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The recent end to the strike involving Toronto's city workers has allowed for citizens of the city to breathe easier…especially now that garbage is being picked up after accumulating for nearly seven weeks. In addition to the trash heaps piling up throughout the Greater Toronto Area, the city also suffered through the loss of a number of other well-needed services.
Along with swimming pools and daycare centres, summer camps were also prevented from opening, as employees represented by CUPE Local 79 and Local 416 battled the city on issues that kept city workers off the job from June 22nd to July 31st.
With the resumption of services coming halfway through the summer, many children have missed out on the recreational activities that they often enjoy during the warmer months of the year while they are out of school. As a result, parents across the GTA have been forced to scramble for alternative methods to both entertain and care for their kids.
These children, and their parents, received a bit of good news today. As John Spears of the City Hall Bureau reports, over 60 camp sites across Toronto which were scheduled to close tomorrow will remain open an extra two weeks in an effort to make up for the lost time due to the civic workers' strike.
Some camps will remain open until August 28th while others will have services available up until September 4th.
Summer camps have often provided children with fond lifelong memories in an environment that bonds them with other youth. Including playing sports, producing arts and crafts and even camping out overnight, the many activities provided by these summer camps give children opportunities to learn and grow while having fun and making new friends.
If you are a parent who is interested in enrolling your child into a summer camp, you may register by visiting www.toronto.ca/torontofun or by calling customer service at 416-338-4FUN (4386).
To get more information on the dates of service for camps all over Toronto, visit www.toronto.ca/parks.