Ottawa-Outaouais IWW

The General Membership Branch of the Ottawa-Outaouais region

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Ottawa Police, City must stop harassing panhandlers

May 1st, 2013 No Comments

POLICE, CITY MUST STOP HARASSING PANHANDLERS MAY DAY NEWS RELEASE May 1, 2013 Ottawa—The Ottawa Panhandlers Union of the Industrial Workers of the World is calling on the Ottawa Police Service and the politicians at City Hall to stop harassing and intimidating panhandlers. It is time for Ottawans to stand up for this city’s panhandlers. […]

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CALL OUT: May Day Rally & Street Art Auction

April 12th, 2011 No Comments

  May Day, May 1st, is International Workers’ Day, a day established to commemorate labour struggles by workers around the world since the mid-19th century, when the fight for the 8-hour day cost the lives of many of those active in their labour movements. Join us May 1st on Parliament Hill at 1pm as we […]

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GDC: Panhandler piper defies community service order

February 13th, 2011 No Comments

A panhandler piper who cut the wires of a competing music speaker in an Ottawa underpass in 2009 is continuing his fight against the city and a welfare system that he says is an institution of modern slavery. The judge convicted him and sentenced him to 20 hours of community service with the Salvation Army, […]

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GDC: Ottawa busker appeals conviction

September 24th, 2010 No Comments

When the City of Ottawa installed speakers and started broadcasting muzak in busker Raymond Loomer’s favourite underpass, he cut the speaker wires one day in May 2009. He then taped the wire on the door of the office door of the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area, a business lobby group that has waged a campaign […]

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Why panhandlers need a union

March 20th, 2006 No Comments

The first reaction when most people hear the idea of a “panhandlers union” is laughter. Then the jocular questions start: When a panhandler goes on strike, will anyone notice — or care? What could they possibly want, wider sidewalks? By Proshanto Smith The first reaction when most people hear the idea of a “panhandlers union” […]

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