The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is seeking feedback from parents and families on the strengths and challenges related to child care. An online survey is now available for input on accessibility, affordability and programming. Early childhood educators, child-care centre operators and partners are also encouraged to fill out the survey. Focus groups for these participants are also underway across the province. “We have a good child-care system in the province, but we can and should always do better,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We need to hear from early childhood educators, families, operators and partners to ensure we have a full picture of how the system is working in order to respond to concerns of those who use and deliver the service.” The review of the child-care sector was announced in January. Consultations will continue throughout the spring, and the department will then compile a report of the findings and recommendations to present to the minister. For information on the focus groups, email ECDSERVICES@novascotia.ca . A link to the survey can be found at novascotia.ca/education . Nova Scotians can also send submissions by email to ECDSERVICES@novascotia.ca or mail to: The Child Care ReviewEarly Years BranchDepartment of Education and Early Childhood DevelopmentP.O. Box 578Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 20.15 points to 15,193.18, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 73.15 points to 22,341.49. The S&P 500 index was up 5.79 points to 2,506.02 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 20.56 points to 6,469.03.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.88 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 82.09 cents US.The November crude contract was down 38 cents to US$50.06 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up nine cents to US$3.12 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $13.00 at US$1,312.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent to US$2.96 a pound.