News

09
Apr

5 big announcements from the P.E.I. budget

  EXCERPTS With $107 million in new spending in the P.E.I. provincial budget, there are few areas of government that did not see a boost in the new fiscal year. Here are some of the larger projects the government...
09
Apr

Manitoba provincial government announces 780 new child care spots

  EXCERPTS The provincial government announced Friday that they will create 780 new child care spots. That means $22.8 million will be invested in child care through the Canada-Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care...
09
Apr

Liberals want to cast social spending spree as pro-business investment

Ontario Liberals will go to voters in June painting their recent massive spending on child care and other social programs in a unique light.   EXCERPTS The Ontario Liberals will go to voters...
09
Apr

Nova Scotia removes maternity leave penalties for municipal councillors

  EXCERPTS Nova Scotia municipal councillors who are pregnant will be able to take maternity leave without penalty and without asking permission of their councils under proposed legislative changes. Amendments to the...
09
Apr

B.C. government to probe daycares that hiked fees just as rate relief program launched

  EXCERPTS The B.C. government says it will investigate licensed child care providers that hiked fees just before the launch of a provincial program aimed at saving parents money. The move follows complaints from...
09
Apr

Finland: Parents march to demand better salary for early childhood education teachers

  EXCERPTS The Education Trade Union in Finland, Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö has welcomed the support given by parents and citizens to the status and living and working conditions of early childhood educators.
09
Apr

Last kindergarten in the woods?

Last month, as part of my Churchill Fellowship travels, I met Viola Zürcher, the leader of a German forest kindergarten (strictly speaking a waldkindergrippe or forest crèche, which takes children aged under three). Her...
04
Apr

Is Canada finally coming of age over child and family policy?

It’s about time for this strong, progressive step for women, children and families.   EXCERPTS No longer tinkering around the edges, last week's announcement of Ontario's investment of a new...
04
Apr

Sweden is apparently full of 'latte dads' carrying toddlers — and it's a sign of critical social change

  EXCERPTS Forget "ladies who lunch." In Sweden there are "latte dads." In an NBC News article profiling American dads who move to Sweden to live in a different parenting culture, authors Alexander Smith and Vladimir...
04
Apr

Opinon: Free child care would foster gender equality

Many women, notably those who bravely exit abusive relationships, become saddled with unpaid childcare - a reality that only aggravates the poverty experienced by many women in our communities. The B.C. government could...

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