CUPE Local 79

July 14, 2011 07:30 ET

Rob Ford's Toronto Doesn't Include Child Care and Long Term Care

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 2011) - The latest Report by the City's outside 'consultants' wants Councillors to consider transferring 57 City-operated child care centres to private operators and selling off 9 of the 10 City-run Long Term Care Homes to private sector operators. The Report even suggests that the sale of Long Term Care Homes 'would reduce city cost more quickly and may provide some recovery of investment in buildings'.

"So child care is now a 'business' and Long Term Care is just a bunch of buildings to be sold off," said CUPE Local 79 President, Ann Dembinski.

"The KPMG Consultants hired by Ford to review services have certainly proved one thing – there is no gravy. Public consultations with residents of this City established the fact that people value public services and they are not willing to sacrifice the services they need.

"There are currently over 19,000 children on wait lists across the City – parents and families desperately need child care in order to work and live.

"Long Term Care Homes provide care and programs for residents of all ages. Selling off all but one of the Homes will have a dramatic impact on families and communities."

Dembinski questioned - "What kind of City are we going to have?"

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