Media Advisory - This is what the recession looks like: Demands for government to take action

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ -

    DATE:     Thursday June 11, 2009
    TIME:     9:15 am.
    PLACE:    588 Queen Street West. St Christopher House
              The Meeting Place - NW corner Queen and Bathurst - enter on

    The Recession Relief Coalition will release a Bulletin outlining the
impact of this severe recession on people and community organizations and the
failure of our social safety net to support people's urgent needs. We are
working with community groups and organizations to monitor the impact of the
recession and call for action and solutions and hope other communities across
Canada will replicate this work in their communities.
    Speakers: John Stapleton (Recession Relief Coalition, Fellow -St
Christopher House/Metcalf Foundation); Winnie Ng (Co-Chair, Good Jobs for All
Coalition), Laurie Campbell (Executive Director of Credit Canada); Michael
Oliphant (Daily Bread Food Bank) and Mike Creek (Coordinator Voices from the
Street). People attending this event will include community based agencies and
people affected by the recession.
    The Recession Relief Coalition is a broad-based group of organizations
and individuals concerned about the impact of the recession on Canada's most
vulnerable people. Over 260 organizations and over 1,100 individuals endorsed
the coalition's call on the federal government to create a recession relief
fund to prevent cuts to non profit agencies serving vulnerable communities and
to increase funding to support vital social services including homelessness
programs, settlement services, and employment supports.

For further information:

For further information: John Stapleton, (416) 988-5936; Ann
Fitzpatrick, (416) 924-4646 x 3482, Cathy Crowe, (416)560-7235

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