How accessible is Rogers Place?

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It markets itself as one of the finest sports arenas in the world, but how does Rogers Place stack up when it comes to accessibility for those living with disabilities?

When put up next to Rexall Place, there’s really no comparison, said Zachary Weeks with the City of Edmonton’s Accessibility Advisory Committee.

“There really isn’t the right words to even describe it,” Weeks said.

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    “It’s a world-class facility with world-class accessibility behind it. It’s inclusive for everyone.”

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    The Accessibility Advisory Committee was brought in five years ago during the design phase of the new downtown arena to consult on accessibility features. From additional seats and elevators, to Braille and technology to help the hearing impaired, Rogers Place goes above and beyond what’s required in Alberta building codes.

    “It was invaluable. They gave us so many good ideas,” Jack Ashton, program manager at Rogers Place, said of the committee.

    “Helping guide us through some of the special needs that the community has, things to consider. And not just to meet the Alberta Building Code requirements… or even the City of Edmonton accessibility policy, but to make the arena better than that.”

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    Rogers Place has 73 accessible seats plus the same number of companion seats; they’re located throughout the arena. At Rexall Place, there were 24 accessible seats plus companion seats and they were only located in the four corners of the arena.

    “Rexall, you could only sit in the four areas, each corner of the rink. Here you can literally sit in any section that you want,” Weeks said. “Upper bowl, lower bowl, Sportsnet lounge, Loge, you name it.

    “In terms of seating options, you can’t get much better.”

    There are 10 elevators in Rogers Place, up from the one elevator Rexall Place had. The lifts are also located throughout the facility to make it easier for those who need them.

    “They’re conveniently located near the platform areas so that the patrons can go up or down to various levels within the facility without having to travel all the way back to the main elevator core,” Ashton said.

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    The stairs are equipped with nosing to make them easier to see for the visually impaired and there’s Braille on all of the signage. The Accessibility Advisory Committee also helped recommend features for the hearing impaired.

    “We included some induction loop technology in a lot of the guest services areas,” Ashton said. “They can adjust a toggle on their hearing aid and go up and can actually have a transaction with the person inside the box office or the guest services area.”

    The cost of the additional features was factored in during the design stage. The Accessibility Advisory Committee has been involved with the project every step of the way and the outcome is an arena everyone involved is extremely proud of.

    “I know we’ve come a long way and there’s always going to be a little bit more to do but it’s an excellent example, I think, of what arenas should be today,” Ashton said.

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    “It’s a special moment to be able to roll the halls and see everything come to life after so many years of collaboration. It’s something that I’m really proud about. I think it’s something that the city needs to be proud about, the citizens needs to be proud about.”

    All of the staff at Rogers Place have gone through specialized training to be able to assist people with a range of disabilities.

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Manitoba government hints at hiking tuition

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WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government hinted at higher post-secondary tuition fees Tuesday, a move it says could be partially offset by increased bursaries and scholarships.

“Right now, we’re the third-lowest in the country (for tuition fees), you know, certainly that is a challenge for many of our post-secondary institutions,” Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart said Tuesday.

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“We’re considered a deal, especially by foreign students. So we have to keep those things in mind, but we also have to make sure post-secondary institutions have sustainable funding arrangements. And that means we have to review where we sit.”

The former NDP government froze tuition rates for a decade starting in 1999, and later limited any increases to the rate of inflation. Universities and colleges complained they were being squeezed financially and tried to raise money through a variety of user fees.

The Tories made no promises on tuition fees in the spring election campaign, but did promise more money for scholarship and grants, including bursaries established by the private sector.

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The Opposition New Democrats said Tuesday any sharp increase in tuition rates will make higher education less affordable, and scholarships and bursaries are not always available to low-income students.

Education “is the ladder by which people climb up the socio-economic rungs in our society,” NDP education critic Wab Kinew said.

“Education is the transformative intervention you can make in people’s lives.”

Wishart said he did not have a number in mind as to how much tuition should rise, and is consulting with people in the post-secondary field.

