Interaction Weekly
May. 27, 2015

How the 3 main federal parties compare in support for families
Guelph Mercury
Family policy is front and centre in the lead up to the October federal election. The Conservatives and the New Democrats have already weighed in, putting billions of dollars on the table. Facing criticism that he favours style over substance, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau now offers some specifics of his own by promising to consolidate federal child tax benefits. More

Researcher: Alberta NDP's $25-a-day child care plan doesn't go far enough
Metro News
Premier Rachel Notley's pledge to push child-care costs down to $25 per day may bring hope to financially stretched parents in Alberta, but a leading public-health researcher says the NDP's proposed policy doesn't go nearly far enough. "Kudos to actually saying putting more money into child care is important, because it is ... but they don't back it up with investing the dollars that will make it so," Dr. Paul Kershaw said of the winning party's platform.More

Quebec to review the resale of daycare permits
Global News
The value of daycare licenses in Quebec is sky-rocketing. According to the province's family ministry, this is because private subsidized daycares can generate an average annual profit of about $370,000; one such daycare in Quebec City, L'Oasis Enfantin, has been valued at $1.8 million. More

Nanny program stonewalled by Ottawa, frustrated parents say
CBC News
Parents who say they're tearing their hair out trying to apply for a foreign nanny accuse the federal government of stringing them along — for political reasons. "We're pawns in a game that's supposed to look like families are getting helped, but they're not," said Michael Shandro, the Edmonton father of two preschoolers. More

Edmonton parents forced to get creative with daycare
Edmonton Sun
Lack of quality child care spaces and the expense of hard-to-come-by spots are forcing some parents to think outside the box. Currently, there are regulated or licensed daycare centres, out-of-school care programs and family dayhome agency spaces for just 20 per cent of Alberta's children aged zero to five.More

Will a low-cost, Quebec-style child-care model work in Alberta?
Metro News
Parents paying thousands each month for child care may soon see relief if the NDP government has its way, but not everyone is convinced additional subsidization really benefits those who need it most. All told, the election budget mapped out by the victorious NDP calls for an additional $450 million in child-care funding between now and the 2019-20 fiscal year. The hope is, as the province's finances permit, that parents will see their daily costs for a caregiver lowered to $25. More

Lose the guilt, working moms. The kids are all right
The Globe and Mail
Well, here's a remedy for a restful night: a new study adds to the mounting evidence, as The New York Times recently put it, "that having a working mother has some economic, educational and social benefits for children of both sexes." The research, which comes from Harvard University's new Gender Initiative project, suggests that both male and female children benefit from having mothers who work outside the home.More