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Moving the yardstick forward to eradicate poverty

From pay equity to the links between racialization, poverty and health outcomes, the Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE) Ontario’s Human Rights conference provided an in-depth perspective for public service workers to understand the steps needed to help eradicate poverty. Over 125 participants attended the conference held November 16-18, 2007 at Ryerson University’s Student Campus Centre.

“CUPE Ontario has just come through one of the most active periods in recent memory on human rights and international solidarity fronts and we mustn’t slow down,” said CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan in his welcoming remarks. He noted that Ontario’s child poverty rate is 17.4% and low-income families are living in deeper poverty now than 12 years ago. “The Liberal government recently won an increased majority—which is going to make it harder to move them on social and economic policy.” {more…}

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