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 Bread Alert!

* March 7, 2001 * One page


Bread Alert, from Bread Not Circuses in Toronto, Canada, is available by fax or e-mail. For your copy, call 416-410-2267 and leave your fax number. Send an e-mail message to: jborowy@web.net or jon.alexander@radiolink.net.


Bread Not Circuses Coalition
Box 139, 365 Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto, Ontario Canada, M6R 2M8
(416) 410-2267
www.breadnotcircuses.org


For immediate release March 7, 2001

Toronto's Homeless Disaster - see how the Olympics will make it worse.

Bread Not Circuses Coalition and the Toronto Disaster Relief Coalition will host a:

Tour of Toronto's Homeless Disaster
Thursday, March 8, 2 p.m.
South-east corner of Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street

All media are welcome to attend. The tour goes ahead with or without the International Olympic Committee in attendance. We have written to the International Olympic Committee and urged them to reconsider their position to meet Bread Not Circuses in a luxury hotel instead of taking this tour.

The tour will outline why our scarce and valuable public resources need to be focused on meeting the real needs of the people of Toronto. Canada is the only major county with no national housing strategy. Toronto is a city where an estimated 25,000 people are homeless and sleep outside the shelter system. More than 1,000 children are homeless each night. In 1999, the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness called for a minimum of 2,000 affordable housing units to be built each year to address the homeless disaster.

On our tour, we will highlight the filled homeless shelters. We will visit tent city on the waterfront. We will show how our public land is about to be sold off to private developers and we will get stadiums instead of housing. We will outline how user fees block our children from using their community recreation centres.

Bread Not Circuses and the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee do not have a secure meeting time or place with the IOC. Bread Not Circuses may not receive final notification until Thursday. TO-Bid is considering 1:30 p.m. on Friday March 9.

Videotape showing the conditions in Toronto's shelters will be available, along with the People's Anti-Olympic Bid Book from Bread Not Circuses.

For information:

Cathy Crowe, Toronto Disaster Relief Committee - 416-599-8372
Jan Borowy, Bread Not Circuses Coalition - 416-410-2267

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