Interaction Weekly
Jul. 16, 2014

High-quality day care closing as free lease ends
Toronto Star
More than 40 Toronto families are scrambling to find daycare after a long-standing non-profit centre in the city’s financial district is being forced to close. The 72-space Scotia Plaza Child Care Centre on King St. W. has been operated by George Brown College since 1989. Under an agreement between the city and the building’s developer, the bank tower was allowed extra density in exchange for free child care space for 25 years.More

Province tightening day care controls
Cramahe Now
The Ontario government continues its support for families and children by re-introducing the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014. The legislation, if passed, would strengthen oversight of the province's unlicensed child care sector, while increasing access to licensed child care options for families. In addition, it would allow the province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child's safety is at risk.More

50 things to do with kids this summer in Toronto
BlogTO
Kids activities abound in Toronto during the summer, when the splash pads are running, the parks are lush, and playgrounds are warmed by the sun. Far more than adults, children benefit from the summer season in Toronto, no longer cooped up indoors or shuttled from arena to arena for hockey or figure skating practice. But aside from the obvious things like park trips and playgrounds, how to make the most of summer with kids in Toronto?More

Kids aren't babies anymore, but we're keeping the baby gate
Toronto Star
The truck pulled up two weeks ago, a huge cube van commandeered by two burly volunteers collecting other people's castoffs for a charity garage sale. "Take it all!" I wailed."The cribs! The high chair! The booster seat! The playpen! The strollers! We don't need them. We're past all that now!"More

Stroller brigade for affordable child care
Nelson Star
A stroller brigade rolled down the sidewalks of Baker Street with signs and a banner in hand one recent afternoon in support of affordable child care. At exactly the same time hundreds of other concerned citizens, organized by the BC Labour Federation, showed their support at the legislature in Victoria.More

NDP's Tom Mulcair pitches House of Commons day care for MPs
CBC News
The House of Commons may soon be home to change tables, playpens and high chairs. And no, this is not a joke about politicians' sometimes infantile behaviour. A generational shift among the elected officials, means there are more MPs juggling political portfolios with parenting.More

Love, learn, laugh and yoga
Devon Dispatch
Childcare kids were treated to a session of yoga recently. At Love, Learn and Laugh Childcare, a group of toddlers and preschoolers enjoyed stretching and bending with Joyce Christian of Priya Yoga. A Devon native, Christian has taught yoga for four years, following training in Sherwood Park and Costa Rica. "Children's yoga is almost exactly the same, except we put animal names to the poses," she said, following the session.More

OMG! Texting doesn't actually hurt kids' grammar or spelling skills
Vox
Texting has become the dominant form of communication among teens, with the average American teen sending and receiving thousands of texts each month. This has led to widespread concerns that the informal spelling and grammar used in texts (termed "textisms" by researchers) would erode these kids' ability to use proper language.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. 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 campsMore

It's important to talk to kids early about cyberbullying
News1130
As kids move online, so does bullying. In a new study released by Primus Telecommunications Canada, half of Canadian parents think their child could be cyberbullying others. The company’s Brad Fisher said it’s best to start talking to kids early.More

YMCA day care centre closing in Huntsville this fall
Huntsville Forester
Come this September, families with children in the YMCA Home Child Care program housed at Deerhurst Resort will need to find a new day care. The YMCA's lease was not renewed with the resort this year, as Skyline International Development Inc. has plans to expand the resort.More

Baby survives crash that killed mother a year ago
The StarPhoenix
Josie Ledoux tearfully said goodbye to her dead daughter and, despite overwhelming grief, headed up three floors in the Saskatchewan hospital to meet her newborn grandchild. It was a day of both life and death - one that will be marked Monday as little Aurora Sky celebrates her first birthday and Ledoux remembers the first anniversary of a car crash that killed her pregnant, 17-yearold daughter.More

Port Moody says no to 'big box' day care
The Tri-City News
A bid to put a large day care in a new office building being built at Suter Brook was shot down by Port Moody council. Onni was applying for a land use contract amendment that would have allowed the second floor of a building at 220 Brew St. to be used for a day care for up to 170 kids. Brendan Yee, development manager for Onni, said the company was close to signing a 15-year lease, with an option to extend for five years, with Kids and Company, a national corporate-owned daycare operator.More

OMG! Texting doesn't actually hurt kids' grammar or spelling skills
Vox
Texting has become the dominant form of communication among teens, with the average American teen sending and receiving thousands of texts each month. This has led to widespread concerns that the informal spelling and grammar used in texts (termed "textisms" by researchers) would erode these kids' ability to use proper language.More