Summer camps for kids will go ahead, Premier Doug Ford promises

In a surprise announcement, but one which is sure to offer thousands of frazzled Ontario parents a ray of hope, Premier Doug Ford vowed to open summer camps this year.Speaking at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Peel Region on Sunday, Ford was light on details saying only that camps would be “opening up.”“The more people that can come out (to be vaccinated), the quicker we can open up,” the premier said in Mississauga. “And we are going to open up very, very soon and I have to say one thing about the summer camps — July 3 is usually the time they open, and they’re opening up this year.”He did not say anything about the reopening process, nor what kind of camps he was talking about — day or overnight — and if kids would be required to follow any public health restrictions.Ivana Yelich, a spokesperson for Ford, told the Star that the government is working with Ontario’s Chief Medical of Health on a plan to safely reopen the province, but did not say if that specifically would include summer camps.“We will provide more detail on what the weeks ahead will look like before June 2, when the latest extension of the stay-at-home order expires,” she said. Toronto parent Emily Griffith said she and her husband welcomed the premier’s comments and would send their kids to day camp “in a heartbeat.”“Every parent that I know is at the end of their rope. They’re scrambling to find a local teenager to watch their kids or trying to take them to their grandparents every other day,” said Griffith, who has a four-year-old son, Oliver, and a seven-year-old daughter, Lily. “Our kids have been out of school more than they’ve been in school in the past year and it’s not good for them. They need their peers.”Griffith, who works full-time, added that she worries about those children whose parents don’t have the ability to devote substantial amounts of attention to them during the day.“I’m taking them out every day to this park, that park, trying to stimulate them. Not everybody has the ability to do that, and it’s still hard,” she said.NDP Education Critic Marit Stiles said Ford’s comments were a “strange way to announce something that could have a massive impact on our families and kids.”“We’re looking for details now on what Doug Ford’s latest musings mean. But to get kids’ camps open later this summer, Doug Ford needs to follow expert advice now. Focus on hot spots. Give all working folks paid sick days. Open outdoor amenities and activities and close non-essential workplaces,” Stiles said.The Ontario Camps Association, which represents more than 400 accredited camps across the province, issued a statement on Twitter Sunday saying it is “thrilled” by the premier’s announcement and that it looks forward to “working with the government and Ministry of Health in the coming days to communicate guidance and further details to our camps and their communities.”Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said his party supports the safe reopening of outdoor activities, as recommended by Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.“This prolonged shutdown of outdoor activities, against nearly all medical advice, has had a huge impact on mental health,” he said in a written statement. Stu Saunders, owner of Youth Leadership Camps Canada, a privately run summer camp in Oro Medonte, near Orillia, said while Ford’s announcement was “good news,” he and others in the camping industry were caught off guard. “There was no heads-up to anybody in the camping industry at all, zero,” Saunders said Sunday, adding that there are still many unanswered questions, such as whether the premier meant camps across the entire province, whether he was talking about day camps or overnight camps, or what protocols would apply to reopening.“Immediately when he said that stuff, I started getting emails from parents, saying ‘does this mean that we’re open? Does this mean that all the kids can go?’ ” he said. “It was just this completely ambiguous comment that had a trickle-down effect to all of us without having any answers.”With files from the Canadian PressKenyon Wallace is a Toronto-based investigative reporter for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @KenyonWallace or reach him via email: kwallace@thestar.ca

Summer camps for kids will go ahead, Premier Doug Ford promises

In a surprise announcement, but one which is sure to offer thousands of frazzled Ontario parents a ray of hope, Premier Doug Ford vowed to open summer camps this year.

Speaking at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Peel Region on Sunday, Ford was light on details saying only that camps would be “opening up.”

“The more people that can come out (to be vaccinated), the quicker we can open up,” the premier said in Mississauga. “And we are going to open up very, very soon and I have to say one thing about the summer camps — July 3 is usually the time they open, and they’re opening up this year.”

He did not say anything about the reopening process, nor what kind of camps he was talking about — day or overnight — and if kids would be required to follow any public health restrictions.

Ivana Yelich, a spokesperson for Ford, told the Star that the government is working with Ontario’s Chief Medical of Health on a plan to safely reopen the province, but did not say if that specifically would include summer camps.

“We will provide more detail on what the weeks ahead will look like before June 2, when the latest extension of the stay-at-home order expires,” she said.

Toronto parent Emily Griffith said she and her husband welcomed the premier’s comments and would send their kids to day camp “in a heartbeat.”

“Every parent that I know is at the end of their rope. They’re scrambling to find a local teenager to watch their kids or trying to take them to their grandparents every other day,” said Griffith, who has a four-year-old son, Oliver, and a seven-year-old daughter, Lily. “Our kids have been out of school more than they’ve been in school in the past year and it’s not good for them. They need their peers.”

