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Communities Respond to Ontario Works

June 26 - 27, 1998, Toronto

A conference for anti-poverty activists, legal workers, community organizers and individuals concerned about workfare and welfare reform.

June 26 - 27, 1998

University of Toronto Law School

78 Queen's Park Crescent - Toronto

This is a two day conference is being held by the Workfare Watch Project, to discuss organizing strategies and monitoring tools for community groups to help them respond to the new Ontario Works legislation.

The conference will feature presentations from:

* Brian Bechtel of the Edmonton Social Planning Council, on welfare reform in Alberta;

* Millie Silva, from ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in Brooklyn, New York on organizing among workfare participants in the United States; and

* Bill Clennett of Association pour la Defence des Droits Socioeconomiques on welfare reform in Quebec.

In addition there will be plenaries and workshops on different strategies for organizing, response and information gathering on the impact of welfare reform:

The new Ontario Works Act;

Ontario Works Survival;

Training under the new regime;

Issues for Community Agencies;

Legal Strategies;

Community Monitoring;

Working with the Media;

Organizing Ontario Works Participants.

Registration is $25 and accommodation is available on the campus of the University of Toronto for $47 (incl. breakfast). There is funding available to fully subsidize the travel and accommodation participation of low income participants.

For additional information contact:

Marilyn Wilcoxen

Workfare Watch Project

c/o Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

2 Carlton Street Suite 1001

Toronto, ON M5B 1J3

(416) 351-0095 (ext. 215) (416) 351-0107 (fax)

"Communities Respond to Ontario Works" is sponsored by:

The Canadian Auto Workers Social Justice Fund

The Canadian Union of Public Employees

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Humanity Fund