The spectre of higher tuition fees comes as the government tries to whittle away at a $846-million deficit in the fiscal year that ended last March. The former NDP government ran a string of deficits starting in 2009 and the Tories have promised to balance the books by the end of their second term if they are re-elected.

“We have to get back to those fundamental values that Manitobans understand — you can’t keep spending more than you bring in every single year,” said Premier Brian Pallister. “You’re going to jeopardize the future.”

Surrey RCMP is under new management

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There has been a changing of the guard at the country’s the largest RCMP detachment.

On Tuesday, Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner introduced Dwayne McDonald as the new Officer in Charge of Surrey RCMP.

“I am excited about this opportunity, for no other reason than I love being a police officer,” said McDonald during the announcement.

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Surrey continues to face serious crime-related issues including drug use and gang violence, despite efforts to improve the situation. McDonald said he intends to stay the course set by his predecessor, Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, continuing the detachment’s youth and community engagement work. Fordy was recently promoted to Commander of RCMP’s Lower Mainland District. This promotion means McDonald will be working directly under Fordy in his new position.

Over the last year Surrey RCMP has added almost 100 officers to its police force. When asked if more police boots on the ground is the solution to crime in his city, McDonald said there is no easy answer.

“Policing is always a challenge and I think it’s always simple to say more boots on the ground will produce a higher level of public safety…But as we all know the cost of policing is rising and we need to look at a way to more effectively and efficiently deploy our resources…The onus is first on me to determine – are we using what we have effectively?”

Hepner said her first priority for the new Officer in Charge are areas of the city that are “exacerbated” by issues of increased homelessness and mental health. McDonald’s appointment comes after a lengthy selection process that Hepner and other city officials had a hand in.

Previously, McDonald had been heading up the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), and began his career in Burnaby RCMP 21 years ago. He is a father of three and is a long-time youth hockey coach.

During his own childhood he grew up in various areas of Surrey, and his own father works as a pastor in the city.

Oilers centre Drake Caggiula makes impact at training camp

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He’s the rookie with the hard-to-pronounce name who has made a name for himself at the Edmonton Oilers training camp.

Centre Drake Caggiula‘s performance so far in the NHL pre-season — a combustible mix of speed, soft hands, and bulldog backchecking — is forcing head coach Todd McLellan to rethink the makeup of his top two forward lines.

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    “He has an impact every night. He shoots the puck, he makes plays, looks comfortable on the power play, (and) he’s been able to penalty kill,” said McLellan after practice Tuesday.

    “That’s not a bad menu for a rookie coming into training camp for the first time.”

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    McLellan said the key domino effect of Caggiula could be what to do with Leon Draisaitl. The German had been penciled in as the third-line centre, behind Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

    Caggiula as a third-line pivot would allow McLellan to move Draisaitl to the wing and beef up Nugent-Hopkins’ second line. But McLellan stressed there’s a lot of pre-season left to play: “It’s certainly not written in stone.”

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    Caggiula, signed as a free agent in May to a two-year entry level deal, has two goals and 14 shots so far in the pre-season, turning heads with quick acceleration and ability to think the game on the fly.

    “I think I’ve gotten better almost every day here, and that’s all you can really ask for,” said Caggiula, 22.

    “You just want to set a new bar every day and make sure that bar’s a little higher than the one before.”

    His surname is Italian, and is pronounced cuh-JOOL’-uh.

    From his minor hockey days, it’s been twisted, botched and butchered (usually becoming cuh-GOOL’-ee-uh) not to mention the frequent, gleeful comparisons to the sadistic, depraved tyrant of ancient Rome.

    “I know people have been making fun of the whole Caligula thing. I mean it’s all in fun. I don’t really care too much about it, but I’ve had a ton of pronunciations growing up,” he said.

    Caggiula is from Pickering, Ont.

    “Hockey’s been my life from the get-go,” he said.

    “I remember just being in class as a first grader and the teacher asks what do you want to be when you grow up, and I wrote down ‘I want to be a hockey player.’”

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    He worked with his dad, Sal, who coached and mentored him from age eight to 15. There were on-ice skill drills followed by stickhandling and shooting pucks in the basement.

