Making a strong case for more phys-ed in Canadian schools

Students with daily activity requirements are physically and emotionally healthier and perform better academically

Making a strong case for more phys-ed in Canadian schoolsJosh Fullan is the executive director of Maximum City, a national education and engagement organization based in Toronto. He recently wrote a compelling opinion piece on the need for more physical education in schools for The Globe and Mail. Fullan outlines the physical, mental and academic benefits of regular exercise. He emphasizes the academic and…

Study challenges the link between obesity and junk food advertising

Banning junk food advertising may have little effect on reducing obesity

Study challenges the link between obesity and junk food advertisingA new study from the University of Alberta challenges the notion that advertising junk food is at the root of the obesity epidemic. Growing up in a low social-economic environment is more of a precursor to obesity later in life than junk food advertising, according to the report, with adults who grew up in a…

Affordable child care remains uncertain for many Ontarians

$10-a-day child care plan least efficient, most expensive and complex way to tackle affordability

Affordable child care remains uncertain for many OntariansThe rising cost of living is doing a number on family budgets. In response, the federal government recently released its “affordability plan” that includes the previously announced child-care fee reductions under its Canada-wide $10-a-day plan. In May, some Ontario families had expected to see reduced child-care fees and a partial refund backdated to Apr. 1.…

Father’s Day: A father’s role continues to evolve

When fathers are actively involved with their children, the children thrive

Father’s Day: A father’s role continues to evolveThe first Father’s Day was observed in Spokane, Wash., on June 19, 1910. Since then, the role of a father has evolved to include greater participation in a child’s day-to-day life. According to the Library of Congress Wise Guide, Sonora Dodd gets the credit for the day on which we honour fathers. Dodd’s father –…

Canada has its own baby formula problem

Its largest baby formula plant ships all its products to China

Canada has its own baby formula problemParents of toddlers are concerned about baby formula shortages due to a combination of factors. A major recall in the United States affecting the top manufacturer of baby formula, coupled with supply chain challenges, has made things difficult for parents. In the U.S., some parents are driving hours just to get the right product for…

Subsidizing public childcare centres is the wrong approach

Subsidize parents instead

Subsidizing public childcare centres is the wrong approachIn order to increase access to daycare services, the Quebec government recently announced the creation of 14,000 new subsidized daycare spaces over the next two years. But with 51,000 children on the waiting list for subsidized child care, there is not a single space available. And despite the government's good intentions, even this modest increase…

Allowing government to parent our children is a serious mistake

Tax burdens and living costs prevent most intact parental couples from raising their children at home

Allowing government to parent our children is a serious mistakeWhat would be better – children conceived by random intercourse and raised by the state, or children raised by their parents in the same household? Plato, the Greek philosopher from ancient times, said the former; and whether we realize it or not, his philosophy has dragged public policy for decades. “Our men and women,” Plato…

Community key to providing support for children

Giving children the tools and skills to enter school with their “best foot forward

Community key to providing support for childrenDespite what many first-time parents may wish for, kids don’t come with instruction manuals. Even seemingly straightforward developmental milestones, like when to introduce solid food, can vary across countries. And when it comes to language development, things get even more complicated. It can be challenging to gauge what is just a child’s creativity and what…

Experts weigh in on sedentary behaviour in schools

Learning doesn’t always need to happen sitting at a desk

Experts weigh in on sedentary behaviour in schoolsWe know that school kids spend too much time sitting at their desks. Now we have some evidence-based recommendations to counter that sedentary behaviour. They offer guidelines to educators, parents and caregivers to help school-aged children grow and thrive. “It kind of challenges traditional views of learning,” said Valerie Carson. “Learning doesn’t always need to happen sitting at…

B.C. is long on childcare promises, short on delivery

Provincial mismanagement and disrespect for childcare operators has finally hit a boiling point

B.C. is long on childcare promises, short on delivery“I jump through the flaming hoops of death and I’m beyond frustrated.” This is one British Columbia childcare provider’s description of the circus the government is running regarding the administration of childcare. B.C. parents looking forward to $10-a-day childcare are in for disappointment. Provincial mismanagement of childcare and disrespect for childcare operators has been going…
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