Interaction Weekly
Jan. 28, 2015

Rising rent imperils day cares
Winnipeg Free Press
For years, when things have been relatively quiet at the Sunny Mountain day care, Debra Page and Claire Ferrer jump in the car and take a real estate cruise. Page and her second-in-command have known for years their cramped location in a Main Street strip mall was far from ideal. They've eyeballed vacant lots in nearby Garden City, school fields, community clubs, underused parks, even an old funeral home in a bid to finesse a deal for an affordable new location.More

This is the most brilliantly simple idea to spur economic growth aired at Davos so far
Business Insider
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, you hear of a lot of vague platitudes about job creation, inequality and economic growth. Some of the ideas you hear being floated are impossibly ambitious, like Al Gore's $90 trillion scheme to redesign every city on the planet. But Sir Christopher Pissarides, a Nobel laureate economist at the London School of Economics (who taught Thomas Piketty as a student!) told Business Insider about a wonderfully simple idea that creates or sustains three jobs for each single job subsidised by government spending. More

How much access should your kids have to digital devices?
News1130
If you’re a parent, do you question how much technology your kids should have access to, and wonder how early is too early for them to get their hands on an iPad or video game? A local counsellor is aiming to help you answer those questions. Benjamin Wong with Richmond Addiction Services Society says he’ll be helping parents to get a sense of what things were like before we had all our electronics at a workshop he’s hosting on parenting in the iparenting age.More

Day care fees in cities across Canada
Winnipeg Free Press
Here's a map showing median day care fees in major Canadian cities, along with the proportion of a woman's income the day care fees represent. Cities with larger circles show day care fees eating up a larger proportion of income. Hover over a point to see more details about the city. If you can't see the map below, click here to open it in a new window. More

N.W.T. day care inspection reports not available to the public
CBC News
Parents looking to check in on how their child's day care or day home fares during annual inspections are out of luck in the Northwest Territories, as day care inspection reports are not made public. Natasha McCagg sends her daughter to day care in Yellowknife. She says if parents want to know how safe a facility is, it's up to them to try to interview providers.More

Parents struggle to save rare downtown non-profit day care
Toronto Star
In a last-ditch effort to save one of the few non-profit day cares that offers subsidized spots in Toronto’s high-rent financial district, parents at George Brown College’s doomed Scotia Plaza child-care centre want to launch a $2.5 million fundraiser. The college, however, is refusing to help, leaving the organizers no way to issue tax receipts to donors.More

Unsupervised outdoor play is good for kids' health
The Globe and Mail
A new Canadian study suggests there could be added health benefits for kids who play outdoors on their own or with their friends. Researchers analyzed data from a survey of more than 1,000 parents of Grade 5 and 6 students at 16 public schools across Toronto. Kids had to wear an activity measurement unit for seven days and parents were asked to self-report how often they allowed their kids to go out on their own.More

UBC researchers: Goldie Hawn program makes kids kinder and better at math
Vancouver Sun
Children taught to practice optimism and to live in moment were less stressed, kinder and better at math than children taught B.C.’s regular social responsibility curriculum, according to a study by researchers at the University of B.C. Grade 4 and 5 students in Coquitlam were taught a 12-week course called MindUP, an emotional learning program created by actress Goldie Hawn that is loosely based on Buddhist meditation techniques.More

Parenting: Kids must learn to control their own screen time
Hamilton Spectator
Some say the devil's greatest trick was convincing the world he doesn't exist. I say it was convincing parents that computers can be educational. I learned this the hard way over Christmas when my wife and I, stumped about what to get our middle school-aged son, decided to buy him a Kindle. More

Day care fees in cities across Canada
Winnipeg Free Press
Here's a map showing median day care fees in major Canadian cities, along with the proportion of a woman's income the day care fees represent. Cities with larger circles show day care fees eating up a larger proportion of income. Hover over a point to see more details about the city. If you can't see the map below, click here to open it in a new window.More

Ontario day care early childhood educators may see $1/hour raise
CBC News
Early childhood educators working in licensed day cares could soon see a raise of one dollar an hour. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the wage increase in Kingston, ON, saying it would help close the wage gap between early childhood educators working in full-day kindergarten programs and those in licensed day cares. More

Giving kids a good start on literacy
Lethbridge Herald
Reading skills key to success as adults Given the choice between reading a book and playing a video game, most youngsters will likely choose the video game. That’s because of the perception that the video game provides more entertainment. But books can be fun and entertaining, too, and adults – particularly parents – can play a key role in helping kids discover the joys of reading. It will also help get them started on the path toward success when they become adults.More

Study: Give ibuprofen not morphine after removing tonsils in kids
Toronto Star
Children who have had their tonsils removed because they have obstructive sleep apnea should be given ibuprofen not morphine for pain after the surgery, a new study suggests. The research suggests pain can be controlled effectively with a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen — sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin among others — in most cases. When that combination is sufficient it is the approach that should be used, the authors say.More