January 15, 2010
Happy New Year to you all; however, as I extend those good wishes I am also conscious of the painful start to 2010 in Haiti. My prayers are with the Haitian community here in Canada and with the victims and rescue workers in Haiti. My understanding is that relief and aid organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross are asking for donations of money instead of material goods.
Just a couple of updates:
You will likely have heard or read that we announced the names of the schools around the province that will have the Full Day program for 4- and 5-year-olds this coming September. In all, there will be about 580 sites for the first year which will mean that nearly 35,000 children will be enrolled.
I believe that this is an important, transformational investment in the future prosperity of the province and I'm very proud to be part of the government that has taken this step. If you want to see the list of schools or get more information on the initiative, please visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/earlylearning/PhaseOneSchools.html
Finally, I wanted to remind you that I am hosting my New Year's Levee along with our MP Rob Oliphant this Sunday at the Toronto Botanical Gardens at the corner of Leslie and Lawrence from 1pm to 3 pm. I hope many of you will be able to join us--we're in the bigger room this year! It's a great way to re-connect with each other as we step into a new decade. I have arranged to have a Red Cross donation box at the registration table for their efforts in Haiti.
All the best to you,
P.S. Many thanks to everyone who donated skates! We have dozens of pairs that will be well-used by the kids and grown-ups of Flemingdon!