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Rally for Families at Queens Park

February 16, 2005 permalink

About fifty demonstrators assembled at Queens Park for a rally aimed at protecting families from the social services system. At a press briefing before the rally, Dr Dolores A Sicheri, Rev Dorian Baxter, Erika Klein and John Dunn gave statements to the press, and reporters interviewed some of the organizers. During the rally, a dozen speakers addressed the crowd. Remarks by Rev Dorian Baxter are available in mp3 format.

The rally was well planned and organized, and the speakers presented good material. The turnout was held down by weather -- there was a fresh layer of snow on the ground, and an hour into the demonstration, new flurries began to fall. While getting fifty people to stand for over an hour in the Canadian winter is an achievement, the numbers were too small to draw the attention of the press or professional politicians. It is unlikely the event will have any effect on impending legislation.