A Call to Action Against the Cuts to Come: Submission on the Ontario Provincial Pre-Budget 'consultations'Submitted by ocap on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 19:53.
The Ontario Government’s pre-budget consultations are currently underway at Queen’s Park. The Federal budget is set to be released at the beginning of March (that is unless Harper decides for another spontaneous vacation), with the Ontario Budget, and most Provincial budgets, then set to be released by the end of March or beginning of April.
It will, no doubt, be the same tired old routine. Agencies,services,and organizations will line up to sing for their supper in front of the all-party Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The committee will be sent the same message that the government has gotten and ignored time and time again – that people in this province are suffering,that the people of Ontario cannot handle further cuts to programs or cuts to jobs,that their poverty reduction strategy is failing and that this province desperately needs to see a raise in funding for social assistance,childcare, and education.
STOP THE WAR ON THE POOR! MAKE THE RICH PAY!
OCAP MARCHES ON TORONTO'S FINANCIAL DISTRICT
November 5, was called as a Day of Action by the Canadian Federation of Students to press for a poverty free Ontario. OCAP contributed to the overall mobilization with a march into the heart of the financial district. We wanted to confront the very institutions that just got bailed out at our expense and, on whose behalf, governments at every level are preparing a massive round of social cutbacks and austerity measures. Indeed, the overarching theme of the action was to pose the question of who will pay for the crisis?
Fight for Housing, Income and Justice For All
As part of the Campaign for a Poverty Free Ontario Province-Wide Day of Action
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
St. James Park (King St. East and Jarvis St.)
Accessible van pick-up: 1:15 at Union Station - look for the OCAP flags
For years, they have been telling us no money exists for decent wages, proper housing, childcare, education or health care and, certainly, no money to ensure that poor people on assistance can pay the rent and eat properly. Yet when the banks and corporations ask for help, public money suddenly becomes available to them. This bail-out money is lining the pockets of CEOs, while thousands of workers are either laid off or forced to take devastating concessions.
Organizing Working Class Communities
Public forum featuring:
Download these comics that explain how aspects of the financial system, economy and capitalism work.
Introduction by A.J. Withers
Blowing Bubbles by Paul Daniel
Trickle Down Credit by A.J Withers
The Hedge of Reason by A.J. Withers
Eeyore Gets Over Extended AKA Credit Default Swaps by A.J. Withers
Capitalism by A.J. Withers
Back To The Futures by A.J. Withers
How Many Refrigerators Do You Need To Cause A Crisis? by A.J. Withers
Keynes On The Brain by Laura Mac