Chow unveils plan for more after-school programs


mentalfloss
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Good move!



Chow unveils plan for more after-school programs

In line with her mantra to “put children and family at the heart of our city,” Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow has announced she will expand after-school programs for boys and girls.

“There are holes in our city’s after-school programs,” Chow said at the opening of her campaign office on Sunday.

“We can improve it with a focused, affordable plan.”

Chow wants to add 40 neighbourhoods to the after-school recreation and care program (ARC) she helped create under former mayor Mel Lastman. She said right now only 14 per cent of children aged six to 12 have access to the program in 41 neighbourhoods.

The program would also create 200 jobs for youth, according to Chow.

“Giving kids more to do helps them grow up strong and stay out of trouble,” she said.

“And for too many parents, arranging babysitters, enrolling in other programs and relying on family and friends is impractical and costs too much.”

Fees for ARC are now $2.34 a day for each child and are waived for about one-third of the participants who live in priority neighbourhoods.

The expansion would be phased in over three years, at which point it would cost $3.2 million a year.

Chow said she would cover the amount with property tax increases pegged to the rate of inflation, donations or partnerships with non-profit groups.

Chow unveils plan for more after-school programs | 680News
 
Locutus
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cha-ching.
 
taxslave
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Good move. Until the people being forced to finance it run out of money.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

cha-ching.

This is a much needed investment and it's not costly.
 
Locutus
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#5
stay home and look after the kid(s), then you won't be whining about daycare and others to do it for you.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

This is a much needed investment and it's not costly.

This is not an investment. It is an expence to those that have to give to the freeloaders. Not only will those that have money have to shell out for their own kids sports or whatever they will now haveto pay a bunch of government employees to look after other peoples kids.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

This is not an investment. It is an expence to those that have to give to the freeloaders. Not only will those that have money have to shell out for their own kids sports or whatever they will now haveto pay a bunch of government employees to look after other peoples kids.

Obviously exposing our children to an expanded education is a good thing.

This leads to tangible improvements in skills development and that positively affects the economy.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Obviously exposing our children to an expanded education is a good thing.

This leads to tangible improvements in skills development and that positively affects the economy.

True but at what expense and who pays. This sounds more like a job creation project for government employees. probably one tenth of the money pumped into volunteer sports program would produce better results.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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I wonder if Olivia will be looking into moving back into subsidized housing?.. Maybe close to the rub 'n tug that her dearly departed loved so much?
 
Liberalman
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

This is a much needed investment and it's not costly.

A lot of poor in Toronto

 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

I wonder if Olivia will be looking into moving back into subsidized housing?.. Maybe close to the rub 'n tug that her dearly departed loved so much?

Next horse-beaten talking point: 'Entitled to entitlements'
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Am I the only one in Canada who had to pay to go to the pool when I was a kid?

If Olivia wins (and she just might) Toronto will again be spending like a drunken sailor while crying poor.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

Am I the only one in Canada who had to pay to go to the pool when I was a kid?

If Olivia wins (and she just might) Toronto will again be spending like a drunken sailor while crying poor.

Just a moderate increase in property tax to fund it .
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Obviously exposing our children to an expanded education is a good thing.

This leads to tangible improvements in skills development and that positively affects the economy.

After School Recreation and Care Program....

...that's expanded education?

Libs and their entitlements.

 
Spade
Free Thinker
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I like Chow; she unveils plans. Unlike Harper, who veils them. (Sorry for the incomplete sentence, but the jury's out)
 
ShintoMale
NDP
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will these after school plans involve helping kids with their homework if they are difficult.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

Am I the only one in Canada who had to pay to go to the pool when I was a kid?

I enjoyed the safe warm terry towel privilege of growing up in CFB Borden and Uplands.

Best as I remember, the pools (indoor or outdoor) were free. Saturday morning movies (and a carton or three) at the Jr. Ranks and the rink too. League play, casual bowling and the 'teen town' were a nominal fee (usually covered by your allowance or cashing-in a few empty bottles).
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

I enjoyed the safe warm terry towel privilege of growing up in CFB Borden and Uplands.

Best as I remember, the pools (indoor or outdoor) were free. Saturday morning movies (and a carton or three) at the Jr. Ranks and the rink too. League play, casual bowling and the 'teen town' were a nominal fee (usually covered by your allowance or cashing-in a few empty bottles).


Same with me, but then we had those like taxslave who decided it all cost too much and wanted these things to turn a profit. Then slowly but surely it all ended up priced out of the range of those that needed it the most.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

Just a moderate increase in property tax to fund it .

Pegged to inflation.

This is one of the few things most people would agree to put tax dollars into.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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When I take my son to visit my parents in Saskatoon, SK, going to a pool costs me about $8 for me and about $5 for my son. When we go in Toronto, we get in along with one of his friends for $4 total. I don't think anybody is making a profit here.
 

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