TORONTO, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - In the wake of the Ontario budget, the
President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union is urging
Premier Wynne to reinstate funding for two youth employment programs as
part of her $295 youth employment strategy.
"Two of the best and most recognized youth employment opportunities, the
Ontario Ranger Program and Ontario Place, were abandoned by this
government," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President. "At minimal
cost, Premier Wynne could restore both and provide hundreds if not
thousands of jobs for Ontario's young workers."
The 70-year-old Ranger Program was "replaced" last fall with the Ontario
Stewardship program, a completely different program that resulted in a
cut to 46 per cent of the jobs. In February 2012, Ontario Place was
closed despite the park beginning to show a meaningful profit after
"The Ranger Program was a life-building experience for nearly 80,000
young Ontarians, including former Toronto mayor and MP David Crombie,
and MP Olivia Chow," Thomas said. "Ontario Place, provided hundreds of
young workers jobs as lifeguards, cleaners, parking attendants and fast
food workers. Along with providing an affordable activity for Toronto
families, revenue would flow in to the government."
Thomas asks that Wynne look seriously at these recommendations if she is
indeed serious in her commitment to young people.
"With or without a new budget, this is simple to execute and the right
thing to do for the health of our youth and the community."
For further information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas 613-329-1931