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(en) Canada, Toronto, OCAP* Takes Food and Distributes it in Poor Communities TO DELIVER BILL TO MCGUINTY NEXT WEEK

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Date Thu, 30 Sep 2004 10:22:13 +0200 (CEST)


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This afternoon members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
entered an upscale supermarket, took food and other essentials and then
distributed them in poor communities across Toronto. Every month across
the Province people face hunger due to the refusal of the Provincial
Liberal Government to increase social assistance rates to a decent level.
There are over 175,000 people who rely on food banks to survive because
the current rate of welfare and disability payments makes it impossible to
pay rent and put food on the table for the entire month. OCAP and other
organizations across the Province have called for a 40% increase to social
assistance in order to reflect the actual cost of living in Ontario. Our
calls have been ignored- the Government has refused to act.

As we reach the one-year anniversary of the Liberal Government coming
to power OCAP is no longer prepared to wait. Today we led by example in
ensuring that our communities have enough to eat at the end of the month.
Next week we will present the bill for the food that was taken and
distributed to the Liberal Government in Queen’s Park.

To support this action there are a number of ways you can help:

- By joining us next week in Toronto to help present the bill for the food
to McGuinty and his Government (see details below)

- By calling, writing or meeting with your local MPP and demanding that
they raise the issue of paying the bill in the Legislature and call on the
Government to cover this tab.

- By speaking out and sending messages of support from prominent
organizations. Please send these to the Provincial Government and to OCAP.

PUBLIC MEAL AND DEMONSTRATION TO PRESENT THE BILL TO MCGUINTY
Tuesday October 5th
12:00 noon
Allan Gardens- corner of Carlton and Sherbourne

For more information contact OCAP at 416 925 6939



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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6
416-925-6939 ocap@tao.ca www.ocap.ca
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* [Ed. Note: OCAP is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative.]



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