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Bird Commission issues its report

The Story


It's 488 pages long and contains 167 recommendations -- the Bird Commission's final report is at last issued and is being reviewed. Chairperson Florence Bird sits down with CBC Radio host Pat Patterson and a young feminist, Kelly Crichton, to discuss the core of the report. But Bird and Crichton disagree on the tone of the report and whether it has reached far enough in its aims and proposals.

Medium: Radio
Program: Matinee
Broadcast Date: Dec. 9, 1970
Guest(s): Florence Bird, Kelly Crichton
Host: Pat Patterson
Duration: 6:24
Photo: National Archives of Canada PA-135131

Did You know?


• The National Action Committee (NAC) was created to push the government to follow through on the Bird Commission's findings. Laura Sabia was the organization's first president.
• The Commission recommended that fees for the care of children in daycare centres be fixed on a sliding scale based on family income. It also proposed that the federal government pay a guaranteed annual income to the heads of all one-parent families with dependent children. This measure wasn't implemented.


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