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Published on May 27, 2008
Almost 200 organizations and thousands more individuals across Canada are demanding the Federal government end its war in Afghanistan and redirect funds from record-high military spending to peace, including affordable housing. This broad new alliance ranges from Canada's largest civil society organizations to grassroots community groups, and is growing daily. (Sign now: www.HousingNotWar.ca)
300,000 people experience homelessness annually in Canada, the only industrialized country with no national housing program. The UN recently reaffirmed the "devastating impact of this national crisis... including a large number of deaths" from homelessness during Canada's worst housing shortage since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, skyrocketing military spending is already at the highest level since WWII, and the government fights a war devastating some of the poorest people in the world in Afghanistan -- a war most people in Canada oppose, but Canadian Generals predict could last decades. The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC) and the Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) invite you to join our demands for peace and justice at home and abroad, sign the Housing Not War Declaration: www.HousingNotWar.ca.
CURRENT FACTS: -- Military: $18.2 billion/year // highest since WWII // 13th highest in the World // 8.5% of Federal budget // $100 million per month to fight the war in Afghanistan -- Housing: $2 billion/year // just 1% of Federal budget // The ONLY industrialized country with NO national program // Worst housing shortage since Great Depression -- Homelessness: 300,000 people annually // Very high death rate (people die every week) // Millions more in 'core housing need', enduring poor or insecure housing.
For more info, contact TORONTO DISASTER RELIEF COMMITTEE (TDRC): firstname.lastname@example.org | 416-599-8372 | www.HousingNotWar.ca