Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Toronto: OCAP Raise the Rates Assembly



Steelworkers Hall- 25 Cecil St. (South of College, East off Spadina)


Rachel Huot- Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Mariam Hassan- OCAP Women of Etobicoke
Sam Gindin- Long-Time Trade Union Activist
Kathy Hardill- Health Providers Against Poverty
Andrea Gunarj and Jennifer Plyler- Women Against Poverty Collective

In October 2006 OCAP and the Health Providers Against Poverty began Round II of special diet clinics. These special diet clinics are being organized under strict government regulations designed to block access to this money. The government failed.

The special diet is a government provision that allows people on welfare and disability to receive funds for dietary needs when prescribed by a nurse or doctor. In 2005 OCAP began publicizing and organizing clinics with health providers for people on assistance to get the special diet. Forty million dollars later the City and Province began attempting to shut us down. For ten months we were unable to hold clinics and thousands of people lost much needed money.

ROUND II Begins!

In three months close to 1000 people have gone through our clinics. We face a government reaching the end of its term that has raised assistance rates by just 5%- an insulting fraction of what it would take for rates to be livable. We face government at each level that intentionally deny people the means to get by.

But the government faces communities that refuse to go back to the old choices between dignity or rent. They face people who have joined the fight for a decent income, who are demanding it from their welfare workers, their city councillors and their MPPs. They face people willing to fight for what they deserve.

Please support us- Come out to hear from the people making this struggle happen.

For more information please contact OCAP.

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6

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