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Dear Hillary, dear Bernie: Can Canada hitch a ride on your childcare coat-tails?

May 19, 2016 by Martha Friendly

As a dual citizen who dutifully votes in US presidential elections, I’m bowled over by the profusion of childcare commitments, comments and analyses emanating from south of the border. Childcare is quite the election issue in the US, taking up much more space in this election campaign than in any other I remember.  Canadian women and families—faced with our own unrelenting struggle for quality, affordable childcare here in the True North Strong and Free—should take note.   

Ontario squandering its chance to be a leader on child care

February 29, 2016 by Martha Friendly

Ontario squandering its chance to be a leader on child care

Guest blog by Carolyn Ferns, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

@petermansbridge to @JustinTrudeau: "It's 2016. Isn't it time for a national day care program?”

February 4, 2016 by Martha Friendly

It wasn’t surprising that child care was one of the topics Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pressed about last Sunday on CBC’s Face to Face with the Prime Minister.  There are millions of families in all regions—families like that of the CBC’s representative young middle class mom Jenna Fray— who are struggling with child care. Parents cannot find and afford good quality child care for love or money.

A national child care system...“because it’s 2015”

November 6, 2015 by Martha Friendly

The best line of the Trudeau government’s first day— widely reported and praised in the international media—was the new PM’s.  In response to a reporter’s question about why he’d chosen to create a gender-parity cabinet, he rather matter of factly observed “because it’s 2015”.  This ostensibly simple statement summed up a complexity of attitudes, beliefs and even world views in three words.

Election 2015 blog: For a high quality national child care program, we need a high quality child care workforce

October 6, 2015 by Martha Friendly

Guest blog by Shani Halfon and Rachel Langford

Child Care NOW federal election 2015 blog series

Election 2015 blog: Another view of Canada’s childcare debate: Comments from a Finnish researcher

September 29, 2015 by Martha Friendly

Guest blog by Maiju Paananen

Child Care NOW federal election 2015 blog series

Election 2015 blog: Three out of four: Canada needs a national childcare program

September 23, 2015 by Martha Friendly

Guest blog by Susan Prentice 

Child Care NOW federal election 2015 blog series

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