Written by guest blogger, Lisa Pasolli

JDuring the Second World War, thirty-four day care centres in Ontario and Quebec were established under the Dominion-Provincial Wartime Day Nurseries Agreement (WDNA). This shared federal-provincial funding of child care services was unprecedented in Canada, and federal officials insisted throughout the war that the agreement was no more than a temporary measure to mobilize a much-needed labour force. Accordingly, the agreement was cancelled at the end of the war and federal funding was withdrawn. In a stable postwar society, the thinking went, mothers should stay home to look after their young children.

The reality for many mothers, however, was that their wartime work was not simply a patriotic service, but an economic necessity. One 1945 survey revealed that almost ninety percent of mothers who used Toronto’s wartime day nurseries intended to continue working “indefinitely” after the war for financial reasons. The closure of the nurseries meant that many of them would be left without safe and accessible child care options. One mother, in a letter to minister of labour Humphrey Mitchell urging him to keep the nurseries open, underlined the continued importance of public child care to working-class families like hers. “I ask you, Mr. Mitchell,” she implored, “is the emergency over?”

As this mother’s plea reminds us, the story of wartime child care goes beyond the mobilization/demobilization narrative of the WDNA. The wartime child care dilemmas of many Canadian mothers were not simply a consequence of patriotic war service, but of their ongoing struggles to work for their families’ survival. Though these mothers may not have been the targets of the government day nurseries, the introduction of the WDNA and the debates about its potential implementation had ramifications for the ways in which the child care needs of all mothers were understood. Throughout the war, social workers, women’s groups, and many others put forward alternatives to the federal government’s limited vision of publicly-funded child care, and advocated for a comprehensive system of public day nurseries as a fixer of social ills, as an anti-poverty strategy, as an educational innovation, and even as the right of all working women.

There has been lots of scholarly attention paid to the administrative details of the Wartime Day Nurseries Agreement – and rightfully so, since it still represents the only instance of direct federal support for child care in Canada. However, it is also important to consider this wider context of wartime child care, and all the historical actors that were engaged in debates about the meanings and purposes of publicly-funded child care. A closer examination of those debates shows that federal, provincial, and local officials were enmeshed in a complex web of child care politics that had long been playing out in communities around the country, and that would continue to play out long after the war ended. In other words, the WDNA was a catalyst that brought to light intersecting and often-competing objectives around welfare, education, labour force, and gender policy. Echoes of those competing visions continue to resonate in contemporary debates about a publicly-funded child care strategy in Canada.

Lisa Pasolli’s  “I ask you, Mr. Mitchell, is the emergency over?”: Debating Day Nurseries in the Second World War can be found in the latest issue of the Canadian Historical Review. Click Here to Read.

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screen11The Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research and the University of Toronto Press are pleased to announce the first issue of the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health (JMVFH) is now online.

The Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health (JMVFH), edited by Alice Aiken and Stéphanie Bélanger, and managed by Mike Schaub, is the official, scholarly journal of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR). The aim of this new open-access journal is to maximize the health and social wellbeing of military personnel, Veterans, and their families by disseminating world-class research to a broad international and multidisciplinary readership of researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers. The cutting edge nature of research published in JMVFH enables clinicians working to address particular challenges to establish best practices and share preliminary results from new therapies that will lead to the next great breakthroughs.

Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health is open access and available in two editions JMVFH Online and JMVFH Flipbook.

JMVFH Online provides readers the option to read each issue of JMVFH as individual articles and puts all the tools and features most wanted by readers and researchers right at their fingertips. From advanced searching, annotations and bookmarks, live links and citation exporting, to colour photos and video, JMVFH Online is a pleasure to browse, read and/or research through.

JMVFH Flipbook presents readers with a virtual magazine experience and allows them to read or download JMVFH from cover to cover or as individual articles on their desktop and/or mobile device. This enhanced edition offers easy access and navigation, bookmarking and annotations options, embedded links and video/audio and social sharing. Readers can also clip, save and print the entire issue or individual pages from within the highly interactive mobile environment.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, 2015
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The first issue of JMVFH features some of the best research being done in the field of military and Veteran health including research on the effects of combat on personnel with past mental health problems, generalized anxiety disorder, use of Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environments, as well as explorations into the experience of war and psychological effects of combat. A unique feature of JMVFH is the Talking Points section which outlines cutting-edge research in easily digested, user-friendly brief pieces. This first issue includes several info graphics and perspectives on Veteran transition experiences, comparison between Canadian and American rates of PTSD and the care that Veteran’s receive in each country as well as the medical needs and associated treatment costs of Veterans.

