Why do Canada’s children lag so far behind?

Why do Canada’s children lag so far behind?

Society doesn’t fully appreciate how crucially important those first years are, and how important that parent-child relationship is. It’s not just quality time, it’s quantity of quality time. Children need caregivers who are there, who are not preoccupied by work.

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.

Some of the most complex needs of my patients stem from poverty and not disease alone

Some of the most complex needs of my patients stem from poverty and not disease alone

A young girl is referred to a paediatrician’s office for inability to pay attention in the classroom. The child’s teacher is concerned she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and possibly, a learning disability.

We need a radical new approach for kids in care

We need a radical new approach for kids in care

Six advocates for First Nations children have gone on a symbolic hunger strike at the Manitoba Legislature to try to raise awareness across the country about Manitoba’s broken child welfare system. Why? Well, here’s one fact that should make most Canadians sit up and take notice

Canada needs to rethink approach to early childhood development

Canada needs to rethink approach to early childhood development

Norway, Sweden and Germany have significantly more generous parental leave policies than Canada. In these countries, parents on leave receive 85% to 90% of their annual salaries compared to Canada’s 50%

Canada needs to rethink approach to early childhood development

Canada needs to rethink approach to early childhood development

Where countries like Sweden and the Netherlands really get it right – and where we in Canada really need to focus our attention – is in reframing early childhood development as an issue worthy of our attention. Canada lacks a national vision.

Canada needs to rethink approach to early childhood development

Canada needs to rethink approach to early childhood development

UNICEF recently released a report card ranking child well-being in the 29 richest countries on earth. Canada came 17th, placing us in the bottom half of the pack on factors such as child poverty, emotional well-being and life satisfaction.

Pourquoi le Canada fait-il mauvaise figure en matière de santé infantile?

Pourquoi le Canada fait-il mauvaise figure en matière de santé infantile?

Il y a quelque chose qui cloche au Canada. Un rapport publié par UNICEF en 2014 comparait la santé et le développement des enfants canadiens à ceux de 28 autres pays nantis.