SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

December 03, 2009 03:00 ET

Media Advisory: Stand Off at Centre for Pregnant Teens

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2009) -

Press statement / Media advisory

A stand off got underway this morning outside a centre for pregnant teens and young mothers in downtown Toronto.

The stand off began when women from the centre formed a human blockade to halt government officials seeking access to the building.

The head-to-head was triggered by alarm over threats to squeeze funding for the popular Massey Centre for Women, which takes in at-risk pregnant young women.

"It is true that times are tight. But the answer is not to target young women and their newborns. This centre houses our city's most vulnerable. We must stand up for them and for those that care for them," said Jacob Leibovitch, executive director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents staff at the site.

A delegation of government inspectors was expected to seek access at 08:30am today to the centre at 1102 Broadview Avenue.

The centre is being targeted for cutbacks despite winning international recognition for preventing infant malnutrition and homelessness by providing temporary accommodation for teen mothers in return for mandatory high school and baby-care classes.

Mr. Leibovitch said: "This centre is already forced to turn away young women who come in from the cold because of inadequate funding. Now, with the onset of winter, we are being told worse is to come."

Media advisory

Event: Human blockade

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009

Time: 08:45

The Massey Centre for Women

1102 Broadview Avenue

Toronto, Ontario

M4K 2S5

The Service Employees International Union represents 46,000 healthcare and community workers in Ontario.

Contact Information

  • SEIU Canada
    Pat Chastang
    Media relations
    647 237 7348