match after defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-3 Thursday at the China Open. It’s the longest win streak in 2019.

It now sets up a tantalizing quarter-final match between Andreescu and the former world No. 1, Naomi Osaka. The two have never faced one another before.

Andreescu hasn’t lost a match she’s completed since March 1, and if you take away the two losses Andreescu suffered when a shoulder injury forced her out of matches, that’s now 27 wins in a row.  

There’s more. Andreescu, 19, is now a WTA-best 48-4 on the season, including 8-0 against players ranked in the top 10.

Andreescu now faces Osaka in Friday’s quarter-final match, set to begin at 9 a.m. ET. It’s a chance for her to once again — not that she should have to at this point — prove she belongs in the top echelon of women’s tennis.

Earlier Thursday, Osaka defeated American Alison Riske to advance. Andreescu and Osaka are the last two U.S. Open champions — the up-and-coming tennis stars now clash in a marquee match with a spot in the semis on the line.

Canadian puts on a clinic

Andreescu was clinical against Brady in her round of 16 match Thursday night in Beijing. She broke the American three times, including the first game of the match, to take the first set in just 33 minutes.

It was much of the same in the second set as Andreescu mixed her powerful forehand with soft, deft drop shots to propel her to victory. The Canadian won the second set 6-3.

What Andreescu has done this season is nothing short of remarkable and it is continuing in Beijing. How she’s done it is equally sensational.

The greater the pressure, the better Andreescu plays. She’s won 13 consecutive matches that go three sets. She senses the big moment and relishes playing on the big stage. Also, as events roll on, Andreescu seems to get better with each match.

She had 22 days off between her U.S Open victory and the China Open — perhaps there was a bit of rust in her first match in China but that seems to have disappeared quickly.

And so once again Andreescu gets another chance to knock-off a top-ten player — Osaka is currently ranked fourth.

Marquee matchup looms

Andreescu and Osaka have never met in a match before, setting up a tantalizing first-ever showdown to highlight the remaining eight at the China Open.

The two blasted onto the tennis scene at back-to-back U.S. Opens. No one will ever forget the controversial victory by Osaka over Serena Williams in 2018 to claim her first Grand Slam title. And then just last month, Andreescu also defeated Williams at the U.S. Open to claim her first Grand Slam title.

Osaka’s victory marked the first Grand Slam win by a Japanese singles tennis player. Andreescu’s marked the first Grand Slam win by a Canadian singles tennis player. Both  have became the faces of tennis for their respective countries.

It’s been a breakout season for Andreescu, who won the Indian Wells tournament in California in March, and the Rogers Cup title in Toronto in August.

On Sunday, Andreescu qualified for the year-end WTA Finals, scheduled for Shenzhen, China, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3.

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Kylie Masse rewrites Canadian record books with bronze in 200m backstroke

Kylie Masse earned her second medal of the swimming world championships on Saturday and reached a couple of Canadian records in the process.

Masse, 23, of LaSalle, Ont., took bronze in the 200-metre backstroke with a time of two minutes 6.62 seconds at the meet in Gwangju, Korea.

American Regan Smith ran away with gold at 2:03.69 one day after setting the world record at 2:03.35, and Australia’s Kaylee McKeown earned silver after clocking 2:06.26.

The bronze medal for Masse marked Canada’s seventh podium at the pool, surpassing the national record of six set in 1978. It was also Masse’s third career individual medal at worlds, which matches Sydney Pickrem for most all-time among Canadian women.

WATCH | Kylie Masse earns her 3rd career individual medal at worlds: 

Canada’s Kylie Masse earns her 3rd career individual medal at the swimming world championships. 3:52

“I can’t complain,” said Masse. “The time is not as fast as I’ve been but I’m really happy to be on the podium. I’m super happy for Regan and I think it will only push the backstroke field even faster.”

Canada now has two gold and five bronze in the pool this week as well as an open water bronze last week for Eric Hedlin.

Pickrem’s record was fresh after she won bronze in the 200 breaststroke on Friday for her second medal of the 2019 meet and third overall. Earlier, Masse won gold in the 100 backstroke to defend the title she also won in 2017 with a then-world record. The University of Toronto product was also part of the bronze-medal mixed 4×100 medley team in 2017.

Masse’s four overall medals ties her with Penny Oleksiak for the most all-time among Canadian women at worlds too. However, all of Oleksiak’s honours have come via relay.

WATCH | Kylie Masse discusses her third-place finish:

Canada’s Kylie Masse discusses winning her 2nd medal of the 2019 swimming world championships. 0:48

Oleksiak had the chance to pass Masse once again, but Canada just missed the podium in fourth place at the mixed 4×100 freestyle relay. Oleksiak swam a lifetime best anchor leg of 52 seconds flat, but it wasn’t enough to make up for a slow start from Yuri Kisil and Markus Thormeyer. Taylor Ruck helped push Canada up the standings in the third leg.

