federal election

The struggle for child care!

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12 Oct 2021 - 7:00pm

A new federally sponsored child-care program is unfolding across Canada. This initiative didn’t fall from the sky – it’s the result of decades of agitation by child-care activists in Toronto and the rest of the country. We are bringing together a panel to discuss the campaigns for decent, publicly supported child care and to assess how this new program measures up.


Lisa Pasolli is Assistant Professor of history at Queen’s University and the author of numerous publications on the history of child care in Canada.

Martha Friendly is Executive Director (and founder) of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit and has written about and advocated for good child care for some fifty years. 

Julie Mathien worked for many years as Director of the Early Learning and Child Development Branch of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and recently wrote a history of the Campus Community Co-operative Day Care Centre (she also participated in the occupations required to get funding for that centre fifty years ago).

Jessica Tomas works at the U of T Early Learning Centre and is Diversity Officer and Vice-President of Advocacy on the executive board of CUPE Local 2484 and a board member of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

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Meeting ID: 832 3409 5991 • Passcode: 257194

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Meeting ID: 832 3409 5991 • Passcode: 257194
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#Elxn44 - Unpacking Canada's first pandemic federal election

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22 Sep 2021 - 12:00pm

YWCA Canada and Fora are hosting a post-Federal election event unpacking #Elxn44 - Canada's First Pandemic Federal Election.

On September 20th, Canadians will be going to the ballot box for the first Federal pandemic election. During the campaign period, so many issues have been raised to the forefront such as anti-racism, child care, climate change, economic recovery, gender equity, housing and homelessness, reconciliation and Canada’s role on the global stage.

But what does this mean for young women and gender-diverse youth specifically, whose very futures are at stake.

Join Fora: Network for Change and YWCA Canada in a conversation with leading advocates on what does the #Elxn44 campaign and outcome mean for the communities we work with and serve through an intersectional feminist lens.

We will have the following speakers in attendance:

  • Fae Johnstone, Executive Director of Wisdom2Action and Board Member of YWCA Canada
  • Hannan Mohamud, Media Commentator including being a member of CBC's Power and Politics Youth Panel for 2021 Federal Election
  • Bailey Greenspon, Director of Programs and Global Engagement of Fora: Network for Change will be moderating the panel discussion.
  • Anjum Sultana, National Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications of YWCA Canada will provide opening remarks.
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