Interaction Weekly
Mar. 13, 2013

Call for Nominations for The Canadian Child Care Federation's Award for Excellence in Child Care
CCCF
The Canadian Child Care Federation's biennial Award for Excellence in Child Care honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of child care. The award will recognize achievements in the following areas. More

Appel de mises en candidature de la Fédération canadienne des services de garde à l'enfance Le prix Excellence dans la garde à l'enfance
CCCF
Le prix Excellence dans la garde à l'enfance de la Fédération canadienne des services de garde à l'enfance honore les personnes qui ont apporté une contribution exceptionnelle au domaine de la garde à l'enfance. Le prix récompense des personnes pour leurs réalisations dans les domains suivants de la garde à l'enfance.More

Poll: Nova Scotians want province involved in child care
The Chronicle-Herald
A new poll shows most Nova Scotians want government to have a role in child care. The Environics Research Group poll shows 87 per cent of Nova Scotians believe government should be involved in making sure families' child care needs are met. The province-wide poll was carried out for the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Nova Scotia and was released to coincide with International Women's Week. More

Calgary parents face long lineups for day care
CBC News
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." More

Premier says no to $10-a-day day care demands
CTV News
Premier Christy Clark said she would not bow to protesters who descended on her office recently, calling on British Columbia to subsidize a $10-a-day day care plan. While nearly 200 people demanding cheaper child care marched to her constituency office in Vancouver, Clark told CTV News that publicly funded, $10-a-day day care would amount to some $2 billion in taxpayer funds, and that the province doesn't have the money to make that happen. More

Officials hold off on approving day care near landfill
The Record
Waterloo officials are holding off on giving the thumbs up to a day care at The Boardwalk development straddling Kitchener and Waterloo until a land-use compatibility study is completed. "I think we need to see the results of that study first and just get a sense of how that all fits in," said ward Coun. Scott Witmer. "If this is going to be a place where parents drop off day care-age children, the city has its due diligence to make sure it's safe." More

Calgary parents face long lineups for day care
CBC News
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 daycare. "All night I was here," said Azita Afsha, who held her place in line with a lawn chair. More

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. More

Generous youngster has heart in right place
Timmins Press
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. More

More child care services on the way for Muskoka
CottageCountryNow
Muskoka child care services will increase once plans are implemented by the provincial government to create Best Start Child and Family Centres. Rick Williams, commissioner of community services for the District of Muskoka, said the province's plans are still vague and he doesn't know what services will be brought together through the program, but it will provide more resources for parents. "The whole bringing together of a resource package for families with young children is exciting and I think will make child development that much stronger in Muskoka," he said. More

Think child care is no longer a women's issue?
Rabble
Here are ten indications that Canada's lack of action on universal child care continues to have a profound impact on women in all regions of Canada — across the life span, across diverse groups and across the economic spectrum. Lack of child care is a barrier to participation in all kinds of education and training — essential for women's equality. Access to child care — though often construed as a support to women's employment — is just as important for women who are students and trainees at all levels, from language classes, to high school, to apprenticeships, to aspiring lawyers and engineers, and doctors.More

Time to scrap the Universal Child Care benefit
Toronto Star
Next month, the federal government will introduce another austerity budget. More public sector jobs will be eliminated, and more services will be cut, all in the name of restoring Canada's fiscal health. The government will present itself as the guardian of the public purse, respectful of provincial jurisdictions, and focused on helping working families. More

Calling on Brighton and Hove employers to take on child care apprentices
The Argus
City College Brighton and Hove is encouraging local childcare providers to consider taking on an apprentice. The college has noticed an increased number of young people showing interest in childcare apprenticeships but insufficient numbers of available opportunities to meet the demand. One local employer, the Dorothy Stringer Playgroup, has recently taken on an apprentice, and is encouraging others to follow suit. More

Igloolik, Nunavut, day care gets ready to open
CBC News
A daycare may soon open in Igloolik, Nunavut, after three years of fundraising. Elijah Evaluardjuk said the group has got a building and has started renovations, but they're waiting for an electrician to arrive in town. "I know that there's a lot of people who want to work but can't work because there is no day care," he said. More