Oleksiak’s split would’ve been enough to win gold in the individual 100 freestyle.

“‘Everyone did a really good job,” said Kisil. “I just know from my own swim there’s a lot I can improve on. It wasn’t the greatest time. I’m just proud of everyone stepping up.” 

“We tried to race to the best of our abilities,” added Ruck. “It was hard, there was a huge waves from both sides and I thought we handled it well.”

WATCH | Oleksiak nearly pushes Canada onto relay podium:

Penny Oleksiak’s strong anchor wasn’t enough for Canada who finished 4th in mixed 4×100 freestyle relay. 6:47

Ruck also competed in Saturday’s 200 backstroke final, finishing fifth with a time of 2:07.50. Masse holds the Canadian record in the 200 back at 2:05.94.

The United States, however, did set a world record of three minutes and 19.40 seconds.

The quartet of Caeleb Dressel, Zach Apple, Mallory Comerford and Simone Manuel helped the U.S. better their own world record of 3:19.60 set en route to the 2017 world title in Budapest.

Australia (3:19.97) took silver while France (3:22.11) claimed bronze.


Ledecky returns to top

Katie Ledecky won her first gold medal in her final event of an illness-plagued world swimming championships, rallying on the last lap to claim the 800 freestyle on Saturday.

The American led the first seven laps before Simona Quadarella took over. The Italian led the next seven laps before it all came down to the final 50 metres.

Ledecky turned on the jets and completed the last lap in 29.19 seconds to Quadarella’s 30.76.

WATCH | Ledecky wins 1st gold of 2019 worlds:

American Katie Ledecky wins her first gold medal in her final event of an illness-plagued world swimming championships. 10:21

Ledecky won in 8 minutes, 13.58 seconds. Quadarella, who won the 1,500 free in Ledecky’s absence, took silver in 8:14.99.

Ariarne Titmus of Australia earned bronze in 8:15.70. Titmus stunned Ledecky to win the 400 free on the first night before the American got sick and withdrew from the 200 free preliminaries and 1,500 final.

Ledecky took silvers in the 400 free and 4×200 free relay.

Dressel completes freestyle sweep

Meanwhile, Caeleb Dressel asserted himself as the world’s fastest man in the pool.

The American won the 50 freestyle, completing a 50-100 freestyle sweep and earning his fourth gold and fifth medal overall.

Dressel zipped from one end of the pool to the other in 21.04 seconds, bettering the championship record of 21.08 set by Brazil’s Cesar Cielo at the 2009 worlds in Rome during the height of the rubber suit era.

WATCH | Dressel continues dominant worlds with another gold:

American Caeleb Dressel claims gold in men’s 100m butterfly with a time of 49.66 seconds. 3:10

Bruno Fratus of Brazil and Kristian Gkolomeev of Greece tied for silver in 21.45.

Coming back just 34 minutes later, Dressel won the 100 fly in 49.66 a night after breaking Phelps’ world record in the semifinals.

WATCH | Dressel says Phelps reached out after setting world record:

American swimmer Caeleb Dressel talks about tears and texts from Phelps after winning two more gold medals. 2:38

Dressel has six golds and seven medals overall with one night remaining in the meet. He tied Michael Phelps’ record of seven medals — all gold — at a single worlds in 2017.

“It was not easy in ’17, it was not easy this year,” the 22-year-old Floridian said. “I don’t want it to be easy, I really don’t.”

Australia’s Shayna Jack tests positive for banned substance

Australian swimmer Shayna Jack tested positive for a banned substance she says she did not knowingly consume but which forced her withdrawal before the world championships.

She has been notified of the result following an out-of-competition drug test June 26, Swimming Australia said Saturday. She was suspended from the Australian team and sent home from its pre-worlds training camp in Japan.

“I did NOT take this substance knowingly,” she wrote on Instagram. “Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardize my career.”

Jack said she and her team are doing everything they can to find out when and how the substance “has come into contact with my body.”

The 20-year-old swimmer initially cited personal reasons for her sudden withdrawal from worlds, and Swimming Australia had declined to elaborate.

The matter figures to embarrass the Australian team, some of whom have been critical of FINA’s handling of doping matters.

Australian Mack Horton snubbed Sun Yang on the medals podium after finishing second to the Chinese star in the 400-meter freestyle. Horton is angry that FINA allowed Sun to compete at worlds before his hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport involving a clash with drug testers.

