McGuinty resigns, anti-poor policies continue: JOIN US ON THE STREETS TOMORROW (October 17)!
Dear OCAP members, supporters and allies,
Yesterday we heard the news that the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, Dalton McGuinty, has resigned and prorogued government.
McGuinty has resigned, but make no mistake, the Liberal anti-poor policies continue. This recent turn of events does not mean that the cut to Community Start-Up will be stopped - we have to continue our campaign under the assumption that the CSUMB cut will come in to effect this coming January. Which is why we need to keep up the pressure to stop this cut and to raise the rates!
Queen's park is closed down, but the Ministry of Community and Social Services remains open - which is where we are headed tomorrow to deliver our applications for CSUMB, and our demands. Join us tomorrow on the streets, and help spread the message!
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Wednesday October 17
Join Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and Jane-Finch Action
Against Poverty (JFAAP) at events throughout the day...
Save the Community Start-Up, Raise the Rates Now!
10:00 AM: Walk-in Clinic:
Find out about or apply for Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit, join us at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square (west of the Eaton Centre, south of Dundas)
12.00 Noon: Meal and Rally @ Toronto City Hall Square (Bay/Queen): March on the Provincial Government to Deliver all Applications Collected that Day
A Province wide campaign is being built to save the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB), a vital housing and maintenance fund for people on OW or ODSP that the McGuinty liberals have announced they will be cutting this coming January. In Toronto on October 17, OCAP will hold a mass clinic to make people aware of how they can apply for CSUMB, then we will rally together at City Hall and march on the Government to put in
these applications, to demand an end to the cut, and to demand a raise in OW and ODSP rates!
If you want to help build this event or learn how you and others in your community can receive the CSUMB, give us a call today. More than anything, come out on October 17 and help us stop McGuinty from getting away with his plans to put people on the streets. Save the Community Start Up Benefit, Raise the Rates NOW!
**Parkdale Meet-Up: 9:30am @PARC drop-in (1499 Queen St. West), tokens
JANE and FINCH:
3:30PM: Demonstrate Against Poverty, Corner of Jane/Finch
• Raise the rates
• Increase Minimum wage
• Keep the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit
• Restore the special diet program
• Stop police targeting youth
• Affordable: decent housing, healthy food, prescriptions, childcare
Come celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty!
Four years ago JFAAP was formed on the corner of Jane and Finch. Since then, we have done much but poverty prevails and may have gotten worse. We have to continue to resist!
Cross-Ontario Events- Fighting the Cut to Community Start Up
See the Schedule here: