Thunder Bay MPP Town Hall (July 17)

A Town Hall to End Poverty

A Community Dialogue on Priorities for Poverty Reduction in Ontario

“People shouldn’t have to fight for what they need”

On July 17th, 2008, residents of Thunder Bay gathered at the Lakehead Labour Centre to participate in a community dialogue to end poverty. The forum was hosted by Gilles Bisson MPP ((Timmins–James Bay).

Participants were given the opportunity to share and discuss the issues that they felt were important. Everyone was asked to split up into groups, and discuss the key concerns, or symptoms they observe in respects to poverty in our city. From these observations, the groups came together to form clusters of the observed poverty symptoms:

From this list, participants were again split up into groups, and suggestions were drawn up as possible remedies to the problem. Some of them are as follows:

Gilles Bisson addressed the participants of the forum and spoke on the notion that communities throughout Ontario are facing similar issues and that action needs to be taken. It shouldn’t matter who wins in the coming election, as all political parties should be fighting for the same goals to end poverty. He ended the forum with the statement: “I am tired of a society that leaves people out”.

Prepared by Maryanne Matthews

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