Protesters with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty disrupted a meeting of Toronto’s budget committee, demanding that Mayor Rob Ford reverse cuts they say target the poor.
Shortly after 10 a.m., Heather Schofield entered committee room demanding the attention of councillors who had been listening to a presentation about the city’s financial future. Budget Chief Mike Del Grande quickly recessed the meeting, as the procession of activists neared.
“We’re here because the proposed cuts that they’re making are devastating,” Heather Schofield told reporters after. “This is a crisis, we’re not talking about can we politely please ask sir for a little more food. People are dying on the streets of Toronto, that’s what we’re talking about. And if you want to tell us to stand in a queue and wait and speak politely, that’s bogus.” (Photo: Brett Gundlock/National Post)