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General strike against Ford government held in downtown Hamilton

• Lisa Polewski - Global News

The rally in Gore Park was one of more than 20 events scheduled in cities across Ontario, with the goal of stopping work for an hour to protest provincial funding cuts to services like health care and education. "We are seeing support from locals, but we haven't seen one of the big unions step out and say, 'This is something that we approve of'," said Lanktree. "Because they just can't. It would cause trouble." "We can't stop work for the rest of the week because this will take more than just us," said Lanktree as she addressed the crowd, standing on the Queen Victoria statue in Gore Park. "It will take the unions joining us, and we ask them to when they can. We will stand with them in this and there will be a moment for that. This is a beginning." Lanktree was one of a number of speakers who addressed the crowd, including Christine 'Tina' Fougere, the founder and president of the Canadian National Autism Foundation and the mother of two children, including a son with au

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