A child-care consultation earlier this year simultaneously included stakeholders from Yellowknife, Winnipeg and Toronto. Late last year, 36 youth held 25 meetings with MPs across eight provinces and territories to talk about how COVID is impacting their health, employment, and communities. Gender equity advocates from across the country spoke with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland about the significant gendered impacts of the pandemic and how women have been impacted disproportionately from coast to coast to coast. These engagements happened without the need for a train or plane, having young people miss school or ministers, parents, and caregivers miss breakfast with their families. Virtual meetings with government, while clearly not a panacea, allow for more inclusive and accessible engagement, are more environmentally conscious and can support caregiving responsibilities. Let’s not go back to the way we did government relations pre-COVID.
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