Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

December 11, 2012 15:51 ET

Media Advisory: Six GTA Liberal MPPs to face anti-poverty protests this week

Province-wide Week of Action against Liberal plans to cut social assistance comes to Toronto Wednesday-Friday

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2012) - Six Liberal MPPs in the Greater Toronto Area will face a range of protests on Wednesday and Thursday of this week as community groups and unions escalate their campaign to stop the cut to the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB).

Members and supporters of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and community organizations across Toronto are protesting the Liberal government's decision to cut the CSUMB, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Mario Sergio Demonstration Jane Finch Action
Sergio's Constituency Office Against Poverty
2300 Finch Ave. West
2:30 p.m.
Brad Duguid Demonstration Local activists
Duguid's Constituency Office
2063 Lawrence Ave. East
10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 13
Hardinder Takhar Demonstration Peel Poverty
Takhar's Constituency Office Action Group
3413 Wolfedale Road
10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 13
Dr. Eric Hoskins Mass application for CSUMB Health Care Providers Against Poverty
Hoskins' Constituency Office
803 St. Clair West, Toronto
2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 13
Kathleen Wynne Bake Sale on Bay Street Teachers Against Poverty
Outside Wynne fundraiser
199 Bay St. at King St., Toronto
4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 13
Glen Murray Sleep-out on the sidewalk OCAP
Murray's Constituency Office
514 Parliament St.
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., December 13 - 14

The Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) helps 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. Thursday's events are part of a province-wide Week of Action Against the Cut to the CSUMB, with over 20 communities participating.

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