Political Eh-conomy: On childcare in Ricochet

I forgot to post the piece I wrote on the NDP’s universal childcare proposal for Ricochet. Here it is belatedly. It was published last weekend and tries to situate the childcare proposal in the context of broader changes to the welfare state. Why the NDP’s childcare proposal has irritated all the right people The NDP’s universal ...

Politics, Re-Spun: If You Read But One Thing About Universal Childcare This Week

Line them up here. In this one section of universal childcare analysis by one of the smartest people in the country, Michal Rozworski, we see a number of significant policy issues addressed: affordable childcare. universality. feminism. including mothers in the workforce more effectively. a better shot a living wage for childcare workers. national standards. standardized ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime’s Republican Assault on Canadian Children

It was one of the first things Stephen Harper did when he came to power. Declare war  children.By destroying plans for a national childcare program. Parents have been paying for that decision ever since, with a lack of daycare spaces, and exorbitant fees. And children have been paying for it with their lives.But still the Harperite ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Income Splitting, and the Theocon Agenda

Well there's one thing you can always count on when dealing with Stephen Harper's ghastly Cons. If you look behind the curtain, sooner or later you will come face to face with their sinister theocratic agenda.For only that can explain why their flawed income splitting plan is causing such an unholy ruckus. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: What we missed: Federal Court upholds rights tribunal decision on family status accommodation

By: Public Service Alliance of Canada | Press Release OTTAWA – The Federal Court has upheld a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal saying that employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations. Federal court decision: Attorney General of Canada and Fiona Ann Johnstone and Canadian Human Rights Commission Canadian […] The post What we ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Care is Care. Let’s Stand Together for Political and Social Change

I remember a long time ago, sitting in a room full of disability activists who were much older and more experienced than me.  One man, Gary McPherson, sat in his chair with the respectful, almost invisible, seamless help of his personal assistant.  I hadn’t noticed the hum of his respirator till Gary began to speak, ...

pragmaticcanadian: Disabled Parents Fight for Rights

I recently read about new parents,  Maricyl Palisoc and Charles Wilton, who suffer with Cerebral Palsy and are fighting with Children’s Aid to keep their child. This couple isn’t even being given the chance. Though I understand the need to ensure that the child is safe, the couple hasn’t done anything to make one suspect that ...