Media advisory - Monday's $10 minimum wage town hall meeting will draw Regent Park, St. James Town organizations

    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - A town hall meeting on a proposed $10
minimum wage is expected to draw heavy participation from community and social
service organizations in Regent Park and St. James Town. The meeting will be
held this Monday, March 5 at Central Neighbourhood House in downtown Toronto.
    "People talk about the hope of revitalization and investment in Regent
Park, yet residents are still so challenged by low wages, welfare rates and
poverty," says Kelly O'Sullivan, President of CUPE Local 4308, whose workers
provide services at Central Neighbourhood House. "Central Neighbourhood House
was begun in 1911 to respond to issues of poverty, and today it is still
providing services for low-wage workers."
    The meeting is expected to attract leaders from diverse communities
including the Somali, East African, Bengali and Tamil communities.
    "Every single organization in Regent Park and St. James Town has a vested
interest in the outcome of this meeting and the $10 minimum wage campaign, and
will be sending representatives," says Danny Anckle, the Executive Director of
Central Neighbourhood House. "Some of our clients are working for minimum wage
and trying to support families and kids. That has to change."

    At this meeting:

           Date:       Monday, March 5, 2007
           Time:       7:00 p.m.
           Location:   Central Neighbourhood House
                       349 Ontario Street, Toronto

    Speakers will include:

    - Kelly O'Sullivan, President, CUPE Local 4308
    - Danny Anckle, Executive Director, Central Neighbourhood House
    - Paul Ferreira, MPP for York South-Weston

For further information:

For further information: Kelly O'Sullivan, President, CUPE Local 4308,
(416) 529-9600; Danny Anckle, Executive Director, Central Neighbourhood House,
(416) 925-4363

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