Interaction Weekly
Mar. 5, 2014

Nightmare? I want a day care on Elm Street
The Globe and Mail
Some days, politics really does seem like a horror show. Witness the return of income splitting – like a serial killer in a slasher movie, refusing to stay dead, staggering back with a grunted promise to hack off $50,000 here and transplant it over there. It had seemed good and finished after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's well-placed boot, but apparently no one's noticed the first rule of slasher movies, which is to never turn your back on the dead thing. More

Sick Kids researchers question safety of baby noise machines
Newstalk 1010
Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children are questioning the safety of white noise machines used to help babies sleep. Senior author Dr. Blake Papsin says several available models generate noise at levels that may be unsafe for young ears. He says babies ' brains are looking for meaningful sounds to help with auditory development.More

Quebec adds more than 2,000 new day care spots in Montreal
The Gazette
Montreal-area parents languishing on wait-lists for subsidized $7-a-day day care can expect more than 2,000 new spots opening up for their children. Quebec Family Minister Nicole Léger announced an additional 2,281 spots to the Centre de la Petite Enfance day care program in the region. Some of the daycare additions — whether at CPE, a subsidized private facility or a home day care — are to be implemented this year and will continue gradually until 2016.More

No one is tracking unregulated day care deaths in Ontario
Toronto Star
No one at Queen's Park is keeping track of how often babies die in unregulated child care in Ontario. Four babies have died in seven months in unregulated home day cares in the Toronto area, but neither the provincial coroner's office nor the provincial Education ministry could say if this is unusual.More

Province funding new construction for day care spaces
Winnipeg Free Press
The Manitoba government has announced a $9 million construction program to create an additional 250 day care spaces at five schools. The schools are located in Winnipeg, St. Andrews and Oak Lake. Provincial legislation now requires child care centres to be included in schools whenever a new school is built or is undergoing major renovations. More

No one is tracking unregulated day care deaths in Ontario
Toronto Star
No one at Queen's Park is keeping track of how often babies die in unregulated child care in Ontario. Four babies have died in seven months in unregulated home day cares in the Toronto area, but neither the provincial coroner's office nor the provincial Education ministry could say if this is unusual.More

Ontario child care proposals meet mounting opposition
Toronto Star
Ontario's former early learning advisor says he has "serious concerns" about a provincial plan to allow licensed day cares to put babies and toddlers in larger groups with fewer trained staff. "I have a huge amount of respect for Premier (Kathleen) Wynne and I know she wants to get it right," said Charles Pascal, who advised former premier Dalton McGuinty on all-day kindergarten.More

Brockton's day care plan moves forward
Blackburn News
The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board is hoping to begin renovations at Mother Teresa School in Walkerton soon. The board has approved a capital agreement with Brockton and Bruce County councils for the renovation of the school, which includes a 4,400 sq. ft. addition to house Brockton's municipal daycare program. Superintendent of Business Cathy Colton says the estimated $1.3 million cost of the renovation will be split between the three parties; with Brockton putting up $700,000, $385,000 from Bruce County and an additional $289,000 from the Catholic board through a grant from the province.More

District of Squamish backs $10 child care
The Chief
Squamish officials backed a call for a $10-a-day B.C. child care program that would come with a $1.5 billion annual price tag. Recently, the District of Squamish became the 26th municipality to support the $10 a Day Child Care Plan. Pieced together by the Early Childhood Educators of B.C. and the Coalition of Childcare Advocates of B.C. over the past four years, the document outlines a public system for early care and learning.More

Subsidized child care spots face cuts
Sault Star
Subsidized child care spaces will be reduced as a result of cuts from provincial funding formulas. A report to city council states that $885,843.35 in child care program funding will be cut effective Jan. 1, 2015, resulting in cuts in the number of subsidized child care spaces available to those in need. The 399 subsidized child care spaces available throughout the District Social Services Administration Board's catchment area will now be reduced to 337.5 spaces.More

Child care options to be reviewed in spring
Sault Star
City council will need to decide later this year if it still wants to run child day care operations. The decision will be based on a staff report and recommendations it will receive as part of an analysis asked for as a result of cuts to subsidized child care spaces. The subsidized child care cuts will come as a result of cuts from provincial funding formulas.More

Cold weather impacts Saskatoon day cares
Global News
It's no surprise little ones are being kept inside this week as the cold weather continues in Saskatoon. A situation that comes with its own set of challenges as day cares try to keep colds and the stomach bug at bay. At Helping Hands abc Daycare in Hampton Village, all 36 children have been inside this week thanks to the cold. While the children have been kept busy with indoor activities, day care workers have been kept busy keeping everyone happy and healthy.More

Opinion: Universal day care must be priority
Toronto Star
It's shameful in a modern society that children are dying in unlicensed day care centres. I blame Prime Minister Stephen Harper who, immediately upon forming a government, dismantled Paul Martin's national child care program that had been endorsed by all 10 provinces. Harper told parents to fend for themselves, offering monthly subsidies that don't begin to cover the actual cost of proper child care. Did he really not foresee that this would lead to the use of substandard day care facilities?More