TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ -
October 4, 1957: The space age begins as the Soviet Union launches
Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite.
October 4, 1982: Laurie Skreslet becomes the first Canadian to climb to
the top of Mount Everest.
And now...today's Dalton McGuinty Do-Over:
In 2003, Dalton McGuinty promised to find a "feasible way in which
autistic children...can get the support and treatment they need."
In April 2005, Dalton McGuinty chose to appeal a ruling of the Ontario
Superior Court that the age cut off for IBI treatment violated the
constitutional rights of children with autism (Woodstock Sentinel-Review,
April 6, 2005).
Dalton McGuinty then took NDP MPP Shelley Martel to court when she tried
to find out how much the Ontario government spent on the court case. This was
after Dalton McGuinty fought Martel's freedom of information request and was
told by the Information and Privacy Commissioner that he had to release the
information (Globe and Mail, March 14, 2007).
And if all of that wasn't bad enough, Dalton McGuinty tried to force the
parents of children with autism to pay for the government's $85,000 legal bill
for the court case that he chose to continue in April 2005 (Toronto Star, June
Meanwhile, the waiting list for autism treatment has grown from 89 in
early 2004 to nearly 1,100 children as of August 2007 (Toronto Star, January
19, 2007, Timmins Daily Press, August 18, 2007).
Now it's 2007 and Dalton McGuinty is making another autism promise:
"Provide $10 million to prepare schools to deliver IBI therapy
on-site for the first time...."
But a March 1, 2007 memo from Deputy Minister of Education Ben Levin makes
it very clear that Dalton McGuinty isn't going to be providing IBI therapy in
"Based upon your work and in support of the recommendations of the
reference group the Ministry will soon release a PPM on the use of
Applied Behavioural analysis (ABA) in schools. The focus of this PPM
will be ABA teaching practices and not Intensive Behavioural
If you couldn't believe Dalton McGuinty in 2003 why would believe him
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