November 2020

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The Women's Centre Needs Your Support
In a year of disruption and uncertainty, the Women’s Centre’s Holiday Toy Room program - running from Dec 8 to Dec 22 this year - hopes to bring a bit of relief and holiday joy to Calgary women and their families.

If you are interested in supporting the Holiday Toy Room we have a few options for you. You can support the Toy Room through donationsorganizing a toy drive or donating toys, and/or volunteering. Contact Diane for details on organizing a toy drive, or to sign up as a volunteer. Email:, or call 403-264-1155.

For more details on how to help, see the Women's Centre's website.
Taking Action on Issues

The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta has been a voice for stronger recognition and support of the profession, and for investments into a system that ensures access to quality, affordable care to all families that need it. To help them in sending the message that "it’s time to invest in a quality early learning and child care system," check out their website.

Basic Income Alberta, a provincial network of advocates, is asking people to become an advocate on social media and/or write your elected representative. More details on how you can help with these on their website.

New reports and resources
Analyzing Changes to Alberta’s Child Care Subsidy A one-pager from the UoC’s School of Public Policy, looking at recently introduced changes to the subsidy

Investing in a Feminist Green COVID-19 Recovery - A report from Oxfam Canada that asks for federal budget 2021 to link economic recovery to poverty reduction in Canada and globally, putting gender equality and feminist leadership at the heart of the response to the pandemic

Poverty Pandemic Watch: The Effects of Poverty During COVID-19 A report from the national advocacy organization Canada Without Poverty

Canada’s Forgotten Poor? Putting Singles Living in Deep Poverty on the Policy Radar - summary of the report here, and a podcast conversation on the topic here

The recording of "Herstories in Anti-Racism and Decolonial Organizing," a panel conversation co-organized by the Women's Centre in November, is available here.
For a curated collection of readings on the unequal impacts of the pandemic and recovery proposals centering a feminist approach, check out our website.