In a judgment regarding childcare services, Parents Score a True Victory



    MONTREAL, Feb. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - In a judgment rendered yesterday, the
Honourable Judge Kevin Downs of the Superior Court agreed with six private day
care centres that had asked that the additional fees charged by them be
recognized as legal.
    "We are pleased with the decision. In his ruling, the judge concludes
that the operating methods of the daycares are valid, legal and in compliance
with the Educational Childcare Act and the Reduced Contribution Regulation.
The judgment recognizes the existing principle of $7-a-day day care and allows
parents to agree with the day cares for the provision of additional services."
stated Ronald H. Levy, an attorney with the firm of De Grandpré Chait who
represented the plaintiffs.
    The six day care centers initiated legal proceedings in the fall of 2006
after the Government of Québec threatened to cut the subsidy of the daycares
on the ground that they were not complying with governmental guidelines. The
proceedings were taken with the goal of preserving freedom of choice for
parents of children in daycares. The case was heard from January 21 to 29,
2008, and the judgment rendered supports the position of the six day care
centres.
    "We are very proud of the fact that the Honourable Judge Downs took the
work-life balance principle and the right of parents to make choices into
consideration in this judgment. This is a true victory for parents and the
children," concluded Ronald H. Levy.




For further information:

For further information: Pierre-Luc Paquette, Optimum Public Relations,
(514) 282-4802, (514) 705-4802 (cellular phone),
pierre-luc.paquette@cossette.com; Source: Elaine Tassoni, De Grandpré Chait,
(514) 878-3235

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