Homeless Sleep Out on Parliament Hill & Allan Gardens

Grassroots Media Network (gnn@grassrootsnews.org)
Thu, 28 Oct 1999 12:29:03 -0500


Student Sleep-OUT GOES NATIONAL!
New Democratic Youth Of Canada
Sleep Out on Parliament Hill
SATURDAY OCTOBER 30, 1999.
More young people are speaking out about the homelessness crisis!! When will
the government act?

For Immediate Release:
October 28, 1999

New Democratic Youth from across Canada will be ‘Sleeping Out’ on Parliament
Hill on Saturday October 30th 1999

The NDYC is protesting the lack of effective government action to solve the
current Canadian homelessness crisis, and in support of University of
Toronto activists who have been Sleeping Out in Allan Gardens in Toronto.

"The Liberal government has to be held accountable for the deaths of
homeless people. A National Housing strategy MUST be on federal agenda,”
said Libby Davies NDP MP Vancouver East & NDP Critic for Social Programs,
Post Secondary Education, Children & Youth, and Housing.

Activists are calling on all governments to implement the 1% solution.  By
putting an additional 1% of each of their budgets towards affordable housing
and related social services homelessness can be virtually eliminated in 3-5
years.  Libby Davies will be introducing

The NDYC will be meeting on Parliament Hill at 9pm to sleep out.  All are
encouraged to prepare for the cold weather and join the demonstrators.

Speakers:

Bonte Minnema,
LGB Director of the NDYC and representative of the UofT student activists
sleeping out in Allan Gardens in Toronto.

Libby Davies, NDP MPP East & NDP Critic for Social Programs, Post Secondary
Education, Children & Youth, and Housing.

Nrinder Nindy Kaur Nann,
Youth Representative, Canadian Labour Congress.

CONTACT

Bonte Minnema				Dave McGrane
NDYC LGB Director 			Communications Director
416-935-0272				416-650-2456

Student Sleep-OUT Enters Week 12! More young people are speaking out about
the homelessness crisis!! When will the government act?

For immediate release:
October 27, 1999

University of Toronto students will be spending their 12th night in Allan
Gardens this Friday October 29th, 1999.  Students continue to protest the
lack of effective government action on the current homelessness crisis.

”It is exciting how much support we are getting,” said Bonte Minnema of the
Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line. “Ontario New Democratic Youth have been sleeping
out at Queens Park, and the New Democratic Youth of Canada will be sleeping
out at Parliament Hill on October 30th.”

“We need all three levels of government to commit to the 1% solution,” said
Chris Ramsaroop, former president of the U of T Students Administrative
Council.  The 1% solution is a plan whereby all governments would spend an
additional 1% of their budgets on housing and the social services needed to
help people transition back into housing, education, and the work force.
This would be enough to solve the problem of homelessness.”

“The Ontario government gave us no good news in the latest throne speech.
How many people will have to die before they act?” asked Oriel Varga, UofT
student demonstrator.

The New Democratic Youth Of Canada will be encouraging those attending the
NDP federal council in Ottawa to sleep out on Parliament hill on October
30th.

"These students are heroes to me. Their efforts have been tremendous,” said
Marilyn Churley MPP Broadview-Greenwood & NDP community services critic,
“They're putting their money where their mouth is."

For info or to support this action contact spokes person Bonte Minnema at
935-0272  bonte@clo.com







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