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A town hall meeting on a proposed $10 minimum wage is expected to draw heavy participation from community and social service organizations in Regent Park and St. James Town. The meeting will be held this Monday, March 5 at Central Neighbourhood House in downtown Toronto.

“People talk about the hope of revitalization and investment in Regent Park, yet residents are still so challenged by low wages, welfare rates and poverty,” says Kelly O’Sullivan, President of CUPE Local 4308, whose workers provide services at Central Neighbourhood House. “Central Neighbourhood House was begun in 1911 to respond to issues of poverty, and today it is still providing services for low-wage workers.”

The meeting is expected to attract leaders from diverse communities including the Somali, East African, Bengali and Tamil communities.

“Every single organization in Regent Park and St. James Town has a vested interest in the outcome of this meeting and the $10 minimum wage campaign, and will be sending representatives,” says Danny Anckle, the Executive Director of Central Neighbourhood House. “Some of our clients are working for minimum wage and trying to support families and kids. That has to change.”

Date: Monday, March 5, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Central Neighbourhood House
349 Ontario Street, Toronto

Speakers will include:

- Kelly O’Sullivan, President, CUPE Local 4308
- Danny Anckle, Executive Director, Central Neighbourhood House
- Paul Ferreira, MPP for York South-Weston

For further information: Kelly O’Sullivan, President, CUPE Local 4308, (416) 529-9600; Danny Anckle, Executive Director, Central Neighbourhood House, (416) 925-4363