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Feds quietly exploring paternity leave options

OTTAWA—Shortly before the 2015 election, a group of Liberal policy advisers took a long look at how to create dedicated leave for new fathers—but once in office, opted instead for allowing all new parents extra time off without an increase in benefits.

Now, after that plan received a cool reception, the governing Liberals appear to be going back to their original idea.

Feds urged to rethink CPP death benefit

OTTAWA—A change to the Canada Pension Plan to provide a flat-rate death benefit to help low-income families cover funeral costs falls short of what funeral homes say is needed to cover the cost of a final farewell.

After meetings this week, federal and provincial finance ministers set the death benefit at a flat $2,500, regardless of how long or how much someone had paid into CPP.

Child care fees rising faster than inflation

OTTAWA—A new report shows child-care costs are rising faster than inflation, straining pocketbooks and raising questions about whether billions in new federal spending will make daycare more affordable for those who want it.

Toronto remains the most expensive city for child care, where median daycare costs families about $21,096 a year.