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Quebec Finance Minister tables 'serious' budget
The Gazette
Quebec's Liberal government presented its first budget since getting elected and outlined several measures to cut spending across the board in the hopes of balancing the province's finances by 2015-2016. The government hopes to eradicate the current $3.1 billion deficit by making cuts in spending in the public and parapublic sectors, hiking taxes on certain goods and backing down on several of its promises made during the election campaign.
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The Canadian Child Care Federation has entered into a partnership with Ceridian Canada

The Canadian Child Care Federation has entered into a partnership with Ceridian, a leader in human capital management and payroll solutions. CCCF members are now guaranteed best pricing, value and flexibility for the professional payroll option that fits your needs!
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City looking into ways to ease downtown day care shortage
CBC News
The city of Edmonton is looking at ways to ease a shortage of day care spaces downtown where parents are reporting waits of two years or longer. Suzanne Maclean, executive director of the Oliver Centre, says she has 300 people waiting for 58 spots. The shortage means that some parents call before their baby is born.
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Day care price jump shocks parents
CBC News
Parents at a west-end day care took home an unpleasant surprise last week — word of a big rate hike that has left many scrambling to find new facilities. Area mom Shannon Kohlmeier has been bringing her two small kids to Swallows Day Care, near Bloor Street West and Ossington Avenue, since they were babies. Right now she and her husband, who own two nearby restaurants, pay $1,900 per month.
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Day care finds permanent home
North Bay Nugget
The Friends Forever Childcare Centre has secured a new, permanent home at the former Nipissing Parry Sound Catholic District School Board office on Front Street. Melanie Ross, the centre's executive director, issued a release announcing the new location.
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Quebec Liberals consider indexing day care fees to income
Global News
"We're asking the commission on tax reform to look at it." For the first time, Premier Philippe Couillard is talking about indexing daycare fees: the wealthy would pay more, the poor would pay less. Reaction was swift; political parties, day care and social groups all slammed the idea.

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City looking into ways to ease downtown day care shortage
CBC News
The city of Edmonton is looking at ways to ease a shortage of day care spaces downtown where parents are reporting waits of two years or longer. Suzanne Maclean, executive director of the Oliver Centre, says she has 300 people waiting for 58 spots. The shortage means that some parents call before their baby is born.

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Experts: Kids need outdoor play, not just sports
CTV News
As children gear up to participate in sports leagues and camps this summer, experts say it's important to ensure time is also devoted for youngsters to enjoy less structured outdoor, active play. Mark Tremblay, chief scientific officer of Active Healthy Kids Canada, has previously described active play as the "overlooked sibling" of the physical activity equation.

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Surviving air travel with young children
Times Colonist
It was during the eight-hour wait for our second flight that Eddie decided Mom had oversold flying on an airplane to Nova Scotia. "I want to go home now," he informed me. "To my bed, and my toys." "Sorry, buddy, we have to wait for the next plane, and then we get to go to Nova Scotia and see your grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins!" I said in the cheeriest voice I could muster through my fog of exhaustion.
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Get your children ready for summer reading
The Telegram
It's officially less than three weeks until summer vacation and, along with the sunscreen, make sure you pack some great books for the kids for reading at the beach, the cabin or wherever your travels may take you. No matter what their age or reading taste, the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries has something to suit every child. From picture books and board books for the younger set, to graphic novels, biographies, ghost stories and the most popular series for older kids, we have a great selection of titles for reading and relaxing over the summer break.
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Child care advocates give Hudak failing grade for platform
London Community News
Ontario child care advocates have given the Progressive Conservatives an F for a campaign platform that makes no mention of child care or early childhood education — except to threaten laying off thousands of early childhood education workers.
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Summer camp helps children keep French skills
Radville/Deep South Star
Children in French immersion from an English family may want to consider going to a unique day camp this summer. Camp D'été, a French immersion summer day camp for children entering kindergarten to Grade 5, is looking for both campers and sponsors.
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LPGA day care allows moms to be golfers, too
Waterloo Record
Toddlers Lola and Samantha squeeze onto Bardine May's lap, the three of them thoroughly enjoying a picture book. Six-year-old Jake barely raises his head from the toy construction project he and another boy are busy building.
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