LEADERS’ DEBATE April 12, 2022 @ 7 – 9 p.m.
For the first time in Ontario, and only the second time in Canada, the leaders vying for the election will debate women’s economic issues.
On Equal Pay Day, April 12, 2022, Ontario Equal Pay Coalition will be hosting a debate with three of the leaders, Andrea Howarth (NDP & Official Opposition), Steven Del Duca (Liberal) and Mike Schreiner (Green Party). Premier Doug Ford has another event.
The event will also be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EqualPayON/
For more info about Equal Pay and the actions that you can take, visit http://equalpaycoalition.org/
CHILD CARE ACTION
January 26, 2022 Sign on to an open letter from the Ontario Coalition of Better Child Care and the Association of Early Childhood Educators in Ontario asking for:
- Publicly funded PCR tests for children, families, ECEs and staff, and COVID-19 case reporting in the childcare sector;
- Financial support to licensed childcare programs for recruitment and retention of qualified staff, with 10 permanent paid sick days for mandatory isolation periods
To read the open letter go to https://www.childcareontario.org/open_letter.
Sign on to support the open letter at Sign the Open Letter – The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (childcareontario.org).
January 12, 2022 The Ontario Government is discussing the Child Care Agreement but still needs a push. Two requests:
- Sign the petition! Found on the Ontario Council for Better Child Care website. “TELL FORD AND LECCE TO SIGN THE CHILD CARE AGREEMENT” https://www.childcareontario.org/sign_the_child_care_agreement
- Send letters either as a club (to your MPPs) or as an individual (not representing CFUW, just as a mother, grandmother, aunt). Suggested Talking Points.
January 12, 2022 Ontario has a childcare workforce crisis. Please view the video Ontario’s Child Care Crisis from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, the Association of Childcare Educators Ontario, and the Toronto Community for Better Child Care.
December 15, 2021 Ontario’s child care workforce is pushing childcare to the breaking point. While anxiously awaiting a National Child Care partnership with the Federal Government, the sector cannot increase the number of child care spaces at a proposed fee of $10 a day, so desperately wanted by Ontario Families because of lack of resources.
Ontario Election 2022
Ontario’s election is scheduled for June 2nd. Check out Ontario Council’s Election Toolkit – Part 1 which contains information to help prepare you for the election as a voter, supporter or for a Club. Part 2 containing information about issues of concern will be published in late February. Click here for the Election Toolkit on the Elections page.
Municipal Election 2022
Municipal Elections will be held Oct. 24, 2022. For information about the elections, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has a full page with information on who can vote, who can run, and how local government works in Ontario.
Click here for more information concerning municipalities, their elections, and running for municipal office.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS, PREVENTION AND DETECTION
At the Ontario Council AGM this past May, the membership adopted the resolution, Human Trafficking Awareness, Prevention and Detection.
The Government of Ontario has produced Policy/Program Memorandum No. 166, Keeping Students Safe: Policy Framework for School Board Anti-Sex Trafficking Protocols, which asks schools and boards to develop a protocol to raise awareness and prevent sex trafficking.
This protocol is being developed now by the schools and Directors of Education. For those that want to work on this, two items have been developed and are available on the OC website:
- An advocacy backgrounder that gives you ideas and resources for action within your community
- A template letter for your Director of Education and/or school board