Upcoming/Past Events

Upcoming Events:
Tuesdays, November 6th to December 18th
Weekly CSUMB sign-up clinics, Queen Street Commons, 43 Queen Street S, Kitchener

To arrange for a sign-up clinic in your neighbourhood or to connect with PMUS one-on one, email us at forspecialdiet@gmail.com.


Friday, December 7th.


Rally at John Milloy’s ‘holiday open house’

December 7th, 2012    12:30 pm
1770 King St. E

Minister of Community and Social Services (aka Minister of Misery), John Milloy, is planning to host a ‘holiday open house’ on Friday, December 7th at his constituency office in Kitchener. But this is the same Minister that is cutting the only benefit for people on social assistance (OW or ODSP), that lets them get housing or stay housed.

As of January 1st, 2013, the CSUMB is slated to be cut by the Provincial Liberal Government. Minister Milloy thinks that he cahost a holiday open house while thousands in this province are homeless or at risk of being homeless as a result of this vicious cut.

Join Poverty Makes Us Sick and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty as we invite ourselves along to Minister Milloy’s holiday shindig, and make sure the message is heard loud and clear: STOP THE CUT TO THE CSUMB, RAISE THE RATES NOW!

**This event is launching a Week of Action December 7th – 14th across Ontario to Save the CSUMB**
See http://www.ocap.ca for more details about actions across the province.

For more information about the December 7th event and local organizing contact us at:
Email: forspecialdiet@gmail.com
Facebook group: Poverty Makes Us Sick!
Twitter: @kwpmus
province-wide: #RaisetheRates


Saturday, November 3rd.  Free Market, Kitchener City Hall Courtyard, 200 King Street West, 1pm-3pm


Tuesday, November 13th. Community planning session to Save the CSUMB! 7-8pm, Queen Street Commons (43 Queen Street South)


Wednesday July 11, 7-9pm, Protect the Community Startup and Maintenance Benefit

Speakers, Discussion and Mobilization,  part of the Poverty and Health Series, presented by Poverty Makes Us Sick
When:      Wednesday July 11, 7-9pm
Where:     Queen Street Commons Cafe, 43 Queen St S, Kitchener
Wheelchair accessible, Kid-friendly space, Gender-neutral washroom
Why:        Cutting these vital benefits will ensure that people are thrown into an endless cycle of poverty,
                violence, houselessness, isolation and Institutionalization.
                Resisting austerity / harmful cuts to social programs. Love.
Who:        Poverty Makes Us Sick (PMUS) with John Clarke, co-founder of OCAP
                Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
The Ontario Governments budget for 2012 calls for the cancellation of the
Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit and the Home Repairs Benefit (CSUMB).
The cuts are scheduled to take effect in January 2013.
CSUMB provides funds of up to $800, once every two years for people on
Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to maintain their housing.
Essentially, this is a homelessness prevention benefit.
It is also about offering people the necessary economic mobility required to keep themselves
and their children in safe living conditions.
The CSUMB helps the nearly 900,000 people on OW and ODSP pay for things like first and last
month’s rent deposits. It helps people buy or replace furniture.
It helps people put down deposits on utilities or pay overdue utility bills.
The need for this program, like that of the Special Diet Allowance,
further highlights the fact that OW and ODSP currently offer despicably low monthly rates,
which are already far below the poverty line.
The people who will be hurt include:
Women and young adults who are fleeing violence where they live or are trying to move from
transition shelters into permanent homes after experiencing domestic violence.
It will hurt people trying to move from shelters into permanent homes.
It will deny people transitioning from prison into society.
Without housing the likelihood of re-arrest grows exponentially.
It will hurt people leaving psychiatric units and attempting to resume life on the outside –
often with inadequate supports.
It will hurt new parents who need to move into a living situation that
the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) will not attack them over.
It will hurt people dealing with unhealthy barriers to an adequate quality of life,
such as insufficient insulation and roofing, bedbug infestations or mold.
And it will hurt people who cannot afford the rising cost of energy.
Currently, about 16,000 Ontarians rely on these benefits each month.


Monday June 25th, 2012. – Community Meeting: Closing of Local Zellers Stores

Zellers stores are closing across Waterloo Region and re-opening as Walmart and Target locations. Both of these US mega-chains have track records of practices that hurt employees and communities. Current employees face layoffs with no promise of a preference in hiring when the new stores open. This is unacceptable.

Come to an evening of information and discussion for employees and interested community members regarding the impact of the closures.

Kitchener Downtown Community Centre -35B Weber Street West, Kitchener, ON

Contact: Tri-Cities Zellers Employee Solidarity Coalition (TCZESC)
Phone: 519-954-6844
Email: tczesc@gmail.com
Website: zellersemployeesolidaritycoalitiontricities.wordpress.com/


Tuesday May 1st, 2012,  MayDay – PMUS will be speaking at MayDay rally in KW.   On Tuesday May 1st, you are invited to take part in a day of celebration and action, beginning at Victoria Park in Kitchener and, after a march, ending at Speaker’s Corner. We are calling on the people of Kitchener-Waterloo to join people from around the world to reclaim public space, demonstrate and to share their collective desire for a better world – one of dignity and justice for all!


Saturday May 12, 2012 – Join us for one of our regular Really Free Market’s.  We have free clothing, books, toys, coffee and set up the same time as foodnotbombs, where we can gather around delicious free soup and bread from 130pm-3pm at Kitchener’s City Hall.

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