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arrow Lawyers recognize the dollar value of unpaid work - house work and child care - and have calculated it carefully based on Statistics Canada data: BC - $15.46/hr., Alberta - $15.35/hr, Ontario - $16.22/hr, NWT - $27.46/hr
July/Aug 2011 - Brown's Economic Damages Newsletter - "Housekeeping Claims: Time Use Data from Statistics Canada’ s 2010 General Social Survey (GSS), cycle 24" see chart p. 8

arrowNov 2014, Iowa student refuses to be weighed by school In BC we have the "Daily Physical Activity" DPA reporting requirement which has schools requiring students to report and electronically record at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Just say no. Is it the schools' business what students/families do in their off-school time? Does this requirement induce mass lying by students? Are education and government personnel required to demonstrate physical fitness as a job requirement?

arrowNov 2014, CBC News: 3 issues that pit Canadian parents against the state Discipline, medical procedures and sex education continue to stir controversy in Canadian courtrooms

arrowNov 2014, CBC News: B.C. child-care spaces could increase by 13,000 over 8 years Minister says the budget is set for 2,000 spaces so far

arrowSupreme Court of Canada rules birth-mothers are different than other parents. West Coast LEAF lawyer publicly congratulates and supports Kids First goal of challenging definitions of "child care" and "work" that discriminate against the work of parental child care. Hear more about it on this CBC Radio podcast from Nov 13, 2014. Kids First President, Helen Ward, calls in at 21:44: BC Almanac interview

arrowFULL EQUALITY FOR WOMEN: Funding for family care work embraced by economists and lawyers "every mother is a working mother"


arrowSign petition: AT&T marketing BabyFirstTV with not one but 2 screens

arrowAppeal court upholds ruling: Employers must accommodate parents child care obligations
Kids First is working towards a human rights complaint about the definitions of "child care" and "work" that say that child care is not done by parents and is not work if it is done by parents.

This case is related as it states that parents DO have child care obligations - yet the judge mistakenly seems to seems to indicate that parental child care is not work and that work force "wish[es]" are the primary obligation...

Justice Robert M. Mainville wrote, "without reasonable accommodation for parents’ childcare obligations, many parents will be impeded from fully participating in the work force so as to make for themselves the lives they are able and wish to have. The broad and liberal interpretation of human rights legislation requires an approach that favours a broad participation and inclusion in employment opportunities for those parents who wish or need to pursue such opportunities.’’
arrowTranscript from 1999 Federal Finance Committee referring to the SCC case and the Boland cases relating to exploitation of parental child care providers. Check out the contempt for parents by MP Dr Carolyn Bennett and others and check out Ms Gardner's presentation.

arrowChild Care Human Rights Case: Does government discriminate against parents? The federal court ruled that "child care" obligations are part of family status last year - this is being appealed. Kids First is planning a human rights complaint against government definitions of "child care" that exclude parental child care.

arrowMar 2014 UK Telegraph article: Scottish ministers threatened with legal action over 'state guardian' plans

arrowJan 2013 CBC report: Daycare inspections hide crucial information

arrowGordon Neufeld on roles of the family and state

arrowFamily and Home Network is a US sister-organization to Kids First. Here is their excellent paper on Campaign for Inclusive Family Policies

arrowOntario Government Misrepresents All-Day Kindergarten Research
Oct 2013 Globe and Mail column: All Day Kindergarten "No Magic Bullet"
McMaster University Economist Phillip de Cicca asks, “To me, the question should be, could that money be used in a better way?”

November 2013 Macleans magazine article: Full-day kindergarten is failing our children: A closer look at Ontario’s $1.5-billion-a-year full-day kindergarten experiment
Ontario's Ministry of Education caught misrepresenting the junk science research

Aug 2012: Ontario government big lies in this "KEY FACTS" SHEET on all-day K Gives ENROLMENT projections and claims that $1 spent will save $7. This is a "gross misrepresentation" (UBC economist Dr Kevin Milligan) of research by Nobel Laureate economist James Heckman.

