Community Advocacy Office

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COVID19 Update:

Please note that currently the Community Advocacy Office is operating remotely. Please call (613-267-6428 ext 29) or email (advocacy@thetablecfc.org) and a Community Navigator will return your call during our regular office hours.

 

The Community Advocacy Office is located downstairs at The Table on the same floor as the Good Food Bank. The office is run by community members with lived experience of living on low-incomes and navigating government programs and other resources in our local area.

Community Navigators are available to offer resources, referrals, and support on a wide array of issues from applying for help with utility bills, to replacing lost identification, to helping fill out paperwork, to conducting a housing search, to discussing your options in a difficult situation. The office is open to all community members and no appointment is needed.

In some cases, your interaction with us may be like asking for directions, and just need to be pointed in the right direction. In other cases, it may be more like visiting an information centre when arriving at a new place, where you have some understanding of what your needs are, but may need some more detailed conversations and perhaps a map or two to figure out where you need to go. 

In other cases, you may be dealing with a more complex situation, or be stuck waiting for the help you need from more formal organizations, and you may find us helpful as companions on your journey to help read the map, check in regularly, and maybe make some calls on your behalf while you focus on the road ahead. 

No matter what, you are the one in the “driver’s seat”. We are here to help you get where you’re going.

Monday, 2 - 5pm; Tuesday, 12 - 3:30pm; Wednesday, 3:30 - 6pm; Friday, 2 - 5pm

613-267-6428 x29, advocacy@thetablecfc.org 

Advocacy Initiatives

The Peer Advocates at the Table will be participating in the 20000Homes campaign by interviewing people who are homeless or underhoused as part of a Canada wide initiative to adress homelessness across the country.  If you are or you know someone who doesn't have a home to call their own please let them know we would love to talk to them and offer them a gift card for their time.  If you have questions please call teh Advocacy office at 613-2676428 x29.

Come and learn about your rights as a low income consumer, and learn about the impacts privatization is likely to have on you. We will be discussing your rights as a utility consumer as well as hearing from the Citizens Coalition Against Privitization about how the selling of more parts of Ontario Hydro is likely to impact on us all. Lunch will be served as part of this workshop, and gift cards are available for participants. If you need transportation to the event please let us know in advance. TO REGISTER call the Advocates a 613-2678-6428 ext 29.

Mindfullness will be resuming indoors and in the lovely conference room at the CAS complex on Herriot St.  Please join us for these free, relaxed, mindfullness based meditation sessions.

Honour Your Word is an intimate  portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, an inspiring First Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face.  The title refers to their campaign  slogan demanding Canada and Quebec honour  a precedent-setting conservation deal signed in 1991.  

Donations for the Barriere Lake people are appreciated and will be accepted, but they are not expected.

There is a full house at the Perth Civitan tonight, where all four candidates showed up and answered questions from all different directions, but with a strong focus on farming and food.  The standing room only crowd was very enthusiastic about accountable government and also was big on supporting local farmers, veterans, refuges, and First Nations students and communities.  We also heard individual candidates support the reopening of the prison farms, the creation of pharmacare, saving Canada Post, and addressing the threat of global warming.   A few people got a little hot under the collar and strayed from questions, but the moderator helped keep people on task, and all in all it was an informative and respectful evening where we all got a chance to see what the candidates and parties think, and how each candidate is able to think under pressure from constituents.

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