[Hpn] For Immediate Release

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
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TORONTO DISASTER RELIEF COMMITTEE=20
6 Trinity Square, Toronto,=20
Ontario Canada  M5G 1B1=20
Phone: 416-599-TDRC (8372)=20
Fax: 416-599-5445
www.HousingNotWar.ca=20
housingnotwar@gmail.com=20

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MEDIA ADVISORY - For Immediate Release

January 24, 2008

Manley Report and Federal government oppose public while unprecedented =
alliance demands Housing Not War=20

John Manley, head of the Harper-appointed panel to study the =
government's Afghan War, stated upon the release of its report: "we are =
a rich country, we've got to do some of this stuff".=20

"Manley is not referring to the need for a national housing program to =
relieve the suffering and death of homeless people in a rich country =
like Canada," said Beric German, Toronto Disaster Relief Committee =
(TDRC) co-founder. "Unlike the large majority of Canada's public, he =
wants to keep fighting to support one side in a civil war in =
Afghanistan."=20

Manley, who recommends continuing war and new resources to wage it, =
claims the war is unpopular because ordinary people do not understand =
it. "Ordinary people simply share decent priorities, which the =
government has been rejecting. It chooses to ignore the homelessness =
disaster directly afflicting 300 000 people, ignore available solutions, =
and instead waste resources on an endless war most of us oppose," said =
Andrew Mindszenthy, TDRC Outreach Co-ordinator.=20

Malalai Joya, a woman elected to the Afghan parliament then kicked out =
for criticizing warlord parliamentarians and now living in constant =
danger, recently visited Canada. In Canada, she said, "people are =
homeless, they are poor, but not only do they [Canada's government] not =
serve their people, but money is going" to support the warlords the NATO =
war props-up in Afghanistan - "not their innocent people". 90% of =
Canadian funds for Afghanistan go to war, not reconstruction. "In =
Canada," Joya said, "the government follows the footpath of the US, but =
the people are so great".=20

112 diverse organizations and thousands of individuals are publicly =
demanding Housing Not War: an end to the Afghan war, and a redirection =
of funds from record-high military spending to peaceful purposes, =
including an extra 1% for housing. Daily, new supporters join the =
national campaign launched by TDRC and the Canadian Peace Alliance.=20

Canada's skyrocketing military spending has reached $18.2B annually (the =
highest since WWII) versus only $2B on housing. The only industrialized =
country with no national housing program, Canada struggles through the =
worst housing crisis since the Great Depression.=20

Housing Not War declaration signers can be seen at www.HousingNotWar.ca.

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Toronto Disaster Relief Committee 416-599-8372 (office)















William Charles Tinker, Sr.
New Hampshire Homeless
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.
1-603-286-2492
http://www.missingkids.com
http://www.nationalhomeless.org
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<DIV>TORONTO DISASTER RELIEF COMMITTEE <BR>6 Trinity Square, Toronto, =
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<BR><BR>&nbsp;<BR>MEDIA ADVISORY - For Immediate Release<BR><BR>January =
24,=20
2008<BR><BR>Manley Report and Federal government oppose public while=20
unprecedented alliance demands Housing Not War <BR><BR>John Manley, head =
of the=20
Harper-appointed panel to study the government's Afghan War, stated upon =
the=20
release of its report: "we are a rich country, we've got to do some of =
this=20
stuff". <BR><BR>"Manley is not referring to the need for a national =
housing=20
program to relieve the suffering and death of homeless people in a rich =
country=20
like Canada," said Beric German, Toronto Disaster Relief Committee =
(TDRC)=20
co-founder. "Unlike the large majority of Canada's public, he wants to =
keep=20
fighting to support one side in a civil war in Afghanistan." =
<BR><BR>Manley, who=20
recommends continuing war and new resources to wage it, claims the war =
is=20
unpopular because ordinary people do not understand it. "Ordinary people =
simply=20
share decent priorities, which the government has been rejecting. It =
chooses to=20
ignore the homelessness disaster directly afflicting 300 000 people, =
ignore=20
available solutions, and instead waste resources on an endless war most =
of us=20
oppose," said Andrew Mindszenthy, TDRC Outreach Co-ordinator. =
<BR><BR>Malalai=20
Joya, a woman elected to the Afghan parliament then kicked out for =
criticizing=20
warlord parliamentarians and now living in constant danger, recently =
visited=20
Canada. In Canada, she said, "people are homeless, they are poor, but =
not only=20
do they [Canada's government] not serve their people, but money is =
going" to=20
support the warlords the NATO war props-up in Afghanistan - "not their =
innocent=20
people". 90% of Canadian funds for Afghanistan go to war, not =
reconstruction.=20
"In Canada," Joya said, "the government follows the footpath of the US, =
but the=20
people are so great". <BR><BR>112 diverse organizations and thousands of =

individuals are publicly demanding Housing Not War: an end to the Afghan =
war,=20
and a redirection of funds from record-high military spending to =
peaceful=20
purposes, including an extra 1% for housing. Daily, new supporters join =
the=20
national campaign launched by TDRC and the Canadian Peace Alliance.=20
<BR><BR>Canada's skyrocketing military spending has reached $18.2B =
annually (the=20
highest since WWII) versus only $2B on housing. The only industrialized =
country=20
with no national housing program, Canada struggles through the worst =
housing=20
crisis since the Great Depression. <BR><BR>Housing Not War declaration =
signers=20
can be seen at <A=20
href=3D"http://www.HousingNotWar.ca">www.HousingNotWar.ca</A>.<BR><BR>&nb=
sp;<BR>-30-<BR><BR>&nbsp;<BR>MEDIA=20
CONTACTS:<BR><BR><BR>Toronto Disaster Relief Committee 416-599-8372=20
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03276-1640=20
USA<BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human=20
rights.<BR>1-603-286-2492<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.missingkids.com">http://www.missingkids.com</A><BR><A =

href=3D"http://www.nationalhomeless.org">http://www.nationalhomeless.org<=
/A><BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org">http://www.newhampshirehomel=
ess.org</A><BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com">http://www.=
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