Media Advisory - Campaign 2000 to Release 2009 Report Card on Child Poverty
in Canada

TORONTO, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - Campaign 2000 will release its annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty on Tuesday, November 24th in Ottawa. This year marks 20 years since unanimous House of Commons' resolution to end child poverty in Canada by 2000.

The 2009 report, entitled Keep the Promise: Make Canada Poverty-Free, reviews the trends of the past two decades, presents the latest statistics on child and family poverty, and makes recommendations for all political parties. It will be released November 24th, 10:00 a.m. in the Charles Lynch Press Conference Room (130S) on Parliament Hill. Federal party leaders have been invited to respond to the report card.

    Speakers at the press conference:
    -   Laurel Rothman -  National Coordinator, Campaign 2000;
    -   Ed Broadbent   -  Public commentator and former leader, New
                          Democratic Party
    -   Peggy Taillon  -  President, Canadian Council on Social Development
                          (porte parole francophone)
    -   Sid Frankel    -  Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

The report will be available at on November 24. Provincial report cards on child poverty are also being released on November 24th in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

    Other activities on November 24th:
    -   Breakfast for MPs and Senators 7:30 - 8:45 am; Room 200 West Block;
        contact Laurel Rothman for more information (see contact information
    -   Rally at Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill 9:00 am
    -   Find out about events across the country at -
        click on "Take Action on November 24"

    For further information, please contact:

    Laurel Rothman - National Coordinator, Campaign 2000, 416-595-9230 Ext.
    228 or 416-575-9230 (cell)
    Liyu Guo - Program Assistant, Campaign 2000, 416-595-9230, ext. 244 or
    416-624-1885 (cell)

    Provincial Report Card contacts: -
    B.C. - First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition - Adrienne
    Montani 604-873-8437
    Alberta - Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Public Interest Alberta 780-420-0471
    Saskatchewan - Paul Gingrich - University of Regina 306-352-0253
    Manitoba - Rob Marriott - Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
    204-943-2561 (office) or 204-793-3289 (cell)
    Ontario - Jacquie Maund, Ontario Campaign 2000 (416) 595-9230 ext. 241
    New Brunswick - Randy Hatfield, Human Development Council 506-636-8540
    Nova Scotia - Pauline Raven, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives,
    N.S. 902-670-2949

    Other contacts:
    Ottawa - Adje van de Sande - Carleton University School of Social Work:
    613-520-2600 ext. 3542
        - porte parole francophone
    Newfoundland & Labrador - Penelope Rowe - Community Services Council
    Newfoundland & Labrador: 709-753-9860

Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada network of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations committed to working to end child poverty in Canada.

SOURCE Campaign 2000

For further information: For further information: Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator, Campaign 2000, (416) 595-9230 Ext. 228 or (416) 575-9230 (cell); Liyu Guo, Program Assistant, Campaign 2000, (416) 595-9230, ext. 244 or (416) 624-1885 (cell)

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