At the exact moment I type this, Premier Dalton McGuinty and Education Minister Kathleen Wynne are making virtually simultaneous announcements regarding the Sept. 2010 allotment of full-day kindergarten sites.
The reporting over the past day on this has been very curious. Many pushed out stories when the news came out Monday the announcement would be coming Tuesday-- a few days earlier than the last date I'd heard for the announcement (Friday, Jan. 15). I was surprised by the 'new' flavour to many of the stories. Boards had to submit their candidates for year one back on Nov. 30, and there was plenty of reporting at the time across the province in those areas where boards released the list of candidate sites.
However on Monday, many things I spied were written as though, "Surprise! The government is announcing 600 sites!!" CTV Ottawa even, at one point, tweeted it had the list of sites for the Ottawa boards. That was deceiving, as it only re-published the list of candidate sites submitted to the ministry back in November.
After the announcements, local government MPPs within each district will release the names of the schools funded for the first year of the program. These are sites concentrated in lower-income areas that have the available 'purpose-built' space.
More on this later.
The list has been posted on the ministry website.