Minister’s Consultation in Kitchener (June 19)

Approximately 70 people attended the poverty reduction consultation for Kitchener on Thursday, 19 June 2008, from 1-4 pm. It was held at the Lion’s Arena on Rittenhouse and Blockline Roads. Area Members of the Provincial Parliament in attendance were Hon John Milloy, MPP (Kitchener Centre), Leeanna Pendergast, MPP (Kitchener–Conestoga) and Elizabeth Witmer, MPP (Kitchener–Waterloo)r. Milloy and Pendergast stayed for the whole consultation; Witmer left after an hour.

In attendance was a good mix of people: persons living in poverty, social service and health care agencies staff, chamber of commerce staff, peoples of colour, labour union members, and advocates.

Though the primary focus was on child poverty, groups broadened their comments to include adults on Ontario Works, workers with low wages, persons with mental health and addiction issues, parents with special needs children, etc.

Tables of 6 persons worked on the questions, but did not have adequate time to respond. For example, Question # 5 was not discussed.

Some themes which came out numerous times:

MPPs John Milloy and Leeanna Pendergast will be holding a public consultation at the Schwaben Club, 1668 King Street East, from 6-9 pm on Thursday, 3 July 2008. Elizabeth Witmer MPP said that she would be holding a public consultation in her riding later in July – neither date nor place was provided.

Brice Balmer with comments by Greg DeGroot Maggetti

Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition

Event Reports, Minister's Community Consultations

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