Media Advisory - Toronto for All - Committee to hear from the public on income security

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto's Community Development and
Recreation Committee is moving forward on its Social Inclusion agenda - to
build a "Toronto for All."
    People require sufficient income to cover basic living costs, the ability
to pay for safe and healthy housing and access to healthy food. But there is a
growing sense that wages and social programs are not providing income security
for Toronto's poor.

    Issues affecting income security for Toronto's residents include:
    -   recent federal and provincial initiatives like the Ontario Child
        Benefit, National Child Benefit, and Working Income Tax Benefit
    -   social assistance rates
    -   access to Employment Insurance
    -   increases to the minimum wage in Ontario
    -   dental and drug benefits
    -   food security.

    The Community Development and Recreation Committee wants to hear directly
from the public and community groups. To provide an overview of the issues,
the following invited speakers will present their views and comments prior to
the public's participation:
    -   Jehad Aliweiwi, Executive Director, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office
    -   Hugh Mackenzie, Research Associate, University of Toronto Centre for
        Urban Studies and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
    -   Finn Poschmann, Director of Research, C.D. Howe Institute.

    Date:           Thursday, May 3
    Time:           7 p.m.
    Location:       Council Chamber, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.

    More information: Cheryl MacDonald, Social Development, Finance and
    Administration Division, 416-397-4494

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to
a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of
Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In
the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information:

For further information: Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair, Community
Development and Recreation Committee, (416) 392-0208

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