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04
Apr

Opinion: Ontario’s child care budget delivers bold pre-election blueprint — at a cost

Voters will have to swallow a bittersweet budget, brimming with election sweeteners and leaving a bitter deficit aftertaste, writes Martin Regg Cohn.   EXCERPTS Given up for dead, Ontario’s...
04
Apr

Roll out of B.C. child-care plan beset with problems, operators say

  EXCERPTS The B.C. government’s billion-dollar child-care plan is rolling out this month with fee reductions at licensed centres, but some operators say a hurried process beset with problems has made for a confusing...
04
Apr

NDP vows to ‘do better’ on child care than free preschool care

Details will be unveiled in party platform, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath tells YMCA child-care gathering.   EXCERPTS Ontario’s NDP would “do better” than the Liberal government’s plan to offer...
04
Apr

Child rearing is too important to be left to the market

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04
Apr

Opinion: For women, kids and families — we need universal child care

For my family, daycare allowed us to develop careers and helped us raise a son who is smart and empathetic   EXCERPTS My son's daycare is nestled down a hallway in a tiny downtown Toronto...
04
Apr

Japan's childcare industry is creating an unlikely opportunity for some foreign firms

  EXCERPTS Birth rates in Japan are at an all-time low, but the country faces what may seem an unlikely problem: a shortage of day care spaces. That has made the sector alluring to foreign firms looking to do business...
04
Apr

Ontario budget throws down the election gauntlet

  EXCERPTS In its waning days before a June election, with the opposition breathing down its neck, the Ontario government threw down the gauntlet with what is unquestionably a pull out all the stops election budget. The...
03
Apr

The city that got serious about child-friendly urban planning

My last post on Antwerp showed how political priorities shape what is possible. That city’s ‘speelweefselplan’ or ‘play space web’ approach shone a light on how children get around their neighbourhoods. But in Antwerp,...
28
Mar

Ontario announces free child care for pre-schoolers

  Overview The Premier of Ontario has announced that full-day licensed child care will become free for preschool children from the age of two-and-a-half until they are eligible to start kindergarten, beginning in 2020....
28
Mar

Ontario Liberals offer government-funded child care ahead of election

  EXCERPTS The Ontario Liberals are set to unveil a pre-election budget with billions in new spending, including a plan to provide fully government-funded child care for preschoolers by 2020. Following a week of...

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