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Ottawa pressured to provide funding [CA]

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Snow, Stacie
Publication Date: 
18 May 2007

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The Community Action Forum on the Vernon child care crisis kicked off on Tuesday morning with a demand for federal funding, legislation, and accountability provisions.

Speaker Lynell Anderson, accountant and project director at the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, directed a presentation entitled Child Care System Building: Addressing Our Social and Economic Priorities.

"We have hit the day care wall," said Anderson. "Canada is at a crossroads where we can decide whether we build a system that meets family needs or we keep treading water."


The second speaker at the forum agreed. Morna Ballantyne, coordinator of the Code Blue Campaign, pointed out that it is "time for governments to do the right thing so that the needs of families and children can be met."


The Code Blue for Child Care Campaign is a Canada-wide campaign to "think big and bold" in an attempt to build a pan-Canadian child care system with good wages, complete training, a progressive development program, expanded access and a high-quality, inclusive and universal social support program.

Members of the campaign are travelling around the country to spread the message of the importance of child care. They will request that the federal government provide $1.2 billion to the provinces because this would provide day care spaces for every three to five year old in the country within four years.


- reprinted from the Vernon Morning Star