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shomi: 10 things to watch with your kids

Today's Parent | posted Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014

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Rogers and Shaw have joined forces to create shomi, a recently launched service that offers customers more than 12,000 hours of streamable content in the first year. The biggest draw? Tons of family-friendly content to choose from, in both the Film and TV Shows categories.

Now that the winter weather is in full swing, here are some of our shomi favourites that you can watch with the family this week.

Home Alone (1990)

Is your family looking to get into the holiday spirit a little early this year? Why not introduce your kids to this early ’90s Christmas classic.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

If you just can’t get enough of the misadventures of little Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), make it a double feature and watch this equally-entertaining sequel.

The Karate Kid (2010)

This reboot of the ’80s kids classic stars Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s son, Jaden. The perfect entertainment for your own aspiring karate kid.

The Secret Garden (1993)

If you’re looking for something less action-packed try this underrated little gem, starring Maggie Smith as the meddling housekeeper Mrs. Medlock. Based on the famous book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Robots (2005)

Still reeling from the loss of actor Robin Williams? Introduce your kids to one of his family-friendly features with this animated adventure.

The Princess Diaries

Before Anne Hathaway was famous she played an unlikely heir to a royal throne alongside the legendary Julie Andrews.

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Since The Muppets have received a new surge in popularity thanks to their latest two feature films, now is the perfect time to watch this high-seas adventure with the family.

Yo Gabba Gabba (2007-present)

Let DJ Lance Rock keep the party going on those wintery nights with episodes of this popular kids TV show.

Baby Looney Tunes (2002-present)

It’s just as adorable as the title suggests.

102 Dalmations (2000)

Watch Glenn Close reprise her role as the villainous Cruella De Vil as she goes after those cute little puppies again after breaking out of prison.

Jian Ghomeshi arrested on sex assault charges, released on $100K bail

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014

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Ex-CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been released on $100,000 bail after facing five charges in a College Park courtroom on Wednesday — hours after he surrendered to Toronto police.

Ghomeshi was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

His criminal lawyer Marie Henein said Ghomeshi will plead not guilty and will fight the charges “fully and directly” in court. She also said Ghomeshi wouldn’t be making any media statements.

Under his bail conditions he is required to live with his mother and is forbidden from contacting alleged victims. He must also surrender his passport and remain in Ontario. He will be back in court on Jan. 8, 2015.

The charge of overcoming resistance by choking carries a potential life sentence according to the Criminal Code.

The head of CBC media relations Chuck Thompson said, “we don’t comment on police matters, criminal investigations or anything before the courts.”

Police chief Bill Blair also said he couldn’t comment on a case that’s before the courts but said it was important for the alleged victims to come forward.

Follow real-time updates from our reporters below:

The arrest comes exactly a month after he was fired by the CBC, and a day after the formerhost dropped a $55-million lawsuit against the CBC, alleging defamation and breach of confidence in his statement of claim.

The broadcaster fired him on Oct. 26 after saying it was shown “graphic evidence” that he had physically injured a woman.

Since his dismissal, nine women and one man have come forward with allegations, some dating back a decade, that Ghomeshi sexually or physically assaulted them.

The charges stem from complaints by three of them.

Former Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere is the only complainant who waived the publication ban on her identity. The other two can’t be named.

DeCoutere released the following statement on Wednesday:

“The past month has seen a major shift in the conversation about violence against women. It has been an overwhelming and painful time for many people, including myself, but also very inspiring. I hope that victim’s voices continue to be heard and that this is the start of a change that is so desperately needed.”

Ghomeshi, 47, admitted in a lengthy Facebook post published on Oct. 26, the day he was fired, that he engaged in “rough sex,” but insisted his encounters with women were consensual.

In a follow-up post a few days later, he said he would meet the flurry of allegations against him “directly,” but has not made any public statements since. The Facebook posts have since been deleted.

With files from The Canadian Press

How to soften hard brown sugar

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014

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Even in the Chatelaine Kitchen, accidents happen. On one fateful day of testing recipes, I reached for the brown sugar only to realize that it had not been properly sealed and was now a giant, solid rock of sugar. The silver lining? In a test kitchen, accidents such as these are experiments waiting to happen. So one of the associate food editors and I put our noggins together to see if we could rehydrate this tin of dried-out brown sugar.

After a few rounds without success, we figured out a solution that worked. (And definitely a tip worth sharing!)

Here’s what to do:

1. Put your solid lump of dried brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl.

2. Lay two pieces of paper towel on top of each other. Fold them in half, and then in half again. You should end up with a square of 8 layers.

3. Wet the paper towel square under a gently running tap until it is completely wet through, but not soaked (dripping wet is too wet).

4. Lay the wet paper towel over the lump of brown sugar so it is fully covered. Microwave for 45 seconds on med-low heat. Remove from microwave, flip over and repeat. Remove from microwave and use a fork to scrape off the softened brown sugar that will be on the outer edges.

5. Repeat this whole process until you end up with re-hydrated brown sugar.

Note: The size of your brown sugar determines how many times you’ll have to heat it. The minimum will be approximately five to six times. In our kitchen test (see images below) we had to reheat it ten times.

Check out how we revived our rock hard brown sugar:

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Recipes with brown sugar: So if you’re looking to make our delicious sticky caramel buns or our brown sugar shortbread cookies, no worries if your brown sugar is dried out…now you can fix it!

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Nov 22

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Nov 22nd, 2014

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Get ready for another busy Saturday night of hockey. There are five games being shown across the country, including four different Canadian teams.

This week, there are two classic Original Six matchups, the Edmonton Oilers going head-to-head with a perennial powerhouse, plus a rare visit in Calgary for the New Jersey Devils.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Scott Oake
Game notes: Detroit has earned at least one point in six straight games vs. Leafs…Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri, Dion Phaneuf have not recorded a point in Toronto’s last three meetings with Detroit…Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has four goals and one assist in his last four games against the Maple Leafs… Pavel Datsyuk won’t play for the Red Wings.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Canadiens are 8-1-0 in their last nine regular season games vs. Bruins…Canaidens forward Max Pacioretty has five goals in his last six games vs. Bruins…Bruins forward David Krejci has not registered a goal in his last eight regular season meetings vs. Montreal.

Also on Rogers: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders (City)

THE 10 P.M. GAMES:

New Jersey Devils vs. Calgary Flames 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen
Game notes: Jaromir Jagr is one goal shy of sole possession of sixth place on the NHL’s all-time goal scoring list (tied with Mike Gartner at 708)… Devils are 1-3-1 in their last five games in Calgary…Flames goalie Jonas Hiller has a 2-2-2 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in six career games vs. New Jersey.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Blackhawks are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games in Edmonton (dating back to 2008)…Oilers forward Taylor Hall has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 13 career games vs. Blackhawks…Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens hasn’t won a game since Oct, 27 (six starts, seven appearances).

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