Remembering the Metro Days of Action

For two days in October 1996, Toronto was shut down with massive protests against the harsh new policies of Mike Harris' Conservative government. That was one of eleven Days of Action across Ontario in those years. As Ontario faces shockingly similar initiatives from the Ford government in 2018, it's time to reflect on what was tried and what was accomplished in confronting a neo-liberal agenda two decades ago. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for an exhibit of "Toronto’s Days of Action" by Alternative Toronto.

At 7:00 p.m., two speakers and a play will continue the discussion.

Bill Howes worked for the Toronto and York Region Labour Council for many years and was a key organizer of the Metro Days of Action.

Doug Nesbitt has written a PhD dissertation on the Ontario Days of Action and is an editor at


The Toronto Workers' Theatre Group presents...


A Short Play about the Metro Days of Action


Steelworkers Hall is a wheelchair accessible space. Parking is available in the lot behind the hall on a first-come first-serve basis (enter through laneway east of hall). There is also paid parking available on the street. The closest transit stops are Spadina and Nassau (510 Spadina Streetcar) and College and Beverley/St. George (506 Carlton Streetcar).

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