Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

October 09, 2012 16:31 ET

Anti-Poverty Town Hall in Sudbury Tomorrow, Wednesday Oct. 10

McGuinty government making poverty worse with planned cut to "Community Start Up"

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2012) - The Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (KCAP), the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario invite the public to an October 10th Town Hall on how the McGuinty government is making poverty worse in Ontario, most recently with plans to cut Community Start Up funds that help people move into better housing.

The Community Start-Up makes a difference in the lives of over 16,000 people every month in Ontario. It is one of the only ways that people on Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program can cover the costs of moving, save their housing and obtain the basic items they need to maintain a home. It is a defence against homelessness and a means by which many women are able to leave situations of domestic violence.

WHAT: Anti-Poverty Town Hall Meeting
WHO: Elizabeth Richer, Mamaweswen, The North Shore Tribal Council
John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario
WHEN: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Town Hall at 6:30 PM. Free food and refreshments from 6:00 PM
WHERE: Jubilee Centre, 195 Applegrove Street, Sudbury (one street south of Elm at Lorne, behind the Court House)

The Liberal government's 2012 budget brought a number of regressive cuts to social assistance, including the Community Start Up, slated for elimination in 2013. The Town Hall meeting is part of a provincial movement to stop the cut.

Town Hall sponsors include: The Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty, The Sudbury and District Labour Council, the Sudbury CUPE Council, Mamaweswen, The North Shore Tribal Council, The Research Centre in Social Justice and Policy and the Poverty, Homelessness and Migration Research Project, the Labour Studies Program, and the Graduate Students' Association at Laurentian University, The Sudbury Worker's Education and Advocacy Centre, and The Sudbury Action Centre for Youth.

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