Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

October 15, 2012 16:29 ET

Media Advisory: Anti-poverty Town Hall in St. Catharines tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 16

Campaign against cuts comes as commission prepares to release report on social assistance reform

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2012) - Community activists with the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4207, Start Me Up Niagara and Niagara North Community Legal Assistance invite the public to a 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 Town Hall comes on the eve of the release of a report by an Ontario government commission looking into social assistance reform, due this week. Many are concerned that the report may not deal with the adequacy of social assistance rates, the most pressing concern for recipients, whose income levels have not recovered from the cuts by the Mike Harris government of the 1990s.

WHAT: Anti-poverty Town Hall
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
WHERE: Start Me Up Niagara, 17 Gale Crescent, St. Catharines
(Just off Geneva Street near the Gatorade Arena)

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.

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.

Sponsors include: CUPE Ontario, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4207, Start Me Up Niagara and Niagara North Community Legal Assistance

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