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Why old-school printed books may be better than e-books for teaching kids to read

Parents and toddlers chat more as they read printed stories together compared to when they share electronic books, a new study from the University of Michigan found. Researchers say those conversations can be instrumental in teaching children to read and express themselves.

According to the study, talking about a story and connecting the action to a toddler’s own experience helps them to learn language and communication. It is particularly effective when a parent asks the child open-ended questions such as “What’s happening here?” Or “Remember when you went to the beach with dad?”

Electronic books are becoming increasingly popular for storytime, but the researchers found the bells and whistles, such as sound effects and animation, can sometimes distract young children.

Dr. Tiffany Munzer is a fellow in developmental behavioural pediatrics at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She her team had 37 parents and their two- to three-year-olds read a similar story together while being filmed in the lab. The experiment featured three book formats:

  •        Print books.
  •        Basic e-books on tablet.
  •        Enhanced e-books on tablet (featuring sound effects and animation).

The researchers looked at the number and kinds of verbalizations between the parents and children, including collaborative reading, which is when a child elaborates on a concept in the story.  

Parents may want to choose simple e-books, without so many bells and whistles, to avoid distracting toddlers, says psychology professor Patricia Ganea. (Craig Chivers/CBC)

Writing in a recent issue of the journal Pediatrics, Munzer said parents and toddlers chatted less about what was happening in the story when reading an e-book together. 

With an electronic story, more of the dialogue focused on swiping the page, tapping, or struggles over who was in control of the tablet, Munzer said.

“The dialogue was really centred around some of the aspects of the technology itself and so it was displacing some of this more rich language that parents use …[to] teach [toddlers] new concepts and bring things back to their own lives.”

Colleen Russo of Toronto recently read an e-book to her daughter Ripley for the first time. The 20-month-old loves traditional books, but was excited to be able to tap on a duck in the e-book story and then answer the question: “What does the duck say?”

“We’ve been doing a lot of travel, and packing all her books weighs on the suitcase,” Russo said. “I can’t wait to have books on [a tablet] that we can go to.”

Given how we live in a digital world, it would be a disservice to advise parents to avoid screens completely with their toddlers, said Patricia Ganea, an associate professor in the department of applied psychology and human development at the University of Toronto. She studies how children learn language.

Ganea has some suggestions to help parents use e-books more effectively with toddlers:

  • Choose simple e-books rather than ones with animation that can distract the child.
  • Talk with the child about the content of the story rather than allowing them to be distracted by features of the device.
  • Ask the child questions to start a discussion about what’s happening in the story.
  • Link the story to the child’s daily life.
  • Express positive emotion and interest in the child’s questions.

Munzer said future research should look at what aspects of e-book design support interactions between parent and child.

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Hockey Night in Canada podcast: Hockey books for the holidays

The Hockey Night In Canada podcast is a weekly CBC Sports production.

In each episode, host Rob Pizzo is joined by colourful characters within hockey to discuss great moments and great players and talk about today's stars. The Hockey Night podcast brings you beyond the boxscore with insight you won't find anywhere else. 

The focus of this week's Hockey Night In Canada podcast is hockey books! Hockey books are part of most fans lives and with Christmas just around the corner, they make for the perfect stocking stuffer. It's the time of giving and we wanted to help you out with ideas for anyone on your list. 

Actor and comedian Jay Baruchel is a die-hard Canadiens fan. Pizzo had the chance to chat with Baruchel about his new book Born Into It: A Fan's Life, in which Baruchel opens up about his love affair with the Habs and his relationship with his father. And how they have both helped mould and shape the person he is today.

Pizzo also chats with Sportsnet broadcaster Ken Reid about his second book on hockey cards — Hockey Card Stories 2. If you love hockey cards — you will really enjoy this conversation.

WATCH: Jay Baruchel talks about how Habs fans should look ahead, not behind:

On this week's show, Baruchel talks about his new book and the life of a die-hard Habs fan. 0:53

Ice Level reporter Sophia Jurksztowicz chats with TSN broadcaster James Duthie, whose written three books in his career, including one on legendary coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Kilrea.

Be sure to subscribe to the Hockey Night in Canada podcast to get a new episode each week. It's available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Episode 11:  

The NHL recently confirmed that when the 2021-22 season begins, there will be 32 teams in the league. We take a closer look at Seattle's expansion bid, the history of expansion, as well as the future of expansion.

Episode 10: 

The axe has fallen on four coaches and one general manager so far this season, but we sometimes forget that coaches are human and have families. Former NHL coach Barry Melrose breaks down what life is like for coaches after they're fired. 

