Interaction Weekly
Jan. 14, 2015

Lack of childcare prevents Inuit parents from working, studying: ITK report
Nunatsiaq News
A federal initiative which launched childcare centres across the Inuit Nunangat regions in the mid-1990s, has helped create Inuit-focused programming and encouraged Inuit parents to join the labour force, says a recent report from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. But the ITK report highlights the need for more government money to meet the increasing demand for childcare in Inuit communities.More

N.S. reviews child-care programs, wages, access and funding in mix
CTV News
Nova Scotia is reviewing the quality of programs it provides through its regulated child-care centres. The review by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will also look at improving access to child-care centres and funding for them.More

Nasty H3N2 flu season worsens as cases rise across Canada
Global News
The flu season kicked off to an early start last month, but latest numbers on H3N2 cases suggest that it's still on the rise.More

Canada is 17th in children's health. We can do much better
The Globe and Mail
Nicole Letourneau is an expert advisor with and a professor in the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine. She also holds the Norlien/Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health at the University of Calgary.More

Families wait for child-care subsidy in Durham
Families continue to apply to the Region of Durham every day to have their children's names added to a wait list for the child-care subsidy. More

Daphne Bramham: Children's right to a good education must be protected
Vancouver Sun
As the number of parents home schooling their children continues to grow across North America, many are looking to British Columbia as a model. Depending on one's point of view, the province has either one of best regulatory environments in North America and even the world; or, it has one of the worst, only slightly better than the 11 American states that have no regulation at all.More

Study: Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children
Calgary Herald
Parents who have patiently sat through countless music recitals and questioned their sanity at encouraging all those trumpet or violin lessons need do so no longer. Even ear-splitting dissonance has an upside.More

Parents need say in child care options
Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Lebovic Campus in Vaughan recently to announce increases to Canadian child tax credits. The expansion of this program will put more money into parents’ hands, while allowing for families to choose the type of programming or child care they want. More

Pets may improve social skills for autistic children: Study
Sault Star
Children with autism who live with pets have stronger social skills than those who don't, a new University of Missouri study suggests. Although the therapeutic benefits of dogs has been the focus of much attention, the researchers say other pets — such as cats and rabbits — can have a similar positive effect. More

When parents go to prison, their children often suffer: research
News 1130
New research out of the University of the Fraser Valley has found kids who have parents in the prison system don't have enough support in Canada. UVF Criminology Professor Amanda McCormick says even if the children are able to stay with other family; it leaves them at risk in a variety of ways depending on their age. More

What parents can do if their child is bullied ...or being a bully
The Globe and Mail
One of the most common reasons children seek mental-health services today is being the victim of bullying. There is now good evidence that being bullied is associated with depression, anxiety, poor sleep, falling academic grades and poor long-term outcomes in general.More