Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 12, 2011 14:49 ET

Media Advisory: Solidarity BBQ to raise social assistance rates and restore the special diet

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2011) - The Provincial Government has been failing Ontario's in-need people and families for too long. In 1996, Mike Harris and his Tories slashed welfare and froze ODSP.

Earlier this year, Dalton McGuinty's Liberals made it tougher to get The Special Diet Allowance, leaving thousands with less money (if any) to meet basic nutritional needs. Even people who have been diagnosed with a medical condition that requires a specific diet won't necessarily get the help they need.

CUPE Ontario and The Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network are hosting a Solidarity BBQ on Saturday, August 13, to fight back against the cuts to the Special Diet Allowance and to demand an increase in welfare and disability rates.

What? Solidarity BBQ Hosted by CUPE and Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network
Who? Carrie Lynn Poole, CUPE Ontario
Linda Lalonde, Poverty Reduction Network
When? Saturday, August 13, 12:00 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Where? McNabb Park, 435 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    Ryan LeClaire
    416-992-4094