Sooke mayor Maja Tait was interviewed on April 13 by CBC’s Gregor Craigie (“On the Island“) about the failure of the system to protect (usu female) mayors while on maternity or parental leave.
The need for legislation protecting parents on leave seems to have never arisen so far. It may be the lack of protection prevented women of a certain age from entering politics in the first place.
The recent vote at AVICC (details in links below) still needs to be brought forward at a UBCM meeting, and then to the provincial government for creating of proper legislation. Given the overwhelming support from Vancouver Island municipal delegates, it would appear that the movement has momentum. Sooke has a number of young women on Council. Lifting these barriers seems the right twenty-first century thing to do.
The initial SPN editorial (“Is Sooke mayor Maja Tait’s personal life public domain?” July 29, 2015, see below) got it wrong — incredibly wrong — on two fronts: First, Mayor Tait’s pregnancy was indeed public domain, especially if it does bring about legislative change thereby welcoming more (young) women into politics; Second, apparently a lot can go awry when the mayor steps away (“Will it alter the course of our town? Undoubtedly … not.”). I apologize for this incredible lack of foresight.
Here is Mayor Tait’s interview on CBC, April 13, 7:20 a.m.:
- Read the full story on the CBC news site here.
- Audio issues? Hear the full story on CBC here: Vancouver Island mayor’s maternity leave mix-up leads to calls for updated legislation
- UBCM updates: Sooke mayor elected as Third Vice President, mat leave motion pending
- Navigating through fog: Sooke Mayor speaks with CBC’s Gregor Craigie about mat leave
- SPN take-aways from the April 11 Council meeting; Kasper returns CRD Director position to Tait
- Clarification on the implications of yesterday’s AVICC unanimous motion
- What do you get with a room full of politicians discussing parental leave? Unanimous consent digging us out of the dark ages. #BecauseIts2016
- Editorial: Sooke Council appointed temporary CRD Director and Alternate
- No joke: Sooke’s elected mayor returns to Office
- November 30, 2015 agenda
- Video of the council meeting, set to start at exactly this issue
- Approved minutes of the November 30, 2015 meeting
- Sooke’s Municipal calendar (meetings etc)
- Canadian Human Rights Commission: Policy on Pregnancy and Human Rights in the Workplace
- On the Island, on Twitter
- On the Island, online