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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

Mr. Polievre, you’re no Santa Claus....

July 20, 2015 by Martha Friendly

I'm often stunned by some of the things the Harper Conservatives say and the claims they make-ordinarily not with much savoir-faire but often with impunity. For example, MP Wei Young's remarks that with their anti-terrorist bill (C-51), they're acting "in the same vein" as Jesus Christ or MP Costas Menegakis' analysis of women wearing niquabs "I think for the citizenship ceremony, someone needs to identify themselves. We need to know who they are".

The miracle of the vacancies and the spaces

May 11, 2015 by Martha Friendly


By Martha Friendly and Carolyn Ferns

How about that? With an exposé by one right-wing think-tank and two comment pieces in a right-wing newspaper about the exposé by the right-wing think-tank, child care space shortages as a problem for parents have been made to disappear! Parents must be rejoicing!

Yes, it’s a classic boondoggle but surely an $8 billion expenditure deserves some evidence

April 6, 2015 by Martha Friendly

Probably shouldn't say "we told you so" but last Tuesday a Parliamentary Budget Office report confirmed what many have said since 2006: the UCCB cheque through the mail slot isn't child care. The PBO's analysis showed that more than half the "child care benefit" money (most of which is the Universal "Child Care" Benefit) will go to families who don't spend anything on child care. Moreover, the PBO calculated that these expenditures would reach $8 billion a year by 2017.

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