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Would you rather $100 per month till your child is 6; or a Universal National Childcare program?

nothing thank you.
I like the $100 cheque till my child is 6, it helps me out!
I wish we had a Universal Childcare program accessible to everyone.
other, please explain

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I just found this interesting post on one of the blogs

"Within the next 10 days a Private Members’ Bill which would enshrine universal, not-for-profit (government controlled) childcare in Canada at taxpayers’ expense is expected to have 3rd reading and final vote. Cost estimates range from $10 - $15 billion annually.
The bill is expected to pass unless some of the MPs who currently support the bill can be persuaded to change their vote, or "miss" the vote.
Victoria MP Denise Savoie’s (NDP) Bill C-303 provides no support for other caregiving options such as parents who choose to stay home to care for their children, relative care, neighbour care, or private licenced childcare (only grandfathering existing ones).
According to Statistics Canada only 13.1 % of children are in the form of institutional childcare that Ms. Savoie advocates.
The bill disregards both parental rights and what most parents want for their children. It infringes on provincial jurisdiction and shows a profound disrespect for Canadian taxpayers.
Most troubling, C-303 fails to consider fully what is in the best interest of children. The preamble implies that one of the goals of quality "child care" is to ensure that parents can be away from their children earning money! How does increasing the level of parental absence serve the best interests of children?
MPs voted 138 – 112 in favour of this bill, at 2nd Reading on November 21, 2007, with NDP, Liberal and BLOC support. Only the Conservatives oppose the bill. "


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OTTAWA -- Parents and early childhood educators are marking the International Day of the Child, November 20, by demanding that Parliament take immediate action to halt the intrusion of foreign-based “Big Box” child care into Canada.  They are urging MPs to vote in favour of Bill C303, the Early Learning and Child Care Act.

The Act, which returns to the House today for debate and vote, will ensure that new federal funding for early learning and child care will only go to public or non-profit child care and will be used for the benefit of children.  It will prevent ”Big Box” child care from milking taxpayers’ dollars to line the pockets of their shareholders.

http://www.buildchildcare.ca/releases_advisories/media_release_advoca

“Reports from Australia highlight high parent fees, poor staff wages and working conditions and examples of child neglect.  A study by The Australia Institute showed poorer staff to child ratios, insufficient food and less time for children compared to community child care programs”, says Morna Ballantyne, coordinator of Code Blue for Child Care.

Activities in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Moncton and Halifax will culminate in a proclamation on the steps Parliament Hill today at 3 p.m., prior to the debate in the House.

“Across the country, groups are demanding that the federal government immediately prevent the foreign take-over of Canadian child care centres and support the passage of Bill C303”, said Jody Dallaire, Chair of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada.

Advocates are concerned that 123 Busy Beavers Learning Centres has already gained a foothold in Alberta.  ABC Learning Centres of Australia operates over 2,500 programs worldwide in Australia, the United States, Britain, New Zealand, China and other countries.  “In these countries it’s reported that they have rampaged through the country buying up every centre they can find, sweeping them clean of equipment and putting in their own ‘plastic funtastics’ and providing their own tacky assessment checklists and “curriculum”, said Sue Colley of Code Blue.

“Foreign ownership of Canadian child care will kill the dream of a pan-Canadian child care system,” said Jody Dallaire.  “On this International Child Day, it’s time we recognized that our children and families deserve quality, accessible, community-based child care not some gigantic off-shore warehouse operation.”


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National child care favoured over payout: study
Updated Mon. Mar. 20 2006 1:06 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

A Conservative campaign promise to scrap a national child-care program may not go over that well.

Most Canadians would prefer a national day-care program over a federal cash payout, says a new reported prepared by YWCA Canada -- the country's oldest women's organization.

Four community task forces were set up in Halifax, Vancouver, Martensville, Sask., and Cambridge, Ont., to look at how child care could be strengthened.

All of the groups -- which consisted of about 20 to 30 parents, business people and local residents -- said they wanted integrated services and they wanted it publicly funded, said study director Jenny Robinson.

"What we find is that if parents have money to buy services, there are still no services to buy, so we need to build a system,'' she said.

The YWCA commissioned the task forces from fall 2004 to fall 2005.

The findings are contrary to a vow by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to scrap Liberal plans for a federal child-care system by March 31, 2007.

The Conservatives want to replace the $5 billion, five-year program set up by their Liberal predecessors with direct payments to parents of $1,200 a year for each child under the age of six.

Robinson said they are in favour of the $1,200 a year, but she sees it as income support, not a child-care program.

"Because we know that money in parents' hands doesn't build a child-care system," she told CTV Toronto.

"And coincidentally, all the participants in our city across the country said that that's not what they wanted. They actually wanted a system."

The YWCA Canada report says women would be disproportionally affected if the national child-care program is scrapped because that will mean more women will have to stay at home.

It won't make sense for women to work when their paycheques go to paying for day-care expenses, YWCA Canada says.

According to Robinson, the $1,200 will only amount to about $8 a week for a middle-income family once it is taxed.

"We're definitely in favour of income support for parents, but we don't think that the $1,200 a year will build a system of child-care across the country that so many parents need,'' Robinson said.

Child care experts are meeting in Toronto today to discuss the results of the YWCA report.

Before being defeated in the Jan. 23 election, the Liberals reached agreements with Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba on the five-year plan. There were one-year agreements in principle in effect with the remaining seven provinces.

With a report by Alicia Kay Markson and files from The Canadian Press

 

ANOTHER EXCELLENT ARTICLE PUBLISHED APRIL 2006 IS FOUND AT:

 

http://www.childcareadvocacy.ca/action/codeBlue/pdf/Conservative_employer_tax_incentivefinal.pdf

 

IT provides updated information on the status of childcare in canada today and an excellent overview of what will happen with Harpers plan... it also lets you know who will benefit from the alleged $1200 checks...basically the bankers wife staying at home will get it all while the single mom working as a teller will get next to nothing!! Check it out!



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Spud,

The link to the article you posted does not work.

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It was an old article...Its gone!
this is the new site:
http://www.ccaac.ca/home.php

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and wow, the new link provides really good info!
2008 Federal Budget Watch – GST 2: Child Care Services 0?

Tomorrow brings a new federal budget and with it, one more opportunity for the current federal government to fund the pan-Canadian child care system that children and families need and want.  That’s why we should see an additional $1.2 billion in federal cash transfers to provinces and territories, earmarked for early learning and child care programs. 

Instead, the current federal government has prioritized 2 cuts to the GST.  Together, these cuts cost $12 billion annually – enough to fund quality, universal child care services for all young children in Canada.
http://www.ccaac.ca/campaign/budget08.php



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According to the Canadian Teachers'
Federation (CTF), the federal government's budget tabled this week is
disappointing for teachers, children and youth, and does little to address
social justice issues in Canada.
    "The federal budget is extremely short-sighted when it fails to focus on
innovative and dynamic long-term approaches that would positively affect
families and the health, well-being and education of children and youth," says
CTF President Emily Noble. "CTF believes that strong social cohesion for all
Canadians is an investment in long-term prosperity. Investing in children and
families is the most effective way to develop active and engaged citizens who
will contribute to the social and economic health of our country.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2008/28/c7264.html

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good article! Thanks for that.

 

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