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Reporter Laurie Monsebraaten profiled one of Australia’s richest men in the Toronto Star this week. Read the article


What’s the secret to Canadian-born Eddy Groves’ success? Child care. Or more accurately, a government that invested heavily in child care and allowed commercial operators access to public cash.

University of Sydney business professor Deborah Brennan told Monsebraaten: “I don’t think anybody would have imagined that in Australia such massive fortunes would be made in child care.” Brennan, who has written a political history of Australian child care, had a warning Canadian politicians should heed: “I would really urge Canada to be very, very careful about opening up your system to such profit-making.”

We couldn’t agree more. As provincial and federal ministers sit down this weekend to talk about Canada’s new child care program, tell them you want to see public money for public, non-profit child care.

We want our tax dollars spent on improving quality of and access to child care - not on improving the quality of life of millionaire child care moguls.

Visit http://www.buildchildcare.ca/ today


Over 3000 emails sent:

Be Ken Dryden’s last email as he goes to meet with provincial ministers

More than 3000 emails have been sent to federal, provincial and territorial child care ministers urging them to build Canada’s child care as a publicly-funded, publicly-delivered program.

But there are other voices too. It’s important that the last word in the ministers’ ear is telling them “build it right, build it public”.

Please pass this message on to anyone you can think of: parents, grandparents, neighbours, aunts, uncles, co-workers. We need a deluge of opinion in our favour if we’re to set the agenda for this meeting.