A child wants a car because they’re hungry for cars. He wants to be able to reach the car and put on his seat belt and put on his shoes and put his helmet on. And if you’ve got kids, you’ve got to provide the food. That’s the kind of thing that makes a good child.
Do families today have such little access to quality childcare?
It is very difficult because of the cost. When I was living in Toronto, I don’t think we had any good childcare as a rule. If anybody came to stay here, they came on the subway to get to the elementary school so that they could have a place to stay in their own home to go to lunch on a Friday and the weekend to get to the doctor or to go to the movies. But it’s not nearly so good now. There are a lot of families who cannot afford the fees for child care now and there are very few centres willing to take in single parents and families who can’t work. The thing that concerns me the most is that the child care that you get is very good. It’s not great, but it’s decent. I’d like to see more and better and better, in what is very important — the child development and the education of our children.
Where do you think Toronto kids should shop?
I think on the big question of where to shop, if I were mayor and I couldn’t afford a $50 coffee, I’d go to the corner store and maybe go to a chain grocery because they’re more competitive for food prices than what you get from the Big 7 places. But it’s such a struggle. My kids, they’re not very good. When I go shopping, I’m like, ‘Here I go, they did what they did.’ They don’t want to go to a grocery store. They want a Big 7 place that’s the best food in town and is open.
Have you considered having children yourself?
When I was young people, they were the ones who were getting married, taking it slow and not being as promiscuous as we are now. Today, it’s still quite a high school dropout rate. What’s really strange is that you’re seeing younger people having more children, so it seems we’re not going to see any dramatic decline, where we are today. And I find that rather sad.
There has been lots of speculation on our forums and via email but none of it has been verified.
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