Fair Deal For Our City unveils campaign plans

    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fair Deal For Our City Coalition
today unveiled details of their public campaign strategy.
    "We are mobilizing members of the community, labour organizations, social
justice groups and concerned citizens to participate in this campaign," said
John Cartwright, President of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, one
of the founding organizations in the coalition.
    The coalition has had 150,000 brochures printed explaining the issues of
provincial downloading that have made it so financially difficult for the
City. The flyer gives information about the financial crisis created by
downloading from Queen's Park and the failure to restore funding for public
transit. It calls on voters to demand straight answers from every candidate in
their ridings.
    "We are going to create a powerful movement to raise the issue of a fair
deal in key ridings in Toronto, through door-to-door canvassing, rallies,
leafleting, phoning and electronic messaging," said Katrina Miller of the
Toronto Environmental Alliance. "It will be a non-partisan effort to win a
commitment from all candidates to address the Fair Deal issue."
    To start with, the campaign will focus on eight ridings - Willowdale, Don
Valley West, Scarborough-Guildwood, Scarborough Southwest, York South-Weston,
Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Etobicoke North, and York West. The first canvassing and
leafleting target is Don Valley West where Minister of Education
Kathleen Wynne is facing Conservative Leader John Tory.
    "Beginning in mid-September, you will also see our ads at over
300 transit shelters and recycling bins across the City," Cartwright

    The Fair Deal For Our City Coalition members include ACORN, African
Canadian Social Development Council, Amalgamated Transit Union, Canadian
Federation of Students (Ontario), Canadian Union of Public Employees, Chinese
Canadian National Council (Toronto), Community Social Planning Council of
Toronto, Federation of Metro Tenants Associations, Ontario Council of Agencies
Serving Immigrants, Scarborough Civic Action Network, Toronto Coalition for
Better Child Care, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Toronto & York Region
Labour Council, Toronto Youth Cabinet, and the Urban Alliance on Race

For further information:

For further information: John Cartwright, President, Toronto and York
Region Labour Council, (416) 999-5663; Katrina Miller, Campaigns Director,
Toronto Environmental Alliance, (647) 272-5024; Wendy Forbes, CUPE
Communications, (416) 892-8716

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