Single-parenting, early education

  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/views.module on line 1113.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/handlers/views_handler_field.inc on line 1147.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 587.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 587.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_query::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/plugins/views_plugin_query.inc on line 169.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 136.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/views.module on line 1113.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_page::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/calendar-6.x-2.4/calendar/includes/calendar_plugin_display_page.inc on line 297.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_block::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/calendar-6.x-2.4/calendar/includes/calendar_plugin_display_block.inc on line 78.
  • strict warning: Declaration of calendar_plugin_display_attachment::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/calendar-6.x-2.4/calendar/includes/calendar_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 242.
  • strict warning: Declaration of content_handler_field::element_type() should be compatible with views_handler_field::element_type($none_supported = false, $default_empty = false, $inline = false) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/cck-6.x-2.9/cck/includes/views/handlers/content_handler_field.inc on line 229.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_handler_field_multiple::pre_render() should be compatible with content_handler_field_multiple::pre_render($values) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/date-6.x-2.9/date/date/date_handler_field_multiple.inc on line 185.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_pager_none::post_execute() should be compatible with views_plugin_pager::post_execute(&$result) in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/plugins/views_plugin_pager_none.inc on line 69.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/views.module on line 1113.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/content/29/3579629/html/bulletinaylmer/en/modules/views-6.x-3.0/views/views.module on line 1113.
Added: Wed, 06/16/2021 - 7:23pm
Printer-friendly version

Fred Ryan
Éditorialiste Invitée
Guest Editorialist

We are learning more than expected from the pandemic - from scientific insights to generalizations about well-being and good mental health. As we slog through levels of lockdown, mental health problems seem only to grow. Our kids, for example, feel isolated and stressed, struggling to focus on their online lessons.
We're also viewing how interconnected and inter-dependent we all are. The lone-wolf ideal of older days is failing us, as COVID demands more community-mindedness from everyone. 
Add to this our newfound appreciation for frontline heath care, for the medical profession as a whole, and for "essential workers" of all types. We show our appreciation with auto-parades through town celebrating these folks, posters in windows, mandatory appreciation-gestures in every political speech or announcement. But there's a big exception.
The exception is a career on the "essential" list, a career that is unsupported in any
formal way, and a career that is a guaranteed money-pit: single parents. These are largely, but not entirely, mothers; in the best of circumstances, mothers earn less, have fewer options and routes of advancement - but generate most of the home economy and provide most of the chores and child-care. 
This is an editorial topic because we soon will be facing elections. Municipal are this fall, then come provincial ... plus federal. Each jurisdiction has huge responsibilities/opportunities in most facets of childcare and early education.  Recognizing the value of healthy and educated future neighbours,
we have to rouse ourselves to, first, make early education & child care an issue in
each election cycle and, second, insist on measurable results, not just more promises. The federal Liberals promised $30 billion for national child care this spring! So far it's one more promise, stacked up on the woodpile of promises we have from our politicians.  
We can't by-pass child care, early education - and single-parent support. A recent OCED study found Canada down at Number 19 on the "Raising a Family Index". 
We voters have a duty to insist on actions, actual targets and timeframes, and all of it publicly audited. Even in municipal and provincial elections, shouldn't we insist
on upgrading early-childhood education: providing credentials, systematic training with local cultural guidelines?
Nations above Number 19 put child-care into their education system, not in heath/family. Most guarantee a place for every child who wants one (not mandatory under age 6) - so can't our municipalities license more daycares? (Avoiding more bureaucracy, please!) 
Educating our kids asks for a well-thought-out, common curriculum - plus incentivized training for all new parents. It asks that child-care workers and care-givers be even better trained - and better paid. 
Mental health resources, real help for single-parent families ... our kids and future generations deserve every improvement we make to all these services.
Write out your own priorities and use that list to guide your vote - starting this November.