[Fwd: Homeless to be Evicted April 13]

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 16:35:13 -0400


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Subject: Homeless to be Evicted April 13
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 16:08:29 -0400
From: Bob Olsen <bobolsen@interlog.com>



 A hundred homeless people will be evicted by City of Toronto
 officials from the City's Doctors' Hospital shelter tomorrow,
 Tuesday, April 13, and put out onto the street.

 Last fall, when all of the City's homeless shelters were full,
 many of us demanded that the City open the armouries so that 
 people would not freeze to death on the streets.

 OCAP (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty) 925-6939, occupied
 the vacant Doctors' Hospital building and demanded that it be
 opened up and used as a shelter for the homeless.  Several 
 OCAP members were arrested and charged.  Then, lo and behold,
 the City opened Doctors' Hospital as a shelter for the homeless.

 Doctors' Hospital shelter was scheduled to be closed on Thursday
 April 15.

 The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee 703-8482 ext 117 or 411
 scheduled a demonstration and press conference at Doctors'
 Hospital for April 14.

 Today, I learn that they are going to close Doctors' Hospital
 tomorrow, April 13.

 Some of us now invite all concerned citizens and the media to
 come to Doctors' Hospital, Brunswick Ave, north of College,
 tomorrow, April 13, 7:00 am to protest the closing of this
 needed shelter and to speak to those being put out onto the
 street.

 All the hostels have been full for some time now.  Approximately
 800 shelter beds, including Doctors' Hospital, will be closed
 over the next few weeks.  There is no shelter for these homeless
 people.  They are expected to sleep on the street.

 This is not only a national disaster, is is a national disgrace.

 By the way, this is not a press release. 
 This is just my own expression of concern.

 The City officials responsible are:
 - Shirley Hoy, the commisioner
 - Joanne Campbell, boss of the housing dept
 - John Jagt, head of hostel services



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