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(en) Canada, oronto,[ocap*] More on the Food Grab Action and Photos of the Haul

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 1 Oct 2004 08:04:51 +0200 (CEST)

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In this Wednesday's food grab from a high-end grocery store, members of
the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty walked away with $3525.00 worth
of food and tolietries.
The haul of goods included chicken, beef roasts, racks of ribs, rice,
coffee, bricks of cheese, diapers, shampoo and other necessities that
people in this province simply cannot afford. As one of the OCAP crew
noted, "I’ve never shopped like this before in my life - instead of
searching for the cheapest items, I could go for the expensive quality
stuff." [Photos are available at www.ocap.ca/ocapnews/foodgrabphotos.html]

OCAP members were able to walk easily away from the grocery store, food in
hand. The food was then distributed to people living in the city’s
downtown east end yesterday evening.

It is worth noting that while people go hungry, grocery baron Galen Weston
is the second richest person in all of Canada. In fact, the Weston family
is the 43rd richest in the entire world. Most remarkable is the fact
that the Westons control 50% of the food distribution market in Ontario.
It was one of the Weston's many supermarkets that was targeted yesterday.

It is not enough just to say that the current rate of welfare and
disability payments makes it impossible to pay rent and put decent,
healthy food on the table for the entire month. It is not enough just to
talk about the dire need for a 40% increase to social assistance rates, to
reflect the actual cost of living in Ontario. Saturday, October 2nd marks
the one-year anniversary of the Liberal Government coming to power – we
have ended this year of inaction and insult by actually taking back some
of what people living in poverty in Ontario have long been owed.

So, it is to the Liberal government in office that we will send the bill -
both for the food we took, and for that which is owed to people trying to
survive on welfare and disability incomes.

Come out for a free meal and to present the bill:
Tuesday October 5th
12:00 noon
Allan Gardens
(corner of Carlton and Sherbourne)


Also on the Raise the Rates...


On September 28th, 20 people showed up to John Milloy's office to shut it
down and let him know that the Liberal's agenda of robbing the poor to pay
for the lifestyles of the rich would not go on unopposed. When we arrived
to implement our agenda and demand that the Liberal government raise
Welfare, ODSP and the Minimum Wage we found the doors to the office locked
and office workers sneaking out the back. For the rest of the day the
Liberal office was closed due to the fact that the Liberals are too
ashamed to deal with the people that they are supposed to represent...

See www.ocap.ca/kw/milloy.html to read more.


Look out for more Raise the Rates actions across Ontario over the next few
days by members of Ontario Common Front organizations and the Ontario
Needs a Raise Campaign.

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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