Children & Youth

We make them, you take them

We make them, you take them

The reality of mothers who give birth in care There is a well-known connection between teen pregnancy and child protection services.  Girls who spend time in the care of child protection services have higher rates of teenage pregnancy and teenage mothers are more likely to have their child taken into care. Teenage mothers who give […]

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Dylan Cohen shares a personal story of life in and out of government care. He is an Indigenous former youth in care and campaigner for Fostering Change in British Columbia and a Contributor with EvidenceNetwork.ca.  Dylan seeks to create opportunities for youth in/from care across the country through advocacy and public policy justice. Interview by […]

A global uprising against rape case injustices

A global uprising against rape case injustices

Tens of thousands of people marched in Spain in April, protesting for three days over a court’s failure to convict five men of the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman during the Pamplona bull-running festival in 2016. The men had offered to walk the teenager to her car, but instead they took her to the […]

The power of music to improve the challenges associated with autism

The power of music to improve the challenges associated with autism

Music interventions are evidence-based with positive results — so why don’t we use them more often?   My son is practicing the piano as I write this and it’s the sweetest sound.  He’s spent two years working slowly through the same level, but it doesn’t matter; he’s improving and the benefits of both music therapy […]

Including the family in children’s literacy education

Including the family in children’s literacy education

Almost nine million Canadians can’t read well enough to perform everyday tasks   In Canada, two out of five adults – that’s nearly nine million people – cannot read well enough to perform everyday tasks. Reading difficulties start early. It is very well established that children who are not reading well by the end of […]

We are neglecting our responsibility to kids in care

We are neglecting our responsibility to kids in care

Why Canada should invest in emergency care for children

Why Canada should invest in emergency care for children

Why I continue to get the flu vaccine for myself and my children

Why I continue to get the flu vaccine for myself and my children

Why Manitoba needs to invest in its children

Why Manitoba needs to invest in its children

To thrive economically, Manitoba needs young people. Fortunately, our relatively high birth rate — around 1.93 for every 1000 women — combined with favourable immigration trends means that Manitoba’s population will continue to grow.

Inner city children’s vision is being left behind

Inner city children’s vision is being left behind

We can remember many of them, leaning forward, almost off their tiny kindergarten-sized chairs, squinting with one eye to try and make out a rather large ‘H’ or ‘O’ on a chart across the room. We saw them try to cheat by uncovering their other eye or slyly turning their head to one side.