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Ottawa to cancel child care referral service, moves to 3-1-1
Ottawa Citizen
Parents will have a more difficult time getting reliable information about child care services when the city shuts down a dedicated referral line later this year and transfers the responsibility to 311 operators, child care advocates warn. Child Care Information, as it's known, was created almost by accident after staff at Andrew Fleck Child Care Services noticed back in the early 1980s that they were fielding lots of calls from parents with questions about child care services. Andrew Fleck was, after all, the first name listed in telephone book.
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'Well-behaved kids' restaurant discount sparks online debate
CBC News
A Calgary family's surprise experience at a local restaurant has exploded online and sparked a debate about the behaviour of children in restaurants. Alicia Welsh and her husband took their one year-old daughter Evie for brunch on Mother's Day at Carino Japanese Bistro — a small eatery in northeast Calgary.
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Editorial: Ontario needs a good child care strategy
Toronto Star
In a provincial election that is understandably focused on jobs and the economy, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath deserves credit for shining a spotlight on a vital service that helps society thrive: a safe and sustainable child care system. Such a system doesn't exist in Ontario now. Yes, there are licensed day care centres, but many parents face long waiting lists, high fees and the risk that their centre will close due to various reasons – including chronic government underfunding of an estimated $300 million a year.
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Are kids' screen time guidelines out of touch?
CTV News
Tell any parent that the current advice from doctors' groups in Canada and the U.S. is that children of all ages should spend no more than two hours a day on any screen device, and you'll probably get a variation on the same response: "Ha! Good luck with that!" In a world in which almost everyone over the age of 14 is carrying a smartphone, and iPads and gaming devices are used to keep kids busy while parents prepare dinner or buy some sanity time, kids are often staring at screens for much longer than two hours.

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Ottawa to cancel child care referral service, moves to 3-1-1
Ottawa Citizen
Parents will have a more difficult time getting reliable information about child care services when the city shuts down a dedicated referral line later this year and transfers the responsibility to 311 operators, child care advocates warn. Child Care Information, as it's known, was created almost by accident after staff at Andrew Fleck Child Care Services noticed back in the early 1980s that they were fielding lots of calls from parents with questions about child care services. Andrew Fleck was, after all, the first name listed in telephone book.

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Rethinking child care in Toronto
CityNews
Arlene Francis was a mortgage broker who managed dozens of people. The busy executive had no reason to be concerned with child care — until she found out she was pregnant. The timing was awful. The news came to her just as her relationship was falling apart, forcing her to face what would become her biggest challenge yet: working single motherhood.

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For kids: Connecting with Gran
The Montreal Gazette
Thanks to medical advances, we're living longer these days — but not necessarily better. Young people rarely grow up under the same roof as their grandparents anymore. With today's widespread travel and post-divorce reconstituted families, there are children who barely know their grandmothers and grandfathers. Even if they do, some of those grandparents have aged into dementia and no longer know their own offspring, let alone their grandchildren.
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Employers, staff must compromise on child care
Toronto Sun
According to a recent Federal Court of Appeal ruling, employers are obligated to provide "reasonable accommodations" for employees facing child care issues, providing it does not cause them undue hardship. This ruling is the result of a human rights complaint launched by Fiona Johnstone against the Canadian Boarder Services Agency (CBSA), employer of both Johnstone and her husband.
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Plans for daycare at University of Saskatchewan re-examined
The StarPhoenix
The University of Saskatchewan is reconsidering its plans to build a new day care on campus, and no decision on expanding child care facilities is expected to be made until this fall. The university had been seeking funding to create more space for child care for about four years when money was secured in May 2011. The provincial government announced around $1.4 million to create space for up to 110 more children at the university.
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Hot summer toys aim to keep kids active, creative
Toronto Star
Whether they're building blocks or using the pavement as a canvas, notable summer playthings are aimed at helping children keep both their minds and bodies active. At its annual Hot Toys of Summer event, the Canadian Toy Association featured more than 80 toys, games and activities for kids to stay engaged and entertained whether playing indoors or outdoors.
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Day care disrespect: Why what we call child care matters
The Huffington Post
In March, a study was published in Science magazine that contained remarkable statistics about the effects of good child care on later life. Briefly, it was found that not only did people who received stimulating, appropriate care in their earliest days have stronger cognitive abilities, compared to a control group who did not, they were also notably healthier physically once they reached adulthood.
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Program helping young parents finish school
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
Duncan's Lakey Stager and Devon Thomas are thanking the government's new Young Parent Program for their success in school while raising two young boys. "We are very happy that both our sons are able to attend the Young Parent Program," the local parents said in a media release. "Our older son recently turned three years old, and if not for the new Young Parent Program, we would have had to find a new centre for him. Having our children close to the school makes it much easier for us to concentrate on school work."
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