Living wage for municipal workers misses the target

By Helen Ward, Vancouver Sun May 28, 2010 4:07 AM Vancouver city council, following New Westminster's lead, will vote on a "living wage" of over $18 an hour for municipal workers. Economists promoting this garner support by claiming living wages…

“Are the Swedish state family policies delivering?”

Below is a statement by Jonas Himmelstrand of the Swedish family organisation, Haro, presented at the Familyplatform conference in Lisbon in May 2010. FamilyPlatform is a project financed by the European Commission to look into research areas for future European…

Daycare Lobby Head is a Top Bureaucrat in BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development

BC's Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Children and Family Development is Sandra Griffin. She is with the Integrated Quality Assurance Team (broken link).She was: Executive Director of the tax-funded daycare lobby group, the Child Care Federation of CanadaExecutive…

Cuts to BC Community Non-Profit Organizations Serving Children, Families, Handicapped (broken link)

Money goes to all day Kindergarten at the expense of community powered agencies. Agreement between the Ministry of Education and BC Assocaition of Family Resources Programs (broken link) acknowledges tension between Strong Start drop-in programs in school run by the…

Employment Insurance—Parental & Maternity Leave: Does extended maternity/parental leave help families? (broken link)

Recently, some in the daycare lobby have suggested expanding parental and maternity leave Employment Insurance, increasing the benefits paid and having father-only leave. See Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) report "15 by 15: A Comprehensive Policy for Early Human Capital…

The EDI (Early Development Instrument): Are over 25% of young kids “vulnerable,” “not ready to learn,” “at risk,” “developmentally behind?” (broken link)

The percentage of kids who are "vulnerable," lacking "readiness," "at risk" or whatever they are calling it at the moment is determined by the percentage who fall in the lowest 10th percentile on any one of five "domains" in the…

Big Brother Goes to Kindergarten: BC Government Violating Parental and Privacy Rights in "Sperm To Worm" Kindergarten Data Collection (broken link)

Big Brother Goes to Kindergarten: BC Government Collecting “Sperm to Worm” Data on all BC Children For background, please see the Kids First article belowMay 6, 2009. Helen Ward. Kids First Parent Association of Canada - article (PDF): "Big Brother…

A Victory for Parents and Kids: NDP Switcheroo on Funding Parents

On Saturday (Sept 27—my baby turned 11 months) an NDP volunteer knocked at my door asking for my vote. I told her that the NDP's daycare favouring policy was a major concern to me. She was very sympathetic and agreed…