Interaction Weekly
Mar. 4, 2015

How lack of affordable, accessible child care hurts the economy
Global News
Across Canada and across the income spectrum, these families feel kneecapped by the cost of child care and lack of spaces. It's keeping parents out of the workforce, in poverty or preventing them from saving money and planning for the future. More

B.C. Budget 2015 confirms it: We can afford the $10 per day childcare plan!
Budget 2015 clearly shows that B.C. can afford to start implementing the $10/day childcare plan now — and it can choose to do so without raising taxes, without cutting vital programs and services, and without going into deficit. A short and simple analysis, summarized below, provides one example of how investment in child care could be gradually introduced.More

Few companies offer daycare services for staff, despite benefits
Winnipeg Free Press
It was supposed to help companies create 5,000 new workplace daycare spaces every year, but a federal tax credit announced eight years ago has fizzled. The tax credit, part of the Conservative party's platform in 2006, has had so little uptake, the Harper government would not say how many spaces were created or the total cost. More

Paying for child care on a single income
Global News
Shelley Turgeon spends most of her day worrying about money. "It's constant. I wake up in the morning, it's the first thing I think about. I go to bed at night, it's the last thing I think about, because I know that there's going to be unexpected expenses," she says. More

8 things you need to know before claiming new family tax cut
CBC News
Call it income splitting-lite. The version of the family tax credit announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper last October was a tweaked version of a family income-splitting announcement he'd first made in the throes of the 2011 election campaign. More

Harper: Parents have responsibility to vaccinate children
Ottawa Citizen
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says it's the responsibility of Canadian parents to vaccinate their children. "We have a responsibility to set an example," Harper said during a moderated discussion with Bill Gates on maternal, newborn and child health. "We know these medical interventions work."More

Shy kids get more cavities? Dental health study drills down to surprises
Montreal Gazette
A longitudinal study of the dental health of 1,286 Quebec children aged five months to eight years has confirmed some fairly obvious toothy truths — brushing twice a day helps, sugary snacks do not — but some of the findings are not exactly intuitive. For example, being very shy seems to be associated with dental caries or cavities, the study suggests. More

Fire safety experts stress importance of educating children
Global News
Retired firefighter Ed Onishenko, well-known as "Captain Ed," says parents and schools have an important role to play in educating children about what to do during a fire. More

Day care promising 'vaccine-free environment' irks Ottawa Public Health
CTV News
Ottawa Public Health is criticizing a local daycare that says it offers a "vaccine-free environment," calling the approach a public health risk. More

Day care fees in cities across Canada
Winnipeg Free Press
Here's a map showing median day care fees in major Canadian cities, along with the proportion of a woman's income the day care fees represent. Cities with larger circles show day care fees eating up a larger proportion of income. More

Losing weight before pregnancy is best for mother and child
Hamilton Spectator
"Obesity can adversely affect fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum recovery and the baby," said Dr. Raul Artal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Just getting pregnant can be thwarted by obesity. A common fertility enemy for obese women is polycystic ovary syndrome, which can disrupt ovulation. More

Vaccine delays increasingly sought by parents
CBC News
Doctors commonly get requests from parents to delay young children's vaccinations and despite their better judgment, they often give in, a new U.S. study finds. In a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors, researchers found that 93 per cent said they handled such requests in a typical month. More