October 16, 2007 15:44 ET

Ontario Needs to Eradicate Poverty

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2007) - At a press conference in room "D" on "B" Street on the second floor of Toronto City Hall at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007, one of the three OCSJ co-chairs, James Ryan, the First Vice President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association, and one of the members of the OCSJ steering committee, John Rae, President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, will urge the new Ontario Government to:

*raise the provincial minimum wage faster than it promised in its recent budget to $10 per hour now.

*raise social assistance and disability rates now so that recipients of this aid can live above the poverty line.

The Ontario Coalition for Social Justice (OCSJ) is calling on the new Ontario Government to take clear action to end poverty now.

The Liberal Party was elected in 2003 to govern in a very different way from the Conservatives' "Common Sense" cutbacks of the multi-partisan, provincial fabric of education, health, and social services programs.

The Liberal Party commitment during the 2007 provincial election to reduce poverty by announcing a plan after community consultation is a worthwhile initiative, but it is inadequate.

The Liberal Party has not offered specific financial commitments to improve particular programs, nor has it offered help now to persons living in poverty.

The OCSJ is a coalition which consists of labour unions, provincial associations, and community groups in more than 60 municipalities in Ontario. Co-operating to urge social justice in Ontario, members of all our partner groups are very concerned about the debilitating effects of poverty on too many individuals and families in our province.

Leading up to and during the provincial election, the OCSJ distributed message cards which Ontarians could sign to urge provincial political leaders to commit to raising both the minimum wage and social assistance and disability rates to a level so that no one should live in poverty in this province.

More than 4,600 people in all regions of Ontario have signed these cards, illustrating the widespread support of voters everywhere in Ontario for specific action to eradicate poverty.


Contact Information

  • John Argue, Co-ordinator
    Primary Phone: 416-441-3714