Interaction Weekly
Jul. 30, 2014

Editorial: Affordable child care can bring economic and social benefits
Vancouver Sun
Few today dispute that universal public education funded from tax revenues became one of the most powerful engines for development devised by capitalist economies. It not only creates the better informed citizens empowered by critical thinking required for healthy democracies to function, it provides the literate, adaptable, self-directed workers essential to the competitiveness and entrepreneurial regeneration of business itself.More

Why fixing First Nations education remains so far out of reach
Macleans
Mike McKenzie celebrated his 21st birthday in May. For many Canadians, 21 is a milestone, an age when they graduate from university and begin their adult lives. For McKenzie, it’s something of a miracle. His turnaround came after attending an Aboriginal youth conference that allowed him to meet with other First Nations teens living on reserves. He realized his struggles were hardly unique. Isolation, depression and substance abuse are rampant among Aboriginal youth growing up in remote communities. More

New website launched to help recognize concussion signs in kids
Global News
Deciding whether a child may have sustained a concussion while engaged in play or sport can be difficult because tell-tale symptoms may not show up right away. But a new online resource aimed at parents and coaches could help make that determination a whole lot easier. The Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital has launched a website called the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT), which flags the warning signs of concussion and explains what steps need to be taken to diagnose and manage the all-too-common brain injury.More

Surrey Board of Trade makes case for national child care program
Vancouver Sun
The Surrey Board of Trade will take the business case for a national child care program to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce convention in September with the aim of shoring up support for such a scheme. The board recommends in a resolution “that the federal government work with the provinces and territories to develop, improve and expand access to a Canadian child care program that will determine an appropriate child care rate for parents and rate of public investment per space.”More

Finding proper child care an issue for single mothers
Windsor Star
I am a 23-year-old mother of a five-year-old daughter. I made the decision this year to make a career change, as I’d been searching for an apprentice position as a hairstylist for what seemed like ages. But no one wanted to pay me to work. I was so ecstatic when I received the news that I was accepted by St. Clair College for Culinary Management. More

2 kids, 2 salaries — and an extremely compact inner-city loft
The Globe and Mail
Kirk Jong and his wife, Elaine, are both engineers in their early 40s, making healthy salaries. They have two children — Kali, 9, and Kyle, almost 5. They sound like your average Canadian family, the kind typically found living in a big suburban house with a yard, a dog and a small, private transit system running everyone to jobs, schools, sports and the mall. More

Finding proper child care an issue for single mothers
Windsor Star
I am a 23-year-old mother of a five-year-old daughter. I made the decision this year to make a career change, as I’d been searching for an apprentice position as a hairstylist for what seemed like ages. But no one wanted to pay me to work. I was so ecstatic when I received the news that I was accepted by St. Clair College for Culinary Management. More

Proposed Ontario child care law might save 2 Toronto day cares
Metro
New provincial child care legislation, reintroduced by the Kathleen Wynne government, may give Toronto new powers to stop commercial child care centres from gobbling up non-profit day cares when their leases expire, say city staff. If approved, the legislation may offer some protection to two non-profit day cares that are poised to lose their leases to a for-profit child care chain willing to pay more rent, said Elaine Baxter-Trahair, Toronto's general manager of children's services.More

Get kids out of the pool without a fight
Calgary Herald
It started out so simply – you asked your child to get out of the pool. He screamed, “NO!” and an entire pool crowd is suddenly silent and staring at you. Now what? Do you go in and get him? Do you walk away and hope that he’ll come out after you? Or do you hope that tomorrow will be better? Tomorrow will only be better if you have a new plan. Many kids have learned that if they can make a loud enough fuss when out in public, they can manipulate parents into pretty much anything. More

Grade 12 student devises alarm to save kids left in cars
CBC News
Every year, dozens of small children are forgotten in cars. Sometimes a parent remembers and rushes back to the car - but sometimes they don't get there in time to prevent the child suffering harm. Seventeen-year-old Alissa Chavez has designed a car-seat alarm system to alert parents when they've left a child in the car. The system sounds an alarm on the car, on a key fob and on an app when the parent is 10 metres away from the car but there is still a child inside. More

CNC renames, reboots day care service
Prince George Citizen
The College of New Caledonia is now offering its childcare service year-round for students and community members. Now called the Early Care and Learning Centre, the daycare service was on the chopping block earlier this year to help offset a $1.2 million budget shortfall at the college. Instead of putting an end to it, the college will offer full-time service to encourage consistent numbers, beginning in September. It can be a challenge to switch children from one daycare during the school year to another for the summer months. More

Managing your money: Insurance a must for active kids
London Free Press
Your kids are active and that’s a good thing — it’s healthy, engaging and fun. But with their active lifestyle comes the possibility of injury. Usually it’s just a matter of getting out the disinfectant, a dressing and a hug but there’s always the chance your child could have a more significant accident — and that’s why your active kids may need active insurance.More