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Colin commented on Going it alone...

Thanks for sharing this. Very nice to read your experience, both fears and hopes.

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Colin commented on Cross-Cultural Parental Support

Hi there! I just went through the comments and thought I'd share what's going on in Canada (where I'm from).

There was a recent announcement to fulfill a promise that Justin Trudeau made when he was elected. First, parents will soon be able to take up to 18 months off (up from 12 months) – but this means receiving less payment per month. It gets stretched out.

Additionally, mothers will be able to leave work up to 12 weeks before the due date (was 8 weeks before). Parents can already split the leave as they choose, but nothing is changing here. Quebec has a specific 5 weeks they give additionally to fathers, who can use it or lose it.

There are, of course, some requirements in place before parents qualify for these benefits. For example, one must have worked at least 600 hours in the past year (roughly 12.5 hours per week on average).

More details here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/mothers-day/federal-budget-2017-maternity-leave/article34414374/

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Colin commented on Vykarious

Really, really love this idea. I recently lost a grandmother (who quite enjoyed traveling), and the other grandmother is living in a home. I can imagine that using a GoPro or something similar to live-stream the experience (or parts of) would be very nice and more absorbing than a recount afterwards. 

I once took care of a man with MS for half a year. I can say that even though his body was disabled, his mind and desire for adventure had not decreased. We used to go for drives in the van (me driving) just to get out and about. Sometimes we'd go to Crissy Field, one of his favourite places in San Francisco.

For those who are more severely impaired, or for locations further from home, this idea sounds quite nice :)