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Family is where and how we grow up and live—something intensely private and personal. It's also the bulwark of civilization—the institution undergirding all other aspects of civil society. In both cases, we can no longer take family for granted. Cardus Family seeks to examine and present research and statistics about family and engage in informed public dialogue.


Cardus Family in the News

May 7 Andrea Mrozek writes in the Toronto Sun: City plans to add daycare spaces, but are they needed?

May 7 Discovery by Andrea Mrozek of surplus daycare spaces in Toronto sparks discussion on the availability and affordability of daycare in the city. Read more in the Toronto Sun: Cookie-cutter daycare system not the answer: Report

April 27 Cardus Family Program Director Andrea Mrozek was a guest on Beyond the News with Brian Lilley on CFRA Radio in Ottawa to talk about daycare policy in light of Toronto’s growing daycare surplus

April 27 City News reported on Toronto’s growing institutional daycare surplus uncovered in that city by Cardus Family and gave Family Program Director Andrea Mrozek a chance to explain alternative childcare policy options

April 26 Andrea Mrozek & Councillor Janet Davis discuss daycare debate in Toronto on AM 640 in Toronto.

April 23 Cardus Family Program Director was a guest on CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup to counter some myths around the demand for a universal state daycare system and to explain which policies would give parents more choice in childcare. You can listen to Andrea here, starting at the 30-minute, 35-second mark.

April 17 Andrea Mrozek discusses the potential impact of expanding state-subsidized daycare across Canada with host Brian Lilley on CFRA Radio Ottawa

March 22 Cardus press release tells the story of why the new child care funding is more about getting mothers of young children into the paid labour force

March 22 Andrea Mrozek pens a response to the $650 million Canada is allocating for "reproductive rights" overseas in the Winnipeg Free Press with "Motherhood is a woman's right to be valued, too"

March 8 Cardus releases a poll in time for Women's Day. Check out the questions and results that got our panel talking, here

March 1 Andrea Mrozek in the Hamilton Spectator with "Profiting off our need for family, children." This article is about a web site that brings together "co-parents" who will not date or be in relationship; they will only raise a child together



Articles

Toronto's Increasing Daycare Surplus

April 25, 2017  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

As the City of Toronto puts forward an expensive and expansive daycare space creation plan, new data reveal increasing daycare space vacancy rates. Read more ...

All the Daycare Research That's Fit to Print

April 13, 2017  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

There’s been so much daycare talk in the news since the federal budget was released on March 22, 2017. That said, there’s even more daycare-related news that wasn’t reported. Read more ...

At the Heart of Health

April 5, 2017  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

Building on research released last fall by Cardus Family on the importance of emotional relationships to physical well being, program director Andrea Mrozek sat down with Dr. Sue Johnson to learn about a cutting-edge approach at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Healing Hearts Together is based on data demonstrating that strong family life can play a vital part in helping cardiac patients regain their health. Read more ...

Celebrating Women

March 8, 2017  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

Do we know what Canadians think about women's issues and how they connect to politics, culture and family? Angus Reid Forum asked questions about these subjects. If one theme emerges it is diversity. Neither men nor women are easily categorized on a host of issues facing women in Canada in 2017. Some of these questions address current events. Read more ...

Parental Discipline

January 26, 2017  |  by Andrea Mrozek and Anna Buhrmann Cardus Family

A Case for Keeping Section 43

The effort to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada is not evidence-based policy-making. Read more ...

Top Five Family Issues of 2016

December 21, 2016  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

A summary of five key issues from the past year

Cardus Family Program Director Andrea Mrozek's summary of the top five issues surrounding families in Canada this past year. Read more ...

Review: To Whom Do Children Belong?

November 30, 2016  |  by Anna Buhrmann Cardus Family

A recently released book addresses this timely question

At the heart of the book is the idea that an intimate relationship inescapably exists between biological parent and child. Read more ...

Parents, Working and Home

October 11, 2016  |  by Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Family

What do the data actually say about stay-at-home parenting?

A look at the Statistics Canada data pointing to a decline in stay-at-home parents. Read more ...

Is God transgender?

August 19, 2016  |  by Rebecca Walberg Cardus Family

A reform Rabbi writing recently in the New York Times makes this case using the Hebrew Bible as justification. In reality, God transcends gender, responds Rebecca Walberg. Read more ...

Exploiting women through childcare

August 10, 2016  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

When subsidies go to childcare spaces or centres, rather than directly to parents, these act as a form of soft coercion. Read more ...

Gender quotas don't help businesses—they don't even help women

June 29, 2016  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

The evidence from studying quotas show neutral or negative results, both for women's advancement and company performance. Read more ...

Taking Pressure Off the Foster-Care System

June 28, 2016  |  by Jennifer Francis with Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

Helping families, combating social isolation, building strong communities: It's all in a day's work for Jennifer Francis, executive director of Safe Families Canada. Andrea Mrozek, program director of Cardus Family, talks with her about the charity she founded in Canada, and the needs and challenges they face. Read more ...

A is for Attachment

April 14, 2016  |  by Helen Ward Cardus Family

Postcard from the Early Years Conference 2016. Read more ...

