On Saturday, CUPE Ontario members, labour and community activists held a Raise the Rates Solidarity barbecue in Allan Gardens in Toronto.
The barbecue was the first of a series in Ontario towns and a way to take forward the fight for the right to an income that lets people pay the rent, eat properly and live with dignity.
By July 31, all those on welfare and disability who get the Special Diet will have to re apply under a much tougher system. Tens of thousands will lose their benefits and many more will get reduced amounts.
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) launched a Raise the Rates Campaign that has now been endorsed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees - Ontario and the Ontario Nurses Association.
OCAP said, "The Special Diet has to be restored and social assistance rates must be increased by 55 per cent to put them back to where they were before Mike Harris cut them and Dalton McGuinty let them fall even further."
Listen to interviews with CUPE Ontario representatives and community activists.
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