Canadian Council on Social Development

Canadian Council on Social Development

October 14, 2005 09:55 ET

CCSD/Media Advisory: Make Poverty History Rally on Parliament Hill

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 14, 2005) - An early morning rally on Parliament Hill this Monday, October 17 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. will call for government to take action to end child poverty in Canada.

The event will include street theatre performers, "radical cheerleaders," Aboriginal drummers, a youth speaker and children's advocates.

Organized by the Make Poverty History campaign in Canada, in conjunction with The National Anti-Poverty Organization, Campaign 2000, the Ottawa-Carleton Child Poverty Action Group and the Canadian Council on Social Development, the rally is one of many events across Canada marking the National Day of Action to End Child poverty.

The rally will be followed by a Campaign 2000 National Forum at the Crowne Plaza Hotel , 101 Lyon Street. Speakers from the United Kingdom and Quebec will present measures which effectively reduce child poverty.

In 1989, the House of Commons voted unanimously to end child poverty by the year 2000. Fifteen years later and more than five years past the deadline, over one million Canadian children, or nearly one child in six, still live in poverty across Canada.

The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) is an independent, national, non-profit organization focusing on issues of social and economic security.

Contact Information

  • Laurel Rothman
    National Coordinator of Campaign 2000
    (416) 575-9230 (cell)
    or
    Make Poverty History Campaign
    Media Relations
    (613) 241-7007 x 311
    or
    Canadian Council on Social Development
    Janet Creery
    Communications Officer
    (613) 236-8977, ext. 228