Corus Harvests New Series and Fun Reboots for Fall Across Family Channels

This fall Corus Ent.’s YTV, TELETOON, and Treehouse are delivering unparalleled programming line-ups guaranteed to please both kids and parents across Canada, with a mix of brand new series and revivals of popular classics.

YTV Premieres:

Pop-culture phenomenon All That is returning for a new generation of kids. The sketch-comedy series premieres Friday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. and showcases an all-new cast of young comedians, with original cast members such as Kel Mitchell, Josh Server and Lori Beth Denberg making special appearances. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell serve as executive producers.

Then, the kids of Hunter Street return for Season 3 on Monday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. as they embark on mysterious journeys around Amsterdam and encounter puzzling clues, secret rooms and unexpected revelations.

After garnering numerous accolades in the international film festival circuit, Nelvana’s first-ever animated short film, The Most Magnificent Thing, makes its broadcast premiere on Friday, October 11 at 6 p.m., as part of YTV’s International Day of the Girl special programming. Adapted from Ashley Spires’ bestselling book published by Kids Can Press, The Most Magnificent Thing, the film features the voices of Alison Pill, Lilly Bartlam, Tony Daniels, and Whoopi Goldberg.

A new family has found a home on YTV. Moving in on Monday, October 14 at 5 p.m., The Casagrandes is a spinoff of the Emmy Award-winning The Loud House, and follows Lincoln Loud’s friend Ronnie Anne and her big, loving, multi-generational family. The new 2D-animated series highlights the culture, humor, and affection of growing up in a multi-generational Mexican-American family living together in the city. The voice cast includes Eugenio Derbez (Overboard), Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken) and Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch).

YTV gets into the Halloween spirit with Best Scarepants Ever from October 21 to October 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each day, tricksters will be in for a treat with two back-to-back spooky SpongeBob SquarePants episodes leading up to a new Halloween-themed episode on Friday, October 25 at 4 p.m.

YTV is available on a National Free Preview from October 1 to November 17. Please check local listings for additional details. For side-splitting, kid-friendly fun all day, every day, all Nickelodeon fan-favorite shows are available through the Nickelodeon Channel with Amazon Prime Video Channels.

Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart

Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart

TELETOON Premieres:

A brand new adventure begins with the animals of Pure Heart Valley on Friday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. with the premiere of Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart. The series follows the explosive loner and famous hero, Sheriff Mao Mao, the lovable oaf, Badgerclops, and the adorable sidekick, Adorabat, who work together to bring justice and peace to the people of the valley.

All aboard! Arriving on Monday, September 23 at 8 p.m., Infinity Train centers on Tulip (voiced by Ashley Johnson, Teen Titans Go!), a headstrong 12-year-old girl, who must use her wits to uncover the train’s many secrets – and hopefully return home. Tulip’s mind-bending journey will find her forging friendships with One-One, a robot with dueling personalities, and Atticus, the canine king of Corginia. With new surprises awaiting in every car, will Tulip ever find a way off the train? Created by Owen Dennis, Infinity Train is a wild adventure filled with puzzles and peril at every twisty turn of events.

Jinkies! The Mystery Inc. gang welcomes new members in the new series, Scooby-Doo! And Guess Who? premiering on Friday, October 4 at 8:30 p.m.. Faced with some of their toughest mysteries yet, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo will join forces with some of the biggest names in celebrity and pop culture including NBA superstar Chris Paul, recording artist Sia, Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson, Bill Nye, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Mark Hamill, Steve Urkel (voiced by Jaleel White reprising his iconic role) Batman, Sherlock Holmes, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many more. Jump into the Mystery Mobile for all-new comedic mystery-solving adventures where the biggest mystery will be who’s teaming up with those “meddling kids!”

It’s time to check in to Hotel Transylvania again with Mavis and her pals Wendy, Pedro and Hank, who are back at the hotel causing mayhem and mischief under the watchful eye of her Aunt Lydia. Produced by Nelvana in association with Sony Pictures Animation, Season 2 of Hotel Transylvania: The Series premieres Saturday, October 12 at 4 p.m.

