Although child care is not part of her official platform, Ms. Hon seems to support work to increase spaces:
“My contribution to the solution would be to ensure that the plans for the new SUB sets aside enough space to comfortably house a daycare facility, something that allows for outdoor and indoor facilities. It would also need to be situated in a spot where the children would be allowed to make as much noise as they would like (as they are children) and not disturb their neighbours. As this issue is something that the entire AMS executive team would need to pull together to work on, if elected VP Admin, I will support and help carry out some of the other innovative ways we could make this childcare facility work for as many students as possible. The idea of implementing a Community Service Learning program where students from different faculties could come in and work at the daycare and also forming a committee to look at the types of things that students with children would want out of an AMS daycare.”
While we would love a VP Admin who felt more passionately about the issue, we would definitely look forward to working with Ms. Hon!
Mr. Markle does not mention childcare in is platform, but that doesn’t stop him from being a strong advocate for it.
Among his ideas is to use the old SUB for child care on top of creating child care spaces within the new SUB: “decisions will be made by the Board about what uses to put in the old SUB, and I’ve been pushing for proper child care (using the second floor courtyard for play area). I think that is a really good possibility if we continue to push for it.”
Mr. Markle seems to understand the problem and it’s importance: “For me, the goal is simple: there should be no waitlist for child care spaces for (potential) students. That is a clear financial barrier to education, and is furthermore discriminatory to a particular part of the population we should be reaching out to the most (single parents). Increasingly, post-secondary education is necessary for people to pursue their dreams, and denying that opportunity to single parents hurts everyone and does little to address the issue of child poverty (that everyone on all areas of the political spectrum claims to want to eliminate).”
Although Antigone would love to endorse the female candidate, we feel that Mr. Markle is the better choice here, as he seems more interested in and more engaged in the debate about child care on campus.