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(en) Canada, Toronto, [ocap*] Stop the Cuts - A Historic Meeting and Growing Momentum!

Date Sat, 17 Sep 2011 10:40:57 +0300

On September 10th over 600 people met in Dufferin Grove Park in an inspiring meeting to formulate and put forth a ‘Toronto Declaration’ to stop Ford’s proposed $774 million in cuts to city services. Since that time, close to 2000 people have ratified this declaration and the numbers are growing by the day! (See and sign here: http://facebook.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=b471a97a3a20e7a863a1f1726&id=8cc4696a8d&e=273f784da1). ---- On this historic day in Dufferin Grove, Torontonians also talked about further action plans to stop Ford’s cuts and take our city back. Below is information about what actions we will be taking over the coming weeks as Ford’s proposed cuts are first brought to the Executive Board on September 19th and then to City Council for the vote on September 26th and 27th.

*If you have other events that fit in to this calendar, or want to
organize an event – let us know about it!

We have fought for justice and dignity in Toronto, and we are not
stopping in September! In the face of a massive attack on public
services, we need to fight back like never before.

Get Involved! Join Toronto Stop the Cuts!


|| Stop the Cuts! || More Services for All! || No handouts to cops or
corporations! ||

Friday, September 16th: City Hall Demonstration Against TTC Cuts
8:00am - 9:00am
City Hall

A short-notice demonstration at Nathan Phillips Square, for Friday, at
8:00 AM to protest the proposed cuts to TTC service and funding and to
demand not merely the halting of cuts and fee hikes, but fare-free and
accessible transit, as part of an ongoing campaign of the Greater
Toronto Workers' Assembly (workersassembly.ca).

The TTC Commission is meeting at 8:30 and that is the reason for the
early time. There will be a larg...e streetcar costume and banners. If
you have the "No Fare is Fair" T-shirts from last fall's "Transit
Street Party" please wear them!

More info on the cuts here:

TTC Commission's page on the meeting:


Sunday, September 18th: Training Day: Stop Ford's Agenda!

10 am – 4 pm
Location: Bahen Building (40 St George St on University of Toronto Campus)
Room: 2185

Join us for a day of skill-building, planning and networking in the
lead up to the September 19 Executive Committee Meeting and the
September 26-27, City Council meetings. We are building a movement to
stop the cuts at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. We
demand: Stop the cuts! Expand services! No handouts to cops and

Workshops include:
How to do a Deputation
Civil Disobedience
How to Talk to Right-Wing People About the Cuts
... and more!

Light refreshments and onsite childcare provided.

Please RSVP by emailing Sept10volunteers@gmail.com.

*Co-presented by: OPIRG – Toronto and Toronto Stop the Cuts


Monday, September 19th: Ford’s Executive Board

The ‘Toronto Declaration’ to Stop the Cuts, signed by close to 2000
people from across Toronto, will be brought as a deputation and read
by Toronto Stop the Cuts.

*Interested in Deputing as well? Here’s how: To sign up to share your
views in 3-5 minutes at the city’s executive committee public hearings
on September 19, email exc@toronto.ca or call 416 392 6627 and ask to
register to speak to the executive committee.
Wednesday, September 21st: Drawing Lines: Figure Studies of Toronto City
9:00am - 12:00pm
City Hall

Artists and non-artists of all skill levels are welcome to come to the
first session at city hall and draw the councilors in situ. We will
meet in a committee room at 9am for a quick drawing tutorial. At 10am
we will proceed into the council chambers and draw. You are welcome to
stay for as long as you want.

Please bring a pad of paper 12" x14" (comfortable enough to be on your
lap) and drawing tools (coloured pencils, pastels, charcoal,

There will be a public show of your favorite drawings. Everyone can
Everyone invited! Learn to Draw! Learn about city government!



Thursday, September 22nd: Crisis Averted – Parents to open affordable
daycare in Mayor Ford’s office!
Nathan Phillips Square (near the doors to city hall)

We’re confident Rob Ford isn’t going to turn his back on 20 000 kids
waiting for daycare subsidies and won’t mind donating his office space
for an interim daycare while he’s hard at work ensuring our children
all have access to safe, affordable childcare spaces.

Parents! Kids! Supporters! Join us for snack and circle time with your
toys and noisiest noise-makers

Ford’s City government is looking to slash daycare funding at the end
of September. We are facing potential cuts of 2000 desperately needed
subsidies, privatization of city-run daycares, an end to quality
control inspections, slashing of family programs and cuts to wage and
rent subsidies for existing daycare facilities.

Help us protect our children’s right to safe, affordable childcare


Friday, September 23rd: Aids Action Now - Mass Die-in Nathan Phillips Square.

Meet at the north-east corner of Queen and Bay
Wear black
Bring flowers/candles/items for a vigil


Rob Ford Plans Cuts – We will Stop Him!
September 26th and 27th Plan of Action
Location: Toronto City Hall


Monday, September 26th
5:30pm: Rally for Toronto: Save City Services, Defend Good Jobs!
7:30pm: Takeover Nathan Phillips Square!
*Camp-out against the cuts – bring your tent and sleeping bag, bring
food, and bring supplies to share if you can!

Tuesday, September 27th
7:00am: Community Breakfast
8:00am: Rally and Action to STOP the CUTS!

On September 10th over 600 people met in Dufferin Grove Park to write
the ‘Toronto Declaration’. We also made plans to confront Ford as he
takes his cuts to the Executive Committee on Sept 19th and City
Council for the vote on Sept 26 and 27. Now is the time for action!

September 19: We will be taking the 'Toronto Declaration' to the
Executive Committee. This will be our last ultimatum to these
councillors to stop their attackson our communities.

On September 26th, we will be joining thousands of union and community
members for a major rally against Ford’s plans. Immediately after this
rally at approximately 7:30pm, we plan to take over Nathan Phillips
Square for an overnight mass camp-out. On the 27th, we will start with
a community breakfast, then get to work on taking back City Hall and
stopping the Ford cuts from being implemented!

Ford was elected on a false promise to protect services and cut
‘gravy’, but planned all along to attack workers and communities! The
cuts he has prepared, can only be countered by workers and communities
mobilizing together to stop him. Come to City Hall on the 26th and
27th and help us do just that.

GET INVOLVED: Join a neighborhood committee, join an action, get in touch!

We have fought for justice and dignity in Toronto before, and we are
not stopping in September! In the face of a massive attack on public
services, we need to fight back like never before. No matter what City
Council votes, we need to build our power to keep our services open
and accessible through all the means at our disposal. Join
neighborhood committees
(http://www.torontostopthecuts.com/?page_id=114) or start your own, so
that in the years to come if any branch of government comes after
homes, our neigbours or our services, we can gather together to stop

DONATE: If you can donate financially please visit our chip-in
or make cheques out to ‘Toronto Stop the Cuts’

ENDORSE: have your organization or union local endorse ‘Toronto Stop
the Cuts’ and plans for action on September 26th-27th

FOOD and SUPPLIES: if you have food or supplies that you can donate
for the camp-out and breakfast, please let us know!


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