Several months ago I sat down with @BestEvidencePod to talk about the BC BI report. There are BI advocates that go out of their way to only read the headline and not the 540 pages. Robbie though comes to this with knowledge of the details. Pod comes with a transcript /1
Since engaging in this work Iโ€™ve been slowly revealing details about me and my life that actually mean I come to the table with lived experience, albeit with more experience than Iโ€™ve revealed thus far. This is why I am a big advocate for intersectionality in policy discourse
I also care a lot about policy stability and many of our big, canโ€™t touch programs, arose out of radical incrementalism. I also understand systems better than most and know what changes we need to make first before something is truly possible
It is always disappointing to me when anyone argues either/or and not this and that. Our work is important and we continue to advocate for vey important changes that provide important building blocks to change our systems of support.
Given that we all agree with the end goal but disagree on which path to take to get there, maybe just maybe, those pointing at a path way out in the distance should give more space to those of us trying to navigate the brush to get there.

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15 Sep
I am seeing that some people are confused about how to compare the CPC proposal for a refundable tax credit for child care vs the LPC/NDP proposal.I'll run through this using a fictional new family. /๐Ÿงต #Elxn44
I also start by assuming that if elected, any of these parties will actually finally fulfill their childcare commitment. We have a reason not to trust any of them on this file, but let's assume they are serious this time.
Let's also assume that in the case of the LPC/NDP, that all jurisdictions sign onto a bilateral agreement with the non-negotiable conditions of an average 50% fee reduction by December 2022 and an average of $10/day.
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15 Sep
I've noticed that in this election the policies specifically directed to people with disabilities have not been well discussed. Let's look at the platforms and see what is there along with what we can deduce from their costing. /1 #exln44
Let's start with the NDP xfer.ndp.ca/2021/Commitmenโ€ฆ

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On page 28, the NDP commits, in the section of a livable income, to "lifting every...person living with a disability out of poverty...." Now they don't define poverty, I don't know if they will use the MBM or the LIM (I doubt the LICO) and if it will vary by jurisdiction./3
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Thanks to @ArmineYalnizyan for her ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ.we need to make sure we understand everything here and the key aspect is there are long waitlists at licensed childcare providers because that is what most parents want.
Like many parents, Iโ€™ve cobbled together various types of ECE and child care, not by choice but because of Necessity. And it is harder to cobble it together when you do not live in a city with any family members
What is neglected in this conversation is that no province p, even Alberta, provides any subsidies that parents can access to unlicensed care. When public funds are used, damn straight we demand quality and transparency
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14 Sep
Tuning in because when one election ends, another ramps up
The first question is of course on property taxation. Calgary's property tax system is and has long been broken.
Will attracting businesses back to Calgary to fill our downtown core fix the property tax system as Grace Yan says? Nope, nope, nope.
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14 Sep
Today is a National Day of Action for Child Care. We need to invest public funds to build a robust, accessible, affordable, high=quality Early Childhood Education and child care system. /1 #elexn44
In this election there are some talking about out of control inflation yet somehow many of those talking about inflation and affordability never mention child care. Here is the CPI series for all items and child care (18-10-0005-01). /2
Notice how starting in 2007 the index for child care services separates from the trend for all items, growing faster. Investment in a rich ECE system in Canada is long overdue and is essential infrastructure in our modern economy /3
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8 Sep
Sigh. Green Party platform commits to its usual Guaranteed Livable income though fascinating to document how they revise their strategy to getting it down each time. 1. No implementation details
2. Thinks it can replace all the programs that have been designed and implemented to fill gaps. We did a very comprehensive analysis of programs. There is no such thing as one size fits all.
Also the UBI pilots they cite....ARE NOT BASIC INCOME PILOTS.
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