Ottawa should leave daycare policy to the provinces

Goals imposed by Ottawa rob provinces of the flexibility to adjust policy. And the feds could add conditions over time, using funds as leverage

Ottawa should leave daycare policy to the provincesBy Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute A recent federal announcement to work on a national framework for early learning and child care marks a worrisome evolution in policy in Canada. Daycare policy has been the domain of the provinces but the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to get involved –…

Bursting the universal daycare bubble

Those lobbying for a universal system make up an unholy alliance of left and right – and very little of it has anything to do with actual benefits to children

Bursting the universal daycare bubbleThere’s been a push for a universal daycare system in Canada for 40 years. All that time, it’s been called a “crisis.” Now, federal Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos promises we’ll get there “eventually.” Frankly, if we never do, it will be a decided win for families. This so-called crisis has only…

Swimming against the current to prevent tragedy

Kids with autism have a significantly higher risk of drowning than the general population. It’s time we had programs across Canada that did something about it

Swimming against the current to prevent tragedySummer is almost upon us, so the other day I spent $418 on 11 half-hour swimming lessons for my nine-year-old son at the local rec centre. Why so costly? Because my son has autism, the most commonly diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder in Canada. He’s not able to take regular swim classes, which cost a fraction of…

The problem with kindness – and its vast potential

Once we decide to be kind, we find ourselves experiencing belonging. This is what caregivers, paid or unpaid, can teach the rest of society

The problem with kindness – and its vast potentialIn 2004, the effects of our son’s disabilities spiralled into serious illness and constant pain. As a caregiver and mother, I was raw and vulnerable – it was the worst of times. I remember saying to doctors and family members, “I need you to be kind to me. I really need that.” The problem with kindness…

The truth about wasteful daycare funding

Offer money - not centres or spaces - to families and allow parents to make choices without being told the kind of care they’ll use

The truth about wasteful daycare fundingThe City of Toronto is asking you, Canadian taxpayer, to pay for most of its new, expansive daycare plans. But Toronto actually has a surplus of daycare spaces. Municipal politicians have adopted a plan that calls for the creation of 30,000 daycare spaces over the next decade with funding requirements as high as $2.6 billion. Provincial…

Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights

The plight of the North American woman is that she can be all she wants to be, just don’t bring motherhood into the picture

Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights“I haven’t been discriminated against because I’m a woman,” said Véronique Bergeron. “I’ve been discriminated against because I’m a mother.” Bergeron – a technical writer, holder of two law degrees, creator of a home business and mother of nine children – brought that message to an International Women’s Day event in the Ottawa offices of think-tank Cardus.…

Profiting off our need for family, children

Hopelessness is leading people to search for a co-parent, not for the purpose of a loving relationship but solely to have a child

Profiting off our need for family, childrenOTTAWA, Ont. Feb. 23, 2017 /Troy Media/ – I remember the first time a friend said she would consider having a child on her own via in-vitro fertilization (IVF). We were sitting on her balcony in midtown Toronto having a coffee roughly 12 years ago. She was at least a nominal Catholic and while dating…

Finding, within ourselves, the power to forgive

The new film Hidden Figures goes to the heart of racism in 1960s United States life and illuminates the path to justice through love

Finding, within ourselves, the power to forgiveOTTAWA, Ont. Jan. 17, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Visiting Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, I once overheard a black boy ask his mother: “Why were white people so bad to us?” The question was neither surprising nor unreasonable. The King Center’s detailing of racism’s history makes it a place – Yad Vashem…

Christmas at home creating our own family traditions

The process of creating the new traditions of Christmas continues year by year

Christmas at home creating our own family traditionsVANCOUVER, B.C. Dec. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – For nine years now three generations of our family have been gathering at Skelhp House – our family home – in the coastal rainforest beside the mostly quiet waters of Jervis Inlet to celebrate Christmas. This time together is the most important we spend as a family each year…

One size family policy doesn’t fit all

Families employ various strategies to organize their work and family, so tailoring government programs to help is tricky

One size family policy doesn’t fit allHAMILTON, Ont. Oct. 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Does government have a role in raising families and, if so, how large is that role? These questions are being asked on both sides of the border. In the U.S. election campaign's death-spiral race to the bottom, policy issues have gathered little attention. But both candidates have…