April 20th, 2017 by

Poverty Roundtable meets in Picton

Poverty Roundtable director Christine Durant at the session in Picton, April 19, 2017 (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)

The director of the Hastings Prince Edward Poverty Roundtable, Christine Durant, says the quorum has made some changes in connection with fighting poverty.

Durant made the comment to Quinte News during the Roundtable session in Picton on Wednesday.

She pointed to groups in Bancroft learning from groups in Quinte West, and those groups learning from others.

Durant says this has occurred because of the impact it has had in developing outreach in the communities but  more has to be done since children are not finding full-time jobs after college and university graduation.

She says, “The cost of living, the cost of housing, unstable employment, the need for pharmacare, the scarcity of affordable accommodation and energy poverty, for instance, hydro rates, are pushing people over the edge.”

Following a number of presentations, the group of about 60 people broke up into discussion sessions, dealing with issues such as accessibility and what can be done in businesses and organizations to fight poverty.