Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4400 (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4400 (CUPE)

March 26, 2009 11:46 ET

CUPE Local 4400: City-Wide Swim Meet in Spite of Looming Pool Closures

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - CUPE Local 4400

"Despite all the upheaval and dismay about the upcoming pool closures, Toronto District School Board's endangered aquatics staff are still soldiering on, preparing elementary school students for the upcoming city-wide finals", said Nancy Campbell of CUPE 4400 (Toronto Education Workers).

Campbell, who is one of the swim instructors who is facing the closure of her pool, is helping to draw attention to the plight of the students and staff who are facing the loss of 39 pools in Toronto.

"The kids are working hard," said Campbell, and they look forward to this activity every year". Campbell noted, "The meets are being held at school pools that are scheduled to close this June, so this will be their last chance".

Parents, community members and Toronto Education Workers have been trying to find solutions for the funding of these important community resources. The City cannot afford to pay for them all, and neither the province's Ministry of Education nor the Ministry of Health Promotion have come forward with funding for maintenance of pools, nor for paying instructors.

Campbell continued, "Thirteen schools which are now in competition will have no pool in which to practice if the proposed closures go through."

Nancy Campbell concluded, "In the future, not only will children lose the opportunity to compete, they will no longer learn to swim or be able to participate in the "Swim to Survive" program, which potentially makes the cost of these closures very high".


Juniors Grades 4/5/6 Seniors Grades 7/8
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March 30th @ Harbord (9:00 am) March 31st @ Harbord (12:30 pm)

Fern Swansea
Adam Beck Hilltop
Clinton Fern
Lambton-Kingsway Lambton-Kingsway
Palmerston Winona
Lord Lansdowne
St. Andrews
March 31st @ Harbord (9:00 am)
April 1st @ Riverdale (9:00 am)
Deer Park
Brown Bowmore
Bowmore Deer Park
Hillcrest Earl Beatty
Bedford Park UTS
Hilltop Glenview
D.A. Morrison Don Mills
Earl Beatty John English

March 30th @ Harbord (12:30 pm)
G.A. Brown
Don Mills
Duke of Connaught

April 1st @ Riverdale (12:30 pm)
G.A. Brown
Queen Alexandra
Duke of Connaught
D.A. Morrison
Glen Ames
Earl Grey

Contact Information

  • CUPE Local 4400
    Nancy Campbell
    Cell: (416) 347-5116
    CUPE Local 4400
    Giselle Burton
    Cell: (416) 885-2054