(fwd) RE: OCAP'S SAFE PARK FOR THE HOMELESS

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Tue, 08 Jun 1999 22:49:05 -0400


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June 8, 1999

    On June 17, OCAP will be making a presentation before the Community
and Neighborhoods Committee of Toronto City Council. We will be calling
for our plans to create a safe park for homeless people in Toronto this
Summer to be endorsed and supported by the City.

    The need for a safe park flows from an unheard of homeless crisis
that has filled all available hostel space to overflowing. It also is
urgently required in light of a massive police drive to force homeless
people out of the parks and the central area of the City. This 'social
cleansing' is being conducted to clear the way for commercial and
upscale housing development that is changing the face of Toronto along
the lines of New York City.

    Clearly, members of Council and senior City bureaucrats will resist
our plans. Already, the head of Parks and Rec has stated that he will
deal with the safe park as a police matter. For just this reason, we
need maximum support. Please send letters supporting the OCAP safe park
to Community and Neighborhood Services Committee c/o Roz Dyers at fax #
(416) 392-2980
 
Thanks,

ONTARIO COALITION AGAINST POVERTY
(416) 925-6939
<ocap@tao.ca>