Ontarians demand $10 per hour minumum wage now

    29th Annual Toronto International Women's Day March & Rally - March 10,

    TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, Saturday, March 10, thousands of
women, men and children will pour into the streets of Toronto's downtown to
march and celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) and to call attention to
the plight of unfair minimum wages in Ontario and throughout Canada; to help
stop violence against women; to demand all wars cease; and to insist that a
national, subsidised child care program is reinstated.

    WHAT:     Rally and March to demand changes to the minimum wage in
              Ontario and throughout Canada - $10 per hour now! Stop violence
              against women. Stop the wars. A national daycare program now!

    WHEN:     Saturday, March 10, 2007
              Rally: 11:00 a.m.
              March: 1:00 p.m.

    WHERE:    OISE Auditorium (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education)
              252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (adjacent to the St. George
              subway station)

    "International Women's Day celebrates the victories we have won as the
women's movement - a diverse movement, loud and strong - however we are also
raising our voices on the streets of Toronto demanding this government raise
the minimum wage to $10 per hour now and begin to address women's poverty,"
says Judy Vashti Persad from Women Working with Immigrant Women and the
Toronto IWD Organizing Committee.
    "Today, violence against women is still very much with us, at every level
of our lives; from domestic violence to the violence of poverty to the
international backdrop of war. And yet women continue to lead struggles
against all these forms of violence, in the women's movement, in trade unions,
and in the anti-war movement," states Chantal Sundaram, a Toronto-based
activist and member of the Toronto IWD Organizing Committee.
    Sundaram adds, "We raise a vision of a better world, where resources are
not squandered on war but invested in things like a National Childcare Program
that could take the pressure off women and families trapped in a cycle of
poverty. International Women's Day gives expression to all of these struggles,
against the violence generated by inequality and for the positive alternatives
that lie within our grasp."
    The largest IWD gathering in Canada is organized by Women Working with
Immigrant Women and the IWD Toronto March & Rally Committee. The 29th Annual
Toronto IWD March & Rally is supported by hundreds of women's groups,
community organizations, peace activists, labour unions - and thousands of
citizens from all walks of life calling for a society free of inequality,
injustice, violence and war.

    FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Visit online: www.iwdtoronto.com

    Call the numbers below to pre-book interviews. Interview opportunities
    during the Rally, March & Fair. Photo/video opportunities at the IWD
    Rally & during the 29th Annual IWD Toronto March along Bloor Street West
    & Yonge Street.

For further information:

For further information: Chantal Sundaram, (647) 223-3902, email:
chantal_sundaram@hotmail.com; Judy Vashti Persad, (416) 441-3663 ext 224,
email: jpersad@labourcouncil.ca; Carolyn Egan, (416) 806-7985, email:
c.egan@sympatico.ca; Helen Chilas, (416) 473-8238, email: h-chilas@rogers.com

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