Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Low income and homeless to Ottawa Recruiting Centre

Low-income tenants and homeless move furniture to Ottawa Recruiting Centre, just 5 days before Throne Speech

MONTREAL, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Hundreds of low-income tenants and homeless people will move furniture in front of the Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Centre, situated right in the middle of downtown Ottawa, not far from the Office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This action is intended to denounce the growing disproportion between the federal government's humungous military expenditures and the meagre investments aimed at responding to the basic need of housing. The Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU), a Quebec housing coalition of 130 local organizations, including the Outaouais group, Logemen'occupe, are organizing this event, just five days before the Throne Speech that will decide the future of the Harper government, particularly on the issue of whether or not to continue Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan.

Date : Thursday October 11th 2007
Time : 1:30 p.m.: Gathering point and furniture move in front of the
Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Centre, 66 Slater Street (corner
of Elgin), in Ottawa. Media Availability and Speeches on site
followed by a march to the office of Prime Minister Harper, at the
Langevin Block, corner of Wellington and Elgin.

N.B. Interviews are possible before the demonstration, during a community
lunch which will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Centre Père-Arthur-Guertin,
16 Bériault Street in Gatineau.

For further information: François Saillant, FRAPRU, (514) 919-2843
(cell), (514) 522-1010; François Roy, Logemen'occupe de l'Outaouais, (613)
277-6507 (cell), (819) 778-1325