Then, the hilarious animated series Apple & Onion returns this fall with an all-star voice cast featuring YouTube star Timothy DeLaGhetto, The Great British Bake Off‘s Sue Perkins, and more as best friends Apple and Onion experience big city living with their menagerie of anthropomorphic food friends.

Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe

Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe

TREEHOUSE Premieres:

Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe blasts off on Saturday, September 7 at 12:40 p.m. Produced by Nelvana, the series follows Binky and his fellow P.U.R.S.T. agents (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) as they protect their human families from aliens, robots, and interstellar threats. It’s a pretty big job for these small pets, but this paw-some team is certified and ready for action.

Also from Nelvana, The Remarkable Mr. King, based on the Kids Can Press picture book series by Montreal author-illustrator Geneviève Côté, premieres Saturday, October 5 at 10:10 a.m. Mr. King is a well-meaning, short sighted little lion who thinks he should know everything, but sometimes his “big think” causes big snags and tangles. If Mr. King tries and fails, he tries again to make things right. Mr. King shows us how to turn mistakes into wins for everyone to share.

More family favorites round out the fall schedule, including Season 23 of Thomas & Friends pulling into Treehouse on Sunday, September 8 at 11:50 a.m., and Sesame Street celebrates 50 years and counting. The iconic series’ 50th season, premiering this fall, focuses on the power of possibilities, empowering kids to take safe risks and learn from their mistakes.

Blue and her crew are back in Blue’s Clues & You!. Premiering in November, beloved puppy Blue invites viewers to join her and the new live-action host, Broadway star Josh Dela Cruz, on a clue-led adventure to solve a daily puzzle. With each signature paw print, Blue identifies clues in her animated world that propel the story and inspires viewers to interact with the action. Blue’s Clues & You! is also available through the Nickelodeon Channel with Amazon Prime Video Channels.

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Netflix Lays Off Five Top Kids & Family Execs

Several Netflix kids and family programming executives have been given their marching orders in the last few weeks, according to Deadline. The division is one of the streaming giant’s key growth areas in the last couple years. The team has been led by VP Melissa Cobb since 2017, when she was hired from her post as Chief Creative Officer/Head of Studio for Oriental DreamWorks.

The execs affected are Jenna Boyd, Director, Kids & Family Original Series; Jill Stewart Sanford, Manager, Original Animation; Josh Fisher, Creative Executive Manager, Original Animation; Shannon Smith, Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs; and Julius Harper, Manager, Interactive. Smith’s role will likely be absorbed by other business and legal execs, with the other positions will be filled by new appointees.

The top-level pink slips are reportedly not part of any broader scaleback for the division and no further layoffs are expected.

[Source: Deadline]

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Why You Should Make Family Meals Part of Your Busy Day

SATURDAY, Aug. 10, 2019 — Family meals are a recipe for healthy eating in kids, nutritionists say.

“Research shows that families who regularly dine together are more likely to eat more fruits, vegetables and fiber and are less likely to eat fried foods,” said Kristen Gradney, a dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“Eating together promotes healthy weight in children, perhaps due to more nourishing food choices, and can encourage them to try new foods,” she explained in an academy news release.

Plus, families who eat together tend to be closer, because mealtime encourages conversations. It helps kids feel more at ease sharing their feelings, which, in turn, can help lessen behavioral problems and may even improve their grades, Gradney said.

As part of Kids Eat Right Month in August, the academy offers this advice to help parents make and enjoy family meals after a busy day:

  • Choose meals without a lot of ingredients. Work with your children to create a collection of go-to recipes that can be ready in less than 30 minutes.
  • Stock up on ingredients that can be used for more than one meal. For example, grill twice as many chicken breasts as needed for one dinner and use the extras to make fajitas the next night.
  • Try to avoid take-out food. Though convenient, it’s not as healthy as a simple, homemade meal that includes lean protein, whole grains, fresh (or frozen or canned) vegetables, low-fat or fat-free milk, and fruit for dessert.
  • Make family meals a regular part of your routine. Tell everyone to be home to eat at a set time.
  • Just for fun, have themed dinners. For example, use a checkered tablecloth for an Italian-inspired meal, prepare an Asian dish and eat with chopsticks, or enjoy a picnic in a park, your backyard or on the living room floor.
  • Use mealtimes to connect. Talk and listen to one another while you eat. Have everyone share something that happened that day or week.

