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Paternal leave extremely important to reach gender equality 17 Jul 2019 | Europe
The Nordic Labour Journal shares the most radical proposal for parental leave in the Nordic region to date. The inquiry proposes three weeks before and six weeks after birth being earmarked for mothers and the remaining 40 weeks be divided equally with fathers getting 20 weeks. However, the Norwegian parliament decided to have 15 weeks for each parent and 16 weeks to be distributed freely. The authors note that paternal leave can be a measure for gender equality in the workplace and that it is important in changing societal views about the relationship between fathers and children.
Thousands of planned child care spaces may never be built because of Ford government funding cut 17 Jul 2019 | Ontario
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care outlines how 3,049 planned child care spaces may be lost in Toronto as 51 planned child care projects may not be built because of the Ford government's cuts to child care. The provincial funding change will also impact planned projects Ontario-wide, including in small town Ontario.
La transformation de l'offre de services de garde au Québec: Une brèche dans la collectivisation du travail de reproduction sociale? 10 Jul 2019 | Quebec
In 1997, the government of Québec instituted a low‐cost and universal childcare services program most commonly available through the “centres de la petite enfance (CPE)” (early chilldhood centers). Since 2003, this model is being slowly dismantled on account of an explosion in the number of commercial daycare centers and, since 2015, an adjustment of rates according to family revenues. This research article gathers scattered information about the childcare services offering changes in Québec to demonstrate that tearing down a section of the Québécois family policy lowers the collectivization of social reproductive work.
Towards justice: Tackling Indigenous child poverty in Canada 10 Jul 2019 | Canada
This report was released in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; it provides the third installment in a series of papers that track the gap between Indigenous children and other children in Canada. The report tracks child poverty rates using Census 2006, the 2011 National Household Survey and Census 2016. “Child poverty rates on First Nations reserves are deplorably high for a country as rich as Canada,” says co-author David Macdonald, who also notes that the rates haven’t shown any improvement since 2005.
Producing the patchwork: the hidden work of mothers in organizing child care 3 Jul 2019 | Canada
This article aims to explore how child care is organized in families, documenting how mothers produce their individual child care solution, or “patchwork”, within the context of Canada’s underfunded and fragmented child care system. The authors propose a day-care plus policy model of child care, where formal arrangements are supplemented as required. This policy model could help families avoid the complex scenarios conceptualized as chaotic flexibility and assist families in achieving sustainable flexibility in the organization of care.

Many social programs support families, but child care is the backbone of them all.

— National Council of Welfare, Preschool Children: Promises to Keep , 1999

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