Excessive screen time and a lack of outdoor play may limit childrens' creativity
Malcolm Clarke, 7, has built the Calgary Tower, the Statue of Liberty, and the Eiffel Tower out of Lego - from memory. The feeling of accomplishment he gets from his hard work make him and his parents proud.
During a visit to Malcolm’s home, he sits in the basement surrounded by hundreds of pieces of Lego, his mind open to many possibilities. He wracks his brain for what he could build next. A building? A bridge? His eyes glimmer with an idea, and his hands get to work, fitting the grooves of the Lego pieces together.
His generosity was praised, but not all was well when the Wandering River Lodge opened its doors to people fleeing wildfires
At that point the lodge was just 200 km from wildfires that would eventually force more than 80,000 people to flee the city as flames ravaged over half a million hectares of land and ultimately destroyed 2,400 structures.
Wanting to pitch in with relief efforts the moment he heard of the devastation striking the Fort McMurray area, Brooks called his superiors and arranged for over 350 evacuees to be admitted to the Wandering River work camp, which sits near Highway 63 about halfway between Fort Mac and Edmonton. It was an act of kindness that eventually proved to be more troublesome than anyone could have imagined.