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national child care program – five years later

February 9th, 2011

Feb 4, 2011 03:13 PM

Five years after cancelling the national child care program: high cost, little choice for parents

February 6 marks the fifth anniversary of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cancellation of a national child care program. Child care advocates and women’s groups have a message for the government: Canada urgently needs a public system of early childhood education and care.

“Cancelling the national child care program has put a huge burden on low, modest and middle income families,” said Sue Delanoy of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada. “Mr. Harper claims he’s delivered ‘choice in child care’ but the facts show that for most families, the options are severely limited. What families need is a quality system that’s accessible and affordable for everyone.”

Margot Young

Related Articles:

CUPE Cancelling national child care program means high cost, little choice for parents

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Traffic disruptions tomorrow

January 17th, 2011

We have been advised to expect significant traffic disruptions tomorrow as mourners gather at the  Metro Toronto Convention Centre to remember slain Toronto Police Officer Sgt. Ryan Russell.  The funeral  begins at 1 p.m., but traffic diversions will begin at 8 a.m.

Hundreds of officers from across the country are expected to march ahead of the funeral. They will start gathering at the intersection of University Avenue and Dundas Street West at 9 a.m.

The march will head south on University Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. The officers will march to Wellington Street West, then west on Wellington to Simcoe Street and finally south on Simcoe to Bremner Boulevard.

There will also be a number of road closures in the area that are likely to cause traffic disruptions the entire day.


  • At 9 a.m., University Avenue will be closed in both directions, from Queen Street West to College Street. (Street will reopen after processions pass).
  • At 10 a.m., University Avenue will be closed in both directions, from Front Street West to College Street. (Street will reopen after processions pass).
  • Lower Simcoe Street will be closed in both directions, from Front Street West to Lakeshore Boulevard West.
  • Bremner Boulevard will be closed from York Street to Rees Street, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

have fun and stay safe

October 29th, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day, but is today largely a secular celebration and fun time of the year when we all get to dress up and have fun with our friends and community.

There a many activities planed for this “all hallows” weekend around the city.  Check out your local libraries and community centres which will all have great, fun activities planned for our kids.

Whatever your plans are  we wish all of our friends a happy and safe Halloween.  Enjoy all the festivities: costume parties, parades and of course, the main event on Sunday!

Health Canada has some great tips for staying safe on Halloween

Finally, if you are going to be giving out treats at your door on Sunday, consider safe treats, which may include non-food items such as stickers, pencils, small toys or coins.  This will make Halloween less scary for those with severe food allergies.

Orde’s Night Out – 2 days left !!!

October 20th, 2010

Tickets available via email or daycare staff


Orde Parents, Caregivers, Friends & Staff –  come to Orde’s 1st Annual Silent Auction!


WHEN: Friday, October 22, 7:30 pm

WHERE: The Ossington, located at 61 Ossington Avenue (just north of Queen).

COST: $20 per person – includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco and light refreshments.

Check out our great Silent Action items


PAYMENT: Please bring cash or cheques to pay for your silent auction items.

Proceeds will help to fund naturally sourced toys and playground equipment and help Orde Daycare kids “Play it Green.”