What do Susur Lee, Il Fornello, Toronto Board of Health and FoodShare have in common? They all support Olivia Chow’s Children’s Health and Nutrition Initiative. It calls for a nutritious breakfast, snack or lunch to be provided to any Canadian child under 18 years of age. The second component of the Initiative calls for innovative [..]
Our children are fatter and sicker than previous generations. What can we do to ensure every Canadian has access to healthy food? Olivia and the New Democrats have ideas for a comprehensive food strategy: • Enact legislation that will require that food be properly labelled with information on its origin, its nutritional value and whether [..]
MP Olivia Chow, New Democrats Child Care Critic, is calling on Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to establish and fund a national child care program, in the wake of the recent tragic death of a child while in unregulated care. Chow pointed out that with long waiting lists for affordable, high quality and licensed early learning and [..]
Canada just celebrated National Child Day. Twenty-one years ago this coming Wednesday, Parliament promised to make child poverty history.
When will the government stop ignoring the needs of Canadian children?
Numerous studies have shown that the number of obese children is steadily increasing. Olivia has repeatedly called on the government to implement a national childhood nutrition policy that would provide at least one healthy meal to all children under 18 every day. Last month Olivia spoke to a conference on public health and nutrition which was presented by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest with child nutrition and general health experts.
Thursday, September 23, 2010 Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina, NDP): Mr. Speaker, during a recent Kensington market pedestrian Sunday, hundreds of Toronto residents signed two giant posters which I took to Parliament Hill today. The good people of Trinity—Spadina are calling on the government to reconsider its plan to spend $16 billion on fighter jets. Instead [..]
Speaking of family, I was able to spend some time this past summer in Temagami with Jack and baby Beatrice. After waiting for almost 2 years, my step daughter Sarah finally got a space for Beatrice at an excellent downtown, non-profit, school based, child care centre. But the wait should not have to be so long, [..]
During my university years I was a waitress and came to love serving rainbow trout. Even today I can still remember the sparkling skin and sweet flesh. So when I visited a local farmers’ market recently it was natural for me to wander over to the stall that was selling rainbow trout. Sean Lovell described [..]
Olivia Chow recently met with childcare advocates from across the country at a Mother’s Day rally on Parliament Hill. The rally was held to call on the Government to adopt a national childcare plan.
As Canada welcomes the G8 and G20 member nations, long overdue attention will be focused on maternal health and decreasing the mortality rates of mothers and infants in developing countries. As we think about mothers abroad, we also need to address the lack of affordable, universal child care here at home.
March 17, 2010 Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina, NDP): Mr. Speaker, last night on YouTube, the Prime Minister was reminded that his failed Conservative child care policy is “an insult to any family that actually relies on it”. The government’s failure is so noticeable that international organizations such as the OECD and UNICEF rank [..]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 14, 2010 MP Olivia Chow is dismayed that nearly three years to the day after she called for a national healthy food program for our children, there has been no action and kids are getting fatter. “On January 17, 2007, I launched The Children’s Health and Nutrition Initiative with the support [..]
OTTAWA – More than 75 percent of Canadian mothers are in the work force but only 20 percent of children under five years old, have access to high-quality, affordable and accessible child care and early learning, says New Democrat Child Care Critic Olivia Chow. “Canada literally cannot work without child care,” said Chow. “Why aren’t [..]
Olivia visited one of the many local child care centres just in time for snacks and play. View the whole Photo Set Here