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Help your kids be street-smart this Halloween

Donna Sevilla | posted Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014

“Trick or treat, smell my feet! Give me something good to eat!”

I remember what it was like to be able to go trick-or-treating. Every year at my school, police would come to help remind us about the importance of safety on the streets. It’s the one time of the year where kids filled the streets and rang doorbells for sweet or sour treats, with the occasional trick.

Safety is just important today, and if you’re a parent sending your little ones out trick-or-treating, there are a number of issues you should keep in mind.

Dressing safely

Make sure your child’s costume is visible to motorists. One of the many ways is by adhering reflective tape to the costume, or ensuring they’re wearing bright colours (not head-to-toe black). The Rogers Pumpkin Patrol (now in its 30th year) recommends using face make-up — preferably bright make-up — or cutting larger holes for the eyes on a mask so your child can see clearly in all directions. If your child does wear a mask, make sure to tell them to push it up on their head while walking and especially when crossing the street.

Front-door safety

It’s all about the treats and it’s understandable that the kids want what that person at the door has to offer. But make sure your youngster knows to only visit well-lit homes that are clearly open for trick-or-treating business, and to never go inside. Also: it’s essential that kids travel in groups. Ensure your kids plan a route that keeps them close to home, with a designated time for them to return home. Parents should always accompany younger children.

Hitting the streets

The Rogers Pumpkin Patrol will be out in force once again to help keep all trick-or-treaters safe on October 31st. Employee volunteers will be riding around in red Rogers vans and will be available in case your children need assistance.

A special reminder to all motorists to be on the lookout this Halloween. The children might have their noses in their bags in excitement and might not be paying attention to the roads. Keep your eyes out for pint-sized ghouls and goblins, stick to the speed limit, and slow down at intersections to make sure that children crossing can do so safely.

Have a safe and spook-tastic Halloween!

For more Halloween content, check out Cityline.ca’s feature section here.

NHL hockey dads: Parenting lessons from the ice

Haley Overland | posted Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014

Wayne Gretzky

“I always tell my kids, ‘You know what? The biggest thing you can have in life is passion,’” he has said. “If you have a passion for going to school and becoming a doctor or if you have a passion for being a good hockey player, or a good baseball player. What happens with passion is that you take that extra step, you put in that extra work, you put in the extra time because you have a dedication and a love for it. People come up to me and say, ‘Could you tell my son how many hours you used to practise?’ I say, ‘No, I can’t tell them because I didn’t think I was practising.'”

Read on for more great parenting quotes from hockey greats>>>>>

Rogers’ GamePlus puts hockey fans on ice during NHL games

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014

Imagine having the capability to replay key moments of NHL games at your fingertips, or being able to get exclusive camera angles of a game.

Rogers Communications Inc. announced Monday the launch of GamePlus, part of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE, which will let mobile users watch a hockey game in a revolutionary way.

GamePlus features various camera feeds and multiple-angle replays, allowing fans to feel like they are on the ice, in the centre of the action. It will also include exclusive video of interviews, analysis, and original video-on-demand content.

The mobile service’s “second-screen hockey experience” provides users to watch the game live on television while they engage the unique camera angles and other features on their mobile devices.

“GamePlus is a game changer. It combines the latest in broadcast technology together with mobile app technology and we’ve invested more than $10 million to create this outstanding experience,” Keith Pelley, president of Rogers Media said in a release.

Fans will have access to different camera angles that they can use in various ways at games. They include:

  • Follow the puck from one end to another at six metres per second via a Sky Cam, which sits at the 200 level in the Air Canada Centre
  • Referee’s helmet features a Ref Cam that lets fans see the face-offs, breakaways and goals
  • Goal Line Cam gives a overhead view of the ice, right above the offensive rush
  • Get an inside view of the players’ benches, and catch the action from inside the blue line, which is what separates one team’s defensive end from the another
  • Follow any player during the game via a Star Cam

NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier, who is Rogers’ NHL Ambassador, said the “view from the ref’s helmet makes me feel like I’m back on the ice.”

“The new camera angles really bring you inside the game, and give you a feel for the speed and intensity the players experience. Each camera gives the fan a different and unique perspective,” he said in the release.

One of the star features of GamePlus, with its multiple camera angle capability, allows fans to act like a referee and decipher tough calls, and also get different views of goals, power plays, and penalty kills.

“It puts customers in control and gives them access to angles they’ve never had before on any screen. Fans who disagree with a ref’s call can now see the game exactly as the ref sees it. They can also watch multiple replay angles of the main plays in the game,” Pelley said.

Pelley said a crew tested Game Plus last week. They were able to “create up to eight camera replay angles of major plays and have them available on mobiles and tablets in less than three minutes after the action happened.”

The service will be available on select NHL games each week, as well as the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL All Star Game, and the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Customers who subscribe to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will be able to access GamePlus on their mobile devices and tablets. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE is already available for download on Google Play and the App Store.

The beta version will launch on Oct. 8, in time for the NHL season opener and the puck drop between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.

Rogers GameCentre LIVE

Rogers GameCentre LIVE will live-stream more than 1,000 NHL games throughout the 2014-2015 hockey season, live including all playoff games. It can be accessed through a new mobile app as well as NHL.com, and is also available on desktops, smartphones and tablets.

Rogers wireless data and Hi-Speed Internet customers will get a free subscription until Dec. 31, 2014. For non-Rogers customers, NHL GameCentre LIVE will cost $199.99 for the full season. A French-only package that includes les Canadiens (60 games) and les Sénateurs (54 games) regional games for $59.99 will also be available.

Click here for more information on Rogers GameCentre LIVE

Rogers is the parent company of this station and website.

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