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Affordable Childcare: Why Not Now?
Free Public Lecture with Olivia Chow
Saturday June 27th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
1100 Clarence St. South, Brantford

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Olivia Chow, former member of Parliament and City of Toronto councillor, will give a free and open-to-the-public lecture at the Brantford & District Labour Centre exploring Canadian childcare programs.

The talk, “Affordable Childcare: Why Not Now?,” will take place on Saturday, June 27, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the 1100 Clarence St. South, Brantford.

Chow will explore what public policy and political action is needed to establish a national affordable childcare program.

For almost 40 years, Canadians have been seeking childcare that is financially reasonable. However, citizens still do not have a national childcare program. Chow’s talk will address this issue and will advocate for an effective national childcare program for Canada.

With a political career that spans three decades, Chow is a well-known public advocate for universal childcare, early learning, sustainable public transit, and refugee and immigrant rights. Chow gained national recognition for her innovative approaches to programs for children and youth as Toronto’s first official children and youth advocate. In Parliament, her Early Learning and Child Care Bill laid the legislative foundation for a universal, high-quality, affordable and non-profit national childcare program.

Chow has enhanced child nutrition programs and free dental care programs for children living in poverty. She has also expanded pre- and post-natal services, and created an award-winning approach to delivering early learning and childcare with her pilot project First Duty.

She was the first Asian-born woman elected to Toronto City Council in 1991, where she served five consecutive terms before heading to Ottawa in 2006 to represent Trinity-Spadina as its member of Parliament. Chow is also a best-selling author.

Also speaking at this event will be Brantford-Brant Federal NDP Candidate Marc Laferriere and Provincial NDP Candidate of Record Alex Felsky.

Laferriere has worked as a child & youth worker, social worker and consultant in the Brantford community and across the country with organizations such as Woodview Children’s Mental Health, Pioneer Youth Services, Laurier Brantford and the Grand River Community Health Centre. He has also been a Professor of Child and Youth Work and currently teaches Justice Studies at Mohawk College.

Felsky is a Trustee with the Grand Erie District School Board. She is a well-known local advocate for parents and children and has been active with many organizations including Brant United Way’s GenNext Committee, La Leche League Canada, The Ontario Public School Board Association, and the Brant Association for Breastfeeding Information Education and Support (BABIES), an initiative that works to make Brantford a more baby-friendly city.