Media Advisory: Raising Expectations for Ontario's Poverty Reduction Plan

    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - In anticipation of a special retreat of the
Ontario Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, community groups are calling
on the government to deliver on bold targets, inclusive public consultations
and a comprehensive anti-poverty policy strategy. A forum of over 200
anti-poverty advocates, experts and sectoral representatives will take place
in Toronto to mobilize action on targets, consultations and policies that can
lead to substantial progress against poverty.
    "There are high expectations for the government's Poverty Reduction
Strategy. The upcoming Cabinet Committee's retreat will be critical in
starting the government off on the right foot. With a provincial budget and
public consultations expected in the next few months, the time to build
positive momentum and expectations starts right now," said Jacquie Maund,
Coordinator of Ontario Campaign 2000 and a member of the 25 in 5 Network for
Poverty Reduction.

    Moving Forward on Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy: A 25 in 5 Network

    Date:      Monday, January 28, 2008

    Location:  Metro Central YMCA, 2nd floor auditorium
               20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto

    Agenda:    9:15 - 9:45 a.m.  Opening remarks (Joe Mihevc, Toronto
                                 Councillor & Pat Capponi, Voices from the
               9:45 -10:30 a.m.  Panel Discussion: Priorities for an Ontario
                                 Poverty Reduction Strategy
               10:30 a.m.        Panelists available for media interviews

    Available for media comment:
    Deena Ladd, Coordinator, Workers Action Centre
    Marvyn Novick, Social Planning Network of Ontario
    Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Professor, Ryerson University
    Jacquie Maund, Coordinator, Ontario Campaign 2000
    Cindy Wilkey, Income Security Advocacy Centre

    The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network
comprised of 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals
working on eliminating poverty. The name reflects the call for a 25% reduction
in poverty levels in Ontario over the next five years.

For further information:

For further information: Alissa Von Bargen, Communications Officer,
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto, office: (416) 351-0095 x 214,
cell: (647) 230-9164

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