Raise the Rates Week of Action: May 18-25!

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Raise the Rates Week of Action Against the Liberal Government’s ‘Invisible Austerity’ War on the Poor

The Raise the Rates Campaign is calling on local communities to challenge MPPs during the week of May 18. During that week, they will be in their constituency offices and this is an ideal time to challenge the austerity and growing poverty that is being imposed in this Province.

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Fight Back Against Social Cleansing!: A Public Meeting on the City's Plans for the Downtown

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No Social Cleansing in Toronto! Save Downtown Homeless Shelters and Services!

Meal and Community Meeting

Wednesday, April 15
6.00 PM
St Luke’s Church (353 Sherbourne, at Carlton)

OCAP Delegation to Metro Hall to Demand City Replace Shelter Beds Lost by Closing the Hope Shelter

Image description: Photo taken from inside Metro Hall. Two Toronto police officers in yellow jackets stand near the front entrance, barring entry to OCAP members assembled outside

OCAP took a strong delegation to Metro Hall today (March 30) to demand that the City open space immediately to replace the 124 beds for the homeless that will be lost because of the closing of the Hope Shelter. The last person will have to move out of there tomorrow.

Invisible Austerity: An Illustrated Guide to Cuts to Social Assistance in Ontario

This comic explains the invisible austerity program that the Liberals have implemented, attacking poor people in this province. It goes through social assistance rules cut by cut and shows how things have gotten worse under the Liberals. It shows how poor people have lost important benefits and how Kathleen Wynne has no right to call herself "The Social Justice Pemier"

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Official Raise the Rates Campaign Statement on ODSP Medical Reviews

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The Medical Reviews for those on ODSP must be suspended!

The Raise the Rates campaign of community groups and unions calls on the Wynne Government to immediately suspend the implementation of medical reviews for people on ODSP. The accelerated review process is occurring at the worst possible time for people living in poverty and under conditions that have not been properly prepared.

UPDATE: OCAP Wins Fight for 24 Hour Women and Trans* Drop-In Spaces! All Charges Against November 25 Arrestees Withdrawn!

Dear friends and allies,

Today we are happy to announce two important updates on the fight for 24 hour women and trans* drop-ins in Toronto:

1) Most importantly, we have WON 24 hour drop-ins in Toronto! Funds for the women & trans* drop-ins were passed during this year’s budget process. The 2015 Operating Budget for shelter, housing and support, as approved by City Council last week, includes new funding of $2,250,000 in 2015 for new 24 hour drop-in services for women and trans* people, increasing to $3,000,000 in 2016 and beyond. Spaces are confirmed and it is only a matter of weeks before we will see the drop-ins opened (more info on specific opening dates and locations to be sent out soon). We are proud of the work we have done and what we accomplished together with our allies during this collective struggle. We have drawn attention to the violence that street involved women face and the need for increased services for people who are homeless in Toronto. This is an important victory - services like these save lives.

2) This morning all charges were withdrawn against all 5 OCAP women who took part in the action on November 25th. In return the women agreed to provide 30 hours of community service.

Andrew McLean Case Update

Save the Hope Shelter! Toronto Can't Lose 124 Shelter Beds!

News that the Salvation Army Hope Shelter, at McCaul and College, is set to close on April 15 constitutes a devastating blow. The shelter system is horribly overcrowded and all assurances that the City’s policy of keeping occupancy levels at no more than 90% will finally be adhered to have proven to be false. This particular shelter, located in the underserviced west end, is consistently operating at maximum capacity. Four homeless men died in January and the removal of 124 beds from the system simply can’t be allowed to happen.

OCAP Supports CUPE 3902 and CUPE 3903!

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