Leading the way for military, Veteran, and family health and well-being
Alice B. Aiken and Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger
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A new resource to study the health of Veterans in Ontario
Alyson L. Mahar, Alice Aiken, Patti Groome, and Paul Kurdyak
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Fast facts on Veterans’ transition experiences
Linda VanTil, Stewart Macintosh, James Thompson, Mary Beth MacLean, Louise Campbell, Kerry Sudom, Sanela Dursun, Michael Herron, and David Pedlar
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What is Canada doing that produces better outcomes for Veterans?
Michael A. Verlezza
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The imperative of military medical research and the duty to protect, preserve, and provide advanced evidence-informed care
Robert Poisson
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Are military personnel with a past history of mental health care more vulnerable to the negative psychological effects of combat?
Mark A. Zamorski, Kimberley Watkins, and Corneliu Rusu
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Epidemiology of generalized anxiety disorder in Canadian military personnel
Julie Erickson, D. Jolene Kinley, Tracie O. Afifi, Mark A. Zamorski, Robert H. Pietrzak, Murray B. Stein, and Jitender Sareen
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Comorbidity and functional correlates of anxiety and physical conditions in Canadian Veterans
Renée El-Gabalawy, James M. Thompson, Jill Sweet, Julie Erickson, Corey S. Mackenzie, Robert H. Pi­etrzak, Linda VanTil, and Jitender Sareen
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Use of the CAREN system as a treatment adjunct for Canadian Armed Forces members with chronic non-specific low back pain: a pilot study
Jacqueline S. Hebert, Eric Parent, Mayank Rehani, Luc J. Hébert, Robert Stiegelmar, and Markus Bese­mann
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Cognitive performance improvement in Canadian Armed Forces personnel during deployment
Asad Makhani, Farzad Akbaryan, and Ibolja Cernak
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Acute effects of normal saline and lactated Ringer’s with erythropoietin on microcirculatory perfusion, tissue bioenergetics, and gut permeability of the small intestine in a hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation rat model
Raymond L.C. Kao, Weixiong Huang, Anargyros Xenocostas, David Driman, Claudio M. Martin, Tina Mele, Neil Parry, and Tao Rui
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Military ethics and well-being: a soldier’s journey
Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger
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The psychotherapeutic mapping of a soldier’s suffering: a narrative analysis of the Grimms’ “Bearskin”
Craig Stephenson
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Call for Editor – JSP

by cmacmillan on February 23, 2015

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The Journal of Scholarly Publishing (JSP) is currently seeking to fill the position of Editor.

The Journal of Scholarly Publishing (JSP) was launched in October 1969 by staff at University of Toronto Press to explore scholarly publishing in the world of the university press. In the inaugural editorial, Marsh Jeanneret, then Director of the Press, outlined the purpose of the journal, discussing the university press’s relationship to its parent institution, the business structure of academic publishing, the nature of copyright, and the rapidly evolving technology of communication – concerns still paramount for university presses today.

Forty-five years later, JSP continues to confront and document the challenges and achievements of academic publishers and serve the wide-ranging interests of the international academic publishing community. Articles examine the age-old problems in publishing as well as contemporary challenges resulting from changes in technology and funding through the exploration of topics such as editorial and publishing policy, computer applications, electronic publishing, effective marketing, and business management. Through balanced analysis of industry issues and concerns, JSP offers a unique blend of philosophical analysis and practical advice that has attracted readers around the world.

The Editor is responsible for determining editorial direction, developing an editorial board and editorial team, searching for authors, obtaining new submissions, and working directly with authors until pieces are ready for production. He or she must also edit the manuscripts, send the materials to the publisher for copyediting, and proofread each issue prior to publication.

The successful candidate must have a deep knowledge of the scholarly publishing field, a good eye for excellence in content and style, and communication and leadership skills, and must be able to manage time and scheduling effectively.

