Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

October 28, 2011 17:24 ET

Media Advisory: OFL President Sid Ryan Calls on London City Council to Cancel Eviction of Occupy London Tent City

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2011) - Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan today called upon the London City Council to cancel plans to evict the Victoria Park tent city set up by Occupy London activists. It was widely reported that on Wednesday night that peaceful activists camping on public property to raise awareness about financial inequality were threatened with eviction. The evacuation was delayed until the matter could be decided at a City Council meeting this afternoon.

"The Labour Movement stands proudly with the Occupy London activists, and the Occupy movements in every city, and we call upon the London City Council to allow the Victoria Park encampment to continue. It is our hope that your City Council will heed the call of these brave constituents and dedicate your deliberations to addressing the urgent matters of job creation and the elimination of poverty," wrote Ryan to London Mayor Joe Fontana and City Councillors. "Municipal governments, like the City of London should be listening to these concerns and taking action to address them, rather than seeking ways to silence them."

To read the full text of the Ryan's letter to the London City Council, visit:


The Occupy movement began with a single occupation of Wall Street in New York but spread throughout Canada on October 15, 2011 in what has become a world-wide movement to combat corporate greed. Peaceful camp sites, like the one in a downtown London public park, have been set up in cities across Canada to highlight the uneven distribution of resources and the growing gap between the top income earners and the other 99 percent of the population. Yesterday, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan joined with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), the United Steelworkers (USW) and many other unions to support and Occupy movement through a rally in the heart of Toronto's financial district.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. OFL President Sid Ryan is the voice of Ontario's labour movement.




Contact Information

  • OFL
    Sid Ryan
    416-209-0066 (mobile)

    Joel Duff
    Communications Director
    416-707-0349 (mobile) - BILINGUAL