Interaction Weekly
Jul. 9, 2014

More than 90,000 kids affected as Quebec day care workers strike
CTV News
Parents of more than 90,000 kids in Quebec had to make alternate arrangements Monday as the province's subsidized home day care workers staged a one-day strike in their demand for better pay. Nearly 14,000 members of the FIPEQ union representing daycare workers hoisted picket signs on Monday, more than seven months after their collective bargaining agreement with the province expired. The union is asking for compensation for real hours worked and better conditions for its members in a province-run day care system that charges much lower fees compared to the rest of the country. More

Editorial: Child care victory for working parents
Toronto Star
The Canadian government dragged its heels for 10 long years, but finally it has come around to recognizing that employers have a legal obligation to try to accommodate workers who are finding it hard to juggle their job schedules and their kids’ child-care needs. Repeated court rulings have forced Ottawa to acknowledge that it can’t just wash its hands of the problem.More

City of Ottawa unveils online day care sign up
Metro
The city of Ottawa has announced a new online child care registry and waiting list that will replace the old phone-based system. The new software replaces the city’s centralized waiting list that was implemented in 2004. Plans for the new system began in 2013.More

UBC engineering camps get kids excited about science
Global News
The University of British Columbia is hosting eight weeks of engineering and science camps, better known as 'Geering Up.' Over the last 19 years 80,000 kids from Kindergarten to Grade 12 have attended the week-long camps. "Geering Up is just to get kids excited about science," said co-director Jakob Manning. "Just get them enthralled because at a young age kids are so impressionable. They’re picking their favourite colour, they're favourite action hero and we want them to give science a chance."More

Ottawa won't appeal landmark child-care ruling
Toronto Star
Ottawa is ending its fight to overturn a groundbreaking human rights ruling that says Canadian employers must try to accommodate parents struggling to meet child-care needs. Canada Border Services Agency notified former Toronto airport customs officer Fiona Johnstone that it is not seeking leave to appeal her case to the Supreme Court of Canada. More

Kids react to original Nintendo Game Boy
CNET
Nothing makes us gaming elders feel older than watching kids react to an original Nintendo Game Boy. In the latest "Kids React" video by new-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine (also known as The Fine Brothers) kids ages 6-13 attempt to use a Game Boy. Past episodes of the series have kids hilariously attempt to figure out rotary phones, Walkman cassette players, old Apple computers, and '90s Internet instructional videos.More

Daycare demand soaring in Toronto region as YMCA adds more spaces
The Globe and Mail
The YMCA is adding nearly 2,000 daycare spaces across the Greater Toronto Area in response to feverish demand from parents who are desperate for affordable, quality child care. After years of decline, the number of Canadian children under the age of five and the proportion of two-income families is growing, especially in urban areas such as Toronto, where the cost of living is relatively high.More

Kids react to original Nintendo Game Boy
CNET
Nothing makes us gaming elders feel older than watching kids react to an original Nintendo Game Boy. In the latest "Kids React" video by new-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine (also known as The Fine Brothers) kids ages 6-13 attempt to use a Game Boy. Past episodes of the series have kids hilariously attempt to figure out rotary phones, Walkman cassette players, old Apple computers, and '90s Internet instructional videos.More

Canada's latest baby boom caught experts by surprise
National Post
When Leslie Charlton opened up her baby gear and maternity goods shop a decade ago, Regina was a "barren wasteland," devoid of stores like hers. Now, Ms. Charlton's Groovy Mama shop is one of about seven shops selling breastfeeding bras and baby slings to a growing clientele. She loves the competition; there’s enough business to go around.More

Why yoga for kids is beneficial and fun
The Huffington Post
I know it sounds hokey, and probably posh and presumptuous. I swear I am not that kind of mom — really. But my kids practice yoga. They LOVE yoga, and are excited every Saturday or Sunday morning to accompany me to my spinning studio where they partake in a kids yoga class while I sweat it out with the other parents doing the same.More

How to be selfish in parenting
Canoe
"Be a selfish parent!" Stop praising them and start ignoring them, declares celebrity lifestyle guru Olga Levancuka. Basically, the more you give, the less you get! Levancuka pooh-poohs popular parenting practices of indulgence and devotion. "Get on with your life while they get on with theirs!" says the author of How to be Selfish (And Other Uncomfortable Advice).More

U.K.: How 2 million grandparents are sacrificing work to help with child care
Daily Mail
Nearly two million grandparents have sacrificed their own jobs to look after their grandchildren, a study said yesterday. It found that one in seven of all grandparents have given up their job, cut their working hours, or taken holiday or sick leave to take over childcare from their own children. More