    Skating is the foundation of his game: figure skating when he was young to get his edges, then power skating two or three times a week as he got older.

    He played for the University of North Dakota, earning a degree in kinesiology, and in his final year scored 25 goals and 51 points to help lead the Fighting Hawks to a Frozen Four national championship.

    He is just five-foot-10 and 185 pounds, and said from the first moment he hit the ice, has been told he is too small.

    And relatively speaking, the higher he rises in hockey, the smaller he gets.

    His size, he said, has always been his motivation.

    “Any time you go in the corner and see a bigger guy, it means you’ve just got to outwork him. You’ve got to go out there and fight for everything.

    “It’s the way I try to live my life.”

WATCH: Video shows TTC bus driver with foot on dash, eating chips while driving

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The TTC is investigating after a video posted on social media showed a bus driver resting his leg on the dashboard and eating a bag of chips while driving.

“He’s driving with his one right wrist and with both of his hands he’s eating a bag of chips,” 17-year-old Gabriel Cordova told Global News Tuesday, while recounting his recent experience on an Eglinton Avenue bus.

“I’m thinking that’s totally jeopardizing the safety of everyone in the vehicle, let alone everyone outside of the vehicle.”

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Cordova said with the construction activity on Eglinton Avenue, there could have been a safety issue.

“If [the driver] were to, for example, hit a pothole or get into some sort of trouble —; it’d be really difficult for him to grab the steering wheel and steer us to safety,” he said.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross called the behaviour demonstrated in the video “disappointing,” because the rules for bus operators are clear.

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“Eating while the bus is in motion, or the foot up on the dash, those are behaviours we do not permit. We will be interviewing this operator today and making some decisions about next steps after that,” he said, adding that disciplinary action could include a warning, a suspension or dismissal.

“It’s not how we train our operators … we set the bar even higher because we are transporting 1.8 million people every day.”

Ross said operators are allowed to eat or drink while the vehicle is stopped.

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Meanwhile, Cordova also said he has had great experiences with other TTC streetcar and bus drivers and said by publishing the video he wanted to start a conversation about this type of behaviour.

“I hope the guy isn’t penalized too much – that wasn’t my intention at all,” he said.

“I just would really hope it’s brought to the attention of TTC staff that this kind of behaviour is really detrimental to not only the way the TTC looks, but the safety for all of the commuters and the driver.”

Mothers denied benefits while on maternity leave say Liberals dragging heels on $450M lawsuit

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OTTAWA – A group of mothers who say they were wrongly denied sickness benefits are calling out the federal Liberal government for continuing to fight them in court despite a promise to end the legal feud months ago.

The Liberals said during last year’s election campaign that they would drop federal opposition to a class-action lawsuit involving thousands of Canadians who were denied benefits to which they were entitled while on maternity leave.

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The mothers and their lawyer had remained remained largely silent, hoping the government would acquiesce once a few months had passed and ministers were well-versed on their portfolios.

Instead, the court case has limped along – a result, the women say, of the Liberals dragging their heels on the file.

The women involved in the class-action lawsuit broke their silence Tuesday, hoping it prods the Liberals to follow through on the campaign pledge.

“They used the words, ‘We will end this immediately,”‘ said Jennifer McCrea, the Calgary woman at the heart of the case.

“I would ask them to give me a definition of the word ‘immediately.’ ‘Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau, define the word immediately, because a year is not immediately. It’s just not.”‘

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In a statement released Tuesday, the lawyer representing the women in their $450-million class-action lawsuit calls on the Liberals to stop fighting women who were gravely ill when they tried to claim benefits they were owed.

Stephen Moreau said the Liberals have taken no steps to end the legal battle, which has been going on for four years and could take years more to get to trial.

The minister in charge of the file didn’t say why the government has not dropped the case, but said the issue of special benefits, like sickness and parental benefits, is a “very significant concern” to his department.

“I know we are making some progress. We are hoping to make further progress on that file quite soon,” Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said after a cabinet meeting Tuesday.

