TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's top professional nursing
association and anti- poverty advocates join forces this coming Tuesday
(September 24), in a public consultation to push for more concrete
action on the province's poverty reduction strategy.
RNAO and Working for Change are hosting an event called Investing in a poverty-free Ontario: A community-led consultation on behalf of numerous community partners.
The meeting will feature people who experience living in poverty first
hand and focus on the key areas that need to be addressed such as
social assistance rates, the minimum wage, training and employment,
housing, and child care. Representatives from all three political
parties will also be in attendance.
One of the questions nurses and anti-poverty advocates will explore is
what would make a real difference in the lives of people who currently
live in poverty? And what needs to happen over the next five years?
"We know the government has taken steps to address poverty. However,
more comprehensive, stronger and urgent steps are essential if we want
to lift people out of poverty in any significant way," says Doris
Grinspun, chief executive officer of RNAO. "We know Ontario can do
better for those who are vulnerable, and this is why we want
politicians to hear directly from people who live in poverty. That's
why this consultation is so important."
"Our community partners will share their experiences and their stories
will give voice to the policies that ought to be put in place. This
reality-check is what will improve their lives and that of thousands of
others, who like them, struggle everyday with the devastating
consequences of poverty," says Mike Creek, director of Strategic
Initiatives at Working for Change.
The event takes place on Tuesday, September 24 from 7 - 9:00 p.m. at
Toronto's Metro Hall (55 John Street, Toronto, ON) in room 308.
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO
has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing
practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care
system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they
Working for Change is an organization that highlights the importance of
work in the lives of those who have been marginalized by poverty and
mental health issues.
For more information about RNAO, please visit our website at www.RNAO.ca
SOURCE: Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
For further information:
To arrange an interview, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Cell: 647-406-5605 / Phone: 416-408-5605 mzych@RNAO.ca