The hard truth about how much we value unpaid care

The COVID crisis is revealing much about the culture of care in our society. Neighbourhoods are coming together to form mutual aid groups, ordinary citizens are delivering food to frontline workers, and parents, neighbours, and grandparents are supporting families like never before. 

Even large organizations are coming together in unprecedented ways. About a month ago, 15 broadcasting groups led by Bell Media, CBC/Radio-Canada, Rogers Sports & Media, Groupe V Média, and Corus Entertainment joined forces to host STRONGER TOGETHER, TOUS ENSEMBLE, a 90-minute show that became the biggest multi-platform broadcast in Canadian history to support Food Banks Canada. 

By all accounts, one could say that our culture of care is stronger than ever. But what about our systems of care? 

I’ve been reflecting on this quite a bit. Over the past six weeks my grandfather

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