The struggle for child care!


A new federally sponsored boy or girl-treatment application is unfolding across Canada. This initiative didn’t slide from the sky – it is the outcome of decades of agitation by child-care activists in Toronto and the rest of the region. We are bringing collectively a panel to discuss the campaigns for respectable, publicly supported child treatment and to assess how this new application steps up.


Lisa Pasolli is Assistant Professor of record at Queen’s University and the author of many publications on the background of child treatment in Canada.

Martha Friendly is Govt Director (and founder) of the Childcare Useful resource and Research Device and has written about and advocated for great little one treatment for some fifty decades. 

Julie Mathien worked for many a long time as Director of the Early Discovering and Baby Improvement Branch of the Ministry of Young children and Youth Services and recently wrote a historical past of the Campus Community Co-operative Working day Care Centre (she also participated in the occupations needed to get funding for that centre fifty years ago).

Jessica Tomas works at the U of T Early Finding out Centre and is Range Officer and Vice-President of Advocacy on the executive board of CUPE Regional 2484 and a board member of the Ontario Coalition for Improved Baby Care.

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