Interaction Weekly
May. 14, 2014

Rethinking child care in Toronto
CityNews
Arlene Francis was a mortgage broker who managed dozens of people. The busy executive had no reason to be concerned with child care — until she found out she was pregnant. The timing was awful. The news came to her just as her relationship was falling apart, forcing her to face what would become her biggest challenge yet: working single motherhood.More

Psychologist: Kids are naturally unselfish
The Province
Parents trying to raise their kids to be altruistic may already have a helping hand from Mother Nature, says a Harvard University psychologist. Contrary to conventional belief that young children are innately selfish and have to be taught how to share, give or help, Dr. Felix Warneken says research shows kids as young as 18 months old display altruistic behaviour, without prompting or reward.More

Editorial: Ontario must address dental care for low-income kids
Toronto Star
In the war on poverty, proper access to oral health care has always been a losing battle. Unless you have disposable cash or a good benefit plan from work, the high cost of dental care means that good treatment can be out of reach. New data from the Toronto Public Health department drives home that inequality in nearly half of the city's elementary schools. More

NDP promise one-time $100 million cash injection for child care
National Post
A New Democrat government would inject a one-time $100 million into licensed child care in Ontario if elected, party leader Andrea Horwath said. The money, to be spent next year, would go toward "stabilizing" a system destabilized by the Liberal government, Horwath said "We see over a dozen child care centres minimum across the province that are poised to close," Horwath said. More

Court: Employers can't punish parents over child care needs
Toronto Star
Two recent court decisions have made it clear that employers must be flexible when parents are faced with difficult child care arrangements. The Federal Court of Appeal rulings confirm that cases where parents work for the same employer, they can't be forced to limit their career mobility or drop from full-time to part-time work to meet these obligations. This is especially so when the employers could easily accommodate their needs.More

Manitoba promises more child care spaces
Global News
The Manitoba government is promising to create an additional 5,000 child care spaces over the next five years. The province is also providing a two per cent increase in operating grants this year to help boost employee wages, and says it will improve its online registry. The overall cost of the plan is unclear. More

Psychologist: Kids are naturally unselfish
The Province
Parents trying to raise their kids to be altruistic may already have a helping hand from Mother Nature, says a Harvard University psychologist. Contrary to conventional belief that young children are innately selfish and have to be taught how to share, give or help, Dr. Felix Warneken says research shows kids as young as 18 months old display altruistic behaviour, without prompting or reward.More

Study: Kids who play outdoors are more spiritual and creative
CTV News
Turn off the TV, hide the game consoles and send your kids to play in the great outdoors if you want to raise more thoughtful, fulfilled and spiritual children, suggest the findings of a small study. Children who spend significant amounts of time playing outside were found to have a stronger sense of purpose, peacefulness and spiritual connection to the earth. More

Are kids' screen time guidelines out of touch?
CTV News
Tell any parent that the current advice from doctors' groups in Canada and the U.S. is that children of all ages should spend no more than two hours a day on any screen device, and you'll probably get a variation on the same response: "Ha! Good luck with that!" In a world in which almost everyone over the age of 14 is carrying a smartphone, and iPads and gaming devices are used to keep kids busy while parents prepare dinner or buy some sanity time, kids are often staring at screens for much longer than two hours. More

Ground broken for new Brockton day care
The Post
An unique day care situation has become even more of a one-of-a-kind in the region, and two public institutions have strengthened their relationship. Sod was officially turned for construction of the new day care centre in Brockton. The municipally-owned facility will be located on the property of Mother Teresa School in Walkerton's south end.More

Sault Ste. Marie day care debate stalled until June 23
Sault Star
The debate on the future of municipal day care has been postponed until June 23. City council unanimously passed a resolution that postponed the debate in order to allow for community input and consultation. The public viewing area in council's chambers was packed with parents and young children, the majority wearing red t-shirts, to show their support for the continuation of the municipal day care system. More

Day care workers worry new system will affect special needs children
CBC News
Thunder Bay day care workers are speaking out against centralized management of the resource teachers who work with special needs children. Right now, many day care centres get funding for their resource teachers and manage them directly. But the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board plans to bring in a third party to take over supervising staff for special needs children. That provider would receive the funding and centrally manage all the resource teachers.More