Episode 9:

Hazing has been an accepted part of hockey for decades now. But recently some disturbing stories have come into the public eye. Stories that involved abuse, bullying, and some horrible behaviour … all disguised as "hazing."

Episode 8: 

They're a unique breed — the keepers of the crease are often known to be a little eccentric. Ilya Bryzgalov joins in to help explain what makes them so different from their teammates. 

Episode 7:

Recent HHOF inductee Jayna Hefford joins Pizzo to break down the 2018 class, while selection committee member Brian Burke sheds some light on who the most important person in the game is — and it may not be who you think. 

Episode 6:

Pizzo sits down with Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean to talk about the top storylines one month into the season and MacLean also fuels the debate over who the best player in the game is right now. 

Episode 5:

Hockey fans depend on certain trusted insiders to get their breaking news, but how exactly do they get these scoops? Turns out it's harder work than some might expect. 

Episode 4:

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Jennifer Garner's 'Books With Birdie' Returns — See Her Read Christmas Books to Her Adorable Dog!

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Krista McCarville books ticket to Olympic curling trials

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — Krista McCarville’s rink from the Fort William Curling Club in Thunder Bay, Ont, is heading to the Olympic curling trials in Ottawa after defeating Briane Meilleur’s Winnipeg team 7-5 on Saturday night in Summerside, P.E.I.

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“I’m so excited. It’s in Ottawa at a huge arena to go to the Olympics. It’s going to be great to be there,” McCarville said after the win.

This will be the second appearance at the trials for McCarville. Her first attempt to wear the maple leaf for Canada at the Olympics came eight years ago in Edmonton. She lost in the semifinal against Shannon Kleibrink.

In a lot of ways, McCarville’s team, made up of third Kendra Lilly, second Ashley Sippala and lead Sarah Potts, is different from the teams who have already qualified for the trials.

“We don’t get to travel like the other teams in the trials,” McCarville said. “I have a full-time teaching job and two kids. This is what we like to do but we can’t be on the road all the time. I love curling but I also love my family and my job.”

McCarville says despite not being able to commit to as many bonspiels as they’d like, her team has focused on nutrition and the mental aspects of the game more than ever. And while they might be considered the underdogs going up against the heavy hitters, McCarville has a quiet confidence about her chances.

“Maybe we’re not going to be the favourites there but we’re going to give it a go and do our best.”

There is still one more Olympic trial spot up for grabs on the women’s side. On Sunday, Julie Tippin’s team squares off against Kelsey Rocque. The winner of that game will meet Meilleur in the final with a chance to join McCarville and others at the trials in Ottawa.

Men’s playoff picture

There’s still a lot to be settled on the men’s side of the draw at the pre-trials. Sunday morning features the A-Side final between John Morris and his team out of Vernon, B.C., against Brendan Bottcher’s rink out of the Saville Community Sports Complex in Edmonton.

Morris earned his spot in the final with a commanding victory over Charley Thomas while Bottcher played flawless against Glenn Howard in the other semifinal.

Now Morris and Bottcher square off with the winner going to the trials in Ottawa.

“For me, this doesn’t feel new,” said Bottcher. “We’ve been doing this for the better part of four years. We had our breakthrough getting to the Brier last year but we had played in a provincial final and semifinal before that.”

He may not be the most well-known curling name in the country yet, but Bottcher and company are trying to make their mark. Third Darren Moulding, second Brad, Thiessen and lead Karrick Martin are poised to make an Olympic run.

“We’re gritty,” said Bottcher. “We’re doing all the right things off the ice. We’re not a whole lot of show we just go and try and wins games.”

‘I love this stuff’

But they’ll have to get past savvy and seasoned skip Morris. He won an Olympic gold medal in 2010 with Kevin Martin, who is the father of Karrick. He was one win away last Olympic cycle, having gone through the pre-trials, then into the trials final before losing to Brad Jacobs.

“I love this stuff, to play in games like this. I’m not giving up on this dream until the very last shot is over,” Morris said.

The team made a skip swap midweek at the pre-trials and it seems to be paying off. Jim Cotter usually throws the last rocks, but after a 2-2 start, Morris and Cotter went for a beer and talked about changing things up. Morris is now throwing the last stones and they’re getting into a winning groove again.

“The great thing about Jimmy, is that it doesn’t matter where he plays he just wants to win,” said Morris. “We work so well together. He’s so great to work with at third. He’s making a ton of shots.”

The loser of the A-Side final isn’t done just yet. Either Morris or Bottcher will drop to the B-Side where they can still get one of the two spots into the trials.

Glenn Howard will play Greg Balsdon’s rink in the B-Side semifinal Sunday afternoon. The winner of that game will then meet the loser of the A-Side final for the last spot at the trials in Ottawa.

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