POOR NO MORE FILM & FORUM IN GRAND FORKS
LOCAL GROUPS & MP ATAMANENKO TARGET ECONOMIC WELL-BEING
WITH POOR NO MORE FILM & FORUM IN GRAND FORKS
MP to also host Open House Drop In
CASTLEGAR/GRAND FORKS, BC – The Boundary Women’s Resource Centre and MP Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior) are co-sponsoring a public showing of the acclaimed film Poor No More, featuring Canadian actress and comedian Mary Walsh, on Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM at the Grand Forks Seniors Centre (565 – 71st Avenue).
The film’s promotion notes:
We were always told “If you work hard, things will get better.” But while corporations protected their profits, hard-working Canadians’ lives and livelihoods have unravelled. The recession erased jobs and piled up public and private debt, leaving more people poor or insecure.
Boundary Women’s Coalition Co-Chair Diana Carr and Atamanenko will be joined after the film by representatives of faith, community service, child care and labour groups in a panel presentation and open discussion with the public, to explore what is happening and what can be done to reduce poverty and increase economic justice.
“I firmly believe that we can tackle poverty AND strengthen our Canadian economy,” said Atamanenko. “This film gives a chance for people to see how it has worked in other places, and how it could be different in Canada.
“Imagine a world where people do not have to beg, and where housing and university is affordable. Other countries give priority to their citizens’ well-being and have prospered economically,” added Atamanenko. “We need to explore why Canada doesn’t do the same, and what can be done.”
“This evening hopes to bring the issues of the working poor and poverty into the forefront,” said Carr.
“When our community comes together to focus positively, we accomplish astonishing things. We can erase poverty in the Boundary too.”
Poor No More, a film directed by Bert Deveaux and produced by Suzanne Babin, was released in April 2010, and sponsored by a wide range of supporters across Canada – from the Anglican Church of Canada to the United Way of Calgary, representing many faith groups, social services, and student, teacher, and nursing organizations, professionals and more.
MP OPEN HOUSE
Atamanenko will also be hosting an MP Open House and Drop-In the following morning, Wednesday, November 10th at Kokomo’s coffee house in Grand Forks (7361- 2nd Street), with some of his constituency staff. “I invite constituents to come and discuss their concerns about any federal service or issue, or just drop by for a coffee and visit,” said Atamanenko.