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Ontario should make pay hikes for personal support workers permanent

Monday, October 5th, 2020

The pay increase for PSWs announced last week is long overdue but, now that it’s here, let’s at least make it permanent… the premier has repeatedly admitted that these workers are “overworked”… That would mean setting — and funding — daily care standards so the important work of caring for our vulnerable seniors can be done well and safely for everyone. The pandemic has shown us all how essential much low-paid, undervalued work really is.

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A national child-care system is crucial for recovery and rebuilding

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Federal leadership is urgently required to stabilize child care and build toward a system that stimulates and sustains economic recovery… The wrong decisions — or indecision — will slow economic and social recovery, and lead to a more unfair Canada. Tax credits or cash payments may seem a simple and expedient approach, but parents can’t buy what doesn’t exist; child-care services are collapsing all across Canada.

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History suggests Justin Trudeau’s national child care proposal is already doomed. Could Doug Ford be its saviour?

Monday, September 28th, 2020

The pandemic and its dire impact on women’s participation in the workforce have given the file more impetus than at any other time in recent history… Trudeau’s cabinet similarly boasts a sizable number of women who are liable to hold their government’s feet to the fire, starting with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland… Who knows? Ford could be as instrumental in securing a more productive outcome to the latest round of child-care politics as the billions of dollars Ottawa (again) promises to put on the table.

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‘This is a start’ — advocates welcome Trudeau’s commitment to build national child-care system

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

… the government will make a “significant, long-term, sustained investment to create a Canada-wide early learning and child-care system… to ensure that high-quality care is accessible to all.” … Although details of the actual investment won’t come until the budget, advocates were heartened by the government’s apparent commitment to shift child care away from a market-based system that relies on parent fees.

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The pandemic can spur long overdue change for Canada’s workers

Monday, September 7th, 2020

… it’s time to reinforce our social safety nets to ensure affordable housing, accessible child care and support for the unemployed. We didn’t need a pandemic to show us that too many workers in Canada are often living paycheque to paycheque and worried about the future of their families; that women and racialized workers often make up the majority of those doing precarious, low-paid – but essential – front-line work.

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To follow in Freeland’s footsteps child care must be a national priority

Monday, August 24th, 2020

As Freeland is briefed on the competing economic interests across sectors, and considers the disproportionate impact on women, I hope she steers us toward unprecedented child care solutions. Her uniquely strong relationships with provincial leaders could help in co-ordinating the effort across jurisdictional lines… The trajectory of a generation of women’s lives and careers — and in turn, our country’s economic future — depends on it.

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Poverty reduction central to building back better

Monday, August 17th, 2020

While the pandemic has laid bare many pre-existing inequities, it has also created an opportunity to reimagine and rebuild our social infrastructure… Given that unpaid care work is a source of women’s marginalization and poverty, we believe a basic income program will support women on low and fixed incomes in particular.

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Insiders say Justin Trudeau doesn’t want an election. He wants to seize the moment and push through bold change

Saturday, August 8th, 2020

… now is the time, with the cost of long-term borrowing so cheap due to historically low interest rates, to address those inequities for the longer term… Premiers may have been willing to put up with aggressive federal moves in areas of their jurisdiction during the emergency and restart phase of the pandemic, but it’s hard to see that lasting.

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We can’t let COVID-19 destroy economic gains for women

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

To ease the load on women, governments need to find a way to get schools back full-time as soon as possible… Second, for women to participate fully in the workforce, affordable, quality childcare, under new safety protocols, is essential… $2.5 billion is required to meet the need. In an era of crisis, when money has seemed to be no object, it would be dollars well spent.

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Parents, trapped: Lack of child care could undermine economic recovery and hurt women, but the solution is expensive

Sunday, July 12th, 2020

In normal times, daycare is much like a throttle for the engine of the economy. Increase the supply of spaces, and more women are able to work. Productivity rises, household incomes grow and consumer spending ticks up.
But the coronavirus threatens to throw that dynamic into reverse. A mass exodus of women from the work force would be unprecedented in recent decades… an enormous chunk of economic activity is at risk

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