Media Advisory - Students to hold mock coroner's inquest into the death of
social services

TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - In anticipation of Halloween, students are holding a mock coroner's inquest tomorrow into the death of several public services due to underfunding. The event will highlight how close Ontario is to losing many of the vital programs that exist to serve Ontarians and will highlight the demands of the province-wide Day of Action for a Poverty-Free Ontario, to be held on November 5.

Students will gather to watch a Halloween-inspired Premier Dalton McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan cut the budgets of many social services. Upon collapsing to the ground, student medics will try to revive these services through rousing public pressure to change government priorities. After a summer of record-high youth unemployment, students are in need more than ever before of adequately funded public housing, childcare, healthcare and all tiers of education, from kindergarten through to college and university.

During recessionary times, these social services are critical for many Ontarians and after decades of cuts, students are joining their voices with a broad coalition of people who are demanding that these programs be spared from Duncan's red pen.


    What:     Mock coroner's inquest into the death of various social
              services at the hands of budgetary cuts delivered by Dalton
              McGuinty and Dwight Duncan. Excellent visuals and photo
              opportunities provided.
    Who:      Students from universities and colleges across Toronto.
    When:     11:00 am
    Where:    900 Bay St., just south of the intersection of Bay and
              Wellesley Streets.

The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, unites more than 300,000 college and university students across the province.

SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students

For further information: For further information: Shelley Melanson, Chairperson, (416) 882-9927 (cell); Joel Duff, Organiser, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, (416) 707-0349 (cell)

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