An important part of Babywearing in Canada for me has always been creating community.
We have a wonderful country and a great way to make it stronger is to buy from local Canadian small businesses. Without them, our communities would be barren. By shopping locally, you create jobs for your fellow Canadians, support families, build better communities and have fun doing it! That has always been an important part of Babywearing in Canada for me.
That is why if someone posts a question on my facebook page on where to find something in Canada, I ask my Canadian business network if they can chime in, and I point out Canadian options on where to find something. I have also run a Make Canada Stronger Campaign on facebook to support the Canada you want to see in your neighbourhood. Small business owners are not only more likely to keep the money in your community by hiring local services to support their operations, you are also supporting someone who sends their kids to your schools, who cares about the development of your neighbourhood, who is just trying to make an honest living around their passions — babywearing and natural parenting.
Sure, things may sometimes be cheaper on the internet. We may occasionally get jealous of how much less it expensive it can be to purchase something over the border in the US. But think of the cost… a lower standard of living, lower minimum wage, more social dysfunctions, higher levels of poverty, and so on. Compare American to Canadian minimum wages. American wages are as low as $5.15 in some States (provided you’re not a waiter), to a maximum of $9.00 with an average hovering around the minimum federal minimum wage of $7.25, In Canada, our lowest minimum wage is $10.00 (provided you’re not a waiter), with the highest at $11.00, which means our standard of living is better and pretty consistent across the country.
I want my kids to have access to universal health care, no matter their income level. I want them to have a decent living wage, a decent minimum wage. If they end up having tough times later in life, I want the systems and the support in place until they can get on their feet again. The standard of living in the US is not the life I want for my kids, that’s for sure. This article from the New York Times has some great quotes about the truth of living in Canada, including why defending our differences, and supporting the Canadian way of life is so important.
“Our family values are huge,” said Ms. Mustachi, who has three grown children with her husband, William, 60, a millwork department manager at a Lowes outlet. “From what I see on TV, I don’t get a sense of that in the States.”
Gregory Thomas, 39, an actor and house painter who lives with his wife and two young children in Toronto, said Americans “may get more on their plate when they go to Denny’s, but they don’t have more when they go home.”
When you shop local, you are not just supporting your community, you are making Canada stronger.