Saturday, September 14 11am - 1pm
Meet at: the corner of Dundas/Sherbourne, will end at Allan Gardens Park
In the lead-up to the September 22nd ‘Taking it Back’ housing march and action, we are offering this walking tour by OCAP member, long time organizer in the neighborhood, and people’s historian, Gaetan Heroux. Get to know the history, and help build on the history of resistance September 22nd!
Description of Poor Peoples’ History of East Downtown Toronto Walking Tour:
For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830’s, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto’s more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless, and poor residents go? The tour will explore how Toronto’s “skid row” came to be established in East Downtown Toronto. What has been the relationship of Toronto poor with Toronto wealthy residents over the last one-seventy-years? What happened to the slums of Cabbagetown and how are they related to Regent Park, Canada’s largest social housing complex? There is also long history organizing and militant resistance in East Downtown Toronto by the unemployed and the homeless dating back to the 1890’s. How are these struggles connected to later unemployed battles of the 1930’s and 1990’s? These questions and much more will be explored in the tour.
Taking it Back: Housing Shelter, Safe Space Now!
Sunday, September 22nd
Allan Gardens Park
Meal, gathering, march and action
SOLIDARITY WITH DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST CUTS (DPAC) in the UK and Their Week of Action Against Austerity CutbacksSubmitted by ocap on Tue, 08/13/2013 - 20:00.
Tuesday September 3, noon at British Consulate, 777 Bay at College
The Cameron Government in the UK has emerged as a world leader in social retrogression and it has undertaken a brutal attack on poor and disabled people that governments here in Canada are watching with the keenest interest.
A 'bedroom tax' has been imposed on hundreds of thousands of social housing tenants and mass evictions are threatened. Unemployed people looking for work are being subjected to arbitrary cut off and denial of benefits. Disabled people are having their cases reassessed by private companies and are being deemed 'fit for work' in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
DPAC and others in the UK have taken up a relentless fight against these inhuman attacks. Their fight back has been inspiring, has won some victories and has helped to create a crisis for the Cameron Coalition Government around implementation of their plans for 'welfare reform'.
Meet at Carlton and Sherbourne, Thursday, August 22, at 6.00 PM
Rob Ford has made it clear that he supports a ramped up effort to enforce anti postering measures in this City. Even the Supreme Court of Canada has accepted the fact that this form of communicating information should be protected but the present Mayor is not known for his devotion to issues of equality rights.
OCAP has used postering in the downtown east as a key way of building events and raising issues in this low income community for well over twenty years. Now, our members who poster are being ticketed and even threatened with arrest. Poor people can’t take up newspaper ads or rent billboards. Postering is a vital outreach tool that we can’t allow them to take from us.
Monday, July 29th
Where: College of Physicians and Surgeons (80 College St, just west of Bay
Dr. Roland Wong is a Toronto physician who fought for access to the Special Diet Allowance for many people across Toronto and is now facing a disciplinary hearing at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The College will be choosing how to best punish Dr. Roland Wong for daring to ensure that his patients had enough income to eat properly and stay healthy.
The real people that should be punished are those in the
government that force people to live on sub-poverty levels of income. This is a government that has slashed the Special Diet, cut Community Start-Up, and pushed down the rates of social assistance by over 55% since 1995 – and yet they criminalize a health provider. Rob Ford, who laid a complaint against Dr. Wong, said that, "Doctors should not be advocates for the poor." Roland Wong is an advocate and more!
Please come out and show Dr Wong that he has friends and supporters in the
community. And let’s send a message to those in power to END
CRIMINALIZATION –RAISE the RATES NOW!
Friday, May 24th, 2013
Regent Park Community Health Centre
465 Dundas Street East
5:30pm - Community Meal & Music
6:00pm Rally 6:30pm March
In Toronto's Downtown East community we have been faced with recent alarming incidents of violence against women including attacks on the streets and in apartment complexes. Women's homeless shelters in the City of Toronto continue to operate o n average at 99% capacity - forcing homeless women in to unsafe conditions without a roof over their head. Emergency anti-violence against women's shelters also remain packed. Women who have experienced violence in their TCH buildings have been denied transfers and the waiting list for Toronto Community Housing as a whole is 10 years long. Under all three levels of government women's services have been cut and under-funded. This cannot continue! Together we are demanding the things we need in order to be safe - the very basic needs - shelter, housing, enough income and support AND an end to all violence against women.
Join us May 24th as we come together to reclaim the streets of our community and fight for what we need!