Interaction Weekly
Dec. 3, 2014

Quebec's day care flip-flop
Maclean's
Philippe Couillard doesn’t do fury very well. Blessed with a manner to match his patrician beard, the current Quebec premier is a notable counterpoint to his Liberal predecessor, Jean Charest—often a man of clenched fists and bee-sting indignation. Feb. 20, 2014, was one notable exception. On that day, the Parti Québécois government announced plans to increase daycare fees by $2 a day, to $9, and index the fees to inflation thereafter.More

Student probes toxicity of fire-retardant materials in day cares
The Starphoenix
University of Saskatchewan toxicology student David Saunders has analyzed dust from 20 daycares in the Saskatoon area to learn whether flame retardant chemicals in foam furniture and children's toys pose a health hazard. Added to fabrics and furniture to increase fire resistance, brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in high concentrations are potentially toxic for human health and very persistent in the environment. More

Little Wonders Day Care closes in Truro, families scramble
CBC News
About 60 families in Truro, N.S., are scrambling to find a place to leave their children this morning after two daycares abruptly closed on Tuesday. Little Wonders Child Care Centres on Pictou and College roads announced they would no longer be opening their doors, leaving parents in the lurch.More

Why kids can't high-five in Peterborough, ON
CTV News
A group of parents are protesting a Peterborough, ON policy that bans children from high-fiving their crossing guards while walking to school. Earlier this week, a crossing guard from Prince of Wales Public School was instructed to stop high-fiving children while on duty. The guard was reminded that the high-fives violate a city policy prohibiting all forms of physical contact between guards and children. The policy suggests that students are distracting guards with the gesture of appreciation. More

Editorial: Quebec's broken promise on daycare fees was inevitable
The Globe and Mail
As broken promises go, this is a doozy. After vowing not to raise Quebec's $7 daily subsidized daycare fee during the general election this year, Premier Philippe Couillard has now almost tripled it for the province's wealthiest citizens and raised it on a sliding scale for everyone else whose annual family income is over $55,000. More

50 things to do with kids this winter in Toronto
blogTO
Winter activities for kids in Toronto, predictably, revolve around how many layers are required to enjoy it - or if it can be somehow, someway be accessed exclusively by the PATH. Inevitably, you and your team are going to have to come up for some fresh air and embrace the best of the season. Some of Toronto's best attractions become almost ghost towns during the wintertime so bundle up, knock a few of these off your list and make the most of it. More

Alberta child care centres seeing waiting lists hundreds-long
Global News
If you have a baby — or are planning for one — you'd better get in line. For child care, that is. Critics say child care provision in Alberta has reached a crisis point. Day care spaces at the Oliver Centre Early Learning Program in Edmonton are at a premium. More

When are kids old enough for a cellphone?
Vancouver Sun
Should you give your six year-old a phone? That was the question Microsoft put to Canadians in a survey it commissioned on children and cellphone use. The answer, from close to two-thirds of those surveyed, was a resounding 'No!' Perhaps not surprisingly, the people most inclined to ease the age restrictions on cellphone use were parents of young children.More

Government promises to reduce child care wait list
Global News
The wait list for a child to get a spot in day care could speed up. The NDP government promised to add 64 more child-care spaces to Harrow School. It’s part of a push for more day cares province wide, which is still falling short of what’s needed. “It’ll make a small change but not a lot,” said Mihaela Mujcinovic, executive director of Harrow Co-op Children’s Centre.More

Why it's important for children to practice good oral health from early age
Brampton Guardian
Good oral health practices aren’t only for adults, but are also important for your children, as well. While there are different trains of thought on when your child should go in for their first check up, the team at Dentistry on Queen in Brampton suggest bringing your child in to see the dentist before their third birthday. More

Raise in day care fees worries women's group
Montreal Gazette
The president of Quebec’s Conseil du statut de la femme du Québec says she is disappointed, but not at all surprised, to see that Family Minister Francine Charbonneau failed to evaluate the impact of a day care fee hike on women’s employment. “Sadly, with all governments, an analysis based on the different sexes is not a common practice ... because it’s not easy to do and that’s not the reflex they have,” said Julie Miville-Dechêne. More

50 things to do with kids this winter in Toronto
blogTO
Winter activities for kids in Toronto, predictably, revolve around how many layers are required to enjoy it - or if it can be somehow, someway be accessed exclusively by the PATH. Inevitably, you and your team are going to have to come up for some fresh air and embrace the best of the season. Some of Toronto's best attractions become almost ghost towns during the wintertime so bundle up, knock a few of these off your list and make the most of it. More