Provincial government donation puts more computers in Ontario classrooms

    SCARBOROUGH, ON, April 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is donating 500
desktop personal computers to Ontario schools through the Computers for
Schools program run by Renewed Computer Technology (RCT.)
    Bas Balkissoon, MPP for Scarborough Rouge-River and Chris Bentley,
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, joined John May, Chair of
Computers for Schools - Ontario and Shauna L. McCaffrey, Executive Director,
to deliver computers to St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic elementary school.
    "I am pleased that this government is providing Ontario's students with
the tools they need to learn," said Bas Balkissoon, MPP for Scarborough-Rouge
River. "Additional desktop computers will help St. Ignatius students develop
and enhance technological research skills for future educational success."
    "Thanks to the donation by the provincial government, we are able to help
more Ontario students access a computer and develop their computing skills,"
said John May, Chair of Computers for Schools - Ontario.
    The computers are donated by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges
and Universities from a surplus resulting from the transfer of seven federal
government training programs to Employment Ontario in January 2007. Employment
Ontario is Ontario's employment and training network.
    The donation of computers by the ministry will occur at different sites
across the province, benefiting students in cities and remote communities.
    "Improved access to technology is an important part of our plan to build
a stronger Ontario by investing in the education, skills and competitiveness
of our people," said Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and
    An important result of the reuse of computers is the reduction of waste
in the province's landfills. Since its founding, RCT has diverted more than
8.2 million pounds of electronic waste of which 1,957 metric tonnes of
electronic waste was diverted from landfill last year alone.
    Shauna L. McCaffrey, RCT's Executive Director congratulates the Ministry
for re-investing their surplus equipment. "This is not only a cost effective
and environmentally sound solution for the government's surplus technology but
one that positively impacts literacy, technical training and curriculum
support as well as hands on experience for youth and youth at risk in 6
regions across Ontario".

    Renewed Computer Technology (RCT) is a not-for-profit, charitable
organization that empowers learners, educators and not-for-profit
organizations with increased access to information communications technology,
skill development and learning opportunities in a socially and environmentally
responsible manner.
    RCT delivered 40,075 computers to schools and charities in Ontario last
year alone while providing 80 million more hours of computer time for
students, 47,800 hours of hands on training to youth. For more information,
please visit:
    "We're helping students access technology to help them succeed in
school," Bentley said. "Ontario's new economic strength is being built on our
investments in people through education and training."

For further information:

For further information: Shauna L. McCaffrey, MBA, Executive Director,
Renewed Computer Technology, (905) 795-5387; Sheamus Murphy, Office of
Minister Chris Bentley, (416) 325-7215

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