[Fwd: What kind of a society have we become?]

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Wed, 23 Jun 1999 01:54:05 -0400


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: What kind of a society have we become?
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 12:31:53 -0400
From: Bob Olsen <bobolsen@interlog.com>
To: dbleakney@cupw-sttp.org

      What kind of a society have we become?

      We cannot provide housing and we cannot provide shelter.
      Now we do not let the homeless sleep safely in our parks,
      unmolested by the police.


 Please, write to Mayor Lastman and to your City Councillor and demand
 that homeless people be allowed to take shelter in public parks
 without being molested by the police.

 Homeless people have told OCAP (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty)
 that the police have chased them out of parks and that the Parks
 Department came right behind the police and threw their food,
 sleeping bags, clothes and belongings in the garbage.

 The police are chasing people out of the parks in the middle of the
 day as well as during the night.  Homeless people, who have nowhere
 else to sleep, are given tickets for sleeping in City parks.
 Hundreds of homeless people have taken to sleeping during the day and
 then walking the streets all night, for fear of being hassled by the
 police.  Some have told me that they are exhausted and have lost all
 hope.

 OCAP made a presentation on June 17 to the City of Toronto Community
 Services Committee for a "safe park" for homeless people.  The
 Committee's report on OCAP's proposal for a "safe park" goes to City
 Council on July 6.

 Please, write to Mayor Lastman and to your City Councillor and demand
 that homeless people be allowed to take shelter in public parks
 without being molested by the police.

 The Golden report, January 1999, (the Mayor's Homelessness Action
 Task Force) http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/mayor/homelessnesstf.htm
 reported:

  More than 100,000 people are on the waiting list for social housing
   in Toronto.

  Poverty is getting worse among the applicants for social housing

  The number of families on the social housing waiting list has
   increased greatly: more than 31,000 children are on the waiting list.
   At the current rate of placement, families would have to wait 17
   years to obtain housing.  

  The fastest-growing groups of hostel users (homeless people) are
   youth under 18 and families with children.

  5,300 children were homeless in 1996.

  4,400 people in 1996 (17 percent of hostel users) stayed in the
   hostel system for a year or more.
 

 The Federation of Canadian Municipalities report, June 1999
 http://www.fcm.ca/newfcm/Java/frame.htm   states:

  Between 1990 and 1995 the number households in Canada paying more
   than 50 percent of their income on rent increased by 43 percent
   (from 583,710 to 833,555 households)


      What kind of a society have we become?

      We cannot provide housing and we cannot provide shelter.
      Now we do not let the homeless sleep safely in our parks,
      unmolested by the police.

      Please, write to Mayor Lastman and to your City Councillor
      and demand that homeless people be allowed to take shelter
      in public parks without being molested by the police.

      Please cc your fax to the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee
      at 416-703-6190 and cc your email to bobolsen@interlog.com

 Signed, Bob Olsen, Toronto, June 22, 1999


 How to contact City Hall........................................

 Mayor Lastman, phone 395-6464, fax 395-6440
                mayor_lastman@city.toronto.on.ca

 City Councillors' phone and fax numbers are listed on page 18 of the
 Blue Pages of your phone book.  Some fax numbers may have changed,
 so you might want to call and confirm the fax number.

 Councillors' email address is based on their last name.
 For example:

 councillor_adams@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_altobello@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_ashton@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_augimeri@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_berardinetti@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_berger@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_bossons@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_brown@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_davis@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_disero@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_duguid@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_faubert@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_feldman@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_filion@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_flint@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_fotinos@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_gardner@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_giansante@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_holyday@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_jakobek@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_johnston@city.toronto.on.ca 
 councillor_jones@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_kelly@city.toronto.on.ca
 <Blake.F.Kinahan.at.MTCNLM01@city.toronto.on.ca>
 councillor_king@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_korwin-kuczynski@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_lipreti@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_lindsay_luby@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_mahood@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_mammoliti@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_mcconnell@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_mihevc@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_miller@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_minnan-wong@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_moeser@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_moeser@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_moscoe@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_nunziata@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_o'brien@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_ootes@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_pantalone@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_prue@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_rae@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_saundercook@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_sgro@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_shaw@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_shiner@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_silva@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_sinclair@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_tzekas@city.toronto.on.ca
 councillor_walker@city.toronto.on.ca



   .............................................
   Bob Olsen, Toronto      bobolsen@interlog.com
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