Interaction Weekly
May. 20, 2015

24/7 operations and child care responsibilities: An employer's obligation
Winnipeg Free Press
The definition of "family status" under human rights legislation continues to be one of the hottest topics in Canadian employment law. Yet another case involving this area of human rights is SMS Equipment Inc. v Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Local 707, 2015 ABQB 162. At Arbitration, SMS Equipment Inc., was found to have discriminated against an employee, Ms. Cahill-Saunders, on the basis of family status pursuant to the Alberta Human Rights Act because it required her to work rotating day and night shifts. The Employer was found to have an obligation to accommodate the Employee with respect to her childcare duties.More

Federal government must buy in
Winnipeg Free Press
Child care matters — to children, parents, employers, our city and province. But the federal government refuses to listen and to act. Child-care advocates from across Canada recently joined together to call for a universally accessible, quality, affordable comprehensive child-care system. More

Long-term, comparative data on costs of raising kids lacking
The Globe and Mail
Five months before a federal election where childcare will be a key issue, there is little comparative long-term data on the costs of raising a child. A briefing note prepared for Finance Minister Joe Oliver, made public through a CBC Access to Information request, says the cost of raising children increased at the same pace as the rate of inflation between 1998 and 2013. More

Karen Casey seeking your input on child care in Nova Scotia
CBC News
There's only a few days left to add your voice to the government's review of regulated child care in Nova Scotia. "We want this to be a broad range survey with input from as many Nova Scotians as possible," said education minister Karen Casey. More

Most families count on child care
Winnipeg Free Press
Family Day. It's a day that was set aside two decades ago by the United Nations to reflect on the importance of families. It came this year at the end of Child Care Week in Canada, which the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada used to kick off a campaign urging Canadians to "vote child care" in 2015. More

Newly renovated YMCA daycare in Brampton, ON has capacity to engage 78 children
Brampton Guardian
A just-completed renovation at the Brampton Kennedy Road YMCA Centre will give 78 local children access to high quality licensed child care programing, say staff. The new space — located at the intersection of Kennedy Road and Bovaird Drive East — invited the community for its grand opening recently. More

High schoolers can earn childcare training credits
The StarPhoenix
Saskatchewan students will soon be able to put their high school credits toward both graduation and early childhood education qualifications. The provincial government has announced a new dual-credit partnership between the Ministry of Education and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, available provincewide to all Grade 11 and 12 students, including those in First Nations schools.More

Physical activity time in preschools may be less than ideal
Preschoolers may not get enough time to engage in physical activity at childcare centers, according to a new study. While it's recommended children get 120 minutes of physical activity per day, researchers found kids had an average of 48 minutes per day to engage in physical activity at preschool.More

Strolling to raise awareness on child care
Williams Lake Tribune
Under sunny skies women and children in Williams Lake took to the streets recently to raise awareness about affordable childcare in B.C. As they walked in a a group from Boitanio Mall to Kiwanis Park some pushed strollers, others carried signs. Some of the participants did both. More

Yukon elder reopens Old Crow's daycare after 10-year hiatus
CBC News
Elizabeth Kaye, 75, has given up retirement to reopen her dayhome in Old Crow — the community's only daycare. "I could not sit and do nothing," she told CBC Yukon's Leonard Linklater on Midday Café. More