Report: Working People Speak Out on Matters of Concern —
Working people across Ontario are fighting every day for their rights and pressing that their demands be met. During the election, more than ever, they are holding meetings, town halls, round tables and other activities to ensure they have an independent voice in the election and argue out how to intervene to make sure their concerns are heard.
Discussion on How to Intervene in the Election in a Manner that Serves the Interests of the People
Regular meetings in Hamilton have been held since January to discuss the issues facing working people and how they can empower themselves to defend their rights and the rights of all.
Laura Joins Workers in Hamilton to Discuss Concerns
Independent candidate for Windsor Tecumseh Laura Chesnik joined the lively discussion held in Hamilton on May 20. She exchanged views and experiences on matters of concern with steelworkers and informed them about her Empower Yourself Now campaign.
Meeting in Sault Ste-Marie Demands Restoration of Rail Passenger Service
The NorthEastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) held a summit in Sault Ste. Marie on April 19 to focus on their demand for the restoration of passenger rail service in the region (which was eliminated five years ago) and the social, environmental and economic benefits that this would bring to the region. Two dozen speakers and 120 attendees participated.
Peterborough Action Against Poverty Town Hall
An Action Against Poverty town hall meeting with local candidates was organized by the Youth Political Action Coalition in Peterborough on May 24.
Jane-Finch Neighbourhood Community Meeting in Toronto
A meeting at the Driftwood Community Centre, May 29, 2018, organized by the Jane-Finch Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Task Force, provided a forum for residents and community groups to discuss issues of concern. Discussion focussed on: public housing (in particular the state of and recent closures of Toronto Community Housing buildings), education, mental health, workers’ rights and the minimum wage, and public transit.
Town Hall in Thunder Bay Concerning Long-Term Care Crisis
A town hall meeting on the long-term care crisis was organized May 29 in Thunder Bay by Unifor Local 229. The union represents long-term care workers in the city which has six long-term care facilities.
During the town hall meeting, several solutions were offered by staff at long-term care homes in the city and family members of residents, which included not opening anymore for-profit or private homes, increasing worker to patient ratios, basic minimum staffing levels, increases in public funding and wage increases so that more people enter and stay in the profession which favours the patients’ well-being.
Gender Equity Town Hall in Toronto
A gender equity town hall candidates meeting was organized in Toronto on May 29 as part of the “Ontario for All” campaign being organized by various non-profit organizations including food banks, community health centres, legal clinics, and youth services, during the election. Discussion at the meeting dealt with questions of safe and affordable housing, affordable child care, and ending gender-based violence.