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Inside this issue: Women's Employment in BC: Effects of Government Downsizing and Policy Changes Rolling Back Pay Equity Gains: The Case of Health Support Privatization Legal Aid Denied: Women and the Cuts to Legal Services in BC Reality Check: The BC Economy in 2004
On Feb 11, Ken Dryden, the federal Minister of Social Development, will meet in Vancouver with his provincial and territorial counterparts to finalize the agreement for a new national child care program.Minister Dryden is optimistic and said recently in Regina that “Canadians are one step closer to having a national early learning and child care system.”
(Vancouver) The combination of cuts to public services and weakened employment standards in BC has hit women especially hard, according to a new study that examines the impact of recent government restructuring on women’s economic equality. Because women make up both the majority of public sector workers and those who rely on public services, cutbacks disproportionately affect women’s employment opportunities and the conditions under which they participate in the labour market.