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Should there be child care during city council meetings? It could happen in North Vancouver

Last Updated Jun 11, 2019 at 8:05 pm PDT

The City of North Vancouver passed a bylaw Monday to allow drinking alcohol in public places, including parks. (Courtesy City of North Vancouver)

Councillors at the City of North Vancouver are looking at the possibility of having child care during council meetings

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Councillors at the City of North Vancouver are looking at the potential of childminding services being available at City Hall during council meetings.

The notice of motion was brought forward during Monday’s regular meeting, asking city staff to look at how much it would cost, and how feasible it would be to make it happen.

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The idea is getting the thumbs up from some councillors in the City of Vancouver.

Vancouver Coun. Rebecca Bligh was a single, working mom in her early 20s, and says it can be incredibly hard to fit regular life into your schedule, let alone council meetings.

“Getting into different volunteer organizations, or even just simply going to a gym and working out, these are things that single moms can’t do as easily,” she says.

She says life can be very busy for single parents, and fitting something like a council meeting into their schedule can be nearly impossible. However, she would like to see more information about how much it would cost.

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Meanwhile, Vancouver Coun. Melissa De Genova says she’s brought a similar idea forward to staff, who are looking into it.

“I think that it’s important that we do what we can to make sure that all people, and especially young families, have access to participate in city policy here at the City of Vancouver,” she says.

She adds parents of younger children have told her how hard it can be to make it to a council meeting.

“That they couldn’t spare the time. Either they were working and they just could not get away, or they had commitments, and those commitments usually were family commitments,” she says.