Ford government cuts spark call for 'organized action' at town hall meeting - 2019-05-24
Sweeping funding cuts announced by the Doug Ford government will reach all corners of the region.
Those sentiments were expressed repeatedly by dozens of the 100 people present Thursday night at a community town hall in downtown Windsor, held to discuss the impacts of widespread provincial program cuts announced since Ford's Progressive Conservative government took office last year. Individuals had five minutes each to voice their concerns to a panel of three community representatives, who then attempted to conjure solutions.
"I don't think there's a person here who's not going to be affected," said Jessie Simonetti during his turn with the microphone at the Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts. The Windsor and District CUPE Council president works for Ontario Works, and expressed concern about "tweaks" to social assistance that he said will see people keep less of their earnings if they find employment.