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HALIFAX—While there was a slight decrease in child poverty nationally between 2013 and 2014, the child poverty rate in Nova Scotia remains stubbornly high, says the 2016 Nova Scotia Child and Family Poverty Report Card, released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS), in partnership with Campaign 2000.
This year’s Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia finds that while there was a slight decrease in child poverty nationally between 2013 and 2014, the child poverty rate in Nova Scotia remains stubbornly high. According to the report card, Nova Scotia’s child poverty rate (22.5%) represents 37,450 children—or more than 1 in 5 children—living in poverty in 2014. Nova Scotia now has the third-highest provincial child poverty rate, and the highest rate in Atlantic Canada.
Children need to feel and see they are important members of their communities and treated as such. A new study out Tuesday finds that Manitoba has the highest number of on-reserve First Nations children in poverty in the country at 76 per cent and the highest indigenous children in poverty off-reserve at 39 per cent. This number is rising and the situation is getting worse. There is no excuse for this in a wealthy country like Canada — this is a state of emergency.
Childcare is a surprisingly important election issue. It figured prominently in the 2015 federal election, and is playing a role in the 2016 Manitoba provincial election. Why does childcare warrant such political and public attention? The answer lies with demographics, care deficits, federal cutbacks and, most importantly, political choices.  
The province has invested widely in community development and “place-based” approaches to renewal and poverty reduction, with many positive results. Place-based approaches such as these are now being adopted in communities across the country as research shows that residents overwhelmed by poverty need complementary supports and resources close to home. Innovative, grassroots, community-led initiatives make a difference and are a wise public investment. Take the West Broadway neighbourhood as an example.
The Winter 2016 issue of Our Schools/Our Selves offers a thoughtful and multifaceted collection on the subject of Oral History (the process of recording, preserving, and disseminating our understandings of the past through life narratives), education, political engagement, and youth.
Economists have estimated that low literacy levels cost the Canadian economy billions of dollars annually (Gulati 2013; McCracken and Murray 2010; Sharpe et al.
Les coûts élevés des services de garde dans de nombreuses villes constituent, entre autres, un problème majeur. Notre rapport récent examine les frais de garde d’enfants applicables à trois catégories d’âge (les nourrissons, les tout-petits et les enfants d’âge préscolaire) dans 27 villes canadiennes, ainsi que les différents régimes de subvention qui réduisent ces frais et qui s’adressent aux familles à faible revenu. La garde d'enfants, est-elle chère chez-vous? (Cliquez pour agrandir l'infographie)
Cet étude révèle les villes où les garderies sont les plus coûteux et les moins abordables au Canada. L’étude porte sur les frais moyens des garderies non subventionnées dans les 27 villes canadiennes les plus populeuses dans le cas des nourrissons, des tout-petits et des enfants d’âge préscolaire, ainsi que les différents régimes de subventions qui réduisent les coûts pour les familles à faible revenu.
The Catholic Church ran more than half of Canada’s residential schools. In these schools they immersed Indigenous children and youth in Catholic culture.