Activists occupy downtown Liberal Party offices


Anti-poverty activists have been detained by police after occupying Ontario Liberal Party offices at Yonge and Bloor.

About 10 people went to the second floor offices as 200 or 300 others gathered in the area for an Ontario Coalition Against Poverty rally. The rally was assembled to protest cutbacks to the special diet allowance for people receiving welfare and disability payments

The 10 or so activists who occupied the offices briefly appeared at windows with megaphones, according to the Canadian Press. They were soon escorted out of the building and into police vans.

Premier Dalton McGuinty has said the welfare program needs to be scaled back since its yearly cost has jumped from $6 million to $250 million.


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