Community organizations protest

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Community organizations from across the Outaouais held four days of protests, starting February 21 in Gatineau with a march, to decry broken government promises. On February 22 they were in front of the MRC headquarters in Campbell’s Bay.

Allyson Beauregard

CAMPBELL’S BAY – Over 45 community organizations from across the Outaouais held four days of protests, starting February 21 in Gatineau with a march, to decry broken government promises. From February 22 to 24, strikes and picket lines were held in six different areas of the Outaouais, including in front of the MRC headquarters in Campbell’s Bay on February 22. Others were held in Maniwaki, Saint-André-Avellin, and Gatineau.

Participating organizations included Le Jardin Educatif, Maisons des Jeunes, Quyon Family Center, L’EntourElle, Comptoir St-Pierre and more.

According to Daniel Cayley-Daoust, director general of la Table régionale des organismes communautaires de l’Outaouais, community organizations were promised sufficient financing in the last provincial budget, but haven’t seen it yet. More specifically, the groups are demanding recognition of the work they do at the frontlines of communities, backed with better subsidies to fund their missions in general, rather than specific projects, which can’t be used to cover things like salaries. As a result, community organizations often have to “survive on pennies” and can’t pay salaries and benefits that are competitive with other sectors, leading to difficulties in attracting and retaining staff.