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Celia wants to feed your kids

Friday, May 30, 2014   by: Staff



New Democrats will make sure every child in the Sault starts the day with a nutritious breakfast, said Celia Ross, NDP candidate for Sault Ste. Marie.

“I’ve talked with teachers in Sault Ste. Marie and they tell me students who eat a healthy breakfast have the energy and focus they need to succeed,” Ross said. “This is a concrete step to fostering a healthier community and investing in our children’s future.”

The NDP plan will put $15 million into student nutrition, giving 70,000 more children access to healthy meals during their school day.

The expanded program will partner with local suppliers and bring more hands-on learning about nutrition and food preparation into our classrooms.

“This is a larger commitment to children in the North than the Liberals are willing to make,” she noted, “and unlike the Liberals we are going to keep our word.”

“The Liberals took money that could have put healthy breakfasts and lunches in front of schoolchildren and used it for lavish public CEO salaries, corruption scandals and political cover-ups. The Hudak Conservatives just want to fire teachers and overcrowd our classrooms. You won't hear them talking about childhood nutrition."

"It’s time to focus on real priorities for families in the North. Our children deserve nothing less.”


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eclectic 5/30/2014 3:48:55 PM Report

Really? No real platform or plan so let's use the poor, starving children to get some votes. To intelligent voters, this comes across as cheap and last-minute...
steelworker 5/30/2014 3:49:07 PM Report

Howzabout a Corvette in every driveway. If you're gonna bullsh@# the people go big or go home.
ssm101 5/30/2014 3:57:28 PM Report

Little out of touch Celia , look how many school in Algoma have closed or that are closing . Families are not sticking around ,having less kids .Heck I can feed the ones still here
Right of Centre 5/30/2014 3:58:13 PM Report

For less than $6, a poor parent can provide a child with 12 breakfasts of an egg and toast. (That's $0.50 per breakfast.). This protein/carb breakfast would keep them full until lunch, unlike the $6 garbage box of cereal.

If the NDP wants to throw money at child poverty (often the result of parental fiscal mismanagement or lack of motivation to work), then perhaps they could pay me some of that money towards teaching the parents budgeting and cooking. DON'T raise my taxes even MORE to pay to feed someone else's children, I'm trying to feed my own, thank you.

And you can pretty much guarantee raising welfare rates will follow with an NDP plan.
ssm101 5/30/2014 3:59:43 PM Report

....and make it a new corvette
Auntiej 5/30/2014 4:03:57 PM Report

I'd say a little out of touch. My son's school has had a breakfast program for a few years now. So what are they gonna serve? Fancy breakfasts flown in from Paris? lol
caress 5/30/2014 4:06:21 PM Report

They all say what you what to hear, in the end it's all bull,the only thing that comes out of it is them hurting the poor people. They should have votes that say none of above.
Frio 5/30/2014 4:20:42 PM Report

Whatever happened to a parents responsibility to provide the necessities of life for their children, which includes, feeding, clothing, housing, medical care and nurturing them so they have the best chance to grow up into healthy, well balanced, productive adults and citizens? Section 215 Of the Criminal Code of Canada requires a parent to provide the necessities of life for their children under the age of 16, so why is the the NDP promising to take over feeding children when that is a parents legally required duty?
IgnorantNortherner 5/30/2014 4:47:52 PM Report

Frio - Why is the the NDP promising to take over feeding children when that is a parents legally required duty?

It's my legally required duty to provide them with health care and education, too, but that hasn't stopped your corrupt gov't in its attempts to take over those duties as well, the quality of which, I should add, has been going downhill in a big way.

Whatever happened to not stealing? The less money stolen from me by the d bags in Ottawa the more I have for my kids. Let's not put it all on the parents when it's obvious where the real problem lies...

Gurpy 5/30/2014 4:51:26 PM Report

I think it`s a great idea. We have a lot of working poor in the city who deserve a little help. I`m sure it would be appreciated.
Justin Tetreault 5/30/2014 5:06:24 PM Report

If the NDP support nutrition programs, they have a funny way of showing it. They voted were against the recent Liberal budget that had promised an expanded student nutrition program.
I'm In 5/30/2014 5:15:17 PM Report

Celia another Liberal in Orange like Bob Rae, why don't you two parties amalgamate because you have the same ideas, just the liberals want to spend more with their friends and the NDP want to give more welfare instead of making people productive in society. Be like the USA your either PC/Republican or Liberal/Democrat
Entity 5/30/2014 5:21:38 PM Report

Voting against a budget as a whole is not an indication of a stance on every single budgetary allocation contained that budget.

