24 Hour Drop-ins for Women in Toronto Shamefully Delayed; Important update about August 6th Budget Committee
After repeated sexual assaults on homeless women on the streets of Toronto and while the City shelter system for women in particular is in crisis and operating beyond capacity – women from the community fought to end the violence and for access to safe space.
In a report by City staff the call for two, 24-hour/after-hours drop-ins was supported by Shelter, Support & Housing as well as the Community Development and Recreation committee.
On June 10th, City Council supported the recommendation and voted to begin the process to create these drop-ins. City staff from Shelter Support and Housing Administration Staff were directed to present the funding needed to the upcoming budget committee on August 6 so that at least one space could be ready by the end of this year.
Despite the serious nature of this issue, City staff will not present its report on August 6. The issue of 24 hour drop-ins for women will NOT be on the agenda – deputations, therefore, are cancelled.
It remains unclear at this point what is to happen in order to move the development of this service forward. We are currently working to try to clarify information on this bureaucratic process, and as soon as we have further information we will send that out. However, what we do know is that August 6th is the last Budget Committee meeting, and August 25th is the last Council meeting – if this does come to the floor in August, because of the elections, the issue could be left until sometime in 2015 to proceed and become realized.
Our position is that delays cannot be accepted – money needs to be found and this issue needs to move forward IMMEDIATELY.
During the recent Provincial Election, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals distanced themselves from the crude right wing ideas of the Hudak Tories by pointing to their ‘progressive’ Provincial Budget over which the election was fought. In fact, this document is not quite the road map to ‘social justice’ it claims to be.
What the Liberals actually set out in their Budget plan is a multi-year blueprint to cut the spending for government programs in Ontario. If you take into account inflation and population increases, the Budget actually represents a commitment to shrink services and reduce deficits on the backs of those least able to afford the cost. Those on Ontario Works (OW) and ODSP will receive a 1% increase below the rate of inflation that will see them fall deeper into poverty. The vital Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit, that people used to obtain or retain housing, will not be restored. Low wage workers will see the minimum wage indexed to inflation but kept at a level that condemns them to working poverty. While the poor fall further behind, landlords are allowed to increase their rents at or above the rate of inflation and billions of dollars that the ‘cash strapped’ Government could use to reduce its deficit are handed to wealthy corporations in the form of tax breaks.
Come check out OCAP and get involved!
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty is holding a course to offer people some of the knowledge and skills they will need to mobilize in their communities to resist poverty and austerity. Since the last course, OCAP has fought for more shelter beds, a women's drop in, for a raise to social assistance rates, against cuts to ODSP and against gentrification and policing in the downtown East.
DTE Community Forum – TAVIS in the Neighbourhood
Thursday August 7, 2014
6pm - Community meal
6:30 - 7:30 - Forum
7:30 – 8pm - Social - tea/coffee and desserts
40 Oak St - C.R.C.*
Protests are being organized in cities around the world to respond to the ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians. Since the June 12 disappearance and killing of 3 Israeli settlers, Israeli forces and civilians have killed more than 10 Palestinian civilians and wounded 90 (including the brutal murder of 16 year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir), carried out 60 airstrikes on Gaza, arrested over 500 people, and invaded more than 1000 homes.
In Toronto, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), together with Palestine House, are calling on all supporters of Palestinian human rights to join us at a rally in front of the Israeli consulate.
Date: Friday, July 11th
Time: 6 - 7 pm
Location: In front of the ROM, across from the Israeli Consulate (corner of Bloor and Avenue)
Share this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/594819810634425/
Bring Palestinian flags, banners, and your voices!
The Wynne Government has begun a Province wide drive to review the entitlement to benefits of thousands of people on ODSP. The Lankin Sheikh Report that the Government commissioned urges that a 'backlog' of 30,000 cases should be subject to an accelerated medical review process and it appears that this is being acted upon. Staff have been transferred for this purpose and the reviews may move at a rate of 600 cases a month.
Come out or call-in to show your support!
For the past two years Toronto Police and TCHC have been doing everything in their power to destroy the life of Asli Farah and her six children! This is an attack on ALL African People, call-in this Friday July 4th to defend the Farah family and show TCHC the consequences of violating an organized community!
River Run 2014: Walk with Grassy Narrows for clean water and Indigenous rights
Water is sacred. Defend indigenous sovereignty.
