parenting

Delaney and his mother. (Courtesy of Zachary Delaney)

To my mother: ‘It’s still strange that home, for both of us, is now a different place’

Zachary Delaney considers his mom after moving across the country to build a life for himself
Britt Wray and her seven-month-old son, Atlas. (Portraits by Jake Stangel)

Is it ethical to have kids in the climate crisis?

Researcher Britt Wray grapples with bringing new life into a dying world
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Their children’s lives have gone interrupted for years. Parents are fighting for a return to normalcy.

Hapless political leaders are experiencing the Old Testament wrath of moms and dads. Here’s why fed-up parents are on the Maclean’s Power List this year.
(Courtesy of Charmaine Traynor-Ruitenberg/ Mark Kelly)

To my birth mother: ‘I’m not searching for who I want to be anymore—I’m discovering who I am’

‘Thank you for your love and bravery,’ Charmaine Traynor-Ruitenberg writes to the woman who gave her up for adoption
Trudeau speaks as Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, seen via videoconference, participate in a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, Jan. 5, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Trudeau says Canadians are "angry" at the unvaccinated

Politics Insider for Jan. 6: Frustration over more virtual schooling; an honest conversation with Kathleen Wynne; and Trudeau’s COVID burden
A health-care work walks along the line up of people waiting outside a COVID testing facility in Ottawa, on Sept. 15, 2020 (Adrian Wyld/CP)

The pandemic is breaking parents

Shannon Proudfoot: We’ve done what we were asked to do, at great cost to our wellbeing and that of our young kids. And still, the pandemic cruelty continues.
Students return to in-class learning after a four-week lockdown at Vincent Massey Public School in Ottawa, on Feb. 1, 2021 (Blair Gable/Reuters)

How will Ontario schools keep kids safe during the third wave?

With schools in the province reopening this week, many conflicted parents are wondering what improvements have been made. No one quite seems to know.
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Lessons from the pandemic: How much can we handle?

Jillian Horton: As we try to cope with our own fear and uncertainty, perhaps our greatest challenge is helping our children learn to live with it too
Getting tested at a COVID care centre in Kanata, Ont., on Sept. 16 involved a six-hour wait (Shannon Proudfoot)

My day-long disastrous ordeal of trying to get a COVID test in Ontario

Shannon Proudfoot: Line-ups start at the crack of dawn. Wait times stretch for days. As schools reopen and demand soars, prepare for a new kind of lockdown purgatory.
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Adoptive parents want to earn their kids’ trust. But they need more time.

Making an adopted child feel part of the family takes years. Why don’t leave policies reflect it?