Toronto’s Plan to Push Out the Homeless

The Mayor’s Office in Toronto is today occupied by a much slicker operation than it was during the years of dysfunctional, bigoted buffoonery that unfolded under Rob Ford. Mayor John Tory has resumed the drive toward a fully fledged neoliberal city but has the basic political skills to frame his twin agendas of austerity and upscale redevelopment in the language of inclusiveness. He has been sufficiently proficient at this to rapidly create what Michael Laxer has termed an “austerity consensus” supported by the overwhelming majority of the Council, including its left wing.

The agenda of the developers with regard to the central part of Toronto is to complete the creation of an interwoven hive of business, commerce, upscale recreation and high end housing. Standing in the way of this are enduring pockets of housed poverty and a considerable and growing homeless population. Those without housing, very understandably, have tended to gravitate toward the centre of the city and, over many years, shelters and other services have developed in this area. This situation is resented by those working for upscale redevelopment and not only because visible destitution impacts property values and ‘quality of life’ for those with the money to pay for it. It is also the case that the shelters, drop-ins and service agencies that homeless people turn to are located in areas that the forces of gentrification are laying claim to.

July 16 - Housing For All!

Rally & March Thurday July 16

5 PM St James Park
(King St east of Church St)

Accessibility Van to follow march

WE DEMAND:

- Housing for All
- More Shelter Beds
- End Gentrification
- End Targeted & Racist Policing

On July 16, as the Games are underway, we will be marching to put forward the demands of communities impacted by poverty and a lack of decent, affordable housing. If there is money to spend on circuses, then the resources can be found to end the need for food banks, tackle the mounting problem of homelessness and ensure that everyone has decent, affordable and accessible housing.

RECLAIM THE STREETS: MARCH TO END GENDERED BASED VIOLENCE! June 17, 5:30PM


Image description: A circle of thorns, flowers and leaves, with a red, purple and yellow flower on the left side. In the middle of the circle is a brown fist with red nail polish on the thumb. A banner above the fist reads "END GENDER BASED VIOLENCE" and a banner below the fist reads "RECLAIM THE STREETS"

Rally and March to End Violence Against Women and Gender Based Violence

When: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Where: Regent Park Community Health Centre
465 Dundas Street East
5:30pm - Community Meal & Music
6:00pm Rally
6:30pm March

*Kid friendly *Free meal *Wheelchair accessible rally space & march *TTC Tokens Available *Our feminism is trans inclusive!

Fight Back Against Social Cleansing!: A Public Meeting on the City's Plans for the Downtown


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No Social Cleansing in Toronto! Save Downtown Homeless Shelters and Services!

Meal and Community Meeting

Wednesday, April 15
6.00 PM
St Luke’s Church (353 Sherbourne, at Carlton)

Fight Back Against Social Cleansing!: A Public Meeting on the City's Plans for the Downtown


Image description: A black and white stencil of three shopping carts

No Social Cleansing in Toronto! Save Downtown Homeless Shelters and Services!

Meal and Community Meeting

Wednesday, April 15
6.00 PM
St Luke’s Church (353 Sherbourne, at Carlton)