Bread Not Circuses Coalition
Box 139, 365 Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto, Ontario Canada, M6R 2M8
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
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
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.
Cathy Crowe, Toronto Disaster Relief Committee - 416-599-8372
Jan Borowy, Bread Not Circuses Coalition - 416-410-2267