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September is a time of change.

Summer starts to fade, making way for fall's golden glow. The new school year begins. The autumn air becomes crisp like the fallen leaves beneath our feet. And there's a freshness--the promise and possibility of a new season.

Here at Island Parent, September marks an exciting change--a subtle re-design and full colour on every page of the magazine. Until now, we were one of the few publications that still offered black and white advertisements along with the option of full colour. Now we're colour through and through, cover to cover. Our roses are red. And our violets can be blue. Or green. Or yellow. Or pink.

Colour affects us in mysterious ways. According to a University of B.C. study, red enhances our attention to detail, while blue boosts our ability to think creatively. Other studies have found that yellow represents energy, happiness and attention (and that babies cry more in yellow rooms), while pink represents love, sweetness and romance. The colour green, said to have a calming nature, can prevent nightmares. Did you know that, according to research out of Arizona State University, men and women see the colour red differently? Or that colours are responsible for 62 to 90 per cent of our first impressions? Or that seeing yellow and orange can make you hungry?

We're not trying to make you hungry. Or feel romantic--even though the possible outcome of romance (babies!) is one of the reasons you pick up this magazine. We're just presenting these pages in a way that most of us see the world: in full colour.

Along with colour on every page, you'll notice a few subtle changes. We're now including writer photos with every article, (not just with columns as we did in the past); we've changed some article formats and fonts, updated Island Parent Notes (formerly IPM Notes), re-designed the Table of Contents, and refreshed the Family Calendar and our various Directories. We're also introducing a new column: Cooking With Kids by Emillie Parrish (on page 50).

For 28 years, Island Parent Magazine has provided Vancouver Island families with a printed version of our monthly publication, which honours and supports parents by providing parenting-related articles, along with information on resources and businesses. We print and publish online all of our publications, including the annual Island Parent Teens and Island Grandparent, so that we reach and engage the maximum number of readers--including you.

To that end, and as always, we welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions. Email to tell us what you think about the changes or to tell us about changes you'd like to see, topics you'd like to see covered, or anything else that would better support you: the vital and diverse Island Parent community. - Sep 01st, 2016

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Mobile Site Change

For those of you that frequent (or you will be pleased to know that effective October 6th our site will be more user-friendly on your mobile device. We have taken care to ensure everything goes smoothly, but if you see of anything we should be aware of please let us know by emailing

You'll also notice that we have begun to re-brand and transition from to This move will better reflect the events and activities that cover our whole island rather than just the Greater Victoria area. Same great site, but just with the different name and address.

Please use, although will still take you to our regular site.

Enjoy! - Sep 30th, 2015

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Send Us Your Stories!

Island Parent is looking for articles for upcoming issues. Some of our best content comes from people just like you--Vancouver Island parents who are passionate about their families and are dealing with the day to day issues of raising children in our community. Share your experiences, your thoughts on a particular issue, your ideas on places to see or projects to do--anything related to parenting.

Check out our Writer's Guides under the magazine tab for specific information on submissions. We'd love to hear from you. Please email submissions to - Aug 11th, 2015

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Important Subscription Reminder

With the new anti-spam laws coming in to effect on July 1st, we need your consent to send our newsletter to you, our readers. If you missed the notice, or if you haven't yet confirmed your subscription from us, you will need to do so prior to the end of the month or we will no longer be able to send along the newsletter. To resubscribe, please go here: - Jun 24th, 2014

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Like KIV's New Facebook Page!

KIV is on Facebook! Like Kids in Victoria on facebook for links, contest reminders, hot topics, and more. Let us know what you'd like to see from us here or on Facebook! We hope you'll "like" us there as much as you like it here!

Click here to like us. - Sep 04th, 2012

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