January 13, 2011

Poverty Free Waterloo Region events

Poverty Free Waterloo Region has couple of events happening on January 25, 2011.

January 25, 2011
1:00pm : Community Services Committee Meeting -- 150 Frederick St., Kitchener
Please attend this meeting in the audience to show your support for Council to include the creation and implementation of government-sparked, community-owned poverty elimination strategy in the 2011-2015 strategic plan. If you’d like to speak at this meeting, you can register as a delegation, and if you would like to provide a letter detailing your own perspectives and support, you can do so by submitting it directly to the Clerk, or through Poverty Free Waterloo Region.

January 25, 2011
7:00 – 9:00pm An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada: MP Tony Martin
Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider Ave., Kitchener. Free Parking

MP Tony Martin will speak about his Private Member’s Bill to create a Federal strategy to eliminate poverty. We are also pleased to welcome Rob Rainer of Canada Without Poverty to share his insights.

In June, 2010, Tony Martin tabled a Private Member’s bill mandating the creation of a federal poverty elimination strategy in the House of Commons, seconded by Mike Savage of the Liberal Party and Yves Lessard of the Bloc Québécois. 

Bill C-545 directs the federal government to consultatively develop a federal poverty elimination strategy, creates a new, independent Poverty Commissioner to monitor progress of the strategy, and provides a stronger advisory role for the National Council of Welfare, to be renamed the National Council of Poverty and Social Inclusion. 

The poverty elimination strategy would focus on three major elements: income security, housing and social inclusion. The bill emphasizes the need for gender-based analysis, different urban and rural responses, and a strong human rights framework.

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