Toronto Action for Social Change on trial: Brian Burch FWD

Tom Boland (
Sun, 18 Apr 1999 16:48:41 -0700 (PDT)


Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 17:39:42 -0400
From: Brian <>
Subject: tasc on trial

        ON TRIAL:
For Protesting Poverty in Ontario
Wednesday, April 21, 9 am, Courtroom L,
Toronto Old City Hall Courts
(Queen St. West and Bay)

Last September, dozens of people took part in the Fast to End Hunger and
Homelessness, a month-long series of public events, vigils, and fasting to
mark three years since the introduction of the devastating Harris
government's 21.6% cuts to social assistance in Ontario.

On October 1-the third anniversary of the cuts-five people were arrested
for pouring a blood-like substance on the walls of the legislature to
protest the countless deaths which can be linked to these cuts.

Two others, who were holding a banner which read: "Ontario Violating Human
Rights: United Nations Wants to Know Why," were arrested when they refused
to take down the banner and leave. So much for human rights in
Ontario...Join us April 21 for the trial.

All were permanently banned from the legislative grounds by House Speaker
Chris Stockwell (violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms).

Following the trial on April 21 (likely to end before noon), individuals
who were banned from the legislature (and supporters) will return to
Queen's Park in defiance of the ban to attend the weekly vigil of
Interfaith Witness for Social Justice and Compassion. The last time such an
act of public defiance took place was Martin Luther King Day, in January.
Although no one was arrested that day,  a month later police visited the
homes of the banned activists and laid charges against them (that trial is
in January, 2000).

For more information call Toronto Action for Social Change at 416-651-5800.


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