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Entries Tagged as 'childcare'

When no news is not good news: what the uneventful BC throne speech means for you

February 15th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Climate change, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Last week’s BC throne speech received little media coverage, partly because it fell in the middle of the Olympics and on the same day as the Canadian federal budget, but also because it was rather uneventful, repeating familiar themes and commitments. The absence of significant new announcements in the throne speech is not good news […]

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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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What will it take to bring smarter family policy to BC?

September 27th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Transparency & accountability, Women

Did you know that the BC government has set a goal to reduce early childhood vulnerability to 15% by fiscal year 2015? You can hardly tell by their actions. BC did introduce full-day kindergarten in some communities this fall, but other than that the family policy front has been rather quiet lately. The latest childhood […]

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The catch-22 of low-income benefits that are phased out quickly

October 9th, 2009 · · 8 Comments · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Women

My friend Emily is a single mom. She works full time for a salary that keeps her and her child above the poverty line but doesn’t allow for much more. Her income is low enough that she qualifies for temporary relief from paying her student loans (which are massive even though she is yet to […]

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What should our government be spending money on?

September 16th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Economy, Education, Environment, resources & sustainability, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

One question that is missing from the public debate on deficits and debt is whether we’re getting the best bang for the stimulus buck. Even if we accept that it’s appropriate for governments to borrow and engage in deficit-financing during a recession, as I have argued here, we need to have a discussion about the […]

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Doing the math on all-day-K

September 8th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Education, Provincial budget & finance

Amid the corner-cutting exercise that was the September BC budget, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope: actual money was alloted for the expansion of kindergarten to full day. Could it be that the BC government has finally started to get it and is planning to heed its own report on childcare (as I’ve […]

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BC government should heed its own report on childcare

May 7th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Women

Do you remember the 2008 Throne Speech in which the provincial government launched a feasibility study on providing full day kindergarten for 5 year-olds and extending full day preschool options to younger children as well? Here’s a refresher: A new Early Childhood Learning Agency will be established. It will assess the feasibility and costs of […]

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Why young children’s education and care are not priorities in this election

May 7th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Women

It seems clear that policy-makers in this province (and country, for that matter) are not prepared to invest in a quality early education and childcare system, despite the proven benefits for children. The reasons have got to be political, as the economic case for investing in early childhood education and care has already been made […]

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BC's child care crisis IS an election issue

April 30th, 2009 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Economy

The provincial election is off and running, and once again families and communities know that childcare should be a high priority for every candidate in every riding. After eight years of failed policies, ad hoc decisions, and inadequate funding, B.C. childcare is in a crisis. Just ask any young family about their struggle to find […]

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My “Universal Child Care Benefit” has evaporated to a parallel universe

March 9th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Provincial budget & finance

I just got a letter from my daughter’s daycare that her monthly fees are going up again next month. They will now be $700. When she started at the daycare two and a half years ago, they were $600. So much for the Harper government’s much touted $100 per month child care benefit. Recall that […]

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