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Designers of Toronto condo lands apparently didn't plan for all the poo

Professional dog walker Gilleen Witkowski says urban communities need to better accommodate for pets.

When the plan to 'date Indigenous' gets complicated

When Sarain Fox’s life was going according to plan, she found out that maybe the plan wasn’t everything she wanted in the first place.

A planned adoption delayed — by nearly three decades

When Regina Louise was 13 years old, bouncing between foster homes and institutions, she met a woman who was kind, who she could trust, and who she wanted to be able to call Mom. For Regina, that was a first. But the plan wasn't to be. At least, not right away.

How a law meant to curb infanticide was used to abandon teens

With good intentions, Nebraska passed its Safe Haven Law in 2008 without an age restriction. Many didn't expect older children would be dropped off.

She ditched it all to follow her dreams, then reality came crashing in

Leap and the net may not appear. Tasneem Jamal and her husband uprooted their lives and moved their young family to Tanzania to follow their dreams. But even before they left Canada, the plan started to go sideways, and soon, Tasneem was in freefall.

Unintended Consequences

You set out to do something. You have the best of intentions. You can almost taste that golden carrot just dangling in the distance. The dream may be alive. The problem is... sometimes reality gets in the way. This week, Piya asks: How do you recover when things don't go according to plan?

The complicated nature of feeling a part of the family you work for

Herly Bautista is a live-in nanny. She’s both an employee and says she feels a part of the family she works for.

Her paintings were all the rage in the 60s — except her husband who took the credit

Margaret Keane's husband took credit for all her work but when she found out, she 'didn't have the 'courage' to expose him.
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Figuring out co-parenting in a polyamorous family

A polyamorous family of five are navigating the idea of having kids and what co-parenting looks like for them.

How a teen's apparent flashback of childhood abuse set off a debate over repressed memory

How a teen's apparent flashback of childhood abuse set off a debate over repressed memory

The 'daddy' problem: when children of two-mother families start asking where dad is

Out in the Open producer Lisa Bryn Rundle asks, when will children’s entertainment catch up and portray the many ways people are now forming families?

Looking to the past to thrive in the present as a modern family

Christine Birak on how moving close to her extended family helps her, her partner and their two children live as a modern family.

Mothers who used the same sperm donor are forming a family of 'diblings'

Uniting their children with their biological half brothers and sisters has given a global group of moms a new extended family.

When you're childless by choice, you are looked at as a 'couple' and not a 'family'

Cami Uchoa and her husband are childless by choice. But they consider themselves a family that includes their dog, Ty, of course.

The complicated nature of feeling a part of the family you work for

Herly Bautista is a live-in nanny. She’s both an employee and says she feels a part of the family she works for

Figuring out co-parenting in a polyamorous family

A polyamorous family of five are navigating the idea of having kids and what co-parenting looks like for them.
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Modern Family

What does your family look like? If you're on trend [and we're sure you are]... it's probably more complex than mom, dad and 2.3 kids. This week, Piya goes nuclear on the so-called 'nuclear family' and asks: What makes a modern family?

What happens after you escape a truly terrible childhood?

Maude Julien was held captive by her father until she was 18. He intended to train her to be "superhuman." She shares her story in the memoir, The Only Girl in the World.
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What happens after you escape a truly terrible childhood

Until the age of 18, Maude Julien was imprisoned and subjected to tests and drills by her father, who wanted to make a superhuman. She escaped, but it took over ten years to be free from the prison her father had constructed in her mind.
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The aftermath of escaping a shark attack

In 2011, Nicole Moore was attacked by a shark while on vacation in Mexico. With some help, she escaped back with life threatening injuries, but went on to advocate for shark conservation.

How to write the perfect eulogy

How to write the perfect eulogy

Surviving cancer can be just as hard as having it

Geoff Eaton has had cancer twice. He wants more people to realize that the fight against cancer continues long after you’ve survived the disease.

How R.E.M.'s biggest hit inspired one man to escape from his life as cult member

Perry Bulwer was a member of a religious cult for nineteen years. He escaped, but he is still haunted by his experiences.

The aftermath of escaping a shark attack

Nicole Moore survived a shark attack and went on to advocate for shark conservation.

Life after a gang: Saskatoon woman wants 'to know what it feels like to love myself'

Jorgina Sunn traces the drugs and gang involvement of her early adulthood back to childhood trauma and abuse, but she’s trying to take responsibility for the wrong she’s done.