Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Camps Do Not Erase Broken Promises

While it's always nice to send kids to camp [Globe & Mail, Ontario to send hundreds of autistic children to camp]:

Hundreds of autistic children will be able to go to special summer camps because of last-minute funding from the Ontario government, Canadian Press has learned.

A news conference is scheduled for this morning to announce further details about the $530,000 in funding that will help give more than 800 children specialized care in preparation for school in September.

It's nice to find out the legal expenses our government paid to fight autism treatment too [CTV, Province must reveal cost of autism lawsuit: NDP]:

The Ontario government's willingness to go to court rather than reveal how much it spent on fighting an autism treatment lawsuit shows it cares less about children and more about covering its tracks, opposition critic Shelley Martel said Monday.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice heard arguments Monday about a request under the province's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to reveal how much the government spent defending a lawsuit filed by parents of autistic children.

The government doesn't want to reveal how much it spent on legal fees, when that money - perhaps as much as $1.5 million - could have helped so many kids instead, Martel, a New Democrat, said outside the court.

Enjoy the news conference. It would be nice to know the whole picture, though.


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