The new editor will be responsible for the publication of the first issue in 2016.

Interested applicants, please contact:

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What is Metadata?

by cmacmillan on January 27, 2015

Welcome to the first of a series of blog posts on metadata and why it is important. The information in these posts is great for authors and editors alike, so please read, share, and send us your thoughts.

These posts are derived from a presentation done by UTP’s Production Manager, Antonia Pop. Antonia spoke on the importance of metadata and discoverability at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, the CALJ 2014 Annual Meeting as well as at both CALJ Bootcamps for Editors (2013 and 2014). We will be adapting parts of her presentation here to outline how to write great titles, abstracts, and keywords. Stay tuned for more!

What is Metadata?

Congrats! Your article has been accepted! While it may seem as though the publishing process is out of your hands, there is plenty you can do now to ensure that your article is found and read by people in your field of study. In this series we will explain how and why to make your article’s metadata the best that it can be. Before we begin, we’ll explain a bit more about metadata and how search engines work.

The information that makes your article discoverable is called metadata; that is, information flagged electronically as having some particular function – title, keyword, abstract, author, etc. It is the metadata that tells search engines what your article is about. And it is the metadata that helps search engines decide what to display in response to a reader’s search query.

Search engines operate in two main phases. In phase one, before anyone has started a search, they go out and collect information about what articles are available to them. They index the words that appear in the metadata of each article, tabulate how often they appear, and record where exactly they appear (in the title? or in a footnote on page 26?). Phase two is when a reader starts a search and all this information is fed into an algorithm. Here is what happens: the reader inputs search terms, the search engine selects articles from its index, the articles are ranked by the algorithm based on what it finds in metadata fields, and depending on the quality of your metadata, your article either comes up on the screen immediately or lurks somewhere down around article number 5,000.

What you want to do is make sure that your metadata moves your article to the top of the list. If the search term appears frequently, and in important pieces of metadata such as the title, keywords, and abstract, the article will rank high and will appear near the beginning of the list. If the search term appears only in the body of the text, the article will rank lower and appear further down the list.

Authors can influence the discoverability of their articles by giving them rich metadata that will make them rank higher in readers’ searches.


  • Metadata is how search engines know what your article is about.
  • Search engines rank articles based on where and how often a search term appears in their metadata.
  • Authors can make their articles easier to find by providing rich, descriptive metadata.

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Launch of a new journal —Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health

January 21, 2015

The Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research and the University of Toronto Press is pleased to announce the launch of the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health (JMVFH). The aim of this new open-access journal is to maximize the health and social well being of military personnel, Veterans, and their families by […]

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Canadian Journal of Women and the Law Author Denise Brunsdon Explains Choice of Gun Control for Book Review

January 19, 2015

Written by guest blogger, Denise Brunsdon I have been a spokesperson for the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control for many years now. Though working with the organization is immensely satisfying, there are days when it seems like the Harper Government is dismantling every aspect of gun control progress ever made. But historians have a way […]

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Taking Nonviolence Seriously By guest contributor Roger Ivar Lohmann

January 5, 2015

By guest contributor Roger Ivar Lohmann, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Trent University Roger Lohmann in 2007 discussing Asabano arrows, formerly used in warfare, with elders Kafko and Bledalo during his ethnographic research in Papua New Guinea. (Photo by D. R. Garrett) Imagine yourself living in a tiny village in central New Guinea to study the […]

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IJCS Author Jatinder Mann discusses the Research behind his Article “Anglo-Conformity”: Assimilation Policy in Canada, 1890s-1970s”

December 29, 2014

Written by guest blogger, Jatinder Mann. In the late nineteenth century Canada started to receive large waves of non-British migrants for the very first time in its history. These new settlers arrived in a country that saw itself very much as a British society. English-speaking Canadians considered themselves a core part of a worldwide British […]

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IJCS Author Cara Des Granges Reveals Quebec’s Alternate Interpretation of Canada’s Confederation and its Role in the Seperatist Movement

December 26, 2014

Written by guest blogger, Cara Des Granges. Questions of nationalism and debates over sovereignty are not new to Canada and often spark strong emotive polarized responses. It is important however to take a step back and examine where feelings of nationalism emerge. Many have and continue to write about the various understanding of key events […]

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