Yonge Street Mission to host Toronto-Centre provincial candidates' meeting, Sept. 26

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Some of Toronto's most marginalized residents will make their voices heard at a provincial candidates' meet-and-greet in the riding of Toronto-Centre on Monday, Sept. 26.

The event is designed to give residents of the dynamic communities of Regent Park, Moss Park and St. James Town a chance to express the political concerns of people living with poverty.  The three neighbourhoods are some of Ontario's lowest-income communities and residents want to hear from candidates about issues such as housing, health access and newcomer settlement challenges in the face of Ontario's tough economic times.

Yonge Street Mission is hosting the event at the Christian Community Centre, located at 270 Gerrard Street East.

Constituents will meet riding candidates from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m., with a question-and-answer session hosted by Andrew Williams, YSM's Mission Program Officer, taking place from 12:45-1:30 p.m.

Green Party candidate Mark Daye, Liberal candidate Glen Murray and NDP candidate Cathy Crowe have all confirmed their attendance. Progressive Conservative candidate Martin Abell has declined.

Child care is available from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m, and interpretation is available in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Bengali, Somali, Tamil and Spanish.

Co-hosts of the event are Regent Park Community Health Centre, Central Neighbourhood House, Dixon Hall, Toronto Christian Resource Centre, Centre for Community Learning & Development Toronto, S.E.A.S. Centre and Yonge Street Mission.

The provincial election takes place on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.

SOURCE Yonge Street Mission

For further information:

please contact Jon Unger Brandt, Director of Development at YSM, at 416-355-3548, or jungerbrandt@ysm.ca

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