Renee Tratch

Writing, Blogging & PR

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I tell stories. Let me tell yours. Or follow me as I explore the greener side of the city and kid-friendly Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

6 ways to encourage healthy sleep habits for the whole family | Toronto Star

Oh glorious sleep. Adults love it. Kids? Well, ask any parent. Achieving a good night's sleep for their children is easier said than done. But getting your children to sleep is more than just a sanity-saver, it's crucial when raising active kids. Physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep are closely connected.

Help! We've Got Kids
Why We Love Leslieville for Kids - Help! We've Got Kids

We think Toronto is an amazing city for families, but don't just take our word for it! We're asking local moms all over the city to tell us why they love their neighbourhoods and to share their favourite spots for kids. Read more Toronto Family Neighbourhood Guides from Help!

Kids in T.O.

Call me crazy but I do love summers in the city. Whether you're playing tourist or touring around tourists, there are so many Toronto destinations, activities and festivals to fill nine weeks of summer vacation. We've pulled together some of our favourites and added in some new adventures that we have been eyeing to check off our list.

The Weather Network
Toronto's invisible pollution

Toronto is strewn with litter - an almost invisible kind. Stroll down any street and you'll see pavement speckled with varying amounts of smeared wads of gum. And there is a lot of it - an estimated 719 million globs of non-biodegradable gum are stuck on our city's sidewalks.

Active For Life
Weekly playdates are keeping adults active in British Columbia - Active For Life

You're never too old to learn something new. Deirdre Way, a retired high school teacher and special education facilitator in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, is inspiring others to get moving and exploring the great outdoors each and every week. It's a morning playdate where Way and her growing group of grown-up explorers meet in the Metro Vancouver area for "Adventure Tuesdays".

The Weather Network
Toronto ravines reveal the city's rooted-in-nature history

loading video... Renee Tratch Digital Writer, Thursday, October 22, 2015, 2:20 PM - No better time to explore nature than when the fall colours are ablaze. And with almost 20 per cent of the city made up of ravines and forests, Torontonians don't even have to leave town to escape into the great outdoors.

Let your voice bee heard

I admit it. The possibility of a bee sting made me uneasy, and I more than likely mixed up a bee and a wasp mid-swat. I certainly didn't think much about the honey or wild native bees' ongoing survival. There are millions of them out there, right?

Family Travel

Kids in T.O.
50 Reasons to Love Toronto with Kids in TOw

Small town vs. big city, suburbia vs. downtown, the list of pros and cons is long in the never-ending discussion of where is the best place to raise a family. As parents we often look at our own childhood experience to guide us in how we'd like our children to grow up.

Kids in T.O.
Family Travel: Kids in Drumheller | The Royal Tyrrell Museum

Destination: Dinosaurs! Dubbed the Dinosaur Capital of the World, Drumheller is in the heart of the Alberta Bandlands about a 90 minutes drive northeast of Calgary. At the epicentre of all things dino is the Royal Tyrrell Museum. While our own Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has a mighty collection of dinosaurs, the Royal Tyrrell Museum...

Kids in T.O.
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

An end of summer road trip took us two hours north of the city for a full day of outdoor exploring. The Scenic Caves Nature Adventures at Blue Mountain near Collingwood is a year-round destination for nature lovers. But it is so much more than a park with trees and trails.

Q + A

Moms in T.O.
Moms in T.O.

She welcomed Moms in T.O. into her Annette Village home, a beautifully calm space she created for her gorgeous young family - a four-year-old son, two-year-old daughter and third child on the way.

The Secret Origin of Superhero

We recently caught up with our friends Aaron Leighton and Elaine Hsu, the artists behind the latest Sago Mini app. They share what they love most about Superhero and how they used their creative superpowers to make Jack and the city shine. What inspired Sago's first city?

WWF-Canada Blog
You'll question your own limits after reading this man's CN Tower climb story

When Julian Backhouse ascends the CN Tower in April, he'll send his wheelchair up the elevator and climb the 1,776 steps to the top. The 63-year-old grandfather of four from Mississauga, Ont., has Wilson's Disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects his physical strength and coordination.

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