Griffith, who works full-time, added that she worries about those children whose parents don’t have the ability to devote substantial amounts of attention to them during the day.

“I’m taking them out every day to this park, that park, trying to stimulate them. Not everybody has the ability to do that, and it’s still hard,” she said.

NDP Education Critic Marit Stiles said Ford’s comments were a “strange way to announce something that could have a massive impact on our families and kids.”

“We’re looking for details now on what Doug Ford’s latest musings mean. But to get kids’ camps open later this summer, Doug Ford needs to follow expert advice now. Focus on hot spots. Give all working folks paid sick days. Open outdoor amenities and activities and close non-essential workplaces,” Stiles said.

The Ontario Camps Association, which represents more than 400 accredited camps across the province, issued a statement on Twitter Sunday saying it is “thrilled” by the premier’s announcement and that it looks forward to “working with the government and Ministry of Health in the coming days to communicate guidance and further details to our camps and their communities.”

Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said his party supports the safe reopening of outdoor activities, as recommended by Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

“This prolonged shutdown of outdoor activities, against nearly all medical advice, has had a huge impact on mental health,” he said in a written statement.

Stu Saunders, owner of Youth Leadership Camps Canada, a privately run summer camp in Oro Medonte, near Orillia, said while Ford’s announcement was “good news,” he and others in the camping industry were caught off guard.

“There was no heads-up to anybody in the camping industry at all, zero,” Saunders said Sunday, adding that there are still many unanswered questions, such as whether the premier meant camps across the entire province, whether he was talking about day camps or overnight camps, or what protocols would apply to reopening.

“Immediately when he said that stuff, I started getting emails from parents, saying ‘does this mean that we’re open? Does this mean that all the kids can go?’ ” he said. “It was just this completely ambiguous comment that had a trickle-down effect to all of us without having any answers.”

With files from the Canadian Press

Kenyon Wallace is a Toronto-based investigative reporter for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @KenyonWallace or reach him via email: kwallace@thestar.ca

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Nets Take Down Cavaliers, Secure No. 2 Seed In East

Kevin Durant had 23 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets took the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 123-109 on Sunday night.

Nets Take Down Cavaliers, Secure No. 2 Seed In East

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Kevin Durant had 23 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets took the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 123-109 on Sunday night.

Kyrie Irving added 17 points and joined an elite list of shooters for the Nets, who will open the playoffs next weekend against either Boston or Washington. They meet Tuesday in the play-in tournament to determine the No. 7 seed.

Durant made his first eight shots, one of them a dunk to finish one of the highlight plays of the season, to bounce back nicely from a 4-for-17 outing Saturday. It was a strong finale to his first season back after missing 2019-20 while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Nets rested James Harden after he played the last two games following an 18-game absence with a right hamstring strain. That meant Brooklyn finished the regular season with just eight appearances from its Big Three, going 6-2.

But the Nets still managed to finish 48-24, holding off Milwaukee for the No. 2 seed and setting a franchise record for the most games over .500 at any point in a season.

Collin Sexton scored 16 points but was ejected midway through the third quarter for a flagrant foul against Durant. Durant was originally called for the foul, but replay showed Sexton elbowed Durant in the face on his drive, so the call was changed to a Flagrant 2, which carries an automatic ejection.

Isaac Okoro and Dean Wade had 18 points for the Cavaliers, who sat Kevin Love and a number of other players in their 13th loss in the last 14 games of a 22-50 season.

Irving shot 7 for 11 from the field and 3 for 3 from 3-point range. He finished at 50.6% overall, 40.2% from behind the arc and 92.2% on free throws, becoming the ninth player to finish a 50/40/90 season. Nets coach Steve Nash did it four times and Durant did it once.

The Nets avoided getting swept in the series. The Cavaliers won both meetings in January, including a 147-135 double-overtime victory on Jan. 20 in the first game Durant, Harden and Irving played together.

The Nets led 67-56 at halftime, with their final basket coming on the play that had fans and players out of their seats. Blake Griffin grabbed a loose ball out of the air and in one motion threw it behind his back ahead to Irving, who passed it ahead to James. James tossed it high off the backboard for a sprinting Durant to slam down.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Darius Garland sat out after returning from a seven-game absence with a sprained left ankle to play Friday against Washington. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the Cavs wanted the guard to go into the offseason healthy and focus on getting better and not rehab. … Ending a season in which team outings were largely impossible because of coronavirus protocols, Bickerstaff said the Cavs had an outdoor rooftop dinner in Brooklyn.

Nets: Brooklyn finished 18-3 at home against the East. … James had 14 points and Jeff Green scored 13.

FOR THE FRO

The Nets played a video tribute for Jarrett Allen in his first game in Brooklyn since being dealt to Cleveland in January as part of the multiteam deal for Harden. He got a warm ovation when the starting lineups were announced and some fans chanted his name when he shot free throws in the first quarter.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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