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(en) Canada, Toronto, LESS TALK, MORE SQUATS - by Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

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Date Sat, 18 Oct 2003 11:31:10 +0200 (CEST)

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We have a new Liberal government in Queen's Park and a new
Mayor will be in City Hall in November. The politicians are
talking about the need for 'change' in this city and province. But
OCAP knows very well that for the poor and homeless, we will
only get change if we are prepared to fight for it. The Tory
legacy still stains our everyday lives - it must be removed.
Immediate problems call for immediate solutions.

All over the east end of Toronto, poor communities are under
attack. Developers, upscale home buyers and municipal
planners are laying the groundwork to drive out those who have
lived in the area for years and create a playground for yuppies.

On November 8th , two days before the Toronto municipal
elections, OCAP will be resisting this drive by taking housing
for the homeless. Once we have claimed a building, we will
demand of the Mayor and other members of the new Council
that they meet with us to negotiate around the following:

1. The building we take over must be opened as housing. Its
residents must be left in possession of the property, with heat,
lighting, and water made available.

2. Social housing units must be created in the east end, to
house all people living in the neighbourhood's homeless

3. Using its zoning powers, the City must protect existing low
income housing stock and freeze the creation of condos until
adequate housing for poor people has been created.

4. A major drive to inspect existing rental housing in the area
must be undertaken to ensure adequate repair and maintence,
and to protect the housing that already exists.

The low income residents of central Toronto's east end have a
right to be housed. This right takes priority over lakeshore
condos, yuppie 'quality of life' and developers' profits. We
intend to cut through the fake talk and empty promises with
serious action to defend a poor community under attack.

If you want to help build the housing action, we are hosting a
meeting of all individuals and groups interested in standing with
us for housing on November 8th . Join us on Wednesday
October 22nd at 6pm in our office at 10 Britain St.

And above all, come out on that day and take a stand for justice
and the right to housing.

Wednesday Oct 22nd
10 Britain Street

Assemble at All Saint's Church
November 8th
A meal will be provided.

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty*
NEW ADDRESS!: 10 Britain St. Toronto, Ontario M5A 1R6
416-925-6939 ocap (at) tao.ca www.ocap.ca

*[Ed. Note: OCAP is anti authoritarian direct action social struggle initiative]

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