Canada Childcare

The Unlikely Solution To Ontario's Child-Care Crisis

Regnard Raquedan | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Regnard Raquedan

As a parent in Toronto, I honestly find it a welcome development that the Ontario government is committing $200 million to create child-care spaces in its budget. Really refreshing. But it's hardly a solution to the child-care crisis that has given parents of young children additional sleepless nights.

Federal Budget Brings Back Slippery, Cynical Liberal Party Of Old

Sid Ryan | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

Thanks to the federal budget presented by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, we saw not the self-described feminist, environmentalist, progressive Justin T, but the reigning prime minister of austerity and broken promises. Clearly, "sunny ways" for the "middle class" are no longer part of his weather forecast.

It's Time Trudeau's Liberals Gave Canada's Children A Voice

Sara Austin | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Sara Austin

The Liberal Party campaigned on the promise that if elected, they would enact a federal children's commissioner. A year and half into the government's mandate, there has been no public announcement about the appointment process.

Let Dads Be Dads

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada

Improving the maternity leave system is seen as a crucial way of encouraging women to have children whilst continuing their jobs. The percentage of wo...

Raising Minimum Wage Can Improve Children's Health

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Dr Ryan Meili

Living in crowded, unsafe housing. The inability to afford a diabetic diet. Not filling a necessary prescription. Missing out on opportunities for early childhood learning and higher education. These and many other challenges related to poverty and low wages can result in poor health outcomes for kids now and into their adult lives.

The Battle For Pay Equality Has Been Fought And Won

David Martin | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Living
David Martin

Whether it's the "fact" that women earn 75 cents or 79 cents (or whatever this year's figure is) for every dollar men earn, we are regularly inundated with these catchy, but essentially meaningless, statistics. While it may be true that there is an overall wage gap between men and women, there is no great inequity that needs righting.

International Women's Day Adds Momentum To The Call For Universal Child Care

Mira Oreck | Posted 03.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Mira Oreck

Today's child care costs are astronomical and rising. They put enormous strain on households, including young families, and make it more difficult for women to participate in the paid work force. For decades there has been little political response to the challenge, despite demands for action.

Damn Straight, We Should Be Paying For Trudeau's Nannies

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Joshua Ostroff

This is why people hate politicians. No, not Trudeau. The Conservatives using this nannygate non-scandal against him as a cheap political ploy to puncture his post-election popularity. The accusation of hypocrisy over government-paid nannies to help with the Prime Minister's three young children feels petty and penny-ante. But as a parent, it's also incredibly insulting because of what it reveals about the lack of value and importance that these people put in childcare.

Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

These companies have already touched your life. Beyond the big names like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Patagonia clothing, Etsy, or Kickstarter, there are impact-driven business leaders making significant money while making an amazing difference in communities all around us.

Why Should My Success Mean I Have to Pay More for Daycare

Marie-France Laurin | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Marie-France Laurin

Not only will I have to pay more than double the fee I am currently paying, other kids in the same daycare with families that have a lower income base will still pay $7.30 for the exact same service that my kids are getting. I already pay more in taxes, why do I have to pay more for the exact same service?

Two Very Different NDPs Are Set to Collide This Election

Stéphane Dion | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Stéphane Dion

Caught up in its contradictions, the NDP hopes nobody will notice. There is the Sherbrooke Declaration NDP, which promises a condition-free right to opt out for the Government of Quebec. And then there is the centralist NDP, which unilaterally sets its childcare plan according to a rigid model incompatible with the contemporary practice of Canadian federalism.

Liberals Attack NDP Child-Care Plan With 'Leaked' Memo

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Politics

The problem, according to the Liberals, is around the framing of Mulcair’s promise and how its pledge of one million child-care spaces is being sold to Canadians.

We Need to Talk to People With Different Opinions

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

The childcare issue tends to bring out moments of aggressive and illogical emotion. Thankfully, my running partner never suggested that I actually harbour anti-woman sentiments, or any such nonsense of the variety politicians bandy about with regularity. She simply asked reasonable questions. Ironically, in a world increasingly fixated on diversity, we shy away from diverse discussions.

