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Comprehensive speakers line up to present at the Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness in Toronto

Presentations to the Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness range from child care and health care, children and women's rights, workers and the justice system for two days of hearings in Toronto.

Toronto (30 Jan. 2012) - The next two days promise to be busy for the Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness as it begins the second half of its tour of 12 communities across Ontario. The Commission is listening to expert testimony on fair tax reform and stories and commentary from front-line providers and clients of the province’s public services and programs.

Joining Commission Chair Judy Wasylycia-Leis as a panelist for the daytime public hearings will be Linda McQuaig, an award-winning journalist and author who has written extensively on corporate power in Canada and income inequality.

On Monday, Jan 30. the public hearing will start at 11 a.m. at the Lillian H. Smith (Toronto Public Library), 239 College Street. The evening town hall forum will take place at Ryerson University, Jorgenson Hall, 380 Victoria St., starting at 7 p.m.

On Jan. 31, the hearing begins at 10 a.m. at the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) regional office (membership centre) located at 31 Wellesley Street East.

Here is a partial list of confirmed speakers for the Toronto sessions:

  • Hugh Mackenzie, Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Andrea Calver, Co-ordinator, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
  • Sheila Bock, Wellesley Institute
  • Wanda Gorician, Community Counselor, Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Christiana Constantin, Intake Law Clerk, Children’s Lawyer Office
  • Naomi Ives Peak ODSP Action Coalition
  • Mary Cornish, Chair, Equal Pay Coalition
  • Rob McMillan, Special Needs Corrections Officer
  • John Rae, Human Rights Activist
  • Deena Ladd Workers' Action Centre
  • Kevin O’Dwyer, President, Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association
  • Denis Vaillancourt président l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario
  • Bryan Evans, Associate Professor, Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University
  • Stuart Deans, United Steelworkers Union
  • Amy Clements, Domestic Violence Counselor, North York Women’s Shelter
  • Jeremiah Bach, CAMH Peer Recovery Facilitator, OPSEU Local 500
  • Ayesha Adhami Immigrant Women’s Health Centre
  • David Stone Earthroots
  • Rod Sheppard, President, the Society of Energy Professionals
  • Mary Cornish, Chair, Equal Pay Coalition
  • Adam Vaughan, Councillor, City of Toronto
  • Michael Kerr, Coordinator, Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change

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