Voices for Children challenges party leaders on their vision for Ontario's children

    TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - The provincial election is less than two weeks
away, and the lives and futures of Ontario's children and young people hang in
the balance.
    Beyond the debate on funding for faith-based schools and the occasional
promise around youth violence, children and youth are the sleeper story in
this election campaign.
    Which party is showing voters that children's issues are a top priority?
    Which party is demonstrating a strong, positive and proactive vision for
Ontario's nearly four million kids?

    Voices for Children, a non-partisan social action organization dedicated
to the well-being of Ontario's children and youth, has asked the leaders of
the three major parties where they stand on critical kids' issues like:

    -   The well-being of First Nations youth in Ontario's northern
    -   Lack of integrated mental health services for the one in five Ontario
        children and youth dealing with a diagnosable mental illness
    -   Rising reports of bullying, physical abuse, neglect and exposure to
        domestic violence across the province

    Cathy Vine, Voices for Children's executive director, says, "Politicians
need to know what most children and families already understand - that by
developing a children's agenda that prioritizes every area of their
development and well-being, we'll be creating an Ontario that's strong,
healthy, productive and economically sound."

    Read responses (http://www.voicesforchildren.ca/elections2007.htm) from
Howard Hampton, Dalton McGuinty and John Tory to these questions
from Voices for Children.

    Read our one-page backgrounder
(http://www.voicesforchildren.ca/documents/elections2007-backgrounder.pdf) on
key child and youth issues.

    Voices for Children is Ontario's leading independent, non-partisan social
action organization dedicated to the well-being of all of Ontario's children
and youth. We do not support or endorse any candidate or political party.
Rather, we urge all voters to think critically about the investments and
policies that will deliver on their hopes and aspirations for children and
youth growing up across this province.

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For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with Cathy Vine,
Executive Director, Voices for Children, contact: Carlyn Zwarenstein, VOICES'
communications director, at (416) 737-2287 or carlyn@voicesforchildren.ca

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