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Entries Tagged as 'Women'

Child care is a human right

December 11th, 2014 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Human rights, Women

By Lynell and Melanie Anderson Our understanding of rights evolves along with society, yet the required and corresponding evolution in government policy in BC is stagnant. Re-establishing the Human Rights Commission, as recommended in a new report, could change this reality. We’re passionate about women’s and children’s rights, and concerned about the rights of mothers […]

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It’s time to seriously tackle child poverty

November 24th, 2014 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Women

One in five BC children lives in poverty. This is the sobering finding of the 2014 BC Child Poverty Report Card released on November 24th, the 25th anniversary of a unanimous all-party resolution in Canada’s House of Commons to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Child poverty is not just a big […]

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Child care unaffordability in Canada’s cities and what to do about it

November 10th, 2014 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Women

A new report from the CCPA takes a closer look at child care fees in Canada’s biggest 22 cities and shows just how unaffordable child care has become everywhere outside of Quebec, the only province in Canada with universal subsidized child care. It’s hardly news that child care is expensive. Indeed, it is pricier than […]

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What the UBC rape chant scandal says about women in the Canadian economy

September 10th, 2013 · · 7 Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Human rights, Media, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Women

The news of UBC Sauder Business School students chanting about rape of underage girls during a FROSH week event has generated much outrage. As it should. While the chant might seem like an isolated incident, it is not. The recent rape chant scandals in UBC and in St Mary’s University in Halifax are evidence of […]

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Living wage reports reveal a big gap between actual wages and the costs of raising a family in BC

May 2nd, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes, Women

How much do working parents need to earn to be able to afford to live in our community? There reports released today provide the answer for the three largest regional districts in BC, home to 2/3 of this province’s population: $19.62/hour in Metro Vancouver, $18.73/hour in Greater Victoria and $16.37/hour in the Fraser Valley.

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Plan for $10 a day child care striking a chord with British Columbians

October 15th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Women

More than thirty years ago, the women’s movement put child care on the public agenda. And while there have been important successes along the way, it can get depressing for grandmothers like me to see so little political progress. Parent fees are too high, staff wages are too low, there are nowhere near enough spaces […]

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The case for exempting child support from welfare

July 20th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Women

Based on recent announcements, it seems that the Ministry of Social Development is in the mood to address some of the long-standing problems within BC’s welfare system (although welfare rates remain distressingly low). Seth Klein recently recapped the Ministry’s June 11th announcement, which set out almost 30 proposed changes to the system. More recently, the […]

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Federal Budget Bill and Employment Equity

June 1st, 2012 · · 2 Comments · Employment & labour, Women

So many big changes are happening in the Federal government’s budget bill — Bill C-38 — that some significant issues like the changes to the Federal Contractors Program (FCP) have escaped attention. Part 4 Division 42 of C-38 is very short. It merely says that subsection 42(2) of the Employment Equity Act is replaced by […]

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Breaking down financial barriers to higher education is more affordable than you think

January 25th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Women

In a new report released today by the CCPA, I revisit the important question of who really pays for university education. Convention wisdom has it that the public heavily subsidizes post-secondary education. The illusion of a subsidy comes from the fact that tuition fees, high as they are, don’t cover the entire cost of education. […]

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Social Determinants of Health

June 7th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Health care, Housing & homelessness, Human rights, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Women

It is now clear that economic, and social variables – more than individual behaviour – are the most salient factors in determining people’s well-being. Working and living conditions, the distribution of wealth, and where we live are some of , “the primary factors that shape the health of Canadians” (CCPA Monitor, June 2010). Almost everything […]

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