Media advisory - Province's new child benefit fails thousands of low-income children; Sudbury steps in

    SUDBURY, ON, July 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The introduction of the provincial
government's new Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) this month will leave thousands
of low-income children without back-to-school and winter clothing allowances.
The situation is so dire that some municipalities like Sudbury are choosing to
step up to pay the allowances themselves.
    This Tuesday, anti-poverty advocates and Sid Ryan, Ontario President of
the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) that 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 discuss the impact on local families that receive social
assistance and the inequities in the north arising from the implementation of
the new program.

    At this media conference:

              Date:     Tuesday, July 22, 2008
              Time:     2:00 p.m.
              Location: CUPE 4705
                        790 LaSalle Blvd
                        Montrose Mall, Sudbury

    Speakers will include:

      - Bev Patchell, front line social service worker
      - Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President
      - Wyman MacKinnon, President, CUPE 4705

For further information:

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

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