Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

November 21, 2012 14:19 ET

Media Advisory: March against poverty will go straight to Bartolucci's front door

Anti-poverty groups escalate campaign against social assistance cuts

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2012) - Members and supporters of the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (SCAP), Mamaweswen-The North Shore Tribal Council and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will march on MPP Rick Bartolucci's constituency office Thursday to protest Liberal government plans to cut social assistance benefits.

WHAT: Anti-poverty march straight to Bartolucci's front door
WHO: Mamaweswen, The North Shore Tribal Council
Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (SCAP)
CUPE Ontario
WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Gather from 11:00 AM, march leaving between 11:30 AM and 12:00 Noon
WHERE: People will first gather outside the Sudbury Arena on Elgin Street and then march to Rick Bartolucci's constituency office at 93 Cedar Street

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.

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