Poverty and Health: The Special Diet is a short video on the affects of poverty on health and specifically the provincial social assistance benefit known as the Special Diet Allowance that was recently gutted by the provincial government. It highlights the voices of people on social assistance, as well as frontline workers in the healthcare sector. The video is a joint project produced by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and was made to support the Raise the Rates campaign to demand a raise in welfare (Ontario Works) and disability (ODSP) rates in the province of Ontario.
Set to the musical composition and direction of Jaydahmann and accompanied by the vocals of Jacquline Dyer and Ramla Aden, Food Justice - Lawrence Heights is a video that calls for affordable, healthy food for everyone. Lawrence Heights is a multicultural community of social housing and facing significant problems accessing good, healthy, affordable food. Produced by Lawrence Heights Youth Food Justice Group, this video takes an inspiring look at the problems, the current situation and the community's hopes for the future. A future that will likely include a 20 year revitalization process which will see the entire community transform from a ‘rent geared to income' community into a ‘mixed' one, complete with new buildings, people, retail and facilities.
Afterwards there will be a panel discussion on the issues with healthcare workers, trade unionists and anti-poverty activists, including Liisa Schofield and Ange Holmes, and Jessie Zorzella.
Co-sponsored by Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and Lawrence Heights Youth Food Justice Group.
Snacks and refreshments will be served.