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Why Canadian babies should sleep in cardboard boxes like Finnish babies do
The Globe and Mail
Recently, the BBC News Magazine ran an astonishing story entitled: "Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes." It was the tale of the "maternity package," a simple cardboard box loaded with goodies that every expectant mother receives in Finland. The gift from the state contains clothes, a snowsuit, bath products, cloth diapers, books, bedding and a mattress.
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Dieppe parents upset over unlicensed day care closures
CBC News
The provincial government is cracking down on some private day cares in Dieppe, a move that is creating anger among many parents who are now stuck finding new places to send their children. The provincial government is telling the unlicensed centres they are breaking regulations by caring for too many children and has ordered them to reduce the number of children in their care.
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PQ refuses to budge on day care cuts
CTV News
Private daycare operators continue to express intense exasperation with the Marois government, which has ordered $15 million in day care cuts while adding 28,000 new spaces. The privately-run $7-a-day-day cares say that the cuts will cost a typical large day care operator about $28,000 per year. But Families Minister Nicole Leger said that the average private day care is making $100,000 per year.
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City considers closing day care
Sudbury Star
Five months after councillors voted against shutting down the city-run day care, the suggestion will be back on the table. Included in a report to be presented to the community services committee meeting is a proposal to grandparent kids and families out of the day care over the next 2 1/2 years. To protest the recommendation, CUPE 4705 plans to rally outside Tom Davies Square before the meeting.
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Opinion: Children suffer consequences
Winnipeg Free Press
Case raises concerns over "stranger care". A death in Port Coquitlam, B.C. Unattended children in Winnipeg. A death in Ottawa. Unlicensed, unmonitored, unregulated child care is rampant across Canada and, sadly, children and families are suffering dire consequences.

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What Ottawa parents will do for day care
CBC News
Parents in Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood camped out all day Friday into the overnight in order to get the coveted spots for an after-school program next school year.

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Dear Mr. Harper:
CCCF
Dear Mr. Harper: On May 27, 2013 in a Port Coquitlam, B.C. provincial courtroom, an unlicensed, unregulated day care operator was sentenced to 18 months in prison after she plead guilty to criminal negligence causing death in relation to a one-year-old in her care.

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Discovery Child Care gets business award
Simcoe.com
Discovery Child Care Centre in Barrie has been given an environmental award as one of Earth Day Canada's Hometown Heroes. "Discovery Child Care Centre is an excellent example of a small business that has incorporated environmentally sound choices into their business operations," said Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada. He said they bring nature into the classroom, and also take the classroom to nature at two environmentally sustainable sites.
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After school care programs likely to be salvaged
Cowichan News Leader
A solution is pending for some of the dozens of families left without childcare in the wake of the recent reorganization of the Cowichan Valley School District. Folks with children using the before and after school care program at Ecole Duncan Elementary are awaiting confirmation of a school district plan to reinstate before- and after-school care programs cut adrift amidst school closures and program shifts.
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What generation gap? Cultural tastes have stagnated since 1960s
National Post
For my wife's birthday, I got her a framed triptych. In the centre are our two sons, riding the antique fire engine ride a couple of summers ago at Toronto's Centreville amusement park, faces contorted as though they're going a million miles an hour. On either side, two more kids on the same ride. One is her, the other me. It's the mid-1970s. It's conceivable that mother, father and sons are riding the very same miniature vehicle, years apart.
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Japan: Maternity leave, day care still elude many working mothers
The Japan Times
Like many full-time working mothers in Japan, Eriko Soyama, 36, had a tough time getting her children into day care to continue her career. Soyama, a resident of Tokyo's Suginami Ward, had her first child nine years ago. When her boy was 5 months old, she tried to place him in government-authorized day care to no avail, and ended up leaving him in the hands of an unauthorized facility.
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Day care subsidy rules bad for business
Winnipeg Free Press
The lack of provincial subsidies is preventing Winnipeg's only corporate-sponsored, for-profit day care operator from expanding as quickly as hoped, the company's co-founder said. The subsidies help lower the fees its day care centres charge for their services, but because they're not available in Manitoba, it has to charge the full amount here, which is $50 to $70 per day, depending on the age of the child.
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