If you have not heard this already, prepare to be shocked and amazed at the ineptitude of the City of Kingston, and the Canadian government, to assist students and parents hoping to go to school or return to work. For those that have been dealing with childcare subsidy this may not come as a real surprise.
The issue in a nutshell:
Many families in need of childcare subsidy + Funds being reduced and cut as of October 2011 = Over 100 families on a wait list in need of childcare, and daycares closing because parents cannot afford to send their kids without help from subsidy. The only way for a family to recieve subsidy is when another family comes off of it.
The trickle down effect of cutting off childcare subsidy will be detrimental to the future of Kingston and the surrounding area. Without child care subsidy, I believe the following issues arising:
- there will be less enrollement in colleges in universities, which could result in an increase in tuition;
- people will not be able to go to work and therefore will have to rely on welfare for their source of income;
- crime rates will increase as people become desparate to support their families, increased cost for prisons and police force;
- small businesses will begin to suffer, and close, and the unemployment rate will soar;
- healthcare will have a burden put on it when people cannot afford medications and trips to the doctor;
- parents will be forced to find alternative childcare solutions that will be unlicensed and potentially dangerous for their children: up to and including neglect, physical, mental, or sexual abuse.
The solution in a nutshell:
1. Make your voice heard if you do not agree that childcare subsidy should be cut. Send a letter to Ted Hsu at 14-303 Bagot Street, Kingston, Ontario K7K 5W7, or House of Commons, 818 Justice Building, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6. He can also be reached by twitter @TedHsu
2. If you, or someone you know, is planning on attending school in September get your name on the wait list for childcare subsidy. According to some sources, you should have had your name down a couple of weeks before Christmas for the possibility of getting subsidy in September. As a side note, DO NOT miss your renewal appointment or you will lose subsidy and be put at the bottom of the wait list.
These are desparate times for some, and they will not get better unless we as students, parents, and citizens stand up for our rights and future. One of my favourite sayings comes to mind now, ”If you don’t stand up for something, you will fall for anything.”