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Thestar.com: Seven-year-old boy who perished in Barrie house fire 'was very loving'

A seven-year-old boy who died in a house fire near Barrie on Thursday evening is being remembered as someone who was always laughing.

Dominic Denesiuk-Smith was a happy little boy, said his aunt, Denise Langille. “He was very loving.”

“The last time I saw him, me and him were just laughing,” said

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Thestar.com: For boy with autism, summer camp is 'pretty much his favourite thing'

Janine Denney-Lightfoot’s son Jake started attending camp at the Geneva Centre for Autism in 2008.

Nine years later, and now a high-needs 13-year-old, he still goes to the camps and programs the centre runs every year.

“It’s pretty much his favourite thing,” says Denney-Lightfoot. “It’s the best place I’ve found for him

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Thestar.com: Artist, 13, aims to inspire 150 kids before Canada's sesquicentennial

When Aidan Lee was very young, his autism inhibited him from communicating what he was feeling through speech.

“So how I responded was I painted to show my emotions,” said Lee, now 13. He continues to feel most comfortable expressing himself through art, and paints regularly at his home in Oakville.

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Thestar.com: Gifted children must be nurtured

Re: What it truly means to be gifted, Opinion, June 12

What it truly means to be gifted, Opinion, June 12

I’m writing in response to professor Richard Hoshino’s ill-informed piece regarding giftedness, which seems to be predicated upon his viewing of one recent Hollywood film.

As the father of a gifted learner, I’ve had a very steep learning curve since my daughter’s assessment. This has brought to light not only the neural anatomical differences present in gifted

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