Image description: OCAP members march behind a white banner saying RAISE WELFARE AND DISABILITY RATES 55% NOW!
OFFICIAL RAISE THE RATES CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON ODSP MEDICAL REVIEWS
The Medical Reviews for those on ODSP must be suspended!
The Raise the Rates campaign of community groups and unions calls on the Wynne Government to immediately suspend the implementation of medical reviews for people on ODSP. The accelerated review process is occurring at the worst possible time for people living in poverty and under conditions that have not been properly prepared.
Delegation to City Shelter Administration! Defend the 124 Beds Lost by Closing the Hope Shelter! Mon, March 30, 1PM, Metro Hall
TORONTO CAN'T LOSE 124 SHELTER BEDS! DEFEND OUR EMERGENCY SHELTER BEDS!
DELEGATION TO CITY SHELTER ADMINISTRATION OFFICES
MONDAY, MARCH 30
METRO HALL (KING & JOHN)
UPDATE: OCAP Wins Fight for 24 Hour Women and Trans* Drop-In Spaces! All Charges Against November 25 Arrestees Withdrawn!
Dear friends and allies,
Today we are happy to announce two important updates on the fight for 24 hour women and trans* drop-ins in Toronto:
with security certificate detainees, indigenous blockaders, and others currently targeted by the national-security regime.
March 30th, 6pm - 8:30pm
United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street.
As we resist the passing of Bill C-51, join us to hear from some of those most impacted by anti-‘terror’ laws, surveillance, and state violence. Discussions at this event may violate multiple Bill C-51 provisions – join us to insist that we will continue to act irrespective of laws that target dissent.
- Anishinaabe Woman Activist (Blockader) and mother who has been at the front-lines of land defense for decades.
- Mohammad Mahjoub is an Egyptian refugee in Canada who has been detained in Canada without charges or trial on a security certificate by CSIS and CBSA for nearly 13 years.
No One Is Illegal Toronto affirms our solidarity with members of CUPE 3903 at York University and members of CUPE 3902 at the University of Toronto in their fight for a non-concessionary and just collective agreement.
News that the Salvation Army Hope Shelter, at McCaul and College, is set to close on April 15 constitutes a devastating blow. The shelter system is horribly overcrowded and all assurances that the City’s policy of keeping occupancy levels at no more than 90% will finally be adhered to have proven to be false. This particular shelter, located in the underserviced west end, is consistently operating at maximum capacity. Four homeless men died in January and the removal of 124 beds from the system simply can’t be allowed to happen.
EMERGENCY ACTION TOMORROW (MARCH 4, 12PM, 900 BAY ST): DEMAND HOUSING FOR ANDREW MCLEAN AND AN END TO THE S.A.M.S. FIASCO!
TOMORROW! JOIN OCAP'S DELEGATION TO THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES! DEMAND HOUSING FOR ANDREW AND AN END TO THE ONGOING SAMS FIASCO!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
DELEGATION TO MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES TO DEMAND HOUSING FOR ANDREW MCLEAN AND A REPEAL OF THE BROKEN S.A.M.S. SYSTEM!
Wednesday, March 4, 12:00PM
Office of Maximus Canada
56 Aberfoyle Crescent, at Islington Subway Station
JOIN OUR CONTINGENT!
Meet up: 12:45 pm outside the Bata Shoe Museum (South West corner of Bloor and St.George). We'll walk over to the march together (1pm 252 Bloor St. West)
When: Saturday March 7th just before the International Women's Day March
For more info on the rally and the march: http://iwdtoronto.ca/
JOIN US FOR OUR SIGNS AND BANNER MAKING NIGHT
We'll be making feminist and anti-capitalist banners, placards and signs. We'll also have fabric paint for t-shirts. Light snacks and tea will be provided.
When: Wednesday March 4th 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: St. Luke’s Church at the corner of Sherbourne and Carlton in the Upper Friendship Room. (Wheelchair accessible, TTC tokens provided.)
This March 7th, join our anti-austerity contingent at the International Women’s Day March in Toronto. We stand against patriarchy, in opposition to austerity, and for the equality of women and trans people everywhere! We will be marching with members from OCAP, the Downtown East Women Committee, The Toronto Harm Reduction Worker's Union, and the Industrial Workers of the World Women's Committee.
City Hall, Wednesday, February 18, 10.00 AM
In the wake of four homeless deaths in January and, following strong community action, the City is including measures in its Budget to increase the number of shelter beds and open drop in space for homeless women and trans people.
