With sky-high real estate prices, millennials are wondering if they will ever be able to afford to buy a house in East York and a vacation or two at the same time.
The leader of the NDP believes the Liberal government plan for hydro rebates and child care falls short of Ontario families’ expectations.
In Monday’s throne speech, the Wynne government announced an eight per cent hydro rebate to Ontarians and unveiled its plan to open 100,000 new child care spaces in 2017.
Andrea Horwath, the Ontario NDP leader, questioned the seriousness of the Liberal plan.
During the recent federal elections, child care was among the important topics discussed by party candidates.
The Observer has compiled data showing the number of children living in East York, the child care options available, and looks at how the neighbourhood compares to other family-friendly areas in the city.
Elizabeth Comrie is one of eight students at Centennial College’s Ashtonbee campus who formed a group tasked to target something they wanted to change as part of their Power and Social Movement class. The group has started a Change For All campaign, fighting for affordable and spacious daycare facilities.
Mary Farrugia picks up her five-year-old daughter Skye from Brampton’s Chinguacousy Learn.Play.Care. Centre after leaving her job at the airport at around 9 p.m. on work nights. “I don’t have other people,” Farrugia said. “I’m a single mom. I don’t have any family in town.”
Construction is underway on a $3.7-million expansion to Chester Le Junior Public School in the Victoria Park and Finch area. And it’s about time, supporters say. The expansion includes a new child care facility and a 460-square-metre community centre.
Ninety schools in the Toronto District School Board are getting ready to welcome kindergartners for full-day classes this fall. Seventy-one of those schools, including 30 in Scarborough, and another 50 in the Toronto Catholic District School Board offer the program already.
The co-ordinator of the Toronto Women’s City Alliance says mayoral front-runners have virtually ignored women’s issues this campaign.