Weekly Update: December 9, 2016 — 9 Kislev 5777

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) recently convened its second GTA Assembly in which it consulted with various community agencies, organizations and institutions. GAJE asked Madi Murariu, Associate Director, Ontario Government Relations and Public Affairs, to report upon the discussion at the assembly.

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CIJA targets inequity in provincial funding for children with disabilities

The recent CIJA GTA Assembly touched on a few main issues of concern to the community, mainly affordability of education and the next Provincial Budget in Ontario, as well as the BDS movement and what our community can do about it.

The issue of affordability of education has been a concern to all families in our community, and it is a concern CIJA is constantly seeking to ameliorate. Through our Education Task Force working group, we have reached out to key members of our community to find problem areas we can tackle that would reduce the overall cost burden on families and institutions in our community. To that effect, CIJA will be working in partnership with other communities across Ontario in the New Year to tackle the issue of inequity in distribution of coverage for children with disabilities.

The new campaign will be launched in the New Year. We are looking for community participation and partnerships to strengthen our position. The goal of the campaign would be to demonstrate to the Ontario Provincial Government the need to support all children with disabilities equally and not just children enrolled in the public education system.

– Madi Murariu, Associate Director,
Ontario Government Relations and Public Affairs, CIJA

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The last of the three funding focus groups was held this week. We thank everyone who participated. Your comments, observations and reactions will help us move further toward the ultimate objective of making Jewish education affordable.

In the coming weeks we will report the focus groups’ main conclusions.
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Shabbat shalom.

GAJE

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