Want better dialogue? Listen to experts. Mel's tweet was not misleading. What is more, it was absolutely bang on to use your quote in terms of summarizing this government's approach of neglecting women and economy.
For example, after a report that terribly analyzed the labour force data related to women and the economy that came out in August 2020, this government said "see, no harm done" while my own coauthored work said "no the parents are not alright" papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
When the Alberta government announced what we've dubbed as the #brocovery plan, I came out with my own coauthored work that demonstrated the problem with doubling down on an infrastructure-led recovery papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
And when this government patted itself on the pack for a small change to the Alberta Childcare Subsidy, who was there to show how regressive childcare remains in Alberta? That is right 💅 policyschool.ca/wp-content/upl…
So if @doug_schweitzer really wants to talk about the importance of the right public policy that supports the economic decisions of women, he really should pick up the phone and be ready to talk intersectionality.

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14 Oct
But the first part of the sentence, "a lot of women took time off during COVID", actually matters a lot in terms of the ongoing message this government sends about the stress women are under because schools and ECE were not prioritized by this government, ever.
Women didn't take 'time off'. Women were forced out of paid work and into unpaid work because this Alberta government took their freedom of choice away from them.
And here is the thing, @doug_schweitzer blocked Mel for her tweet. Her tweet was not rude, it was not threatening, it was not....anything remotely close to what we've received from TheMatts for challenging this government and its narrative.
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12 Oct
ON is not at all unique in the space of having pre-primary programs (JK and SK). One province that also has that model AND which has signed an agreement with Ottawa is NS. There seem to be a few conservative governments who seem to think parents won't notice delay tactics
Another jurisdiction that has pre-primary programs (JK and SK) AND has signed an agreement with Ottawa is the NWT.
Another jurisdiction that has pre-primary programs (JK and SK) AND has signed an agreement with Ottawa is the Quebec.
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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. /🧵 #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/Commitmen…

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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15 Sep
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 I’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 I’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, can’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
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15 Sep
Thanks to @ArmineYalnizyan for her 🔥🔥🔥🔥.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, I’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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