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June

 

15th Annual Family Finances Report
Families in Canada are seeing increases in wealth and earnings, but debt levels are also growing. The 15th annual report of the Vanier Institute’s Current State of Canadian Family Finances is an up-to-date and accessible guide to available data on the economic circumstances of Canadian families. The new report draws from a wide range of recent sources, including a array of Statistics Canada reports.

Cover image The Current State of Canadian Family Finances
 

Fathers in Canada – By the Numbers
This edition of By the Numbers focuses on fathers in Canada. How many fathers are there in Canada today? What are the current parental leave rates? How much time is being spent with family members? Are participation rates in housework increasing? Find out in our new fact sheet!

   

Modern Fatherhood, Aging, Caregiving (Transition Vol. 44 No. 2)

Stories and Statistics
By Nora Spinks
CEO, The Vanier Institute of the Family


Modern Caregiving in Canada
By Janet Fast and Donna Lero
Dr. Janet Fast is a Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta and Co-director of the Research on Aging, Policies and Practice research program. Major themes of her research are the economics of aging, the paid and unpaid care work of family members, and related public policy.
Dr. Donna Lero is a Professor in the Department of Family Relations and is the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work at the University of Guelph. She leads a program of research on public policies, workplace practices and community supports in the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, which she co-founded.


INFOGRAPHIC – Post-Secondary Education in Canada

OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF – Retirement in Canada by Thomas R. Klassen
Book Review
By Nathan Battams
Nathan Battams is a researcher and writer at the Vanier Institute of the Family.


Modern Fatherhood: Paternal Involvement and Family Relationships
By Ian DeGeer, Humberto Carolo and Todd Minerson
Ian DeGeer, principal investigator of this article, is a PhD candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Faculty of Social Work. Co-investigators Humberto Carolo and Todd Minerson are the Director of Programs and Executive Director, respectively, of White Ribbon, an organization focused on engaging men and boys to promote healthy masculinities and end violence against women.


Transnational Caregiving: Family Members in Canada Caring Across Borders
By Aru Sharma
Aru Sharma is a fourth-year Bachelor of Health Sciences student at the University of Ottawa.


A Little Support Can Go a Long Way: Reflections on Depression and Anxiety
By Christy Buttigieg
Christy Buttigieg is campaigning for mental health awareness.

 
Facts and Stats – Nutrition in Canada


May

International Day of Families (May 15, 2014)
The Family Futures book was released on May 15, 2014 as part of the International Day of Families celebrations at UN headquarters. Family Futures features contributions from heads of state, national government ministers and a variety of academics and civil society representatives, including the Vanier Institute of the Family. 

 
   
This edition of By the Numbers focuses on mothers in Canada. How many mothers are there in Canada? What are the current fertility rates, and how have these changed over time? How are they keeping in touch with their families? Find out in our new fact sheet!
 

April


Strong Families, Healthy Communities
By Nora Spinks
CEO, The Vanier Institute of the Family


Putting the “F” in EFAP: The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health Supports
By Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson, MEd, MBA, has been a clinician, business developer, account manager and business leader in the field of EFAP and Disability Management for nearly three decades. Over this period, he has worked with thousands of employers and employees and their families with a purpose of improving their lives and enhancing workplace effectiveness.

OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF – Mogul, Mom, & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman by Liz O’Donnell
Book Review
By Sara MacNaull

Sara MacNaull is responsible for Networks, Projects and Special Events at the Vanier Institute of the Family.

To Share or Not to Share: Online Privacy and Publicity Among Canadian Youth
By Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson is the Director of Education for MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy. He is the designer of comprehensive digital literacy tutorials and has contributed blogs and articles to websites and magazines as well as presenting MediaSmarts’ materials to parents, journalists, academics and government bodies in Canada and around the world. A collection of his short fiction, Irregular Verbs and Other Stories, will be published in June 2014.


Caring Canines: Therapy Dogs and Well-Being
By Paula Cayley

Paula Cayley is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog volunteer. Professionally, Ms. Cayley consults in the areas of health and productivity and is an active member of various administrative tribunals.

Marking a Moment in Time
By Nicole Kennedy

Nicole Kennedy is a Registered Early Childhood Educator as well as a graduate of Mohawk College and Charles Sturt University with an Honours BA in Early Childhood Studies.

Facts and Stats – Multiple Births in Canada

March

Families in Canada: Adaptive and Resilient
By Nora Spinks

CEO, The Vanier Institute of the Family

Celebrating Ian: A Unique Parenting Experience
By Ann Douglas

Ann Douglas is a writer (The Mother of All Pregnancy Books) and speaker who specializes in parenting. She is also the mother of four children, aged 16 through 26. Her latest book is Strengthened by the Storm, a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with mental illness. It will be published by HarperCollins Canada in January 2015. Ann’s website is www.anndouglas.ca.

OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF – Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
Book Review
By Nathan Battams

Nathan Battams is a researcher and writer at the Vanier Institute of the Family.

Diversity and Inclusion: Understanding the Impact of Unconscious Bias
By Nora Spinks and Nathan Battams

Nora Spinks is CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family.
Nathan Battams is a researcher and writer at the Vanier Institute of the Family.


Life After Work: Retirement and the Health + Wealth Equation
By Aru Sharma
Aru Sharma is a fourth-year Bachelor of Health Sciences student at the University
of Ottawa.


Wealth and Well-Being Among Canada’s Children
By Carol Matusicky

Carol Matusicky, PhD, is Co-Chair of the Vanier Alumni Network, Chair of the Board Voice Society of BC and Former Executive Director of the BC Council for Families.

Fit and Fun as a Family
By Laura Zuccaro

Laura Zuccaro is a first-year medical student at the University of Ottawa.

Beyond Ramps: The Language of Ableism
By Sharon Caldwell

Sharon Caldwell lives in Ottawa, ON, where she works as an Intervener/Residential Counsellor for adults with developmental disabilities and multiple sensory loss.

Facts and Stats – Volunteering in Canada

February

Youth Online in Canada, Multigenerational Living and More (Transition Vol. 43-3)

The 200-Year Present
By Nora Spinks
CEO, The Vanier Institute of the Family


Connected, Mobile and Social: The Online Lives of
Canadian Youth

By Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson is Director of Education at MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy.


OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF – Valuing Children:
Rethinking the Economics of the Family
by Nancy Folbre

Book Review
By Nathan Battams
Nathan Battams is a researcher and writer at the Vanier Institute of the Family.


In It Together: Multigenerational Living in Canada
By Nathan Battams
Nathan Battams is a researcher and writer at the Vanier Institute of the Family.


Charities and Non-Profits: A Strategic Component of
Canada’s Success

By Brian Emmett
Brian Emmett is Imagine Canada’s Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Non-Profit Sector.


The Canadian Death Experience: Summary of Death, Dying and Canadian Families by Dr. Katherine Arnup
By Audrey Miller
Audrey Miller, MSW, RSW, CCRC, CCLCP, is the founder of and Managing Director at Elder Caring Inc., a geriatric care management company.


Canada’s Military Families and the Military Family
Services Program

By Roxanna Gumiela
Roxanna Gumiela, RECE, BA, MPA, offers her services at www.developmentcoach.info, specializing in individual and group organizational coaching, and discovery, creation and delivery of individualized professional development.


Facts and Stats – Commuting in Canada

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