Hosted jointly by the Northumberland Community Legal Centre and Northumberland Coalition Against Poverty, the 6th Annual Justice Forum was held in Cobourg on Friday afternoon, October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The event served as a chance to give a Progress Report on the work of the Northumberland Poverty Reduction Action Committee.

Thirty practitioners from the fields of education, health and social services, community members including low income people, the faith community, and volunteers came out for a program that featured the Hon. Christine Stewart, former Liberal MPP for Northumberland as the special guest speaker.

Progress reports were delivered by Lois Cromarty, the Chair of the Poverty Reduction Committee, Tammy Rogers, our Committee’s staff Community Developer, Jessica Hoskin, the Project Co-ordinator of the County’s Transportation Initiative, Mary Anne Rowlands, the Chair of Northumberland’s Affordable Housing Steering Committee, and Committee member Eddie Alkemade, who talked about why the kind of charitable work he does for the St. Vincent De Paul Society is a vital part of Poverty Reduction strategy.

The main message of the afternoon was that poverty reduction work must continue and solutions must be found regardless of any economic slump that might make the work harder.

The 25 in 5 Declaration and the endorsement of the Northumberland Poverty Reduction Committee were promoted and distributed to the audience for all to follow up with their own endorsements.

The event was well covered by CHEX TV, local radio stations, and three local newspapers, which published articles in advance of the event as well as providing coverage of it.

The Northumberland Poverty Reduction Committee has now committed itself to making regular progress reports on line on the website, which has our Action Day Report posted from our April 2008 event as well as the Affordable Housing Report – see

Report prepared from information submitted by Deborah O’Connor, Northumberland Community Legal Clinic