Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Sustainability Becoming Required Course In MBA

Leading business schools in Canada and around the world are adding sustainability to their required MBA curricula. Oxford in the U.K., INSEAD in France, and York University in Canada are some of the business schools with required courses in sustainability. This can be seen as an indicator that sustainability has become a core business competency needed to effectively compete in today’s and tomorrow’s environments.

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Claude Bechard Passes Away

Former Quebec Liberal Cabinet Minister, Claude Bechard, has passed away at the age of 41 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Bechard had just stepped down from his post as a cabinet minister hours before the tragic occurrence. He was a…

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Feminist Mom in Montreal: How to get a spot in a $7 a day daycare

We have subsidized daycares in Quebec that charge $7 a day. That’s fantastic. A $7 daycare is a wonderful lifeline for low-income families. But how do you get a spot in one?

If you’re a parent in Montreal, you know how long the waiting lists are. They can be anywhere from two to four years long. Some people put their names on waiting lists as soon as they find out that they’re pregnant. They call the daycares up and say, “Okay, I peed on a stick, can I put my name on the waiting list please?”

I recently found myself in a difficult position when I decided that I was going back to school. I had my son’s name on waiting lists in my neighbourhood, but now I’m moving to a different town to be closer to my school. This was not something that I had anticipated when I was pregnant, so I was not on any of the waiting lists there. I put my son on the waiting lists for the $7 daycares in the area before I had even received my acceptance letter. It looked like there was absolutely no way that my son would get into one of these daycares before I started school in September.

I started looking for private and home daycares. A lot of them seem to charge $25-35 a day, but there is a tax credit available for people who are unable to find a spot in a subsidized daycare. All of the non-subsidized daycares that I found were also full.

So what’s a single mom returning to school supposed to do? How do you find a daycare?

I went to the CLSC and asked to speak with a social worker. A nurse spoke with me and I told her about my situation. She said that she would speak to the social worker who works with the daycares and get back to me. She called me back today and told me that the social worker had found a spot for my son in a $7 a day home daycare close to my school.

Some of the $7 a day daycares are required to keep emergency spots open. The daycare directors are not allowed to fill these spots without a reference from another organization such as the CLSC. If you are desperate for daycare and low-income, you may be eligible for one of these emergency spots. I strongly encourage you to see a social worker or a nurse at your local CLSC if this is your situation. The CLSC has many resources that are there to help people; use these resources.

Since we’re on the subject of daycares, I visited Whiteside Taylor in Baie-D’Urfé last week. Whiteside Taylor is another $7 a day daycare. It’s in a beautiful location and it looks great, but it has a four to five year waiting list. The director wants to open another daycare; she has the funding and she’s ready to go. The only roadblocks for this new daycare opening are politicians. If you live in the West Island and you think that the director of Whiteside Taylor should be allowed to open another daycare, contact this person and tell him:

Geoffrey Kelley
Place Scotia
620, boulevard Saint-Jean
Bureau 206
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
H94 3K2
Telephone: (514) 697-7663
Fax: (514) 697-6499

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Pop The Stack: Could Coalition Be Used to Get the Bloc to Stop Being Separatists?

Great point by Chrystal on Lessons on Framing – Coalition Governments As important as the question regarding whether the Liberal Party and NDP would consider being part of a coalition government is whether the Conservative Party would. Why are virtually all media, journalists, other writers and democratic reformers ignoring this? Just because Canadians won’t vote in […]

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More Nuke News

Not a lot of people liking President O’s greenwashing of nukes.  This most excellent article in the Guardian dispels the myth that nukes are green. The argument that nuclear is “carbon-free” conveniently omits the entire process of m…

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Jacked Up: Harpercrites Exposed!

The Conservatives just can’t seem to get enough of eating their own words. “The brutal fact here is that something has happened that has never happened before in Canadian history,” Mr. Day, the current Conservative Minister of Trade, said on CTV Newsnet on Tuesday. “And that is two federal leaders

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