Media advisory - Big box buying spree adds urgency to national child care debate

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - With the Campbell Liberals refusing to
stop the spread of big box child care across British Columbia, parents and
child care activists are looking for action.
    Australian multinational child care corporation ABC Learning is seeking
to expand into Canada by purchasing child care centres, starting in British
Columbia, Ontario and Alberta.
    CUPE President Paul Moist and NDP child care critic Olivia Chow will hold
a news conference calling on the federal and provincial governments to stop
moving down this dangerous path and support a national not-for-profit child
care program.
    Bill C-303, the NDP's Early Learning and Child Care Act, would provide
significant protection against this foreign takeover by ensuring that federal
child care investments support only high quality, affordable, not-for-profit
child care in Canada. The bill goes to third reading on November 20th.

           Paul Moist, national president, Canadian Union of Public Employees
           Olivia Chow, MP (Trinity-Spadina) NDP child care critic
           Crystal Janes, Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC

           Britannia Child Care Centre
           1661 Napier Street, Vancouver (Enter off Williams Street)

           Friday, Nov. 16, 1:00 p.m.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Moist, CUPE National President, (613)
558-2873; Nathan Rotman, Office of Olivia Chow, (613) 863-4002; Karin Jordan,
CUPE Communications, (613) 222-4436

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