Media Advisory - Community access to schools needs improvement, survey finds

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto
and the SPACE Coalition will host a media conference to release the results
from their Ontario Community Use of Schools 2007 survey and recommendations to
the province on improving access.

    DATE:        Thursday, June 21
    TIME:        11:00 - 11:40 a.m.
    LOCATION:    Kipling Collegiate Institute Library
                 (390 The Westway - Use Main Door Entrance)


    -   Alok Mukherjee, Chair, Toronto Police Services Board
    -   John Campey, Executive Director, Community Social Planning Council
    -   Roger Dale, Principal, Kipling Collegiate Institute
    -   Keith Sweeney, Youth Worker, For Youth Initiative

    Photo opportunities:

    Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services - Newcomer program for all ages
    Location: Daystrom Public School, 25 Daystrom Drive (south of Finch, west
    of Weston)
    Time: Wednesday through Friday, call for times
    Contact: Lorna Weigand, 416-241-6384

    St. Christopher House - After school program for children 6-12
    Location: Holy Family Catholic School, 141 Close Ave (Parkdale)
    Times: Monday to Friday 3:30 - 6 p.m.
    Contact: Lidia Monaco, 416-532-4828 x 234

    Since 2004, the Ontario government has been providing $20 million
annually to school boards under the Community Use of Schools (CUS) program to
reduce fees and increase access to school space by community groups. The 2007
Community Use of Schools Survey shows that in spite of the CUS, fees to access
schools continue to rise, and some community groups are being left behind.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Alissa Von Bargen, Community
Social Planning Council of Toronto, (416) 351-0095 x214 or (647) 230-9164
(cell); Susan Fletcher, SPACE Coalition, (416) 461-8143 or (416) 524-8055

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