Working and mothering

H1n1 vaccines, Canadian babies denied Baby Einstein refund, and other miscellany

27 October 2009 Life in Ottawa

I read with interest the story in the media this weekend of how the Walt Disney Company is offering refunds on the purchase of Baby Einstein DVDs, after the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood challenged the idea that the DVDs were a teaching tool rather than simply brain candy for toddlers. Okay, seriously? People really […]

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EI successfully claimed by both parents for twins

18 September 2009 Canadianisms

From CBC Ottawa, news that an Ottawa couple successfully argued that both parents are entitled employment insurance (EI) parental benefits for their twins. Each parent claims the benefits for one child. The decision applies only to this couple, but sets an amazing precedent. Way cool!

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More thoughts on full-day kindergarten

18 June 2009 Working and mothering

I thought it was worth a second post (here’s the first) to link to some of the fantastic opinions people have expressed on the subject of full-day kindergarten in Ontario. In our little corner of the blogosphere Rebecca at a bit of momsense is still on the fence. BeachMama isn’t on the fence at all […]

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All-day kindergarten recommended for Ontario

16 June 2009 Working and mothering

A couple of weeks back, I started writing a series of posts about the state of early education and child care in Canada. The first post was an introduction and summary of the Canadian Senate’s report called “Early Childhood Education and Care: Next Steps.” I was rather underwhelmed by the Senates main recommendations, which were […]

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Letter to the editor: child care and early childhood education

4 June 2009 Working and mothering

Submitted this morning to the Ottawa Citizen: As the mother of three boys, ages seven, five and one year old, I read with interest Elizabeth Payne’s op-ed article (“When we are six“, June 4, 2009) about school readiness in Ottawa. I think Ms Payne missed a valuable opportunity to link the issue of school readiness […]

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A call to action for my American friends

2 June 2009 Working and mothering

You know the topic of affordable, quality child care is dear to my heart, and I hope to continue my series on the Senate of Canada’s recent report on child care and early childhood education in Canada later this week. Today, I received this note from MomsRising.org about the Family Tax Relief Act of 2009 […]

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The Senate Report on Childcare in Canada: Part 1

26 May 2009 Canadianisms

At the end of April 2009, the Senate of Canada released a report titled Early Childhood Education and Care: Next Steps. I printed it out and have been lugging it around with me (it runs more than 200 pages) for the better part of a month. If you are at all interested in the issues […]

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More on the daycare debate

31 March 2009 Sideblog

Interesting interview in the G&M this morning with Penelope Leach, following up on her new book Child Care Today: Getting It Right for Everyone. I haven’t read the book, but I agree with what she’s saying in the interview.

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The case against The Case Against Breastfeeding

20 March 2009 Working and mothering

I was absolutely tickled when Kate over at One Tired Ema asked me to bring my posse of lactating Canucks into the conversation about an article in this month’s Atlantic called “The Case Against Breast Feeding.” You can go read the Atlantic piece if you like, or you can skip on over to Kate’s place […]

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It’s all about balance

3 March 2009 Working and mothering

It’s been a full month since I’ve been back at work, and we’ve settled into a comfortable routine that seems to be working out well for everyone. I think that this four-day week thing was a brilliant choice, and I’m so happy we were able to make it work. It’s made a huge difference in […]

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