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    “My last shift there I stood in each room and remembered the faces.  They’re in the walls.  They made their mark on the rooms.”

    The city forgets that “writers, professors, profound public figures and artists” all came to die at Perram House.  This eight-bed residential hospice in downtown Toronto was a place where people from all walks of life could die safely, comfortably and with dignity.  The hospice worked particularly hard to provide end-of-life care for Toronto’s homeless and marginalized residents. It closed its doors on April 10, 2013.  On October 5th 2013 the DEPARTMENT unveiled a commemorative sign to remember Perram House.

    This hospice had a rich history. Where will we go to die now?


    Memory Archive   View the Sign

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    “Then I had my own children.  I could just see how important childcare is.  It supports the whole family.  I couldn’t have pursued my career and been a happy mum and given my children what they needed without it.”


    The city forgets that in the year that the Bellevue Child Care Centre closed as many as 18 500 children waited for subsidized daycare spots. The Bellevue Child Care Centre was a municipally run daycare that closed on July 19th, 2013.  Municipally run daycares typically pay higher wages than other childcare centres and many of the staff at Bellevue had worked there for years.  While all the staff and children at Bellevue were relocated, the centre’s closure meant that staff with less seniority at other municipally run centres lost their jobs and children waiting for daycare spots were bumped further down the waiting list.  On October 9th 2014 the DEPARTMENT unveiled a commemorative sign to celebrate and remember over seventy years of publicly funded childcare at this site.

    The Bellevue Child Care Centre had a rich history.  Will we ever build an affordable national daycare program?


    Memory Archive   View the Sign

    Bellevue Sign Double