Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

October 23, 2012 16:50 ET

Media Advisory-Social assistance reform: Is there an elephant in the room?

Anti-poverty activists to respond to Commission report tomorrow, Oct. 24

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2012) - Anti-poverty groups will be watching for an elephant in the room when the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance releases its report tomorrow - chronically low social assistance rates.

Spokespeople from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Put Food in the Budget and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will respond to the report at Queen's Park tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 24.

They are concerned the report will not sufficiently address the chronically low social assistance rates the Liberal government has maintained since the massive cuts by the Mike Harris government. Activists will also comment on the resignation of Dalton McGuinty, widely acknowledged to have made poverty worse in Ontario.

WHAT: Press conference on social assistance reform
WHO: John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Melissa Addison-Webster, Put Food in the Budget
Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, CUPE Ontario Social Services Chair
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 24
11:30 AM
WHERE: Queen's Park Media Studio, Ontario Legislature

Activists will also respond to Premier Dalton McGuinty's resignation and discuss his wider legacy on poverty, including his most recent cuts to social assistance. The Liberal government's 2012 budget proposed cutting the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit which helps over 16,000 people every month in Ontario move into better housing.

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