Nov 30, 2013 Globe and Mail column by M Wente: Ontario's $1.5-billion kindergarten hoax

Dec 9, 2013: Ontario Minister of Education, Sandals, responds to Globe and Mail column by M Wente (scroll down to "Kindergarten’s value")

Queen's University: Final Report: Evaluation of the Implementation of the Ontario Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program, Fall 2012

The Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University: The Full Day Kindergarten Early Learning Program Final Report, October 2012

Ministry of Education: Early Learning Resources 2013-14

Nov 2013 IMFC report: Full-day kindergarten in Ontario: Reading the fine print. Did those cheerleading for full-day kindergarten actually read the research?

Dec 2013, Kids First Media Release: Kindergate Research Cover-up Scandal

Letter to the Ontario Minister of Education Regarding Misrepresentation of All-Day Kindergarten Research

arrowDaycare Promoted by Elite Feminists in Bed with Neo-Liberals and Neo-Conservatives. Articles by Rianne Mahon, leading daycare theorist, from Carleton University in Ottawa: arrowNov 2013 Kids First Power Point Presentation: Vision & Data towards Social Justice & Optimal Child Well-Being in Family & Child Policy

arrowNov 2013 article: "Britain pays mothers to breastfeed in pilot program designed to reduce stigma in poor communities"

arrow2011 article in PNAS (scholarly journal) "Maternal separation produces lasting changes in cortisol and behavior in rhesus monkeys"

arrowOct 2010: Ontario Ministry of Education memo from Assistant Deputy Minster shows they EXPECTED "UNFUNDED COMMITMENTS" for all-day Kindergarten. What do they do? Shove more kids into too few rooms? This CALLOUS LACK OF REGARD FOR CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING means that any results for the first year or two would only get worse as more children are placed in the ever-worsening program.

arrowOntario eliminated grade 13, which reduced post-secondary time and costs but then they added 2 years of full-day kindergarten many say to provide jobs despite declining student enrolment. Read about the government's DECLINING ENROLMENT WORKING GROUP.

arrowAug 2013 Globe and Mail article: All Day K in Ontario put in despite lack of facilities and school board objections

arrowSUBSIDIZED DAYCARE = SUBSIDIZED PROFITS = CORPORATE WELFARE: Quebec daycare economists promote the Quebec daycare system because it increases labour supply and thus lowers wages which increases business profits. They also endorse neo-liberal/neo-conservative "trickle down theory" asserting that "eventually" this benefits "all components".
"What are the consequences for the economy of several tens of thousands of women entering the Quebec labour force? More people looking for work exercises downward pressure on wages, which induces firms to employ more women.... The slower rate of wage growth increases business profitability  .... All components of domestic income eventually benefit from the arrival of new workers."

from "Impact of Quebec’s Universal Low Fee Childcare Program on Female Labour Force Participation, Domestic Income, and Government Budgets" 2012 working paper by P Fortin, L. Godbour, S. St Cerny, p15 

Payer les mères à la maison? Tout le monde y perdrait! Cela coûterait trop cher et serait socialement rétrograde. (Pay mothers in the house? The whole world would be lost! It costs too much and would be socially retrograde.) Quebec daycare economist, Pierre Fortin (see his non-peer reviewed study above), opposes a poll showing support for funding parental child care on a par with daycare subsidies.

arrowOct 2013 Waterloo Record article by Maclean's editor: How full-day kindergarten makes things worse for kids. This article exposes the lies told by the Ontario government about their studies of all-day kindergarten

arrowSwedish response to Globe and Mail article praising Swedish daycare system: Swedish daycare is VERY costly at $27,000/yr/child age 1-5 and very undemocratic. TAXES to pay for it are so high that almost no parents cannot afford to look after their own children. Taxes average 70% of income for the average city worker. Income tax of 30% starts at an income of only $3,000. VAT (GST) is 25%, and groceries are taxed at 12%. And QUALITY of care is a "problem".
arrowUN report on women’s unpaid care work as a human rights issue

arrowOctober 21 posting at Critical Legal Thinking: "White Feminists Fatigue Syndrome" second-wave feminism critiqued by feminists who honour unwaged family care work: Kids First has long been aware that the elite feminists who dominate our government women's and family policy making reject and marginalize our stance on daycare and children's well-being.

