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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
The Launch
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

followed by:

		Faith Partners Vigil 12 Noon - 12:30 p.m.
		Human Rights Monument, Elgin and Lisgar
		Info: Pat Love: 237-5283

Friday, March 2nd
Experiential Luncheon
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 

Poetry Reading
		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

Hunger Fast
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
Poetry Reading 
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)
5:30 p.m. 
$10. Call for tickets.
Overbrook Community Resource Center, 120-225 Donald St.
Info: 745-0073

Speaker on "Essential Needs and Services"
Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa
Details TBA
Info: Sonja 567-4379

Throughout the Week

	Poverty Challenge
	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
not be 
picking up items from others' homes.
	Info: Brigitte 749-6656

	Daily Features
	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 AVanIterson@centretownchc.org,
or check the web site http://www.povertyawareness.ca.

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