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(en) Canada, Toronto, Feast and March in Yorkville (Toronto) this Saturday

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Date Fri, 22 Aug 2003 16:39:40 +0200 (CEST)


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DINE AT THE TORY TROUGH FEAST AND MARCH IN YORKVILLE SATURDAY AUGUST 23, 2003 Meet at 7pm
on Cumberland Ave. (north of Bloor between Avenue Rd and Bellair)
Speakers on the night include: Murphy Browne - Community Organizer in St. Jamestown,
Toronto Mughir Al-Hindi- Al Awda Palestinian Right to Return Coaltion Sarah Blackstock-
Ontario Coalition for Social Justice Kelly O'Sullivan- President
of CUPE 4308 Sima Zerehi- No One is Illegal, Toronto
Members of Native Youth- Toronto Rev. Lincoln- Pastor at St.
Paul's Church and Immigrant rights advocate Member of the
Comite des Sans-Emploi, Montreal Carlos Barbosa- Hotel
worker and member of OCAP and Gaetan Heroux of OCAP

The Yorkville area of Toronto is well established as a bastion
of privilege and wealth. It is to the restaurants, bars, cafes and
shops of Yorkville that corporate executives and their friends
from Queens Park go to dine and shop at taxpayer expense.
Whether business or pleasure, meals in the elite restaurants
of Yorkville are tax deductible to the tune of 50%. That's
millions of dollars drained from housing and social services so
that super-rich Tory backers can dine on meals at $100 a plate.

Those who are elected members of the Tory party need not
even bother with tax deductions. MPP Cam Jackson blew
$3000 of Government money, or almost six months worth of
individual welfare cheques, on dinner at Mortons Steakhouse
in the heart of Yorkville. Then despite living only 45 minutes
from Toronto and having a car and driver paid for by taxpayers,
Jackson billed Ontario residents $14,000 for a room at the
Yorkville Four Seasons Hotel. That money represents more
than someone earning minimum wage would make in 1 year of
40 hour work weeks.

Cabinet Minister Chris Stockwell has been forced to quit
politics after being busted in two instances of fraud. One
involving $300,000 worth of entertainment expenses and
another where he financed a family vacation to France on the
money saved by the Tories by cutting welfare. We can be
assured that Stockwell will receive no lifetime ban on holding
office, nor will he die under house arrest in the sweltering
summer heat for his fraud. Unlike Kimberly Rogers died 2
years ago in such conditions. Stockwell will likely receive a
cushy job at one of the firms that back the Harris-Eves regime
and will soon be entertaining clients at Yorkville restaurants,
cashing in on the tax breaks he has helped to bring in for the
rich.

Those who wish to live in close proximity to the luxury of
Yorkville will find no more prestigious address than the
Residences at 10 Bellair where condos start at $2 million a
piece and skyrocket from there. These condos were built and
are owned by Tridel, a company which generates millions in
profits each year then funnels a signifigant portion of that
money back into the Tory party as reward for creating the
environment for such profits in the first place

The Tory party has done nothing but drain money from poor
communities, steal food from those who are hungry and cut
services to those in need to finance the decadence and greed
of those who put them in office. If someone sends their child
to the exclusive Upper Canada College they receive a $3,500
tax break, which also represents the cost of the best bottle of
wine in the cellar of Yorkville's Truffles restaurant and four
months of rent for the cheapest bachelor apartment in the city.

On the eve of a provincial election campaign we will challenge
the Tory government and all those who seek to follow in their
footsteps by holding a feast and march in the heart of the Tory
Trough-

Poverty will no longer be hidden and Wealth will not go
undisturbed.

For more information contact OCAP at 416-925-6939 or
ocap@tao.ca

* Ontario Coalition Against Poverty 517 College Street, Suite
234 Toronto, Ontario M6G 4A2 416-925-6939 ocap@tao.ca
www.ocap.ca

Link: http://www.ocap.ca/

[* Ed. note: OCAP - the anti-authoritarian social struggle direct action initiative.]


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