More information

HelpGuide.org has more on kids and healthy eating.

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Posted: August 2019

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For Asthmatic Kids in Tough Neighborhoods, Family Is Key

THURSDAY, July 25, 2019 — Good family relationships may help buffer asthma’s effects in children facing difficult neighborhood conditions, a new study says.

It’s known that neighborhood environmental factors such as pollution and allergens can affect the wheezing and breathing children with asthma. But less has been known about the impact of social conditions such as family relationships.

In this study, Northwestern University researchers looked at children with asthma who lived in different Chicago neighborhoods.

“We found significant interactions between neighborhood conditions and family relationship quality predicting clinical asthma outcomes,” said lead author Edith Chen, a professor of psychology.

“When children lived in neighborhoods that were high in danger and disorder, the better their family relationships, the fewer symptoms and activity limitations they had, and the better their pulmonary function,” Chen explained in a university news release.

Neighborhoods high in danger or disorder featured graffiti, run-down or abandoned cars, bars or grates on windows and doors, and abandoned or boarded-up homes.

Asthma symptoms, activity limitations and pulmonary function were generally good among children who lived in neighborhoods that were lower in danger and disorder, and their family relationships had little effect.

The findings are important because families often aren’t able to move out of bad neighborhoods, according to Chen.

“If pediatricians can provide suggestions to families about how supportive relationships can help with managing their child’s asthma, while at the same time still acknowledging the realities of the ongoing neighborhood difficulties that many of these families face, this might help families,” she said.

It’s possible that supportive family members are able to help their children prioritize asthma management, and perhaps shield them from neighborhood stressors in order to minimize the disruption to asthma routines, Chen said.

However, she acknowledged this is speculative at this point.

More than 8% of American children have asthma, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study was published July 18 in Pediatrics.

More information

The American Lung Association offers advice for parents of children with asthma.

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Posted: July 2019

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Family Trees: The Binske Brothers Want a Cannabis Empire

Running a family business brings its own challenges, but adding the trials and tribulations that surround legal cannabis can create headaches no amount of weed can burn away. Alex and Jake Pasternack, the brothers behind Binske, have been able to clear the smoke and transcend it, creating a versatile cannabis brand in four states, with a heavy presence in Colorado.

To learn more about all the branching out that Binske has done, we caught up with one half of the Binkse brothers, executive vice president Alex Pasternack.

Westword:
How did you find yourself in legal cannabis?

Alex Pasternack: My first exposure to cannabis was with my older brother, Jake, in Miami, where we were born and raised. In fact, the word “binske” originated around that time and was initially just shared between the two of us. “Binske” is an evolution of the term “doobie,” which we turned into “doobinskey” and later adapted slightly to “Binske” (the “e” is silent).

Ironically, there’s an innocence to those early shared moments: When we decided to create a cannabis brand, we wanted to embody that connectedness we shared. Fundamentally, Binske is a family business. Jake founded the company in 2016 in Colorado, and I joined him here the following year. I’ve always been fascinated by the business of cannabis, and I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, so I have a deep love for Colorado; it was a perfect fit. We’re launching in California and Florida later this summer, and by this time next year, Binske will be in ten-plus states and multiple continents. Binske will have one of the largest footprints of any cannabis brand in the world by then.

We’ve always dug the art on your labels. What’s the background behind that?

The packaging is an experience in itself; it’s immersive, layered and radiant. The work is so detailed, people find something new every time they look at the package.

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The art is a series of hand-cut collages made by a legendary artist from the U.K. Jake had a vision for the murals as “a fertile vision of utopian communities inspired by the elemental balance of man working symbiotically with nature.” When I first heard that, I thought it was a bit over the top, but when I saw the work, I was captivated; I still am. I feel we’ve grown into the packaging, the longer we’re a brand. The more people experience Binske, the more the brand deserves such iconic packaging.

