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Having agreed to join Monica Lambton and the JPIC Core Committee, I was pleased to attend the CRC meeting Monica wrote about recently. It was a great experience to connect with so many committed people.

Last week, at a conference in Truro, NS, I had the opportunity to be among over two hundred people from NS studying the whole question of Poverty Reduction (I was definitely on the learning side!). This 2 day event had among its goals, improving our understanding about costs of poverty human, social and economic; sharing ideas about how we can reduce poverty; learning about the barriers involved and community approaches to overcoming them. Keynote speakers Ed Broadbent and Senator Art Eggleton, along with many other presenters, highlighted the need to break the cycle of poverty.

Shared values and human rights notwithstanding, they stated very bluntly that we can no longer afford poverty - hence the need for getting the business sector involved in any strategies undertaken. All sessions emphasized the need to develop our ability as a community to be involved and active in reducing poverty. 

Mr. Broadbent said the 1st step is simply to support some local activist project. As a JPIC member I will be encouraging our sisters and associates in this region to continue doing just that. Despite the discouraging news re Bill C-300, I know many in the area became more informed about the mining situation and will be attentive to supporting other causes as they come along.



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