India Bans Child Labor

Made in India - 100% wool tag in sweater

A step in the right direction…

India has passed a law banning child labor and I think that’s great news.

The Toronto Star reports:

The new legislation bans children under the age of 14 from working as domestic servants or at hotels, tea shops, restaurants and resorts.

The labour ministry said the ban would come into effect Oct. 10 and those violating it could face a jail term of up to two years and a maximum fine of 20,000 rupees ($484 Canadian).

My understanding is that enforcement is going to be difficult at the beginning, but even if it is, getting the laws in place is an important first step.

Clayoquot Sound to be Logged

Picture of a logger - not from Clayoquot Sound

Clayoquot Sound is going to be partially opened up to logging according to today’s Globe and Mail. This is worth keeping an eye on, as Clayoquot is a beautiful place, a huge tourist attraction, and parts of it are a UN Biosphere Reserve.

Do you think logging any of Clayoquot is short-sighted? Or are today’s economic benefits more important?

More than 90,000 hectares of Clayoquot Sound — an icon of British Columbia’s wilderness and site of the largest environmental protest in Canadian history — has been opened to logging.The decision, by a planning body known as the Clayoquot Sound Central Region Board, has met with angry denunciations from environmental groups who are warning the “war in the woods” that rocked B.C. during the early 1990s could be on again.

globeandmail.com : Clayoquot opened to logging

Hyperconcern Weakening our Children?

An over-protected child

I don’t usually delve into the world of parenting psychology, mainly because I’m not a parent yet, but I read an interesting article this morning called “A Nation of Wimps” by Hara Estroff Marano.

The meat of the article is that parents are sheltering their children way too much, which may be a reason that teens and young adults are having more breakdowns than in the past.

Regardless of your current opinion on the matter, if you have one, the following article is an interesting read:

A Nation of Wimps
Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they’re breaking down in record numbers.

Psychology Today: A Nation of Wimps