The pandemic has been hard on parents, and many have been forced to choose between going back to work and caring for their children. Setting up high-quality universal child care would benefit children, families, and the country’s economy. More here:… 1/5
Just how much does child care set families back? In Vancouver, the average cost of infant daycare is $1,400 a month. The annual cost of child care for a one-year-old can be more than twice that of undergrad tuition. Read @AnneCasselman's article here:… 2/5
It may seem expensive to roll out a national child care program. But, as an investment, universal child care has higher rates of return than those of dollars invested in primary, secondary, or postsecondary education. Full article here:… 3/5 #COVID19
And, as experts conclude that Canada’s patchwork system is failing to deliver the quality early childhood education that’s shown to benefit young minds, it seems something should be done sooner rather than later. Read on:… 4/5 #CdnPoli #COVID19
Will this pandemic be the push needed for national child care? For half a century, government reports and panels have concluded the same thing: invest in a national child care program and you advance the nation. More here:… 5/5 #COVID19 #cdnpoli

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3 Dec
When the Canada–US border was closed to help control the spread of COVID-19, it did nothing to stop the newest American export from travelling northward. QAnon surged into the country with the rise of data usage among the anxious housebound. More here:… 1/5
@Concordia Public Scholar @_MAArgentino estimates that, at their height this summer, Canadian QAnon Facebook groups boasted more than 100,000 members. Read @matthewremski’s article here:… 2/5
At this point, security analysts generally agree that QAnon in Canada is disorganized but that it may bolster existing extremist groups and could inspire lone-wolf attacks. Find out more here:… 3/5
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2 Dec
Most people are now priced out of middle class life. To afford it, we’re working longer and harder—and taking on more debt—than ever before. We’re also more alienated and more nervous about our futures. Read @maxfawcett’s article here:… 1/5 #housing
As part of the Living Rooms series, @maxfawcett questions whether the middle class, at least as we’ve come to understand it, will go extinct. Can we redefine a middle class that aligns with the current technological, social, and financial realities?… 2/5
Due to the pandemic, over 1 million Canadians have suddenly lost their incomes, making the middle class even more precarious. According to a recent @Ipsos poll, almost a third of Canadians can’t pay their bills without sinking deeper into debt.… 3/5
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26 Nov
Joe Biden will be the next president of the US, but the rot at the heart of American democracy will not go away. In the years ahead, the US will have to grapple with three bleak truths. Want to know what they are? Read on:… 1/5
First, Trump—and Trumpism—is here to stay. Biden received more votes than any candidate in US history. Trump, despite four years of chaos, received the second most. The election was supposed to be an unambiguous repudiation of his politics. It wasn’t.… 2/5
If Trump doesn’t run again in 2024, his supporters—like Mike Pence—will compete to inherit his mantle. Or could there even be a Trump dynasty? Could we see Don Jr. or Ivanka try to run? More here:… 3/5
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25 Nov
More than just a design trend, tiny living has become a social movement. As a lifestyle, its features are appealing: a lower cost of living, more environmentally conscious habits, and most importantly, the promise of living mortgage and debt free.… 1/6
As part of the digital series Living Rooms, @CristinaMDAmico explains that the tiny house isn't a full-blown solution to our housing problems because the crisis is far too complex to be solved by individual consumer choices. More here:… 2/6
The tiny-house fantasy imagines that the solution to a nation’s housing crisis lies with the individual as opposed to with collective action and broad-based social change. Read @CristinaMDAmico’s full article here:… 3/6
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20 Nov
With shorter days and colder temperatures on the horizon, psychologists warn that a locked-down winter will only heighten anxiety when "supports and strategies we’ve previously turned to for relief are no longer accessible," writes @gabrielledrolet.… 1/6
This winter will pose many new challenges: subzero temperatures will make it hard to gather outdoors, early sunsets will make for gloomier days in quarantine, and many holiday visits will be cancelled. Full article here:… 2/6
The #MentalHealth toll of the pandemic has already been well documented: financial loss, conflicting gov't messaging, and the threat of infection have all increased daily stress levels. How much worse will it be during winter? Read on:… 3/6
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Home ownership for many millennials will never be a reality. Even if you’re lucky enough to get help from your parents, so many in this generation have had to work harder, earn less, and have their adulthood shaped by precarity, writes @kelkord.… 1/6
In the first part of a new digital series on housing and home by The Walrus, @kelkord looks at the rise of the roommate. In the US, the 2008 recession propelled an adult-roommate boom that never ended. More here:… 2/6
It’s a trend in Canada too, where urban co-living startups, like Roost and SoulRooms, have adopted the broader turn toward “adult dorm” housing setups seen in cities from Dublin to New York.… 3/6
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