If a budget were submitted with only 2 provisions: 50 million to build a museum dedicated to Hitler, and 1 million dedicated to feeding orphaned children, and you voted against that budget, does that mean you oppose feeding orphaned children?

No, it means you oppose pork barrel spending.

Your attempt at conflating the issues was pretty poor. I expect better from one indoctrinated by the Ontario Young Liberals... I don't expect much better, but a little bit better...
PNBNLV 5/30/2014 5:52:23 PM Report

Frio.... excellent comment. Wish I could give a thumbs up to it.
rockbanger 5/30/2014 6:28:08 PM Report

From experience.

It is a reality that many children of elementary and high school age attend school daily and have not had a proper meal.

We spend huge dollars per seat or per child on education and it all goes down the drain if the student is not gathering the information and storing it properly.

It takes true understanding about the REALITIES of modern children, the educational system and how to advance both to raise such a concept!

Ms. Ross is in touch with the needs of the educational system and has shown fabulous leadership bringing this touchy subject forward.

I would like to see some improvement in student learning and proper nutrition is an immediate and long term solution to getting a better value for OUR TAX dollar.

Now, some of your childish quotes show that many have little respect of the TAX dollars and how they are spent. Oh yes the red-machine lovers just want the cash to keep pouring in and the provincial coffers to pay for it.

Celio Ross is a brilliant thinker and has showed up the other candidates with this excellent concept and it should be taken much more seriously.
Mr. Poster 5/30/2014 9:05:27 PM Report

It is obvious we need a new political machine in Ontario that is truly accountable for all tax dollars raised. How about THE PEOPLES PARTY FOR ONTARIO,
Me Myself an I 5/30/2014 9:23:07 PM Report

Growing up there were many times my dad was out of work and we were on the dole. there was no such thing as breakfast at school then. but you know what? we never missed a meal. we did without other things like cable tv, or brand name clothes. Me and my sisters had a flyer route and we would pick up pop bottles and beer cans on our way.

Now we have families with 150 channels of cable/satellite TV, high-speed internet and several phones, not too mention brand name clothes. Make a few cutbacks and you can feed your kids a meal in the morning.

ANd when they cry that they don't want what you have in the house tell them too bad.
Mr. Poster 5/30/2014 10:20:20 PM Report

Seniors are growing tired of this crazy trend where folks have babies and expect taxpayers to foot the bills.
roxpin 5/30/2014 10:27:33 PM Report

like what you said (me myself and I)@ my daughter has a program at school and she says they bring a little tray of fruit and vegetables out for the kids and eat, and no kids maybe just for this class the kids are all grossed out and dont like the raw vegetables, and where does the tray of food go? in the garbage
foxylady069 5/30/2014 11:40:51 PM Report

My daughters attend a school that has a healthy snack program, which they bring out a tray of fruits and veggies, for each class to enjoy during quiet time. I have also seen that tray barely touched and tossed in the garbage. I have also seen children with lunches backed full of snacks and no healthy food and I think these are the children this food is meant for. I provide my kids with more than enough healthy foods to get them through the day, even when money it tight, healthy doesn't mean expensive.

Why don't they take some of that money, make the board of education put in place a garden for every school, to teach the children self sustainability. Beginning the year just before harvest, making jellies, sauces and enjoying fresh peas, and carrots. I know children love that type of stuff and they would be much more excited about the food they eat if they knew they grew it themselves.

eadiecougs 5/31/2014 11:39:11 AM Report

great idea foxy we should use the land god gave us
Gurpy 5/31/2014 12:55:33 PM Report

Love your idea but, that`s what the parents should be teaching them at home. School is suppose to be for the three R`s not making jam or baking cookies unless, it`s a home economics class.
Frio 6/1/2014 7:51:34 AM Report

Celia doesn't want or need to feed my kids. They had a nutrious breakfast and a good lunch packed for school every day. Sounds more like she is trying to get the vote of lazy, irresponsible parents by offering to supply breakfast for their kids who go off to school unfed and unprepared for learning.
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