arrowOctober 2013 article in The Guardian: How feminism became capitalism's handmaiden - and how to reclaim it. A movement that started out as a critique of capitalist exploitation ended up contributing key ideas to its latest neoliberal phase

arrowOct 10, 2013 Media release: Child Care Poll: Parents’ Group Calls for Fair Democratic Child Care Funding

arrowSept 2013 Hamilton Spectator article – Kids First quoted – Full-Day kindergarten is merely glorified babysitting

arrow Sept 2013: The Telegraph newspaper – UK coalition says “The Government should stop intervening in early education” – letter signed by many experts says evidence supports more play and later formal schooling

arrowSept 3, 2013: More All-Day Kindergarten Propaganda Packaged as Research

arrow Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School, a Slate article by Alison Gopnik

arrowJuly 2013, Economists Listen Up: New Zealand Mum feeds family of ELEVEN with meal that costs $NZ10 (CDN$8.25)

arrowEarly Development Instrument (EDI): Not everyone accepts it as reliable "evidence"

arrowJune 2013 - Violating parental consent with "passive consent": kids used as junk science research subjects by UBC's HELP

arrow May 2013, Advancing "SHARED RESPONSIBILITY" between parents and the state for child-rearing: Scotland plans massive state surveillance of families with one "named person" per child. Read more in this BBC article and this Scottish Express article: SNP bill to spy on parents is criticized by families

arrow May 2013, Maclean's Magazine article: Why full-day kindergarten doesn’t work. The article highlights the lack of concern for children's well-being in the education ministries and their total refusal to accept the findings of peer reviewed research. Note: the article incorrectly states that BC has all day junior and senior K. BC has no junior K; however the original proposal from UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership was for all-day K for ages 3-5 (this would have included 2 year olds born after August).

arrowPolls Consistently Show Large Majority Prefer Parental Child Care

arrowMay 2013 Global News report: Early childhood care overhaul needed: poll

arrowMay 2013 Poll: Large Majority Wants Parental Child Care & Funding for Families, Not Daycare

arrowTax-Funded Daycare Lobbying

arrowJoin the Movement for Family-Friendly Policy -- A Much Needed Policy Document

arrowHELP KIDS FIRST MAKE A HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT AGAINST UNJUST DISCRIMINATION IN CHILD CARE LAWS

arrowEconomist Marilyn Waring on the need to recognize women's unpaid work. Videos: Making Women's Work Count -- a short interview, and Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics -- a full length film by Canada's National Film Board

arrowPaul Kershaw of the tax-funded daycare lobby at the Human Early Learning Partnership is critiqued for his neo-liberalism by a fellow academic in the Feb 2012 Rabble article, Generational conflict: Neo-liberalism's new bait-and-switch ploy

arrowWho is Responsible for Children? on Corus radio's April 14, 2013 Roy Green Show: Kids First President Helen Ward discusses the claim that children belong to the community "collective" and are not the "private" responsibility of their parents as described by US pundit Melissa Harris-Parry in this recent MSNBC ad

arrowFund Children not Space: Over $3,800/yr+++ = Tax Subsidy for Each Daycare Space

arrow1 in 3 Canadian mothers do not receive any EI maternity/parental benefits.
In 2011, 68% of mothers with children 12 months and under received these benefits. 76.6% had insurable employment and 88% of those got benefits. See the Statistics Canada Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2011
arrowMar 17, 2013: UK Daily Mail article featuring Kids First Swedish colleague, Jonas Himmelstrand, Long days at nursery or with childminders 'raising a generation of school tearaways'. Research says that bad behaviour is linked to hours spent without parents. Jonas Himmelstrand is presenting his report to MPs this week.

