Toronto has had a turbulent summer, with crises ranging from SARS to the
failure of the power grid. The season has been especially difficult for
the city’s poor who have had to cope with these added difficulties on
top of eight years of attacks by the provincial Tory government.
Last Thursday, 6 March, saw the opening of the trial of three leading
members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) charged in
relation to a June 15, 2000 anti-poverty demonstration in front of the
Ontario provincial legislature at Queen’s Park. This trial marks a
serious attack on the rights of all...
Toronto has been in the grips of its worst health scare since the polio
epidemics of the 1950s. The last few weeks have seen the breakdown of a
hospital system compromised by years of neo-liberal cuts and
Canada’s 40-year old system of socialised medicine is under threat.
Powerful private corporations have lobbied heavily for entry into what
they see as an untapped, lucrative market. Ontario’s conservative
government has been hungrily looking for ways to dismantle the system,
in spite of polls showing...