Janice Biehn

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Janice Biehn is the Communications Coordinator for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (pwrdf.org), part of the Anglican Church of Canada. Instead of writing about families in Canada, she now writes about families in vulnerable parts of the world working to improve their access to quality healthcare, nutritious food or clean water. She has been married to Craig Douglas for 27 years and they have two daughters, Katie, 23 and Gabbie, 21.

Inspiring change

As Helen Keller said, "I can't do everything, but I must do something." Those words have no doubt punctuated many keynote speeches, sermons and valedictory addresses, but they still ring true. Especially as we approach Earth Day on April 22. We'll all be thinking even more about global warming, the ozone layer and our...

Ready, set … March!

Is Friday night pizza night at your place? It used to be that way for us, but Fridays soon became pizza lunch day at school, so another meal of pizza seemed to be, well, too much pizza. (Our kids didn’t see the problem there…) But no matter what the meal, Fridays have become an important...

Thoughts from Janice – Feb 2012

With Valentine’s Day smack in the middle of February, it’s no surprise that long ago the federal government established it as Heart Health month. As our kids innocently draw hearts and cut out cupids and send out valentines, we can think up new ways to hide vegetables in their food and ensure they are getting...

Thoughts from Janice – Dec 2011

Recently my husband and children and I were driving to a wedding and picking up my parents on the way. Typically, we were running late. “Do you have their cell number to call them?” asked my daughter. “No, I don’t. But Grandma and Grandpa know we’re coming. They’ll wait patiently.” Like we did in...

5 Family-friendly ski areas, from west to east

Discover a new love of winter with a trip to one of these five North American ski areas.

Discover winter: Trip to a mountain resort

Skiing is a great way to stay active in the winter, but it also lets  you take in the splendour of nature and the outdoors.

Get in the driver’s seat with ParentsCanada

Lately I’ve been feeling more like a chauffeur than a mom. I drive our 12-year-old daughter to school five mornings a week (she takes transit home), I pick her up from piano lessons on Monday, I pick up the other daughter on Tuesday, pick them up from dance lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings,...

Change gears with ParentsCanada

After the birth of our first daughter 15 years ago, my husband and I realized we needed to upgrade to a larger vehicle. Our Ford Escort GT Coupe – sporty and sexy as it was – just wouldn’t fit all the things we needed to tote...

My Sunday Best

Last Sunday, as I was heading off to get some bread, my 15-year-old daughter said “Mom, don’t wear that to the bakery!” I had a look: black yoga pants, newly purchased from Costco (and never once downward dogged in); turquoise T-shirt with bead detail, also from...

Thoughts from Janice: Driving Review of Subaru Forester and Legacy

The nice people at Subaru invited me to test-drive the Forester 2.5X and the Legacy 2.5i. Both have earned awards for safety and boast high fuel efficiency. The Forester was a hit with my family for its mid-range Small SUV size and shape....