Media advisory - Province's new child benefit leaves thousands of low-income children without school, clothing allowances



    LONDON, ON, July 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The introduction of the provincial
government's new Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) this week will leave thousands of
low-income children without back-to-school and winter clothing allowances. The
situation is so dire that some municipalities like London are choosing to step
up to pay the allowances themselves.
    This Wednesday poverty advocates, low-income recipients and Sid Ryan,
Ontario President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees which represents
social workers, will discuss how the new Child Benefit is creating 'have' and
'have not' communities for children by downloading the decision to offer these
allowances to municipalities.
    They will gather in front of the constituency office of Deb Matthews, the
provincial Minister of Children and Youth Services. The groups will also
discuss the shortcomings of the OCB in light of the provincial government's
Poverty Reduction Strategy.

    
    At this media conference:

                    Date:       Wednesday July 16, 2008
                    Time:       10:30 a.m.
                    Location:   Constituency Office of Deb Matthews
                                242 Piccadilly Street, London

    Speakers will include:

    - Mike Laliberte, London Community Advocates Network
    - A low-income mother
    - Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President
    




For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685

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