All Candidates Forum ~ Vote to Improve Lives in Our Community ~ All Welcome!
Hosted by: Elgin St. Thomas Coalition to End Poverty
Moderated by: myFM radio
When: 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, May 10th
Where: St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis Street
It makes "cents" to eradicate poverty. Studies demonstrate that poverty has a plus-$2,000
a year price tag for every Ontario household through tax dollars spent, while measures
to prevent poverty cost taxpayers less than half that while ensuring dignity and
justice for poor, working families. With the provincial election fast approaching,
this public meeting is an important opportunity to identify which candidates share
our community goals.
Most Elgin St. Thomas community members agree:
- Children should not go to school hungry, yet 20% of the children in Elgin St. Thomas
are living in low income households.
- Families should not live in their cars, yet the St. Thomas vacancy rate for affordable
apartments for low-income families is virtually zero, and more than 14% of renter
households pay at least 50% of income on housing, causing severe affordability problems.
- Governments should spend our tax dollars wisely, yet providing emergency housing
for families costs $125 a day, while supporting families in renting an apartment
costs less than $25 a day.
The government statistics for Elgin St. Thomas prove that we need a candidate who
will support initiatives for long-term sustainable change to end poverty in our
Candidates from the 4 major parties will be questioned on social and economic issues
related to poverty in four priority areas: Food Security, Housing/Homelessness,
Income Security, and Transportation. This will be followed by questions from the
"The Elgin St. Thomas Coalition to End Poverty is a collaborative group of local
organizations, decision-makers and community members dedicated to fulfilling our
vision, No one in Elgin St. Thomas lives in poverty," says Co-chair, Lindsay Rice.