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TORONTO, ON, - Oct. 1 The Social Planning Network of Ontario is very pleased to hear that Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty is incorporating action on poverty reduction into his campaign platform.

The SPNO released a strategy on September 12 based on the work of Campaign 2000 's national report Summoned to Stewardship and along with Mr. Marvyn Novick of Campaign 2000 have hosted community forums in 11 communities throughout the province in the last 2 weeks. In every community we heard from citizens that poverty reduction must be a priority for the next provincial government.

The SPNO has supported the work of Campaign 2000's national strategy, and believes that the timelines and goals are achievable and realistic. "We are very pleased to hear that if elected, the Liberals will work with us to ensure that measurable targets are set and that plans will be put in place to reach those targets" said Janet Gasparini, Chair of the SPNO. "We look forward to hearing from the other parties that this is a top priority for them as well".

According to international and national research on the social determinants of health and on social inclusion, it is evident that ending poverty will cost far less than maintaining it. Costs to the health care, education, social service and criminal justice systems are exacerbated when people are forced to live in poverty.

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For further information, contact:

Peter Clutterbuck, SPNO Coordinator
Tel. 416-653-7947 Cell Phone 416-738-3228
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