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October 9, 2002
Children's Report Card reports one step backward, one step forward
  
The Toronto Report Card on Children - Update 2002 paints a compelling picture
of the lives of children and their families in Toronto. The Report Card, which
was launched today by Councillor Pam McConnell and Councillor Olivia Chow,
highlights some steps forward in improving the lives of children and families -
but it also shows steps backwards.

"There has been a lot of talk at senior levels of government about child
poverty, but nobody is really doing anything" said Councillor Chow. "This is
supposed to be a boom time for Toronto. Yet more kids are living in poverty,
more kids are getting their meals from food banks, and rising admissions to
foster care suggest that families are increasingly under stress. Let's move
past the rhetoric and take some action."

"None of these problems have easy solutions," said Councillor McConnell. "What
we need is a 'Made in Toronto' approach that recognizes Toronto's unique needs.
The City is already doing many things that are helping. But we can't succeed
without other levels of government stepping up to the plate."

For a copy of Toronto Report Card on Children - Update 2002, please call
416-392-8297.


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