About 250 people rallied in front of Sarnia City Hall on Friday, October 17 to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The gathering included low-income people, municipal officials, high school students and students from the Adult Learning Centre and Lambton College, members of the faith community, teachers and social service agency and community legal clinic workers.

Speakers included:

  • Ruth Guerts, Faculty Professor at Lambton College, who talked about child poverty in Canada and the world.
  • Mayor Mike Bradley who talked about local grassroots solutions to poverty.
  • Christine McDonald, a single parent mom who talked about having a college diploma and a job but still can’t adequately feed and clothe her children.

A main message delivered was that the Federal Government needs to do its share to fight poverty.

The Sarnia Observer covered the event. It was noted that this year’s rally to fight poverty was much larger than the one held last year.

Report prepared from information provided by Karen Mathewson of Community Legal Assistance Sarnia