Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

March 09, 2005 13:00 ET

NEWS CONFERENCE - CHILD CARE -- BUILD IT RIGHT

Child Care Activists Call for Ontario to take the Lead, Queen's Park, Media Studio, Main Legislative Building, Thursday, March 10, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - March 9, 2005) - The recent federal budget committed $5 billion to the creation and development of a Canada-wide child care system. This is a critical time for children and families across the nation. Building a child care system right - right from the start is a top priority for women.

Just like health care, child care should be a free and general service. To achieve this all women must join in solidarity and claim universal child care as their right. In Ontario 74.2 per cent of mothers whose youngest child is 3-5 years old is working. The need for universal, quality child care is critical.

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress have held Child Care Forums, hosted by local labour councils, across the province since February 21. The last of the Forums wraps up on March 10 in Toronto and Ottawa.

Speaking at the news conference about the Campaign and the need for a universal, quality child care system will be:

Ethel Birkett-LaValley, Secretary-Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour
John Cartwright, President, Toronto & York Region Labour Council
Peggy Nash, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care Board Member (Canadian Auto Workers)

The Toronto Child Care Forum takes place on Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m., Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 314, Toronto. Everyone welcome - no registration required.

More information:

www.ofl.ca click on Child Care - Build It Right!

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Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-443-7665