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It’s time for the Ontario government to deliver on child care

November 11, 2011 by Martha Friendly


Those of us who regularly Google "child care Ontario" can't help but notice the growing number of local news items that describe the pandemonium threatening child care across the province. This includes not only last week's major report from Toronto Children's Services but news items in local media outlets in Waterloo, Ottawa, Parry Sound, Cambridge, Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, Cornwall (and probably others that I haven't seen).

News flash: Mothers still need child care – straight from the horse's mouth

June 23, 2011 by Martha Friendly

Mothers for Child Care

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the mountain of evidence about the value of good child care should be more than enough to convince Canadian policy makers to act - if there's any interest out there in evidence-based policy making. Early childhood education and care (ECEC) has been studied from the perspective of child development and early educational advantage, anti-poverty, balancing work and family, human rights/children's rights, women's equality and smart economics. New studies looking at child care every which way appear with exasperating regularity.

It's child's play for men

Wayman, Sheila
Publication Date: 
31 May 2011
Entered Date: 
8 Jun 2011

Too much kindergarten not fun for all

Press, Jordan & Abma, Derek
Publication Date: 
3 Jun 2011
Entered Date: 
8 Jun 2011

A national child care program: Not now, after all

May 22, 2011 by Martha Friendly

Child care program election rally

Four more years... For those of you who - like me - believe that a national approach is necessary if Canadian families are ever going to win high quality accessible early childhood services, the federal election results are a bitter pill to swallow. There is no doubt that the 2006 cancellation of the hard-won bilateral Early Learning and Care agreements by the minority Conservative government set child care back five years.

Barack Obama - announcing the creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls

I want to be clear that issues like equal pay, family leave, child care and others are not just women's issues, they are family issues and economic issues. Our progress in these areas is an important measure of whether we are truly fulfilling the promise of our democracy for all our people.

Barack Obama
speech announcing the creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls
March 11, 2009

Death by indifference

Friendly, Martha
Publication Date: 
14 Jan 2011
Entered Date: 
25 Jan 2011

Healthy children/ healthy spaces conference

This conference will explore the roles that outdoor spaces, risk, perceptions of risk and liability, access to safe, inspiring outdoor play, learning and living have on the health of our children and communities.


Event date: 
14 Nov 2010 (All day) - 16 Nov 2010 (All day)

The rise and fall of economic and social rights. What's next?

Broadbent, Ed
Publication Date: 
29 May 2010
Entered Date: 
2 Jun 2010
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