Over three podcasts, we revisit the year’s critical urban discussions on topics and ideas ranging from transportation along Vancouver’s Broadway corridor, the degradation of work in postindustrial urban economies, gentrification in Vancouver’s Chinatown, feminist urban futures and social movements, the making of Stanley Park, arts and cultural spaces, and much more.
Part III (featuring Ellen Woodsworth)
The 2013 Engaging Women, Transforming Cities Conference hosted by the Women Transforming Cities organization brought together municipal electeds, urban designers and planners, and women and girls interested in transforming our cities into places where women are more involved in electoral processes, and municipal governments are responsive to the priorities of women and girls in Canada’s urban centres. The conference was held on May 30th, 2013 at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus.
Over the course of the summer, The City will be providing highlights from this inaugural national conference. Dr. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl is the Junior Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in Gender and Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University, and in this podcast she discusses large and small interventions to foster feminist urban futures.
In the 1970s, many women flocked to British Columbia’s north coast in search of a different lifestyle, often leaving larger cities. The port city of Prince Rupert was a resource town and the local economy was booming at the time. A recently published book, Gumboot Girls: Adventure, Love and Survival on the North Coast of British Columbia, recounts the stories of 34 women, who migrated to Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, and other surrounding communities on BC’s north coast. On the program, we hear from a number of the ‘Gumboot Girls’ and discuss their collective experiences of urban-rural migration, feminism, employment in a booming resource town, and the desire to build community beyond the modernist urban landscape of the 1970s.
“Childcare advocates estimate that 69 percent of Canadian children under six in family childcare are in unregulated situations that do not meet basic health and safety requirements and the ‘vast majority’ of Canadian children are now cared for in informal arrangements that are purely custodial and are not ‘by [any] stretch of the imagination “early childhood education”.’ […] Feminists have a long history of tracing and retracing (and retracing) the connections between valuing childcare and attaining the quality childcare that so many Canadians desire. I would be pleased if my analysis brought the two women with whom I began this essay to align themselves on the same side of a political struggle for higher wages for domestic workers. One way that I have attempted to do so is by arguing that middle-class Canadian women’s childcare needs are not achievable as long as wages for childcare are low.”
British Columbia faces a childcare crisis. How does this impact families in Vancouver and throughout BC?
The City talks with Sharon Gregson of the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and a former Vancouver School Board trustee about the CCABC’s comprehensive plan for an integrated system of early care and learning in BC – a publicly-funded, universal system. If adopted by the provincial government, the plan would provide $10/day full-time childcare to families and would be free for households with annual incomes less than $40,000. What would this mean for families struggling to find affordable childcare in Vancouver and beyond? What would this mean for childcare workers who work in a largely unregulated sector with notoriously low wages?
Correction: The 2012 living wage for metro Vancouver was incorrectly stated as $19.12 per hour. The 2012 living wage is actually $19.14 for both parents in a family of four (two children) to be earning hourly in order to escape severe poverty.