Canada Needs to Rethink Its Approach to Early Childhood Development

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Nicole Letourneau

UNICEF recently released a report card ranking child well-being in the 29 richest countries on earth. Canada came 17th, placing us in the bottom half of the pack on factors such as child poverty, emotional well-being and life satisfaction. It's time to have a frank conversation about how our country approaches early childhood.

Dear Working Father: Here's How You Can "Pay" Your Stay-At-Home Wife

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

As a woman and a mother, who has been both a SAHM and working mum, here's a few suggestions as to how you can really repay your beautiful wife. I apologize in advance if you are already doing all of this. You sound like a great guy, so it's quite likely that you are. If you're not, here's what you could do.

Are You Part of the 'Sandwich Generation'?

Stuart Rudner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Rudner

Having both parents at work is the norm, which means that childcare obligations must be balanced, often precariously, with workplace duties. At the same time, our population is aging and people often end up having to look after their elderly parents. Effectively, those in the workforce are stuck in the middle, caring for the generations before and after them -- the "Sandwich Generation".

Making the Tough Choice on Childcare

masalamommas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Our almost three-year old has started the process of giving up her naps...and it is not pretty. The ongoing lifting and carrying of Syona is also starting to take a toll on my in-laws so we've recently decided that we need some help.

What Mothers Want

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

One educated mother, an Ottawa-based engineer on maternity leave, explained: "If there was some magical guarantee that I could quit my job now, and in five years still get back into my profession, I would leave the workforce until all our children are in school, no question."

The Kids Are Not Alright

Charlene Sayo | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Charlene Sayo

Proclamations and election mania aside, families may have to hold their breath long after the party hats are put away, the platforms are dusted off, and campaign offensives are silenced into temporary stalemate before any genuine childcare programs are implemented.

Mommy Bloggers Are Working Women, Too

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

As part of her attempts to win the womens' vote for this election, Christy Clark and her various women and mom-focused ministers have been inviting moms and working women to small round table discussions to raise awareness about what the Liberal government can do to help mothers and working mothers in particular. The biggest issue that was brought up over and over was childcare. Due to love of career or by pure financial necessity, more women are working AND raising families and AFFORDABLE childcare has to be part of this juggling act. However what was emphasized also was FLEXIBLE childcare. Why? Because working mothers are not settling back into traditional 9-to-5 positions or even the few remaining shift work employment available out there. What are working mothers doing now? We are creating our OWN work.

Teaching Your Child to Cook Healthy Meals at Any Age

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Alberta
Natacha V. Beim

Having your child prepare a healthy meal for the family seems like an unattainable dream for most parents. However, if you instil the habit of cooking in your child at an early age, you are providing them with the skills they need to live a healthy life, and having fun while doing it.

B.C. Daycare Costs Are Crippling Families

Melissa Carr | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

B.C. Premier Christy Clark's sentiment is that the burden of daycare is a "temporary" one for families. I disagree. Many families cannot afford to purchase a home because of it. Many women (and men) take themselves out of the workforce because of it. Many families go into debt because of it. Many couples decide not to have children (or more than one child) because of it.

Do Working Parents Deserve First Dibs On Shifts?

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Business
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

A Canadian federal court upheld a human rights tribunal's finding that employers have an obligation to try to accommodate employee needs as they pertain to childcare. That means if your boss can reasonably let you work the day shift so you can drop your kid at daycare, then she has to. This isn't about every parent trumping every non-parent. It is designed to protect those who would otherwise be forced to leave their job. Having children may be a choice, but taking care of them is not. Juggling work and childcare is hard enough for working parents on a typical schedule.

What To Do (And What Not To Do) About Bad Grades

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Alberta
Natacha V. Beim

Your child hands you a report card you have a hard time feeling proud about. Desperate, you at once want to reprimand your child, take as much TV time out of the schedule, ban video games and enroll in the longest possible summer school program to undo the damage. Don't panic.

Working Parents Need Real Choices -- Regardless of Test Scores

Reva Seth | Posted 10.04.2011 | Canada
Reva Seth

Undoubtedly, like most public or private initiatives, daycares in Quebec could probably do more to support school readiness. But they are still providing the kind of accessible support that most Canadians families need and can't find.