Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Global Day of Action on Climate Change

Join us in solidarity with synchronized demonstrations around the world calling on world leaders to take urgent action on climate change. These demonstrations coincide with the annual United Nations Climate Talks taking place in Durban, South Africa.

At 10 am we will hear speakers from Toronto and see supporting videos. We have a growing number of people on the ground in Durban who will give us live updates. Discussion of action going forward will ensue. Become engaged and march in solidarity with Occupy Toronto at 2 pm.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Oakham Lounge, 2nd floor, Oakham House
Ryerson University, 63 Gould St.
Coffee/tea and a light snack will be available. Please BYO mug and lunch!

10 am - Speakers & Videos (Patrick Bond on system change, Wild Law with Cormac Cullinan)

Live updates from Durban:

Patrick Bonin (AQLPA, Association Québécoise de Lutte contre la Pollution Atmosphérique)
Crystel Hajjar (CYD, Canadian Youth Delegation)
Toby Davine (CYD, Canadian Youth Delegation)
Hannah McKinnon (CAN, Climate Action Network)
Steven Guilbeault (Equiterre)
Richard Girard (Polaris Institute)
Mardi Tindal (Moderator, United Church of Canada)
Discussion, action going forward

2 pm - March in solidarity with Occupy Toronto!

If your group is interested in tabling, please contact

Organized and hosted by:
Toronto Climate Campaign
Council of Canadians Toronto Chapter
Toronto People's Assembly on Climate Justice
CESAR - Continuing Education Students' Association of Ryerson

Monday, November 21, 2011

Council of Canadians Toronto supports Occupy Toronto!

November 20, 2011

The Council of Candians Toronto joins community based organizations, unions, faith groups, activists and concerned individuals in opposing the eviction of Occupy Toronto from St. James park.

Globally, the Occupy Movement seeks to draw attention to the corporate control of our economy, and the resulting wealth inequalities, austerity measures, environmental harms, loss of democratic rights and exclusion of popular voices.

As Canada's largest citizens' organization, the Council of Canadians with over 70 chapters across the country has been supporting local Occupy sites. Here in Toronto our chapter celebrates Occupy Toronto's inclusive, dialogue-friendly, non-violent and truly democratic approach to social transformation. The multitude of engaged individuals eagerly participating in daily general assemblies, workshops, teach-ins and trainings is nothing short of inspirational.

The freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are core democratic rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Concern over upholding these constitutionally protected rights has already been expressed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to Mayor Ford. Our chapter agrees that these rights must be protected.

Whatever the outcome of the court hearing on Monday, our chapter is proud to support and stand in solidarity with Occupy Toronto.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Join us tomorrow at the Occupy Toronto - Evict Ford march!

Join us tomorrow (Sat 19) to protest the eviction of Occupy Toronto. Meet us at 1pm at the south west entrance to the park (on King street). Look for our bright yellow banners!

Occupy Toronto: Evict Ford - Hell NO we WON'T GO!

 19 November · 14:00 - 17:00

St. James Park 

 Rob Ford has had over a year to make his point, he's had his tantrum, and now judging by the polls, businesses and residents have had enough and it’s time for him to go.

Initially we thought "end the gravy train” was a vague message, but now we know "gravy" included plans to cut Libraries, Police, Snow and Road clearing, city planning, the environment and public parks The latest edition to the gravy train was senior citizens and the disabled. This gravy train is getting crowded!

He's already cost the city millions of dollars in transit schemes, and he must be evicted before the winter, before the damage he does to city infrastructure and social services becomes impossible to repair.

The local residents are complaining and they're fed up! Even his old supporters are getting tired of him.

Enough is Enough, It's time to EVICT ROB FORD!

Mayor Ford was initially elected as the "ordinary guy" fighting against elites and corruption in the city administration. His promises resonated with a public angry with the political system and looking for change.

Unfortunately, the change our mayor has brought about has been for the worse. While he promised to cut the budget WITHOUT service cuts, he has done the complete opposite.

Mayor Ford has caused chaos in our local government, waged war on our city workers and bullied through a flawed transit plan that provides less service at a much higher cost.

He's been an embarrassment to himself and our city! And this is only the beginning.

Join us Sat the 19th of November and lets all tell Ford that Occupy Toronto isn't leaving, it's time for HIM to go!

Solidarity with our brothers and sisters in New York! Solidarity with the global movement! Lets show them our strength this Saturday!