Binske sells flower, concentrates and infused products. What else does Binske make, and why the diversity?

When you’re growing a plant that’s bred to make people happy, you owe it to the world to deliver it in whatever way they prefer to imbibe. From our hive-to-hand honey producer to our Peruvian chocolate partner, they see how special it is to pair commitment and devotion in single product.

When we were initially building our product portfolio, we kept coming back to shared experiences, like those my brother and I had in our early days of sharing a “doobinskey.” We want to provide that opportunity to as many people as we can. And since people consume cannabis in a wide variety of ways, we wanted to provide a wide variety of products. We make everything from edibles to concentrates to flower to topicals, and almost everything in between.

Every product is designed to enhance the moment, whether [people are] at the beach, in the kitchen, around the campfire or hiking. Sometimes the moment calls for live resin, sometimes you want flower, sometimes an edible is better — but in any situation, the moment deserves to be savored. We hope people will pause and appreciate the quality of the product, savor who they’re with or the experience they’re having, and allow themselves to be enchanted by the moment.

How do you focus on all those sectors without losing ground to companies that only do one?

For us, this is ultimately about delighting the customer, and the thread that ties everything together is our devotion to the first taste experience. Our aim, regardless of the product type, is to deliver a fantastic multi-sensory experience with every bite, sip or hit.

To do that, we traveled the world to find the right genetics for our strains. In the same way a wine grower finds the perfect starter plant, we cultivated the Binske genetics from some of our favorites to emphasize flavor and bouquet. We wanted to offer a variety of pure, potent — but most important, delectable — strains

It was also important to us that our non-cannabis ingredients were more than just a delivery mechanism for milligrams of THC. We wanted to complement and enhance the cannabis experience with the finest ingredients in the world. We found partners who cherish their own ingredients the way we cherish our plants, such as chocolate sourced from the world’s rarest cacao beans in Peru and locally sourced honey, to name a few.

Further, our business model is really nimble. We’re similar to a production company, like HBO, that pulls together the best ensemble. We’ve got the formula right. We don’t chase trends. We focus on products that we know we can make better than our competition. We have robust processes and intellectual property, outstanding genetics and ingredient sources, and then we license this to experienced growers, so we scale fast while keeping our standards high.

Cannabis-infused honey was pretty rare before you guys showed up. What was the motivation behind that?

From the start, we were focused on making already great experiences, like cooking and dining, more enjoyable. Is there anything honey touches that it doesn’t improve? Cannabis and honey are about savoring moments – they are perfect food partners.

How I use Binske honey depends on my mood. Sometimes after a great yoga session, hot tea and honey are the perfect finish to a day. It’s always a hit when I make Binske honey-barbecue wings for a football game. A couple of years ago at an event in Denver, I made “Pot Toddys” and they were a huge hit. And always, I love using it as a sweetener in a post-workout protein shake! It’s a standard part of workout routine.

What’s your favorite way to consume cannabis?

It’s funny, because many people are very particular with the way they consume. For example, Jake is the biggest flower snob I know, and he rarely deviates from that routine. I am a bit more flexible and enjoy good products regardless of format. While I personally now consume more oil than flower, I also love using creams, topicals and, of course, edibles. There is no better way to sleep than on a few milligrams, and use different cannabis products at different times of the day.

What are you favorite strains right now?

I’ve used a lot of cannabis over the years. I’ve sampled and tested almost everything I can get my hands on — call it competitive research. Currently, my favorite strain is Binske’s Fromage. Fromage is a strain originating from the famous UK Cheese, and it actually has a stinky-cheese flavor and taste. It is such a versatile strain for creativity at times, while at other times allowing me to wind down and reduce overall anxiety.

Where do you see cannabis consumption trends moving over the next few years?

From a consumption perspective, cannabis is going to be a lot like wine. Your budtender will be like a wine sommelier: she’ll invite you to sniff and taste cannabis before you buy it, while the average consumer will understand what terpenes are, what they do and why they matter. There will be cannabis brands like us, who celebrate genetics, craft and experiences, and there will also be cannabis brands who create the boxed-wine equivalent for cannabis.

