Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Here from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) are two upcoming events in Toronto that you really don't want to miss.

Taxi Workshop Wednesday, Rob Ford Inauguration December 1st...

Two upcoming events: 1) Too much work, not enough justice:A Special Legal Workshop for Taxi Drivers (and anyone interested)Wednesday, November 24th, 1pm - 3pm(more details below)
2)Give Rob Ford the Welcome He Deserves!Rally: Wednesday, December 1st, 12noon(details below)
1) Too much work, not enough justice: A Special Legal Workshop
Wednesday, November 24th, 1pm - 3pm
Free Legal Workshop for Taxi Drivers and anyone interested who have been victims of violent crime: Talk to an experienced legal worker about applying for compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is a provincial body that awards up to $25 000 to victims of violent crime, or witnesses who experience “nervous shock”. As long as the incident happened in Ontario within the last two years, you are eligible. In some cases, older incidents may also be eligible for compensation. The process is relatively straightforward, you don’t have to get a lawyer, and you can get compensation regardless of your immigration status or whether you receive OW or ODSP.
Find out more!
Come out and get started on your claim!!
2) Rally to give Rob Ford and his New Council the Welcome they Deserve
Nathan Philips Square (City Hall),
Wednesday December 1, Noon
*Meal Served in the Square

OCAP, No One is Illegal and a range of other organizations will hold a rally on December 1 to mark the swearing in of the new Mayor and the rest of City Council. The new Council are taking office at a time when, across the world, austerity measures are being imposed on working people and the poor.

Rob Ford is more than ready to play his part in this vicious process. Ford ran for office by posing as an opponent of the 'Gravy Train'. He takes a selective view in these matters. Ford personally complained to the College of Physicians and Surgeons to try and prevent Dr. Roland Wong providing the Special Diet to people in poverty. The basic needs of poor people in this city forced to try to survive on inadequate OW/ODSP rates were are unaffordable in his eyes.

However, the cops can expect a whole reservoir of gravy from Rob Ford, just as the Pan Am Games will get a million gallons of the stuff. On December 1, OCAP will be joining community allies preparing for the fights that lie ahead on the needs of communities under attack. We will present to the new Council a demand that City welfare offices stop their ongoing drive to deny people in need the Special Diet and other vital benefits.

This is a Council that will be at war with poor and working people in this City. December 1 will be the start of our war on them. Come out and join us.
***Please Forward
Mayor Ford: Respect People!
Wednesday Dec. 1st 12pm
Toronto City Hall

On December 1, Rob Ford becomes Mayor of Toronto. In his campaign speeches and his public statements, Ford has called for cuts to fair wages, dismantling of the already inaccessible public transit system, supported Toronto's police brutality during the G20, and repeatedly expressed racist anti-immigrant sentiments and outright hatred for poor people. While claiming to speak on behalf of the 'majority', Ford actually believes in a Toronto for the few. He believes in a Toronto divided into suburbs and the downtown. A Toronto divided into streetcar riders, bikers and drivers. A Toronto divided into immigrants, refugees and citizens. A Toronto where the homeless are driven out of sight as social housing is sold off to developers. A Toronto where police budgets grow and cops act with impunity. A Toronto that is open for business, but closed for the public.

This is not our Toronto. Our Toronto is about justice, dignity, and respect for immigrants, precarious workers, poor people and unions. On December 1, at 12 noon, a public, family friendly demonstration is being called outside City Hall as Rob Ford becomes Mayor to remind him what the people of this city need, expect and demand.

Keep checking http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/ and http://www.ocap.ca/ for more info

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