Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Toronto Street Vendors Seek G20 Compensation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - from Marianne Moroney of the Toronto Street Food Vendors Association

Street food vendors shut out of G20 security zone

Vendors and families face weeks without work or options

Toronto, June 17, 2010 – Street food vendors who work in the area now designated as the G20 security zone are being forced to stop work for up to 19 days without any guaranteed compensation.
While the government is spending over a billion dollars for the G8 and G20 summits, street food vendors and their families are being asked to live without income for almost three weeks during their busiest, most profitable season.
“We understand the need for security for the G20, and the need for a security zone,” says Marianne Moroney, Executive Director of the Street Food Vendor Association (SFVA) that advocates for the rights of street food vendors.
“What we don’t understand is why these people whose families depend on a small spot on the street are simply kicked out, given no options or alternate places to vend and must live with that for three solid weeks. The move to stop their work is heavy-handed and repressive. This is their livelihood, and this outrageous.”
“If the government was compassionate and conscientious and not simply concerned about our global city image, they would have provided a guaranteed compensation package. Again, the little guys are left to fend for themselves.”
Moroney said the SFVA will support the affected vendors in their demand for the right to work and for compensation for any time that they are forced not to work. She said that it’s clear that it is an excessively long period of time to ask people to go without work. She said vendors are among the most vulnerable working populations in the city.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS, CONTACT:

Marianne Moroney,
Executive Director
SFVA
TEL 416-364-5066
E-M info.sfva@gmail.com
WEB www.sfva.ca

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Bike Pirates request help for Bike! Bike! 2010...

Bike Pirates recently sent out this detailed request regarding the upcoming Bike! Bike! 2010 conference in Toronto:


"Bike!Bike! is coming up in a few weeks, and it will only be a success with the help of people like you! We needs lots of hands and supplies to make this conference as fun and fulfilling as it has been in the past. In terms of helping there are 4 main ways folks can contribute:

*Volunteering your time before or during the conference
* making a monetary or in-kind donation (we need things like food, art and cleaning supplies, and event prizes)
* Offering billets
* Offering Loaner bikes

If you would like to help out you can sign up to volunteer through the Bike!Bike! website at www.bikebike.org Or by contacting bikebike2010@gmail.com.

Also, anyone involved with a community bicycle project should know that they are *more than welcome* to register to attend! Check out the list of Confirmed workshops on the website. There is a handy registration for there as well, so we can keep track of who is attending and their various needs.

Here is a list of basic things that we will need, that folks could donate. Spending $10 could totally help us out! Donations can be dropped off at Bike Pirates (1292 Bloor St. W) or the Bike Joint (290 Harbord St.) during operating hours.

Resources needed:
Cleaning etc.
consumable:
toilet paper
paper towel
handsoap refills
dish soap
small sponges
all-purpose cleaner

renewable (to pirates):
hand towels
tea towels
dish clothes
any spare plates, bowls and cutlery people may have!!


Stationary etc.
large and small sharpies
pens
loose leaf paper
packing tape
scotch tape
bristol board for road signs
name tag stickers


Thanks a lot! hope you can send this along to some other folks who might be interested."

Monday, 19 July 2010

Dinner and Movie with War Resisters Support Campaign

Please join us on Wednesday, July 21, for dinner and a film screening in support of the War Resisters Support Campaign. We will show "War Resisters Speak Out," a new movie about Iraq War resisters in Canada and why we fight to Let Them Stay.   

Special guest Alyssa Manning, the lawyer who represents many war resisters, will speak about the recent positive Federal Court of Appeals decision in Jeremy Hinzman's case and its implications for the campaign. 

 WHEN: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 
 WHERE: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto  
DONATION: $20   
PROGRAM:  Doors open 6:00 / Film and speakers 7:00  

Your support is needed for legal defence of war resisters and the political battle to pass Bill C-440, the private member's bill that would allow war resisters to apply for permanent residence in Canada.  Hope to see you there!   

In peace and solidarity,  
War Resisters Support Campaign

http://resisters.ca
; http://resisters.ca/; http://letthemstay.ca; http://letthemstay.ca/ 


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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Dinner and a movie with the War Resisters Support Campaign


Dear Friends,

Please join us on Wednesday, July 21, for dinner and a film screening
in support of the War Resisters Support Campaign. We will show "War
Resisters Speak Out," a new movie about Iraq War resisters in Canada
and why we fight to Let Them Stay.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

WHERE: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

DONATION (requested): $20

PROGRAM: Doors open 6:00 / Film and speakers 7:00

Your support is needed for legal defense of war resisters and the
political battle to pass Bill C-440, the private member's bill that
would allow war resisters to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Hope to see you there!

In peace and solidarity,
War Resisters Support Campaign

http://resisters.ca/

http://letthemstay.ca/

On Facebook -
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=2226085734&ref=ts