Interaction Weekly
Jun. 17, 2015

2015 ParticipACTION Report Card
The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. The ParticipACTION Report Card gives a D- for Overall Physical Activity Levels, as only nine per cent of 5-17 year-olds get 60 minutes of heart-pumping activity each day.More

Only 2 per cent of pre-school teachers are men. Here's why.
New Republic
Steven Antonelli, currently the director for Bank Street Head Start, has spent more than two decades working in early childhood education and has experienced first-hand the challenges men in this field face. In an interview with New Republic executive editor Greg Veis, Antonelli considers these hurdles and the importance of early childhood education. More

City of North Vancouver tweaks its daycare rules
North Shore News
The City of North Vancouver has balked on loosening up the process for child-care providers setting up shop in residential neighbourhoods. Under the old city bylaw, anyone wanting to open a child-care business in a residential area was required to produce a traffic management plan satisfactory to the city engineer, distribute information and solicit feedback from every neighbour within 100 metres and have the application be subject to a public meeting and council's consideration.More

Windsor, Ontario, child care program finds new life
Windsor Star
A valued preschool day care program that caters to children with special needs has been saved. The John McGivney Children's Centre Preschool Program was poised to shut down this summer after it appeared families could no longer tap into about the $360,000 from Ontario's education ministry used to help subsidize their costs.More

New child care centre for Winnipeg's northeast
Families living in the city's northeast will benefit from a new child care centre in the area. The province will build the new centre at Donwood Elementary School on Donwood Drive. More

Poll: Mandatory childhood vaccinations supported by majority in B.C. and Alberta
CBC News
A majority of people in B.C. and Alberta think childhood vaccinations should be mandatory, and not decided by parents, according to a new poll by Insights West. In British Columbia, 78 per cent of survey respondents supported mandatory vaccines for childhood diseases such as polio and measles in the online poll. Alberta respondents showed 73 per cent support. More

Health Canada issues recall for children's emergency allergy medication
Times Colonist
Health Canada is recalling two batches of epinephrine auto-injector products used in the treatment of serious allergic reactions in children. The agency is says it's due to a manufacturing defect that may render the device ineffective at delivering the medication in an emergency. More

Privatize daycare? Remember MTS
Winnipeg Free Press
Social service schemes recently announced by the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives to encourage private child care and introduce "social impact" bonds soften the ground towards privatization. The assumption is that the private sector knows best how to fund and deliver public services. This is false — publicly delivered services are more efficient, accountable and in the long-term public interest. More

BC Children's Hospital: Child-proof windows and balconies
CBC News
BC Children's Hospital is warning parents about the dangers open windows and balconies pose to children, especially during the recent hot dry weather. The BCCH emergency department has reported treating six injured children who have fallen from windows and balconies over the past six days. More

Teaching children how to swallow pills is easier than you think
Calgary Herald
Many children and adolescents find it difficult to swallow pills. A recent survey of close to 300 parents revealed that 30 to 40 per cent of children refused or rejected a pill or liquid medication; more than 50 per cent of children were unable to swallow a standard size pill or small capsules. This becomes particularly problematic where there are no alternatives to taking pills and especially so in children who encounter chronic illnesses. More