Cost of Living

The economics of childcare, plus the surge in cosmetic procedures hidden by face masks

Much of Canada's economic recovery as pandemic restrictions ease will rely on people getting back to work. But without firm strategies for schools or childcare centres, many families don't see how both parents can return to work when there's no plan for their kids.

And we look back at why winning the lottery won't ruin your life

Cosmetic procedures are more popular than ever as COVID-19 restrictions ease; a lack of childcare could have drastic economic consequences. (Shutterstock, Ben Nelms/CBC)

Much of Canada's economic recovery as pandemic restrictions ease will rely on people getting back to work. But many provinces are still without concrete strategies to allow schools to resume classes in September, or to increase capacity at childcare centres.

And without alternatives, many families don't see how both parents can return to work when there's no plan for their kids.

Paul Haavardsrud speaks with two parents and economist Armine Yalnizyan to understand the extent of this economic issue and what it means for Canada as a whole.


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Plus, we pull back the masks to uncover a literally-eyebrow-raising trend, hiding in plain sight. Producer Falice Chin looks into why cosmetic procedures — like facelifts, cheek implants or lip injections — have become more popular in the age of the coronavirus.

Finally, as we look back at some of the top stories from this past season, we replay producer Tracy Fuller's segment on windfalls and the people whom fortune favoured. Does winning the lottery really ruin your life? And assuming your life isn't ruined, just how much you need to win to be able to retire comfortably in 2020?


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