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If the comparison between

December 15, 2008

the two recent elections and subsequent events here and in the U.S. were not humiliating enough, here is some news that puts the boots to any last scrap of superiority we Canadians might be feeling:

Canada ranks last with Ireland in UNICEF child-care report: Survey of child-care standards in 25 developed countries

Ottawa (15 Dec. 2008) – Canada ranks last in a tie with Ireland among 25 developed nations in a comparison of child care services conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The report says Canada failed nine of 10 measures to ensure that children get a good start in life. It met only one standard – a benchmark stipulating that 50% of staff in accredited early-education services have post-secondary qualifications.

Being one of the minority of university campuses in this country without an on-site daycare now looks even worse.

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