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  • Stephanie Leath, a pre-kindergarten teacher at the Oakmont KinderCare center. (Getty Images)Stephanie Leath, a pre-kindergarten teacher at the Oakmont KinderCare center. (Getty Images)

    Presley Tudico is not yet five but he’s already entrenched in Canada’s education system.

    His academic journey began when he was 18 months old after his parents enrolled him in an early childhood education centre (ECE) in Toronto.

    “We wanted him to have stimulated interaction with other children,” his mother Nikki Lamb Tudico said. “Uptown Yonge Preschool had a balance of learning through play, fun exploration, crafts, music, and French.”

    The Tudicos’ objective wasn’t heavy academics. Still, they enjoyed listening to their toddler’s expanding vocabulary and were happy when Presley was introduced to reading and writing. Senior kindergarten this September should be a piece of cake for him. “He’s ready to dive in,” said Lamb Tudico, president of Lamb Creative Group, a communications and marketing collective in Toronto.

    In Canada, children must be enrolled in school by the age of six.

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    The only thing that is likely to get lighter if you buy over-the-counter diet pills is your wallet, say several experts.

    It seems Canadians are slowly catching on to the fact that there is no magic pill that will give you Gisele’s body by Labour Day. Since 2011, sales of weight-management products, including meal replacement drinks, weight loss supplements and slimming teas, have been on the decline, but still brought in $152 million in 2014, according to a report by Euromonitor International. While meal-replacement products are out of style, weight-loss supplements are set for a slight increase of two per cent.

    With about one in 10 adults in Canada classified as clinically obese, according to the Canadian Obesity Network, it’s understandable that many of us are looking for a quick fix. But considering how most of these diet pills work, chances are you won’t be too thrilled with the results.

    The most popular diet pills these days are those that contain green-tea extract and tons of

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  • Models help unveil one of 50 sunscreen dispensers that are being setup in Miami Beach, Florida. (Getty)Models help unveil one of 50 sunscreen dispensers that are being setup in Miami Beach, Florida. (Getty)

    Some U.S. cities are handing out free sunscreen this summer to reduce the risk of skin cancer. But don’t expect to see the same in Canada anytime soon.

    Boston recently installed 30 free sunscreen dispensers at public parks, with plans for more in the future. Working in partnership with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and a non-profit organization called Make Big Change, the city offers all-natural 30 SPF sunscreen, which is safe for use in people aged six months and up.

    “Preventing skin cancer is a public health imperative,” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement when the program was launched earlier this summer. “Strategically placed sunscreen dispensers offer the public an easy preventive measure to avoid sun overexposure.”

    Boston was following the lead of Miami Beach, Fla. which began installing sunscreen dispensers at public pools, parks and beaches in March, a program sponsored by Mount Sinai Medical Center and Destination Brands.

    The cities were responding to

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