Each year I read to children in several schools in River Heights as part of I love to read month. This year I read to children at Harrow School, at Kids Inc Day care and at JB Mitchell School. It is always a highlight of my day to connect with children and to help foster reading. Each year I try to read books which have a special relevance. This year, for example, I read from books by Kathy Knowles who lives in River Heights, and by Samuel Parmar a teacher who teaches in Norway House. Mr. Parmar's books are illustrated by the children in his class and serve as an example of how children in school can contribute to books.
Last night at the Notre Dame Recreation Centre in St. Boniface, at an Election Forum on the Meth Crisis in Manitoba, Dougald Lamont spoke eloquently about the severity of the meth epidemic and described the Liberal plan to address it. The Liberal Plan will make sure that there is a single province-wide phone number for people, or friends of people, who need help dealing with meth to call (as there is in Alberta) and that there will be rapid access to a seamless series of steps - stabilization, detoxification, treatment, extended supportive housing etc so that people with meth addiction can be helped well and effectively and so that they can rebuild their lives. The Liberal meth plan will be helped by our approach to mental health (putting psychological therapies under medicare), and to poverty (providing better support). It will also be helped by our vigorous efforts to help young people understand the problems with meth in our education system and to provide alternative positive