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September 29, 2000
Second Annual Children's Summit Examines National Children's Agenda
  
About 300 representatives from the children's services community attending the
City of Toronto's second annual Children's Summit today at Toronto City Hall
heard the Honourable Jane Stewart, federal Minister of Human Resources
Development speak about the recent federal-provincial agreement on the National
Children's Agenda.

In the Summit's first annual Paul Steinhauer address, Jane Jenson of the
Université de Montréal and the Canadian Policy Research Network, spoke about
the National Children's Agenda as well as the importance of family policy and
explored the Province of Québec's child care model. Paul Steinhauer, who passed
away earlier this year, worked in the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children's
Department of Psychiatry and was a long time advocate in the field of child and
family issues.

Following Ms. Stewart's address a panel discussion moderated by the Children
and Youth Advocate, Olivia Chow continued exploring children's issues. The
panelists included Anne Golden, president of the United Way of Greater Toronto,
Marvyn Novick, professor of Social Work at Ryerson Polytechnic University.

The theme of the Children's Summit 2000 was "A Place for Every Child - The
National Children's Agenda". In her remarks, Councillor Olivia Chow, Children
and Youth Advocate said, "This year's Children's Summit has been an excellent
opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of children's needs, explore options
to address their needs and develop concrete strategies."

The Children and Youth Action Committee (CYAC) and the City of Toronto hosted
the Children's Summit. The CYAC is a partnership of city councillors and
representatives of community organizations. Its mandate includes promoting
investment in children as a strategic priority within the City of Toronto.


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