Protest brings Ontario town to halt (fwd)

P. Myers (
Fri, 1 May 1998 19:14:17 -0700 (PDT)

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Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 18:51:18 PDT
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Subject: Protest brings Ontario town to halt

	ST. CATHARINES, Ontario, May 1 (UPI) -- A labor coalition has ended a  
day of protest that brought the southern Ontario town of St. Catharines 
to a halt. 
	The protest today was the first ``Day of Action'' in the province  
this year, after a similar series of protests shut down several towns in 
succession last year. 
	Protesters kept buses off the streets and closed down the post office  
and picketed government buildngs, including the St. Catharines city 
hall, but most schools and private businesses remained open. 
	Ed Gould, one of the organizers, says at least 7,500 people turned  
out for the march and rally to protest budget cuts by Premier Mike 
Harris. The cuts have hit schools, hospitals and social services across 
the province. 
	Harris described the protest as ``foolish.''  
	Labor leader Linda Rogers says Harris's remarks were an ``insult  
added to injuries this government has done to Ontario.''