Solidarity March with CUPE-Ont Against Austerity & Privatization


Friday May 27

11:30am

Meet @ Toronto City Hall Square

Bay and Queen

Food Provided

Solidarity march on the financial district with CUPE-Ontario






The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)- Ontario are marching on the banks at Bay and King to challenge their agenda of privatization and austerity and OCAP will be marching with them. Ontario Hydro, health care, public housing, the delivery of social services - governments are preparing to try and sell all of these off to the banks and corporations. This means increased costs, reduced services and deeper poverty.

Basic Income in the Hands of the Liberal Party


Image description: The lower third of a Canadian hundred dollar bill, broken up into puzzle pieces

Both the Federal Government and the Wynne Regime in Ontario have been making noises of late about the notion of introducing a system of Basic Income. The Provincial Budget even suggests that a pilot project will be set in motion in a community to be determined. Clearly, a significant development in the area of social policy is possible and we must ask ourselves how we should view this.

At first glance, especially as the impact of austerity and social cutbacks throws ever more people into poverty, the idea that everyone should be guaranteed a certain minimum level of income that lifts them out of poverty is enormously appealing. If that was all we were considering here, the matter would be very clear cut and Basic Income would have our unqualified support. Sadly, however, things are less straightforward and the issue raises some alarm bells. In this regard, there are several questions to consider.

As Food Prices Soar, Ontario Liberal Budget Intensifies the War on the Poor


Image description: Infographic titled "Rising Canadian Food Prices". Text includes: onions - +17%, carrots - +14%, potatoes - +14%, beef - +14%, celery - +46%, apples - +12%, macaroni - +13%, soup - +11%, grapefruit - +23%. Image courtesy of Calgary Food Bank; data from Statistics Canada

The 2016 Ontario Budget provides an increase for those on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) that is pegged below even the official rate of inflation, let alone the real cost of living increases that poor people are experiencing.

The Budget provides a wretched 1.5% increase to those on social assistance, with an extra pittance for those with the lowest incomes of all, single people without children on OW, that will provide them with a total additional payment of $25 a month. At present, they are seeking to survive on a maximum of $681 a month. These increases will not even kick in until September and October.

As Food Prices Soar, Ontario Liberal Budget Intensifies the War on the Poor


Image description: Infographic titled "Rising Canadian Food Prices". Text includes: onions - +17%, carrots - +14%, potatoes - +14%, beef - +14%, celery - +46%, apples - +12%, macaroni - +13%, soup - +11%, grapefruit - +23%. Image courtesy of Calgary Food Bank; data from Statistics Canada

The 2016 Ontario Budget provides an increase for those on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) that is pegged below even the official rate of inflation, let alone the real cost of living increases that poor people are experiencing.

The Budget provides a wretched 1.5% increase to those on social assistance, with an extra pittance for those with the lowest incomes of all, single people without children on OW, that will provide them with a total additional payment of $25 a month. At present, they are seeking to survive on a maximum of $681 a month. These increases will not even kick in until September and October.

#RiseUpTO // THE STORM IS COMING: Pan Am Economic & Climate Summits

July 8, 7am.
Meet at Berczy Park.
Surround the Royal York. March up Bay Street
Free Breakfast!

On July 8th, the Pan American Economic and Climate Summits will meet at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. That morning, the elites in this city will welcome with open arms some of the people most responsible for destroying our planet, pushing communities out of their homes, and making us poor. We will be there to give them a different sort of ‘welcome.'

On the morning of July 8th, we will come together rise like the swell of the ocean; and surround the Royal York Hotel. Together, we will assert our dreams of better worlds.

Some of the leaders of destruction that will be in attendance at the summits:

*Shell's CEO, head of Precision Frac (leading Fracking Company), head of CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, head of corporate Cap and Trade groups..

*US, EU, Canada and Ontario Chambers of Commerce, Tony Clement, HSBC CEO, E.L. Rothschild, BNP Paribas, TD Group..

*Head of OECD, David Johnson (Canada's Governor General), the Inter-American Development Bank, Felipe Calderon..

* Shimon Perez, Garda..

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