Chow promises better after-school programs

Opens campaign office at Yonge and St. Clair

Chow pledges to expand after-school rec programs
Andrea Lawson/Newstalk 1010

It was a full house as mayoral candidate Olivia Chow opened her campaign office and unveiled the first part of her plan to "put kids and families at the heart of our city," Sunday. 

The office, located just south of Yonge and St. Clair, was packed as Chow supporters listened on as she outlined her plan to create more after-school programs for the city's kids.

"I will create better after-school programs so that our children can grow up strong and smart and stay out of trouble," she told the crowd.

What she's pledging is the expansion of the current after-school recreation and care program (ARC),  to add these programs to 40 new neighbourhoods. That would bring the total number of neighbourhoods offering the program to 81.

Her plan is to phase the expansion in over three years and create spaces for 1,200 more kids once it's fully in place. 

“Only one in five children have access to after school activities and that’s not good enough,” she said.

She also suggested it would help with youth unemployment in the city, by creating 200 jobs for young people.

"We'll hire these young people so that they teach children from 6 to 12 a skill - be it basketball, swimming, art activities, music."

As for funding, the program will cost taxpayers $1-million in year one, $2-million in year two and $3.2-million in the third year and going forward.

Chow's campaign says the money will come from property taxes that rise with the rate of inflation.


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  1. don was right posted on 04/06/2014 05:06 PM
    what'a a $million, $2 million, $3 million if you can get a bunch of kids indoctrinated in the soviet way while they are young?
  2. Anyone But Chow posted on 04/06/2014 05:12 PM
    Why do I always hear the Russian national anthem whenever I see Chow?
  3. Mike posted on 04/06/2014 06:35 PM
    I'll sleep well tonight knowing that Chow hasn't a hope in hell of being the next mayor or Toronto. Tory 2014!
    1. AC posted on 04/07/2014 09:25 AM
      @Mike i'll sleep better than you knowing Ford is going to get his fat azz pasted out the door for good once and for all
  4. Ken posted on 04/06/2014 09:57 PM
    Chow thinks she is running for Queen of Toronto-land. Last time I looked, education was the responsibility at the provincial level.

    Someone needs to tell her to give her head a shake. She's running for municipal mayor's office, not Queen of the Communist Party!

    Chow and her dead communist husband have never met someone else's dollar that they can't spend on pet communist projects. Someone needs to explain to her the concepts of deficits and accumulated debt.

    She thinks that other peoples money is hers to blow. (Not to be confused with the massage parlour naked dead Jack) blew into for some "tugging".

    A! B! C!

    Anyone But Chow!

    God help us if she becomes mayor.
  5. arthur posted on 04/07/2014 09:28 AM
    Chow has huge support downtown. I like her caring for things like seniors services and child programs. I think she will win and i think it's good we will get a mayor of ethnic background. Toronto is very diverse and should have ethnic representation
    1. dama posted on 04/07/2014 03:17 PM
      @arthur Support of down town only and ethnicity will not win an is pltaform/policy, likeability and trusting that the policies are carried out once

      I thought caring for seniors and child programs are Provincial and or Federal responsibility, if that is so, then Olivia Chow failed as an MP
      for she didn't table these for the kid and senior in the House of Common

      The cost of Olivia Chow's platform/policy is more than $10 million dollars, 6 million for the after school program and more than 4 million for more buses and drivers during office hours....where is she getting the money from??? You and you and it is basically spend and spend and spend..

      Would you like to PARTNER with her ?? I wouldn't...

      The next poll will see Olivia Chow trailing.. and she will not win..
  6. Ryan posted on 04/07/2014 10:19 AM
    These transparent attempts to sway kids toward socialism while they're too young to know any better are EXACTLY why we need groups like Working Canadians and the Canadian Taxpayer Coalition, to stand up for fiscal responsibility and expose socialist corruption.
    1. dama posted on 04/07/2014 03:21 PM
      @Ryan and Rob Ford is your guy.. fiscal responsibility.. and he hates leftie..
  7. Justin posted on 04/07/2014 11:58 AM
    Who do you think she'll propose to run these after-school programs? You got it: unionized teachers. So what she's saying is, she wants to give them even MORE leverage and ammunition to use the next time they go on strike and "negotiate a pay increase"*

    *Translation: Attack our children to bully us into fattening their wallets.

    We need to be loosening the grip unions have on our throats and our wallets, not strengthening it. Vote ABC: #AnythingButChow
  8. Shawn posted on 04/18/2014 08:10 PM
    I love how in all of these comments, absolutely no one is talking about the children--the people who after school programs have a direct impact on.
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