Every major city will have consumption locations within ten years, and you’ll be buying cannabis edibles at Whole Foods and marijuana lotion at Sephora. Moms will be as likely to post cannabis memes as they are to post wine memes today. In general, I predict (and hope) we are moving toward more normalcy and acceptance for cannabis as a whole. On a more personal level, I hope Binske can help to push for that. I am proud to be selling insanely high-quality products; and if we can share Binske’s celebration ethos with people at scale, that’s a success.


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Many Drug Abusers Use Family Members to ‘Opioid Shop’

FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 — People who are thwarted in their attempts to “shop around” for prescription opioid painkillers at doctors’ offices and pharmacies may try to get the drugs via relatives as a last resort, researchers report.

Some people who misuse opioids go to numerous prescribers and fill prescriptions at multiple pharmacies to avoid detection. But states are cracking down on such “shopping,” forcing them to find other ways of getting the drugs.

The new study suggests some try to get opioids from family members who are prescribed the painkillers. University of Michigan researchers said it’s the first study to examine doctor and pharmacy shopping within families.

For every 200 U.S. patients prescribed opioids in 2016, one had a family member who shopped for opioids, the study found.

The findings underscore the need to reduce the number of opioids available for such diversion by limiting unnecessary prescribing, according to authors of the study published May 10 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

The researchers analyzed 1.4 million opioid prescriptions in 2016 for 554,000 people and relatives covered under the same private family insurance plan.

Of those prescriptions, 0.6% (1 out of 167) were filled by a patient with a family member who met the criteria for opioid shopping — they had received prescriptions from four or more sources and filled them at four or more pharmacies in the past year.

That percentage means that 1.2 million of the 210 million opioid prescriptions in the United States in 2016 may have been dispensed to people who had family members who shopped for opioids, said lead author Dr. Kao-Ping Chua and colleagues.

When researchers defined opioid shopping as getting prescriptions from at least three sources and filling them at three or more pharmacies, 1.9% of opioid prescriptions met that criteria.

For opioid prescriptions to children, 0.2% were filled when the child, doctor and pharmacy met opioid shopping criteria, the study found.

And 0.7% of opioid prescriptions to kids went to those with a family member who met pharmacy shopping criteria. Though researchers can’t be sure from their data, they suspect the adults were often the children’s parents.

“This apparent doctor and pharmacy shopping behavior in children is likely driven by an adult family member, since children can’t obtain opioid prescriptions from multiple prescribers and fill them at multiple pharmacies on their own,” Chua said in a university news release. He’s a pediatrician and health care researcher at Michigan.

To prevent people who shop for opioids from misusing family members’ medicine, Chua said doctors should not prescribe more doses than patients need, and should order over-the-counter painkillers when possible.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on prescription opioids.

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Posted: May 2019

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Strengthening Family Ties Through Online Gaming

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 — Video games provide unlimited entertainment, and interactive ones can even help you burn off calories.

But you may not know that playing games — either in person or through shared online networks — can unite family members from many generations in meaningful ways.

Researchers at Concordia University in Montreal found that playing social network games, through Facebook for instance, offers family members a fun, common topic of conversation, and creates shared experiences, even though there’s often no direct communication. That’s just one of dozens of studies that have explored the benefits of family gaming.

One study done at the University of California, Davis, found that the more often family members play video games together, the greater their feelings of family satisfaction and closeness. What’s more, because those with poor inter-family communication benefited more than those who already had good communication, video gaming can be a bridge to better relationships.

Family gaming can easily extend beyond those living in a single household. With more grandparents and other older relatives now using social media to get news about relatives, playing word games and other family-friendly choices can keep the generations better connected because these activities transcend age barriers. Playing can also help connect you to faraway relatives you may not have the chance to get to know in traditional ways.

The Concordia researchers also found that people feel a stronger obligation when playing with family members than with friends, which might further strengthen familial bonds in general.

While video gaming is now becoming a spectator sport rather than a participant activity for many people, it’s good to remember that being actively engaged at least with your family members can have benefits that go well beyond a scoresheet.

More information

Consumer Reports has more on how to play video games with your child.

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Posted: March 2019

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