READ MORE: Another mom comes forward after maternity leave layoff

NDP critic Niki Ashton said she was baffled as to why the Liberals continued to let the case drag through the courts.

“We have a prime minister who has spoken very clearly about being feminist,” Ashton said.

“His government has really espoused the feminist message. Acting on something like this and doing justice for these women is actually something that is very much feminist.”

Figures provided to Parliament in March showed the government had spent more than $2.2 million in legal fees to fight the case.

Parliament decided in 2002 to allow those who were diagnosed with cancer, for instance, to access 15 extra weeks of employment insurance payments in addition to a year’s worth of maternity leave benefits.

McCrea’s claim alleges that at least 3,177 people were denied the EI benefit between 2002 and 2011, herself included.

McCrea was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2011, while she was on maternity leave with her youngest son, Logan, who was eight months at the time. She had a double mastectomy in August 2011 and was deemed cancer-free shortly afterwards.

This year marks five years of being cancer-free, a milestone she is marking by running five marathons over the course of the year.

Logan is now entering Grade 1. McCrea said she expected Logan to be in preschool when the case was settled.

“We are no closer to a settlement than we were…when (former prime minister Stephen) Harper was there.”

Ripple effect: Zebra mussels could cause province-wide power outages, Manitoba Hydro says

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WINNIPEG —; They’re here and they aren’t going anywhere.

Zebra mussels are already in three Manitoba waterways and are spreading at an incredible rate, which is one huge concern for Manitoba Hydro.

READ MORE: Zebra mussels multiplying in Lake Winnipeg, now found on shorelines

“They proliferate exponentially so they can really take over an ecosystem and they attach to any hard surfaces including one another,” said Marcus Smith, senior environmental specialist with Manitoba Hydro. “So for mechanical systems that’s our primary concern here.”

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    The crown corporation has multi-millions of dollars in infrastructure along Manitoba waterways. Infrastructure that is threatened by the stronghold of the invasive species.

    “It’s trying to get ahead of where the zebra mussels are likely going to be,” said Bruce Owen, public affairs officer with Manitoba Hydro. “Trying to get ahead of all the damage that they could potentially do to our generation systems.”

    Intricate and complicated systems that could essentially could come to a stand still  if zebra mussels get into them.

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    “We have hot water systems that is a series of pipes and strainers and heat exchange pumps… all those sorts of mechanical pieces. If zebra mussels are in those pipes, blocking those valves, clogging up those pumps… it’s not going to work,” Smith said.

    Hydro uses substrate and bio boxes to monitor not only the mussels but their microscopic larvae, veligers. Employees do routine checks and samples to look for early warning signs and detection.

    “The generators are much like engines in your car and the water we use to cool off engines comes from the the rivers,” Owen said. “If the water that we’re drawing in to cool these engines is clogged by zebra mussels, like any vehicle, that engine overheats and then you’ve got some pretty bad damage.”

    Manitoba Hydro has been studying the effects of invasive species, such as zebra mussels, for more than 25 years. In October 2015, it found it’s first invaders, two shells, at its Selkirk Generating Station.

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    “Primarily our big concern is just keeping the lights on. Really that’s what’s keeping us up at night and that’s what’s motivating us to actively be coming up with ways to prevent that from happening,” Smith said.

    It’s an outcome that would not only be extremely expensive to try to reverse but could have potentially devastating affects.

    “If we just disregarded what we know from other jurisdictions… and just ignore this, put our heads in the sand, we could be looking at a huge outages even at a province-wide level,” said Smith.

    For the past year, Manitoba Hydro has been working on prevention plans for all of its generating stations. The first of which will be installed at its Grand Rapids location next fall.

    READ MORE: Manitoba adopts new zebra mussel strategy

    “It’s a type of chlorination system where the water we draw into the system to cool the generators is chlorinated,” said Owen. “Zebra mussels don’t like chlorine. Chlorination will protect the intake pipes. Once that water is set to be discharged it will be de-chlorinated.”

    Right now it’s unclear how much installing systems at every generating station around the province will cost, but the company said they don’t have a choice but to move forward or face a dire outcome.

