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OTTAWA An economic analysis of the City of Ottawas 2004 draft budget will be released at a news conference at Ottawa City Hall, Tuesday, March 2nd, at 11:00 a.m., at Jean Pigott Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue. The study, supported by the Ottawa CUPE District Council, Ottawa CUPE city workers and other community and labour groups, shows how relatively inexpensive it is to preserve community services, instead of cutting them.

The 11-page study, prepared by Ottawa economist David Macdonald, was commissioned as a response to the 2004 draft budget, in which Ottawa City councillors proposed drastic cuts to services in order to bring in a zero percent tax increase. Taxes have been frozen in Ottawa for over 10 years and the groups at tomorrows news conference will call on councillors to invest in the services that make Ottawa a good place to live and work.

With a detailed analysis of the draft budget, and by providing concrete examples that put a human face on the services our tax dollars support, this study shows how for about $12.35 a month per household, we could protect all the services that make this city safe, healthy and liveable, says Shellie Bird, spokesperson for the Ottawa CUPE District Council.

  • Who?
    Steve Sanderson, Ottawa CUPE District Council President
    Shellie Bird, Ottawa CUPE District Council
    CUPE Local 503 spokesperson (Ottawa City Workers)
    David Macdonald, Ottawa economist and author of the study

  • What?
    News Conference to release economic analysis entitled Dollars and Sense A Look Inside Ottawas 2004 Draft Budget

  • When?
    Tuesday, March 2nd, 11:00 a.m.

  • Where?
    Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa


For further information, please contact:
Shellie Bird - CUPE Ottawa District Council - 613-233-0228
Brenda Wall - CUPE Research Representative - 613-237-1590