Early Childcare Education and the Benefit Redistibution Debate

Tara Sackett In recent weeks, a lively social policy debate has emerged front and centre in the Canadian media as the Conservative and New Democratic parties advocate for polar-opposite childcare options for families with young children. The Conservative platform trumpets “choice” with the $100/month Universal Childcare Benefit, although its recently introduced income splitting policy is argued…

Why More Seniors Are ‘Living Apart Together’ and What it Means for Health Policy

Daphne Cheung In a recent Maclean’s article, writer Manisha Krishnan expressed surprise over older couples who are in a committed relationship but do not live in the same residence. This emerging family demographic, known as “living apart together (LAT),” is being recognised in Canada, Britain, and Australia, and in United Nations Economic for Europe (UNECE)…

Time to Rethink The Choice in Child Care Allowance

Whoever dreamed up the “choice in child care” allowance was a political genius. It was a brilliant political counterpunch to the Liberals’ plan to create a heavily subsidized childcare system across the country. Parents who rely on full time formal childcare (or would like to but can’t afford it) had more to gain from the…