DONATE to help the Grassy Narrows Women's Drum Group travel to Toronto for the River Run.
Support needed at Budget Committee: Wednesday August 6th
For almost a year, we have been fighting for safe space – shelter/24hour/after hour drop-ins for street-involved women in Toronto. This issue came to the forefront after the assault of a woman who was sleeping outside at the corner of Dundas and Sherbourne in September 2013 – she was sexually assaulted twice in one night by two different men. That same night, as is the case on many nights, the emergency shelter system was packed, and few options remain for women on the streets to find a safer place to rest, check-in, or get supplies and support. That lack of space has put the lives and safety of low income, homeless women and street-based sex workers at risk.
Migrant Justice Activists Disrupt Kenney, Demand Permanent Residency for Migrant Workers
Des activistes pour les droits des migrant(e)s interrompent Kenney et demandent la résidence permanence pour les travailleurs et travailleuses migrant(e)s
Toronto -- Two migrant justice activists from No One Is Illegal - Toronto (NOII-Toronto) disrupted Employment Minister Jason Kenney's press conference this afternoon in Toronto demanding permanent immigration status for migrant workers. This action organized by No One Is Illegal - Toronto and Justicia for Migrant Workers occurred days after changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) which make it more difficult for migrant workers to change jobs, and deny them permanent immigration status. The community will stand strong to prevent the largest mass deportation in Canadian history.
Impending Police Sweep of Downtown East an Attack on a Poor Community
-Statement from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty-
Between June 16 and September 8, the area between Wellesley and Queen, Church and Parliament will be the focus of an ongoing police sweep, involving dozens of officers and organized under the auspices of the Toronto Anti Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS). They are bringing in an additional 24 constables and 12 staff sergeants on both foot and bike.
Community Responds to TAVIS in Toronto's DTE
Yesterday, Monday June 16th, residents and community organizations held a press conference to demand an end to police sweeps in the Downtown East, to stop police harassment of those who live here and to let the police know that they are not going to let them roam the streets with impunity. Their patrols will be monitored and their abuses challenged.
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Monday, June 16th, 11.00 AM, NE Corner of Dundas and Sherbourne
June 16 will be the first day of a summer long sweep through the Downtown East by the infamous Toronto Anti Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS)of the Toronto Police.
This community has learned the hard way that the Police do not come into
it to solve problems of violence but to harass and harm poor and homeless people. The 'war on drugs' is a code name for the war on the poor and, this summer, they are going to take it to a new level. The homeless, sex trade workers, drug users, immigrants and people of colour, especially youth, know only to well what to expect.
People in the community are challenging the shadow that TAVIS is casting
over it. Increased police activity will be watched closely and abuses
exposed and resisted. A press conference and speak out will take place at Dundas and Sherbourne on Monday 16th.
Come out and show your support!
June 10th + 11th City Council Votes on Three Important Motions
24hr Women’s drop-in + Sanctuary City + Save the Red Door Shelter
12:30pm, Sunday June 15
Meet at Social Sciences Building (FSS) 120 University pvt, University of Ottawa
Over 85,000 people have been detained in immigration jails under Harper's watch. Many of them have been imprisoned indefinitely, with no known release date. Immigration detention tears apart families, taking away migrants' freedom for the crime of being born elsewhere. Join us as we march to immigration control headquarters to demand an end to immigration detention, particularly endless detention, max-security incarceration, and an overhaul of the detention review process.
On June 10th, join us in City Council to make sure Toronto implement the Sanctuary City policy that it promised immigrants without full status in February 2014. Please write to you Councilors in advance and urge them to support Motion 29.11.
Motion 29.11 is what we've been waiting for - concrete steps to make a lot of fancy language a living reality for Toronto's undocumented communities. Community mobilization shaped this policy, and it has shaped this implementation plan.
Please talk to your Councillor before - fill out this form to get started:
We need you at City Hall on June 10 to remind Council that you're serious about Toronto being a genuine sanctuary city.
Bring a friend! Free T-shirts!
Important Update on 24 Hour Drop In Spaces for Women in City of Toronto + Join us on the streets for Reclaim the Streets 2014
Important Update on 24 Hour Drop In Spaces for Women in the City of
Toronto + Join us on the streets for Reclaim the Streets 2014
Demand Support from City Councillors on the upcoming Vote at Council June