Interaction Weekly
Feb. 6, 2013

Inuvik, N.W.T., child care centre wins $50,000
CBC News
Inuvik, N.W.T.'s Children First Centre has won $50,000 in a national contest to put towards purchasing playground equipment. The centre won the grand prize in the small idea category of the Aviva Community Fund competition.More

Celebrate the essence of the child and champion a better future!
ECEBC
ECEBC would like to extend an open invitation to our 42nd annual conference "Celebrate the Essence of the Child and Champion a Better Future" happening May 2 to 4, 2013 in Richmond. Please join us as we celebrate and honour what it means to be a child while championing the role early childhood educators play in securing a bright future for the field of early care and learning.More

Unleash your mind
MCCA
Welcome to MCCA's 36th annual provincial conference, Unleash Your Mind! As always, the Conference Committee, led by Karen Gander, MCCA's Professional Development Manager, has been busy putting together a line up that is intended to educate, excite and inspire you. At this year's event, we invite you to be open to creative ideas, new research and innovative ways of educating and caring for our most important citizens. Our job is to present you with new ideas and tools to do the most important work that you do every day, and we take that job very seriously. More

Employers must try to accommodate workers with family obligations
The Hamilton Spectator
In a landmark decision that may help thousands of Canadian parents juggling work and child care, the Federal Court says employers must try to accommodate employees with family obligations. The ruling upholds a 2010 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision against the Canadian Border Services that found the federal agency discriminated against a Toronto airport customs inspector when it denied her request for regular hours so she could make child care arrangements.More

Vancouver park board calls emergency meeting
The Vancouver Courier
The park board has called a meeting to help address public concerns regarding its proposed joint operating agreement, also called the Community Partnership Agreement. The meeting was arranged to attempt to answer questions from the public regarding the proposed joint operating agreement, which would see the park board taking revenue from room rental and programs at local community centres.More

Fostering a family-friendly workplace
Surrey Leader
TA week before B.C.'s first Family Day statutory holiday (Feb. 11), the second Business and Families First Dialogue, hosted in partnership with the Burnaby Board of Trade and the Surrey Board of Trade. Last year, the Surrey Board of Trade issued their Business and Families Position Paper and now the Burnaby Board of Trade, representing over 1,000 business members, is joining them on this economic call.More

Tiny Lab, big ideas
The Coast
Come spring there'll be another business helping to paint Gottingen Street green. The eco-conscious child care centre, A Tiny Lab, will move into the work-in-progress and future home of The Hub, 2172 Gottingen Street. With 15 years of experience in early childhood education, Jillian Farris looks forward to offering a welcoming natural space for kids 18 months to five years, and is currently accepting applications for A Tiny Lab's first class.More

Toronto: a model of independence? The Ontario capital could offer lessons in avoiding municipal party politics
The Montreal Gazette
As Montreal and Laval struggle to reimagine what city politics should be like in the shadow of corruption hearings and the resignations of Gérald Tremblay and Gilles Vaillancourt, folks down the 401 have been experiencing their own political catharsis. Recently in Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford won a reprieve after an appeal court rejected a ruling that found him guilty of conflict of interest when, as a councillor for Etobicoke, he accepted $3,150 in donations from lobbyists and a corporation through a charity that bears his name. More

Stephenson Childcare moves out of Utterson Hall, into new space
Cottage Country Now
An Utterson-based child care service will remain in the community, but in a new space. Kari Lambe, executive director of community services and economic development with the Town of Huntsville, stated at a committee meeting towards the end of last year that Stephenson Childcare Centre would be moving from Utterson Hall to a nearby house.More

Fitness Child Care training course is available to new CCEI users for American Heart Month
Digital Journal
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training institution, offers the trial course CCEI121: Motor Development and Physical Fitness in Early Childhood at no cost in February to provide new users the opportunity to try quality, online child care training in recognition of American Heart Month. More