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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Poverty Awareness Week March 1-8
The Poverty Awareness Week Committee is proud to announce that this year's
Week, the fourth annual, will have more events and more active organizing
groups than ever before.
The Week begins on March 1st 2001, at Ottawa City Hall with the official
launch from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon (ceremonies begin at 11 a.m.), and
concludes on International Women's Day, March 8th, 2001.
Twenty groups are actively involved in organizing events and public outreach
this year, with specific events happening in Nepean, Overbrook, and
Southeast Ottawa, as well as downtown locations.
Feature events include:
* The Poverty Challenge, where participants try to live on
social assistance rates for a week, about $37 for a single adult.
* The Launch at City Hall, Thursday, March 1st from 10:30 to
12 Noon with Mayor Bob Chiarelli officially proclaiming Poverty Awareness
* An "Experiential Luncheon" at Bell's Corners United Church,
where random chance will determine whether attendees eat a luxury or a
poverty meal, combined with music, games and discussion around poverty.
City Councillors Jan Harder, Alex Cullen, and Rick Chiarelli will all be
* Poverty-related poetry reading at Ottawa U, featuring the
work of Cyril Dabydeen, Seymour Mayne, Jane Jordan, and others.
* Poetry reading at the Chateau Lafayette.
A current list of these and other events, including dates, times,
and organizing groups/contacts is below:
Poverty Awareness Week 2001 Events
Thursday, March 1st
10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon
With the Official Proclamation (11 a.m.) by Mayor Bob Chiarelli,
Award to Dorothy O'Connell, music, and food
Ottawa City Hall, in the Councillors' Room
Info: Andrew 233-4443 ext. 2211
Faith Partners Vigil 12 Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Human Rights Monument, Elgin and Lisgar
Info: Pat Love: 237-5283
Friday, March 2nd
12:00 Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Food, fun, music, games, discussion. $5 donation;
Bells Corners United Church, 3955 Richmond Road
Organized by Nepean Community Resource Centre
Info: Janice/Jennifer 596-5626
Featuring readings by Jane Jordan, Nicola Vulpe, Sylvia
Adams, Cyril Dabydeen, Seymour Mayne, and Lloyd Stanford.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
University of Ottawa Unicentre Room 205
Co-sponsored by OPIRG-Ottawa
Info: Larry 235-5039
St. Peter's High School, 750 Charlemagne Blvd.
Info: Jo-Anne Stasiuk 837-9377
Sunday, March 4th
Forum: "Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children, from a community
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
R.A. Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive
Organized by House of Hope
Info: Marnie 230-7676
Monday, March 5th
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Chateau Lafayette (licensed), 42 York St.
Info: Robert 565-7991
Youth Poverty Awareness Drop-in
Music, Games, Focus Group, Cooking, & Talent Show
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
South East Ottawa Centre for a Healthy Community,
1355 Bank St., 6th & 7th Floors
Info: Anita 737-5115 ext. 403
Wednesday, March 7th
Poverty Challenge Closing Dinner
For Challenge participants and Week organizers
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper St.
Info: Andrew 233-4443, ext. 2211
Bread and Roses Dinner
(for International Women's Day- for women 12 and older)
$10. Call for tickets.
Overbrook Community Resource Center, 120-225 Donald St.
Speaker on "Essential Needs and Services"
Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa
Info: Sonja 567-4379
Throughout the Week
March 1st - 7th
Try living on $37 for a week!
Info: Andrew 233-4443, ext. 2211
Clothing and Food collection
Les Guides Franco-Canadiennes District D'Ottawa
N.B. Their members will be donating food and clothing items, but they will
picking up items from others' homes.
Info: Brigitte 749-6656
Rogers 22 "Daytime" show
12 noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 11 p.m.
"Poverty Myth" inserts in restaurant menus
Including Bigg's Deli & Bar, Celtic Cross and Angelo's Restaurants
The Poverty Awareness Week Committee wants to specially thank the following
restaurants for their special support by including "Poverty Myth" fact
sheets in their menus during the Week: Angelo's Restaurant & Pizza House,
Bigg's Deli & Bar, Celtic Cross Pub & Restaurant.
The Committee also wants to thank Rogers Cable 22 and CKCU-FM for planning
daily coverage of Poverty Awareness Week.
For further information, please contact:
Andrew Van Iterson,
Coordinator, Poverty Awareness Week
at 233-4443, ext. 2211,
or check the web site http://www.povertyawareness.ca.
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