    “The worst case outcome would be the lights not coming on,” said Smith. “That’s a pretty horrible outcome.”

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    Both Manitoba and Alberta have enacted legislation requiring inspection of boats in transit. Boaters found possessing zebra mussels may be fined or prosecuted under the federal Fisheries Act. In 2016 nearly 3,000 boats were inspected but no fines were handed out.

    In 2014, the province spent $500,000 putting potash into four harbours in Lake Winnipeg in an effort to kill off zebra mussels.

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    In 2015 the money flow into zebra mussel prevention dropped to $168,000. The Tories have promised to spend $698,000 in 2016.

N.B. rescue crews to try to herd stranded dolphins to open ocean Wednesday

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Animal rescue crews will try again Wednesday to herd six stranded dolphins out of a shallow waterway in northern New Brunswick, and back into open ocean.

It will be a week since seven dolphins became stranded near Lameque, with one dying two days later.

READ MORE: Officials hope to herd stranded dolphins in New Brunswick back into open ocean

Andrew Reid of the Marine Animal Response Society said the six remaining Atlantic white-sided dolphins appear to be healthy.

“They don’t appear malnourished, so it does indicate that we do have some time to respond and get them to open ocean,” he said.

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However, he said time and food supply are becoming issues.

“There is a risk these animals could become dependent on people feeding them. At this time we definitely don’t want to offer any encouragement for them to want to stay in that area. At this point it is still better not to feed them,” Reid said.

To escape, the dolphins would have to swim through an area that’s only about a metre deep at high tide, and dolphins don’t like shallow water.

Rescuers hope to use aquatic pingers

Reid said they were hoping to use aquatic pingers – being sent from Massachusetts – to scare the dolphins through the passage.

The devices are normally used by fishermen to scare away dolphins from gill nets.

“Unfortunately they were initially turned back from the border and sent back to the Cape Cod Stranding Network. They are sending them again but that is going to delay things.”

In the meantime, Reid said his group and Fisheries and Oceans will make another effort to herd the dolphins to open ocean.

He said it’s unclear why the dolphins got themselves stranded.

Atlantic white-sided dolphins are common in Atlantic Canada. They can reach 10 feet in length and 500 pounds.

Reid said they may have to physically move the dolphins but are trying to avoid that.

‘Total gong show’: Parents reveal flaws of child-care subsidy system

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A single dad in Nanaimo, B.C. was shocked by what he was told this summer when he tried to get a daycare subsidy for his four-year-old daughter, Avaline.

“I had one lady tell me they’ll give me more money if I quit my job,” said 24-year-old Scott Collins. “It’s insane.”

Collins works retail at Best Buy full time and has no desire to go on welfare.

Yet that seemed to be the suggestion when he finally got through to someone in the subsidy department, after two weeks of constant calls.

He was approved for only five days of child care every two months.

“I make, I think, $1,300 a month and have to pay $1,400 in child care.”

That’s still less than what some parents have to pay in other provinces. But it’s way more than what he can afford.

WATCH: How child care costs compare in Canada (hint: they’re way more than tuition)

The new Canada Child Benefit does help, he said, but he’d rather spend that money on “food or clothes” for Avaline.

In his situation, the problem reportedly boils down to the fact that his changing work schedule includes weekends. The assumption is that he can sometimes stay home with his daughter during the week. Collins says even when that’s the case, he still has to pay the daycare fee — whether or not his daughter attends.

Avaline started kindergarten in September and is now on an after-school care wait list. And Collins’s father was recently able to change his work schedule to help out, but it’s not a permanent fix.

Collins would like to see improvements to the complicated off-line subsidy system, which he describes as “a total gong show.”

“Maybe if more word gets out and they kind of pay attention to this issue, maybe they’ll reform it. Because it definitely needs a lot of reform.”

‘It’s just really frustrating’

Penny Edmonds, who’s operated a day home in Calgary for the past decade, has struggled with the bureaucracy as well.