arrowMarch 8, 2013 International Women's Day - UK Guardian article by Selma James, founder of Wages for Housework, and Nina Lopez of Argentina, founder of Legal Action for Women and joint co-ordinator of the Global Women's Strike: Hugo Chávez knew that his revolution depended on women. The authors describe Hugo Chavez's formal recognition of care work as productive work: "[Women] work so hard raising their children, ironing, washing, preparing food … giving [their children] an orientation … This was never recognised as work yet it is such hard work! ... Now the revolution puts you first, you too are workers, you housewives, workers in the home."

arrowMar 2013: Roadkill Radio interviews Kids First President, Helen Ward, on the "Gender Equity Rankings" report by the World Economic Forum (gender equity is not about women's empowerment), HELP's Dr Paul Kershaw, and BC's $10/day daycare push

arrowFeb 28, 2013: Vancouver Co-op radio interviews Kids First President, Helen Ward, on the Early Development Instrument, daycare, all-day Kindergarten and the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)

arrowFeb 26, 2013: Tyee article Stress is Killing Gender Equality in Canada

arrow2012: World Economic Forum "The Gender Gap Report"

arrowFeb 2013: Landmark Human Rights Case for Families

arrowFeb 2013: Top Daycare Lobbyist Leaves a Troubling Legacy: Dr Clyde Hertzman

arrowTVO Parents Videos: In The Importance of Attachment, Gordon Neufeld explains his opposition to all-day kindergarten. He says, "the state should not be commissioned to take care of our children" and "to hand the child over to the state: the state is only too eager to say, 'We are better for your child than you are', 'We can train our people to take care of...' but it's not about the training."

Also check out the TVO Parents videos from The Child Development and Community Conference. Topics include bullying, attachment, digital age, peer-orientation, and parental stress.

arrowNov 2012: Report on bullying policy by Institute for Family & Marriage Canada "Family responses to bullying: Why governments won't stop bullying until families step up." This report applies attachment theory and Dr Gordon Neufeld's work to the issue of bullying and recommends policies that build attachment rather relying on children to police each other.

arrowQuebec daycare kids more likely to be obese: Nov 2012: Study published in Journal of Pediatrics finds daycare linked to obesity (head author: Marie-Claude Geoffroy)
CBC article: "Obesity odds may be higher for children in daycare

Toronto Star: “Daycare and obesity: Parents weigh in on why kids in daycare more likely to be overweight

arrow"Gender equity" style parenting resulted in more mental health problems for kids
March 2012: Study published in International Journal for Equity in Health of “gender equity” parenting (both parents spending equal amounts of time at jobs and doing child care) in Sweden finds children have more mental health problems with gender equal parents.

"Could gender equality in parental leave harm off-springs' mental health? a registry study of the Swedish parental/child cohort of 1988/89
arrowData Mining Canadian Kids: A document authored by Dr Clyde Hertzman of HELP, Canada's leading guru pushing privacy-violating data mining and institutional child care, outlines "5 Year Plan".
Here is the 2009 document prepared by the Monitoring Committee of the Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre The World's Best Infrastructure for Child Development Statistics in Canada: Strategies for Federal-Provincial-Territorial Collaboration

arrowFeb 2012: Ottawa Citizen article "All work and no play . . . Is not good for the developing brain, says psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld." Neufeld says, "The only resistance I get is from policy-makers."

arrowMore bad news for Sweden's mothers & economy: Full-time job + kids = disability = pension
May 2012: British Medical Journal article - "Disability pension among young women in Sweden, with special emphasis on family structure: a dynamic cohort study"
FINDING: "Parenthood contributed to an increased risk of going on D[isability]P[ension] among young women."
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