Interaction Weekly
Jul. 2, 2015

As summer starts, daycare operators making plans for September strike
CTV News
As the school year ends and summer begins, parents are already looking ahead to what may or may not come after the two-month break. Unions representing Ontario's Catholic, public elementary and public secondary teachers remain in contract negotiations. More

Residents protesting Keyano plans to suspend Early Learning and Child Care diploma program
Fort McMurray Today
A group of residents working to pressure Keyano administration fear a permanent cut to the school's child care diploma would weaken care in Fort McMurray, AB. Janet Huffman, coordinator of the Catholic School District's after-school program, has authored a petition calling on Keyano to reinstate the diploma, which was suspended by administration in June. More

Dawson City, YT, daycare crunch means choice between work and kids
CBC News
A lack of daycare spaces in Dawson City is becoming a serious problem for some parents in the community. Tara Saunders is a single mom with two kids, 10 and six. She usually works at a mining company in the summer. One of her kids just got a daycare spot. The other is still on the waiting list. Without daycare for both, she has had to take a more flexible temporary job.More

2 schools planned on Toronto waterfront to share 1 building
The Globe and Mail
It's hard to build a new school in Toronto these days, but it may be impossible to do it alone, as the city's public and Catholic boards are learning. A school is finally coming to the high-rise community of waterfront condos southwest of downtown, near Spadina Avenue and Fort York Boulevard. Rather, it will be two elementary schools housed in one building, along with a community centre and daycare. More

Laval, Quebec daycare goes vegetarian to combat budget cuts
CBC News
A daycare in Laval has gone vegetarian as a cost-saving measure after daycares in the province were hit with budget cuts. Les P'tits soleils in St-Dorothée has completely changed its meal plan because it says meat is too expensive, given their new budget reality. More

More vegetables, less sugar: USDA eyes healthier meals for child, adult day care program
Winnipeg Free Press
As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce obesity. About 3.8 million young children are fed daily through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which primarily reimburses daycare providers, and also provides food for children in emergency shelters and pays for after-school meals or snacks in areas where at least half the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches.More