Family team eases grandparents’ downsizing trauma

The full-press family crew marshalled at 9 a.m., minus the grandparents, who were entertained off-site by a caregiver

Family team eases grandparents’ downsizing traumaAfter just cresting 70, Grandpa and Grandma moved from Vancouver to a Vancouver Island retirement home designed for them by their daughter (my wife). Here, 20 years of gardening, fishing, golfing and family visits have passed in an instant. Now cresting 90, the pleasures of a larger home and two cars have given way to…

If marriage was a pill, we would be clamouring for it

The unmarried of both sexes have higher death rates, whether by accident, disease or self-inflicted wounds

If marriage was a pill, we would be clamouring for itTwo years ago, Tina got a cancer diagnosis. It started as breast cancer and spread to her lymph nodes. After undergoing chemotherapy and surgery, today she is cancer free and doing well. Still, if you ask her about her difficult journey, she will emphatically tell you this: She wouldn’t have survived without her husband. As…

Healthy marriages remain a public good

Provide the stability and structure that allow for the development of aspirations and the flourishing of family members

Healthy marriages remain a public goodA recent survey conducted by Nanos Research suggests that 51 per cent of millennials age 18 to 29 are unsure about marriage. That includes 29 per cent who think marriage is outdated, full stop. And another 22 per cent aren’t sure. In fact, all Canadians today, more than ever before, feel ambiguous about marriage. Back…

Striving to find the right work-life balance

A survey reveals that three in 10 Canadians are dissatisfied with their work-life balance and technology doesn't always solve the problem

Striving to find the right work-life balanceBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Family If you are stressed and busy this Labour Day weekend, getting kids ready to return to school and yourself ready to resume post-summer life, you're not alone. A Nanos Research survey commissioned by Cardus Family reveals that about three in 10 Canadians are dissatisfied with their…

Keep Ottawa out of the childcare business

When subsidies go to childcare spaces or centres, rather than directly to parents, the government paints families into a corner

Keep Ottawa out of the childcare businessCanadians might assume family policies aim to help families. Certainly, in the last election campaign, “helping middle class families” was a phrase laid on thick – like barbecue sauce at a summer rib fest. But any government policy can just as easily be a way to help government. And there appear to be strong hints of…

Celebrating an extraordinary ordinary person

My aunt taught me to embrace each moment, faith and family, and make each person you meet feel like the most important person in the world

Celebrating an extraordinary ordinary personMy family recently said goodbye to our 92-year-old Aunt Mary. She had a profound impact on me, and on my wife and children. I hope every family has at least one Aunt Mary. On the surface, she seemed quite ordinary. She had four children and was a nurse. She didn't win any national awards and…

Time for a national conversation on parental choice

Time for a national conversation on parental choiceParents and children should be at the heart of education, not teachers or cumbersome regulation. National School Choice Week, an initiative spearheaded by our neighbour to the south, offers a chance to highlight examples of school diversity already on offer in Canada's provinces and to renew the call for a national conversation on parental choice.…

If governments force Canadians to save more for retirement, voluntary private savings will shrink

A $1 increase reduces private savings – which could be used for home ownership – by around the same amount

If governments force Canadians to save more for retirement, voluntary private savings will shrinkIn recent years, there’s been a strong push to expand the Canada Pension Plan, and Ontario intends to launch an additional manda­tory pension plan in January 2017. Yet the debate about expanding mandatory government-run pensions has largely overlooked the unintended effect on private savings. Increasing mandatory retirement savings can reduce the amount households save voluntarily.…
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