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Kingston Day Of Action
June 8th, 1998

KINGSTON COMMUNITY ACTION CENTRE OPENED


MEDIA ADVISORY
Kingston Day of Action

Release: Immediate, May 19, 1998
Contact: Natalie Mehra (613) 536-5395

KINGSTON TOWN CRIER AND NATIVE SWEET GRASS CEREMONY LAUNCH KINGSTON COMMUNITY DAY OF ACTION

June 8 commemorates the free and democratic election of a government bent on cutting back democratic control in Ontario

Two parts of Kingston's historic past, a traditional native ceremony and the Kingston Town Crier, came together to launch the Kingston Community Day of Action at 7:30 p.m.

Kingston's award winning Town Crier, Chris Wyman, declared the offices open and the campaign to be under way.

Archie Weldon, a Bay of Quinte Mohawk representative of the Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre performed a ceremonial sweet grass blessing of the Day of Action Headquarters.

Labour co-chair Charlie Stock told the crowd of 75 who attended the opening, "The Kingston Day of Action will be the biggest protest against a provincial government in Eastern Ontario's history. This government must listen - most adults and children have no part in the economic recovery. Healthcare and education are withering under the government's attacks. The suffering of Kingston's citizens is increasing daily through the actions of this government."

Community co-chair Natalie Mehra reinforced Stock's message. "During and after the ice-storm, we showed how much we care for each other and for our community. Standing up for Kingston on June 8 is a natural way for us to demonstrate our determination to ensure that all citizens receive the services and respect they deserve," Mehra told Action Alert.

When Irene Harris, Executive Vice-President of the Ontario Federation of Labour spoke, she emphasized the loss of fundamental human rights under this government. "The anti-unionization bill introduced last week to deprive workfare citizens of their rights is something out of the last century. The government caters only to high income citizens and corporate leaders. There is so much anger - the Day of Action is a way to express it." Harris said.

The Kingston Community Day of Action commemorates the June 8 election of the current provincial government. "Unfortunately, Ontario did not realize that it was giving rubber stamp power to ideologues bent on reducing democratic control and privatizing health care, education and social services." Stock told Action Alert.

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The Kingston Community Day of Action, June 8th, 1998

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