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MLA Mungall hosts ‘Life On Welfare in BC’ panel with MLA Jagrup Brar

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
April 11th, 2012

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall is hoping to shine a little light on the need for welfare changes in the province.

The New Democrat Party representative is hosting Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Jagrup Brar for a panel discussion Wednesday (April 11) at Nelson’s Self Design High.

The evening focuses on Brar’s experience during the MLA Welfare Challenge where he lived on BC’s welfare rates this past January.

Mungall will be interviewing Brar along with three local anti-poverty experts from our region.

This free event begins at 7pm.
“Jagrup has had a powerful experience, and he will be in our community to share his story and the hundreds of people he heard from living everyday on BC’s welfare rates,” said Mungall.

“If you’re interested in ending poverty, here’s your chance to hear how we can start doing it in BC.”
Brar garnered provincial attention in January of this year when he accepted Raise The Rates challenge to live on the current welfare rate of $610 for one month.

Visit for more information on the challenge and to read Brar’s January blog.
Local panelists rounding out the evening are Becky Quirk of Nelson’s Advocacy Centre, Nelson Committee on Homelessness coordinator Katie Tabor, and Aimee Watson who is the Food Security Coordinator for Kaslo’s North Kootenay Lake Community Services.
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