The Trinity-Spadina Make Poverty History group is helping jump-start discussion about the issue of child poverty by holding an All-Candidates’ Meeting to discuss child poverty issues. All four provincial parties are going to be represented by their respective candidates from the riding, who will be able to talk about their plans to eliminate child poverty in Toronto and beyond. The meeting is being held tomorrow (September 19) at 7:00 p.m. at the Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St.). It’s being hosted by David S. Craig, a local playwright.
According to Make Poverty History, nearly 500,000 children in Ontario are living in poverty and almost 1 million people are working for less than $10 an hour. With so many other issues on the minds of voters, it’s great to see a pressing issue like child poverty being brought to the forefront. Hopefully the candidates will not be quite as partisan during this meeting, since we’d love to see them work out a quality and lasting anti-poverty strategy. Make Poverty History wants candidates to commit to a plan to reduce poverty with percentage targets. At the very least, we hope that something substantial can be worked out to help those who are truly in need.
Non-perishable food items are going to be collected at the meeting, so bring some and they will all go to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Check it out—this is an issue that won’t be featured much in upcoming candidate debates, but desperately needs to be.
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