Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Action Alert: Now is Exactly the Time to Act on Poverty in Ontario

September 24, 2008


Over the summer of 2008, individual and groups of Ontarians were actively involved in community meetings with their MPPs and in providing written submissions to the government of Ontario urging action on a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for the province.  Recent media accounts such as the Toronto Star article below suggest that “with the downturn in the economy, Premier Dalton McGuinty has signaled he may not be doing as much as originally planned.”  As an organization and as a coalition partner in the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, RNAO is convinced that tough economic times make it even more urgent that the provincial government should act now to reduce poverty in Ontario.


Poverty Slips on McGuinty’s Agenda, Toronto Star, September 22, 2008

Time for Action on Poverty

RNAO Submission on Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

RNAO Social Determinants of Health Resources

Open Letter to the Premier, 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, September 8, 2008

Action Requested:

Take Action by Sending an Email to the Premier:

Write a letter to the Premier directly using the form below. You can send our sample letter as is or modify it as you wish. Please make sure to sign your name and add RN at the bottom of the letter.

Take Action by Joining Province-wide Rallies on Saturday, September 27, 2008:

Send a message to Premier McGuinty and federal candidates who now want your vote by joining the Ontario Health Coalition and your neighbours at mass protests in support of public health care in Kingston, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Windsor.

Speak out in Support of Public Health Care and Act to Reduce Poverty NOW

When:  Saturday, September 27, 2008
             11:00 a.m.


Kingston – 11 am Gather McBurney Park (Ordinance & Alma Streets) for a march, rally   with music and food
Sudbury – 11 am Gather at Tom Davies Square (Brady & Minto Streets) for a march, rally and barbeque
Thunder Bay – 11 am Gather at Paterson Park (May and Myles Streets) for mass community leafleting, 1pm gather
Toronto – 11 am Gather at Metro Hall Square (Wellington & John Streets), march to Legislature
Windsor – 11 am Gather at Dieppe Park (Riverside Dr. and Ferry St.) to leaflet; 1 pm gather for a rally at Finance Minister Dwight Duncan’s office (2825 Lauzon Pkwy).

Ontario Health Coalition