From the Niagara Falls Review:
For generations of kids, the annual Jerry Lewis Labour Day Telethon has meant two things: Summer’s over, and school starts the next day.
But this year, kids across Ontario will already be nose deep in books before Jerry’s arrives. Pending approval from the Ministry of Education, both of Niagara’s school boards will fall in line with the rest of the province and start the school year Sept. 1 instead of the traditional day after Labour Day.
The reason? Labour Day falls on Sept. 7 this year, and if the usual format was followed, the school year would push into July for the first time…
In Niagara Falls, where the week before Labour Day is tourism’s last blast of summer, there’s already concern.
“Definitely, the tourism industry is impacted by that type of a decision,” says Victor Ferraiuolo, interim administrator of Niagara Falls Tourism. “We are in the process of sending some correspondence to the Minister of Education (Kathleen Wynne).”