Thousands of protesters are expected to flood downtown Toronto on Saturday to condemn Mayor Rob Ford’s cuts to social programs and services.
The demonstration — organized by several community groups — is calling on Ford to stop slashing social programs and public services, nixing public transportation, selling off public housing, privatizing sanitation collection and raising recreational facility user fees.Oh no--not ACORN! Next you'll be telling me there's a Canadian branch of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan said the protest will start at 1 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square and later head to City Hall.
“Rob Ford is not a czar, but he’s acting like a dictator. He was elected as mayor of the city, but there should be democratic debate to let the public have a say,” Ryan said.
“Toronto is a livable city because of the community and social programs and transportation systems we have in place — it all contributes to a good standard of living,” he said.
Winnie Ng, Ryerson University’s Gindin Chair of Social Justice and Democracy, said she wants Ford’s administration to “respect Toronto residents.
“Ford’s cuts will affect those who are most vulnerable and marginalized, including seniors, the disabled and those living in low-income neighbourhoods,” Ng said. “Ford’s creating a line between the haves and the have-nots. We’re asking Ford think of Toronto for all and not just for those who can afford to live here.”
Kay Bisnath, of the Association of Community Organization Reform Now (ACORN), has lived in Toronto Community Housing as a Scarborough resident for 10 years...
Update: Re Winnie Ng, she's a
Labour rights activist and scholar Winnie Ng has joined Ryerson University as the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy. The CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy is the first union-endowed chair at a Canadian university.
In her role, Ng will build upon the work of inaugural chair Judy Rebick, a well-known journalist, author and activist who was first appointed in 2002. The chair's mandate is to create a hub of interaction between social justice activists and academics at Ryerson...Union-endowed chair; "social justice"; Judy Rebick: 'nuff said.