Applaud occupiers' temporary court victory protecting their right to
continue assembling peacefully
TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - In response to the eviction notices
delivered to the occupiers of St. James Park on Tuesday, the largest
nurses' union in Canada is calling on Toronto City Council to prevent
an eviction of Occupy Toronto protesters by police.
"Just because the mayors of some other cities have ordered police to
break up peaceful Occupy Movement protests at all costs, including
violence and personal injury, doesn't mean that Toronto has to do the
same thing," said Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) President Linda
"The occupiers of St. James Park in Toronto have a very clear message,"
said Haslam-Stroud. "Business as usual doesn't work for 99 per cent of
Ontarians and it's time to address income disparity, poverty,
homelessness, and the need for good jobs for all, in a meaningful way."
Ontario's nurses support the efforts of Councillor Gord Perks and the 12
city councilors who have signed a letter demanding that Toronto Mayor
Rob Ford's proposed eviction be stopped and that council debate the
"Nurses applaud the Superior Court of Justice for its temporary
injunction against the eviction," said Haslam-Stroud. "The Court has
recognized that freedom of conscience, expression, peaceful assembly,
and association are at issue and we look forward to the full hearing
about protecting these fundamental rights on Friday."
"As nurses, we know that health isn't an isolated concept. Access to
post-secondary education, which is financially out of reach for many,
and the amount of money workers are paid for their work can be directly
linked to personal health."
"Good jobs that include fair wages, benefits, pensions, and job security
are what made the middle class. We need more of them now than ever
before to lift people out of poverty and to start a real economic
recovery for the majority of Ontarians."
"Instead of focusing on cuts, let's have a serious debate at all levels
of government about why a few people feel they deserve so much more
money than the majority of us while children, right here in the largest
province of one of the richest nations on earth, still live in
ONA is the union representing 57,000 front-line RNs and allied health
professionals and more than 12,000 nursing student affiliates providing
care in Ontario communities, hospitals, long-term care facilities,
public health, industry and clinics.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association
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