How the #changeroomproject isolates people

April 1, 2016  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

Kind folks never needed it, and unkind folks won’t heed it. It’s a project that wanted to draw attention to vulnerabilities, but in so doing, actually isolated people more. Read more ...

Families in the Federal Budget 2016

March 21, 2016  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

A "B" Grade for Expected Family Benefits

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: If we were to assess the new family benefits forthcoming in the March 22 federal budget and offer a grade, we'd give the government a "B". The up side: there will be more money, a simpler benefit structure, and more flexibility for most families. The down side: the benefits may not be sustainable and are structured towards individual poverty reduction rather than a recognition that the family is an important societal institution. Read more ...

Cardus Statement on the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada

February 9, 2016  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

The IMFC is being transitioned to Cardus as part of Cardus' ongoing work and mandate to help inform evidence-based conversations on the changing social architecture in Canada. Read more ...

The Swedish Series

January 15, 2016  |  by Jonas Himmelstrand and Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

An honest look at various aspects of daycare and parenting in a socialist "utopia". The Swedish government prioritizes government daycare by paying for it, while not paying for any other option. This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...

Is there really a daycare shortage?

April 28, 2015  |  by Helen Ward Cardus Family

Canadians often hear about the apparent need for more licensed daycare spaces. But what if the daycare shortage is not so much a shortage of spaces as a shortage of children in them? This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...

Making sex education work

November 19, 2014  |  by Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Family

This report recounts the concerns parents expressed in 2010 and critiques some of the common claims made about sexuality education. This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...

The marriage gap between rich and poor Canadians

February 25, 2014  |  by Peter Jon Mitchell and Philip Cross Cardus Family

The first ever analysis of Statistics Canada data examining the link between marriage and income in Canada. It turns out that there's a huge "marriage gap"—the wealthy are mostly married/common-law, and the poor are mostly unattached. This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...

Canadian Daycare Desires

May 23, 2013  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

Canadian parents matter. They are the most important input into their children's lives. Unfortunately, those designing public policy don't often turn to parents to ask what they prefer when it comes to childcare choices. This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...

Family responses to bullying

November 26, 2012  |  by Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Family

Why governments won't stop bullying until families step up. This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...

Finding fault with no-fault divorce

February 22, 2012  |  by Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

Canadian law values marriage as a short-term prospect through no-fault divorce. This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...

The cost of a free lunch

November 25, 2009  |  by Andrea Mrozek with Rebecca Walberg Cardus Family

The Pascal proposal for full-day kindergarten has a hidden price tag that will impose very real costs on Ontario taxpayers. This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...

Private choices, public costs

June 1, 2009  |  by Rebecca Walberg and Andrea Mrozek Cardus Family

This report measures the cost of family breakdown to the public purse in Canada for the fiscal year 2005-2006. It estimates the funding directed at poverty alleviation due to family breakdown. This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...

Growing up married, growing up common-law

March 1, 2009  |  by Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Family

Connecting parental marital status with teen attitudes and behaviours. This report was published under IMFC auspices. . Read more ...



Research Publications

Marriage is Good for Your Health

September 29, 2016  |  by Susan Martinuk

As governments and individuals struggle to make informed and well-considered public policy decisions on the issue of healthcare it is becoming increasingly important that they take into account the state of Canadian marriages. Marriage is Good for Your Health examines more than 50 published, empirical studies on the correlation between marital status and health. Get the full report ...

Canadians' Work-Life Balance: What Gives?

September 2, 2016  |  by Peter Jon Mitchell

One in three of working Canadians said they are dissatisfied with their work-life balance. Yet eighty-five percent said a satisfactory work-life balance is very important to them – so what gives? Canadians' Work-Life Balance is the fifth of five parts in the Canada Family Life project and is based on data from Nanos Research. Get the full report ...

Canadian Millennials and the Value of Marriage

August 24, 2016  |  by Peter Jon Mitchell

How do millennial Canadians perceive the role of marriage in family life and its function in society? Canadian Millennials and the Value of Marriage is the fourth of five parts in the Canada Family Life project and is based on data from Nanos Research. . Get the full report ...

The Canada Family Life Project

June 1, 2016  |  by Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell

Nanos Research Poll Results for Cardus Family

Canadians place a high value on family. Yet a number of obstacles threaten their ability to achieve the family lives to which they aspire. Nanos Research reveals a number of gaps between Canadians’ realities and their expectations, especially regarding children and child care, the role of marriage, and care for aging parents and the elderly. Get the full report ...



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Apr 27, 2017 - Cardus News
Internal Documents Detail Toronto's Daycare Surplus
Freedom of information request uncovers 89% increase in city’s institutional daycare vacancy r...
Apr 25, 2017 - Research (Family)
Toronto's Increasing Daycare Surplus
As the City of Toronto puts forward an expensive and expansive daycare space creation plan, new data...
Apr 13, 2017 - Research (Family)
All the Daycare Research That's Fit to Print
There’s been so much daycare talk in the news since the federal budget was released on March 2...
Apr 5, 2017 - Research (Family)
At the Heart of Health
Building on research released last fall by Cardus Family on the importance of emotional relationship...