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It's time for B.C. to invest in $10 per day child care
The Vancouver Sun
The B.C. child care system is failing families, workers and business: child care fees are high, quality spaces are rare, and business pays the price.
Work-life conflicts among employees with preschool-age children cost $600 million annually in employee turnover, absenteeism, and health care premiums. B.C. also has the lowest workforce participation in Canada for mothers with children over age three. It's time for politicians to support a universal, accessible and publicly funded $10 per day child care system, a plan also supported by B.C. business groups.
Calgary parents face long lineups for day care
Dozens of parents lined up overnight at the Rosscarrock Community Centre in order to be first in line to register their children for a local day care.
"All night I was here," said Azita Afsha, who held her place in line with a lawn chair. "I just went to the car to get a bit warm and just came back. It was a very hard night."
Generous youngster has heart in right place
One can't help but think the world might be a better place if we took more time to look at things through the eyes of a child.
Earlier in the year, four-year-old Hayden Cameron's junior kindergarten class at Centennial Public School held a food drive in benefit of the Timmins Food Bank.
When Hayden and his classmates found how many families in the city use the food banks, the gears inside his young mind started turning.
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New strategy deals with day care problem
The provincial government hopes a new strategy announced that it will resolve the province's day care problem by creating thousands of new spots for children.
Charlene Johnson, the minister of child, youth and family services, announced the plan at the Clarenville Family Resource Centre.
My journey to Pangnirtung: Part 1
By Penny Deeter
Two years ago, I was invited by the Arctic College of Nunavut to teach early childhood educational courses in Pangnirtung. Pangnirtung — affectionately known as Pang — is located in the Canadian territory of Nunavut across the Baffin Bay from Greenland.
Child care union reaches tentative deal with UBC, strikes cancelled
Unionized campus child care workers have reached a new tentative agreement with the university after three days of mediation in response to a strike notice.
Neither the union nor UBC will release the terms of the deal, but UBC has said it is similar to deals reached with other unions on campus this year. The union originally asked for wage increases from the university to bring their average wages up to at least $20 per hour.
Province helps YMCA child care centre
The province gave the YMCA a $700,000 expansion loan to allow the child care centre to double capacity to 57 places for children age three months to school-age.
Justice Minister Ross Landry, on behalf of Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse, joined staff, children and families to officially celebrate the new Pictou County YMCA Child Care Centre. The centre, which is part of the Pictou Wellness Centre, opened in December.
Maryvale ends overnight programs, bolsters day care
Overnight treatment of approximately nine children at Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services will be replaced by day treatment for nearly 40 kids but it will cost 22 employees their jobs.
Six full-time and 16 part-time employees have received their layoff notices.
Maryville's executive director Connie Martin said there are 40 children are waiting to get into the facility's day programs, which include all-day school, access to counselling and therapy and after-school programs that extend to 10 p.m., if needed.
Make good use of schools
Victoria-area schools are already on board with the provincial government's push to use empty school rooms for daycares or out-of-school care.
B.C. Education Minister Don McRae recently proposed an amendment to the School Act requiring school boards to set up policies to encourage daycares on school grounds. That could mean using existing classrooms or putting portables on school property.
The benefits are obvious. The most convenient place for before- or after-school care is at the school the children attend.
Useful tax tips from Canada Revenue Agency
The Epoch Times
As Canadians prepare to file their 2012 taxes, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has published a list of benefits and credits that can help families and businesses with their expenses throughout the year and reduce the amount they owe at tax time.
Since 2006, the government has introduced several tax relief measures through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the latest being the family caregiver tax credit, which can be claimed this year for the first time.
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