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October 24, 2002
Toronto Children's Summit highlights need to invest in children
"Child Care - the Missing Piece to the Early Years" will be the focus of the
Toronto Children's Summit, an initiative of Toronto's Children and Youth Action
Committee, which takes place on Friday, October 25 at Toronto City Hall.

Despite federal investment in early years initiatives, no new money has been
directed to child care in Toronto, even though there are 15,000 children on the
waiting list. The summit will look at this critical need and provide some
insights for moving forward.

"High quality child care continues to be a real need in this city. To move
forward, we need to have partnerships with the provincial and federal levels of
government. This summit will put the focus on Toronto's most important resource
-- the children," said Councillor Olivia Chow, (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina)
Toronto's Children's Advocate and Chair of the Community Services Committee.

The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain will deliver the keynote address. McCain
is the co-author, along with Fraser Mustard, of The Early Years Study and the
recently released The Early Years Study Three Years Later. She is also the
co-chair of the Commission on Early Learning and Child Care for the City of

The summit will also feature a political panel discussion. Panelists include
Alexa McDonough, MP, leader of the federal NDP; Alan Tonks, MP (Liberal);
Gerard Kennedy, MPP (Liberal); and Shelley Martel, MPP (NDP). The panel will be
moderated by Fiona Nelson, a well-known advocate for children.

Date: Friday, October 25
Time: 9:30 a.m. - noon
Key Time: Political Panel: 10 a.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall Council Chamber 100 Queen St. W.

Media Contact
Cheryl MacDonald,
Toronto Children's Services,

Councillor Olivia Chow,
Children's Advocate
, 416-392-4044



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