Toronto Star: Illegal home daycares: Eva’s grieving mother calls for more oversight in Ontario

Nov 26, 2013

Toronto Star: Nov 26th 2013

Ekaterina Evtropova, the mother of 2 year old Eva Ravikovich who died in unlicensed child care, speaks for the first time since the summer news conference. Ekaterina is calling for greater oversight in Ontario’s unlicensed child care sector.

 “I wake up with Eva and I go to bed with Eva. Every single minute I have her on my mind,” she said.  “I don’t want anything like this to happen to any other child — to any other parents as well.” She was startled to read about the unlicensed child care inspections by the Ministry of Education, which was conducted a year before her child died.

The tragic deaths have increased pressure on the government to update the Day Nurseries Act. Provincial ombudsman André Marin is reviewing the way the Ministry of Education oversees unlicensed care, “after the government admitted it failed to respond to 25 of 448 complaints about these businesses between January 2012 and July 2013.”

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