The 41-year-old’s two daughters live with her and she looks after their two kids. The only issue is that her grandkids take up two out of six child care spots she’s legally allowed to offer.

Considering she makes only $17,000 a year, two fewer cheques adds up to a considerable chunk of change.

Both her daughters were denied child-care subsidies. They were told they could get financial help only if they put their kids in a different day home.

“It makes no sense to me at all,” Edmonds said. “I’m being penalized for being a caregiver.”

Even if her grandkids went elsewhere, she explained they’d still be counted as being part of her day home under current regulations because they live in her house.

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‘I wouldn’t have known about it’

The biggest complaint David Scalon and Aislinn O’Loughlin have about child-care subsidies, is just how little information exists about them for parents.

“I wouldn’t have known about it,” Scanlon said. “That needs to be communicated to people in some way.”

Had a friend not mentioned it as an option, the Toronto couple would’ve had to pay close to $1,800 a month for their daughter Evie’s daycare.

The subsidy they were awarded dropped the monthly fee by roughly $700. They say there’s “no way” they would’ve been able to afford child care without it.

“It would be cheaper for me to stay home,” O’Loughlin said.

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As O’Loughlin and her husband learned, there are some limitations to subsidies, too. Only select centres accept them, for one. There’s also a limited number of subsidies available (26,059 in Toronto to be exact). And families might have to wait a long time to get one.

A city spokesperson admitted a child might be in school by the time a subsidy is given out (there are currently 17,600 families in Toronto waiting for one).

The other thing the couple learned is you don’t get a child-care subsidy while on maternity leave.

So they had to pull Evie out of day care when her little brother Liam was born, thinking there’d be a spot for both of them when the mat leave was over.

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They thought wrong.

O’Loughlin was forced to take two months unpaid leave while she waited for two slots to open up together at the daycare.

READ MORE: Toronto couple shares their child care wait-list horror story

“The system is the problem,” Scanlon said.

So what’s it like for parents to dig up this information, and how can they find out if they’re eligible for a subsidy? Global News did some digging, and we’ve been able to compile a complete list of everything you need to know about child care subsidies in each province. Check out our handy guide, here.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to revamp security after Paris robbery

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Kim Kardashian West’s terrifying robbery in Paris definitely has her and husband Kanye West rethinking their security measures, a source close to Kim tells ET.

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After the 35-year-old reality superstar was held up at gunpoint on Sunday when armed, masked men entered the luxury apartment she was staying at in Paris, France, during Paris Fashion Week, security around the couple and their two children — 3-year-old North and 9-month-old Saint — is set to change.

“Kim and Kanye are reassessing their security detail now. Kanye is freaking out — this really threw him for a loop,” the source says. “There will be a lot of things that change now in terms of security, especially with the children.”

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“Their immediate need is undercover security — people who will be with them but stepped back to the side,” the source adds. “There are plans for many other things they’ll change as well.”

Most importantly, the famous family is trying to figure out how to prevent an incident like this from ever happening again.

“Kim is constantly travelling and sleeping in hotels,” the source explains. “For her to get through this experience will take some time, mentally.”

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Though Kardashian is “absolutely traumatized,” the source says she holds no grudges towards her bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, or with French authorities.

A source previously told ET that Pascal was not with Kardashian during the robbery on Sunday — he and the driver dropped Kardashian off at her apartment through the garage, and Pascal went back out with her older sister, Kourtney Kardashian, who met up with their younger sister, Kendall Jenner.

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“He was done working for her when this happened,” the source says about Pascal. “Also, Pascal is not an armed bodyguard. Kim does not hold Pascal responsible for one second.”

Kardashian, West and their kids are currently staying at their New York City apartment. Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, is also set to stay with them until Wednesday, the source says.

“She’s just spending time with her kids right now and hugging them really tight,” the source adds.

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Both North and Saint were safely in NYC with Kanye, a family friend, and a nanny during Kardashian’s scary incident over the weekend, a source told ET on Monday.

More specifically, North was at a performance of the musical Matilda on Sunday afternoon, a rep for the Broadway production confirmed to ET.

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