Interaction Weekly
Sep. 25, 2013

Day care decision a balance of finances and emotion
Toronto Star
When Carlos and Stephanie Gavilanes had their son Santiago two years ago, child care was a no-brainer. She was going to take a year off work, since she kind of had an in with the boss anyway: her husband Carlos, owner of the Shoeless Joe's Sports Grill on King St. W. and Duncan St., where she is the marketing manager. That plan lasted all of six months.More

Quebec's law governing day care permits deemed unconstitutional
The Gazette
A day care owner fought the law and won. Maddalena Borrega wanted to open four government-subsidized day cares last year. She was exactly the kind of candidate Quebec looks for in a public day care operator: she holds a bachelor's degree in Business and Administration from Université de Québec à Montréal, she graduated from UQAM's early childhood education certificate program and had years of experience as an administrator at a private day care owned by her mother, Mona-Lisa Farinacci-Borrega.More

Edmonton military day care becomes first to unionize
Canadian HR Reporter
A military day care in Edmonton has become the first of its kind to unionize in the country. Workers at the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Society voted to join the ranks of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) union, effectively becoming the first military day care to organize. Concerns over wage parity with other jobs in a similar field prompted the move, according to CUPE Alberta's president, Marle Roberts. More

Opinion: Child care: Future of Nova Scotia's children at stake
CBC News
Nova Scotia is going to the polls. What does this mean for families with children under the age of five? Since 2005, the province of Nova Scotia has put emphasis and value on the early years as it acknowledges the care and education of our youngest children is important to society and critical to our province's future economic development. More

EPS find grow-op in babysitters' care home
CBC News
A husband and wife have been charged with running a grow-op out of their home, which was also being used as a care home for several young children. A coordinated team of EPS and RCMP officers searched the property in southwest Edmonton recently, finding 17 hydroponic marijuana plants and a small amount of processed marijuana and cannabis. More

Okotoks day care proposed in residential area worries locals
CBC News
Residents living in Okotoks, AB, say they are concerned about the public safety, noise and traffic issues that a new daycare planned for their neighbourhood would bring. Marketing plans show a daycare centre has been in the works for Drake Landing since 2009. Amanda Preston, who lives in the neighbourhood, is opposed to the proposal.More

Daycare in funding fight with Toronto over full-day kindergarten
Toronto Star
Toronto Children's Services is withholding a $75,000 grant for an "infant room" at Children's Circle until the daycare tells parents to send their kids to school-based care. The city expects the daycare to stop escorting kids to and from school by 2015.More

Teachers to buy British day care operator for $320 million
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is set to buy a British day care company for around $320 million, expanding its reach into a sector that has become attractive to pension funds and other investors. The pension fund's investment arm, Teachers' Private Capital, has been named the preferred bidder for Busy Bees, Britain's largest day care provider with 212 centres offering care for 19,000 children, according to sources familiar with the transaction.More

Province to gather input from parents on plan to expand child care
Winnipeg Free Press
The province is looking to help parent boards speed development of new and expanded day cares. Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced that the government will seek public input this fall and winter on a new five-year child care plan. One of the ideas it is exploring is how to help volunteer boards get new spaces on stream more quickly.More

Ontario seeking more power over unregulated day care
Toronto Star
The Ontario government does not track public health inspections of unregulated day cares, like the one that found potentially deadly listeria bacteria in a Vaughan home where a toddler died this summer. Nor are provincial officials automatically informed when complaints to Children's Aid, animal control, municipal property standards, fire or police services result in warnings, fines or charges against unlicensed home day care operators.More

Child care consultations planned for fall and winter
CTV News
Parents will get to weigh in on the province’s child care services when the provincial government launches consultations on the next multi-year plan to expand daycare in Manitoba. The government plans to meet with parents, child care operators and home-based child care workers throughout the fall and winter at public consultations across urban, rural and northern regions. More