These are important gains but they will not take effect until the Spring and, in the meantime, as more extreme cold weather hits the City, the shelters remain perilously overcrowded. Last month, hostel administration undertook to open motel rooms to reduce the pressure on the system. They were very clear that the measures they were taking would reduce occupancy levels throughout the system to 90%, the maximum they are supposed to operate at under City policy. This is simply not taking place.
On February 11, men's shelters operated at 95%, women's at 97% and the family shelters at 98%. These are the understated official figures. That same night, in the notorious Seaton House, staff had to pack 20 low cots in the television room to deal with those needing a place to be in from the cold.
Before going over to College & Bay, meet up with us outside the OCAP office (in St Luke's church) at the corner of Carlton & Sherbourne for hot chocolate at 12:00 noon, we'll go over together!
Strawberry Ceremony with Elder Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30 at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto
Community Feast at the central YMCA on Grosvenor Street - following the ceremony. Food provided by Na Me Res Native Men's Residence.
Please leave your agency and organization banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, Trans and Two Spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths.
Singers, song keepers and drummers please bring your drums for the ceremony. Drummers from the organizing committee, with the direction of Wanda will be leading songs. Jingle dress dancers are also called to join on the march. Please contact us if you can participate so protocols can be observed.
We recognize that February is out of season for a ceremony involving strawberries, but the violence we are experiencing is also a disruption in our traditional ways of life.
Immigrant detainees are being held indefinitely and without charge or trial in Lindsay’s maximum security jail. Unlike many of us, this Family Day, they will not be reuniting with their families. In fact, they are unable to see their families on most other days because Lindsay is inaccessible by public transport.
On February 16th, bring your family, young and old - sisters, fathers, sons, grandmothers and friends - and stand in solidarity with hundreds of families that are impacted by indefinite migrant detention, and the 100,000 more separated by detention over the past 8 years.
Where: The Central East Correctional Facility in Lindsay Ontario
When: 4:00pm (Bus leaves from Christie Pits Park at 2pm, and returns at 7pm, click here to register)
Everyone should be able to be with the people they love every day!
As we enter 2015, No One Is Illegal - Toronto would like to take a moment to reflect on our work over the last year to prepare for the work ahead. Knowing where we came from allows us to chart where we want to go. This report is a way for us to communicate and be accountable to the many people that make up our broader movement for migrant justice. It is you, the families fighting detentions and deportations; those that are trying to access services; and the communities that take to the streets despite great risk that made this work possible.
Please read the report and let us know how we can collectively escalate our efforts, and improve our tactics and strategies for change. If you find our work important, please consider joining us or becoming a monthly financial sustainer.
No One Is Illegal - Toronto 2014 organizing highlights:
No One Is Illegal - Toronto is delighted to welcome our comrade and ally Gary Freeman back to Canada.
We have supported Gary Freeman since he was arrested in 2004 outside a Yonge Street library in Toronto for shooting a Chicago police officer Terrence Knox in self-defence in 1969.
Listen to an interview we did with his family in 2008: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/40215
Toronto Star coverage from today (with video): http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/01/21/former-fugitive-douglas-gary-...
Stop an Unjust Extradition to the United States!
January 21, 2015
To Executive Committee of Toronto City Council:
Along with many others in this City, we would like to express our outrage that some $3.8 million will be allocated to light up the Bloor Viaduct for the Pan Am Games.
Recently, three homeless men died on the streets of this City and another perished as he sought respite from the cold at the Peter Street Referral Centre. The waiting list for housing stands at close to 170,000 people while those struggling to obtain or retain a place to live are routinely denied access to the Housing Stabilization Fund by Toronto Social Services offices. Tens of thousands of people in this City turn to food banks in order to survive.
Recently, the community had to take action to ensure there were a few more spaces in the homeless shelter system and to win the belated opening of long promised drop in space for homeless women and trans people. Yet, when the circus comes to town and a privileged few stand to make a killing, money is no object and millions can be allocated for something so tacky as the lighting up a bridge.
We call on you to kill the lights on the Bloor Viaduct. Instead, we demand you use the $3.8 million to open up TCHC units that are now standing empty because lack of repair has made them uninhabitable while tens of thousands wait for a decent place to live. To proceed with this obscene misuse of public resources will be an insult to communities living in poverty that we shall have no alternative to respond to.
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty