This is a brief overview of details about the march. It is our hope that this guide will answer your questions and offer an overview of how the rally/march will unfold. Please note that as a small, ad hoc volunteer organizing group we do not have the capacity to organize buses, be responsible for parking or permits and are not responsible for transit issues. We have provided this information in an effort to share resources and enhance participation and access. It is our hope that this FAQ offers quick tips to assist in your attendance at and enjoyment of the march.
This document is a work in progress. We will be updating information as details are finalized. If you feel that your questions haven’t been addressed by our plan so far, please don’t hesitate to let us know via email at WomenMarchOnTO@gmail.com. We’re listening.
We estimate that the event will take approximately two to three hours in total, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Q: When is the Women March On: Toronto – We Will Not Go Back event happening?
A: January 19, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. The march will start with a rally at 12:00 p.m. After a few speakers we predict the rally will leave for a short march about 30 minutes later, around 12:30 p.m.
Q: Where is the starting point?
A: The starting point will be at the stage in Nathan Phillips Square. The nearest intersection is Queen Street and Bay Street.
Q: I’m not a woman or I don’t identify as a woman, am I invited?
A: Yes, Women March On: Toronto - We Will Not Go Back is a march in support of all people: all backgrounds, nationalities, and genders. All are welcome. We will be marching in solidarity of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Q: Why are we marching?
A: Because we will NOT go back.
Women March On: Toronto invites you to join together in marching, resisting and making it clear to policymakers that we will not accept rollbacks and attacks on our communities.
This march, and this movement, began in solidarity with our sisters in the United States as they demonstrated their resistance to their country’s new leadership. We march to bring awareness to the changes needed to build a safer, more inclusive Toronto. We are doing it again this year.
Our lineup of speakers will address the many egregious cutbacks to government funding and civil rights recently made by our provincial government.
Q: Who is organizing this?
A: We are volunteers! We are a diverse group of women/women-identified people that have multiple identities, and we range in our race, age, sexual orientation, disabilities, experiences, religion, education, class and social location. Some of our members came together to organize the 2017 and 2018 Women’s Marches in Toronto, and some members responded to a call for volunteers that was sent out late last year. Our organizing was organic and we are attempting to do our best to make this an inclusive and accessible action. Please bear with us as we are learning and growing from this organizing experience and we will make mistakes.
Q: How can people who are unable to attend support the march?
A: Thank you for your support! We will miss you in Toronto! You can support us by posting about the march on social media with the hashtags #WeWillNotGoBack and #WomensMarchTO. Tag us on Twitter @WomenMarchOnTO and Instagram @torontowomenmarchon. Talk about the march with your friends and family. We’re also working with March On Canada to create an Online March. Your online presence is highly appreciated and important in supporting the march and allowing our message of strength and unity to be transmitted across the world. More information will be available at www.marchoncanada.ca very soon.
DETAILS ON THE MARCH
Q: Where is the starting point?
A: The starting point will be at the stage in Nathan Phillips Square. There will be speakers and a short rally before we begin the march.
Q: What is the route?
A: The march will proceed north from the stage along the lane on the west side of City Hall to Armoury Street. Then, it will proceed west on Armoury Street to University Avenue, proceeding northbound on University Avenue to Queen’s Park. Along the route, please follow the directions of marshals and police. The total distance is approximately 1.5 km. A copy of the map can be found here.
Q: What is the program itinerary? Who is speaking? How long will it last?
A: The Women March On: Toronto organizing committee is working hard to create a dynamic and diverse program of speakers. Please note that our small organizing group simply does not have the capacity to hire and assist local artists and musicians who have kindly asked to participate. We are however encouraging folks to make the march an inclusive, accessible and lively experience. So we encourage you to bring your own signs, noise makers and have fun during the march and rally.
Please note: speakers and performers are not listed in order of appearance. Their bios can be found here.
Land acknowledgement by Dawn Maracle
Farrah Khan with member of Youth Gravity
Raging Asian Women drumming group
Please check our Facebook page for updates.
Q: Who do I contact if I need help or have questions during the march?
A: We will have women and women-identified people available to assist you during the march. The marshals will line the outside of the march, along the sides and at the front and back. Marshals will be clearly identified. Marshals can help direct you to volunteer medics, and to the accessible vehicles (please note that once the accessible vehicles have been filled to capacity and have started following the march, they will not be able to stop to pick up more passengers). Please speak to a marshal if you need assistance.
We are planning a peaceful demonstration. We encourage all participants to observe the principles of this action and to be mindful that this is a family-friendly event rooted in non-violence if you wish to participate in this march.
Q: Should I bring my child/children?
A: Including your child or your children in the march is a personal choice. In your planning, consider the length of the route, the size of the crowd, and the limited access to restrooms along the way.
ACCESSIBILITY AT THE MARCH
Please keep in mind that from start to finish we expect the rally and march to take three hours in total, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are attending the march, we respect people’s personal choices to come and go from the march as their personal needs require.
We are committed to working together to include everyone and make things accessible for individuals to participate. We do also ask that all participants act collectively and inclusively to support the flow and access during the march, and work together to offer support to include people with disabilities or limited mobility as we march.
Q: Will there be a modified route for people with disabilities or limited mobility?
A: In an effort to promote accessibility and include all people in the march, we are planning a route that is on a flat surface, starting at Nathan Phillips Square and ending at Queen’s Park. The distance is approximately 1.5 km from start to finish.
Our marshals will do a walk-through of the route in the morning prior to the march, and during the march will provide information and announcements as required. Marshals will help to secure off-road areas that may have issues and provide information to marchers as we go.
Q: What if I don’t want to march on the street?
A: While we encourage people to take the streets in an effort to reclaim space, we respect that there may be access concerns and that for some this is a personal decision.
The march goes along major streets and there are sidewalks. As an attendee you could also travel with the march using the sidewalks that run parallel to the march if this is more suitable for your personal access, for any reason.
Q: Is there an accessible vehicle during the march?
A: Yes, there will be two accessibility vans for those who require them. They will be parked on Armoury Street. These vehicles will also transport people back to Nathan Philips Square at the conclusion of the march. Marshals can provide directions and assistance.
Q: Will there be ASL interpreting services?
Two ASL Interpreters will be on stage at the rally. Those who need to be closer to the stage – in order to see the interpreters, or for any other reason – are invited to come forward to a designated area reserved for this purpose. There will be volunteers on hand to provide guidance and assistance, if needed.
Regrettably, we do not have the technical capacity to offer live captioning at the event.
Q: Will there be seating available at the rally?
A: Organizers are making every effort to accommodate those who cannot stand for extended periods of time. Those who need a seat during the rally are invited to come forward to a designated area where priority seating will be provided. There will be volunteers on hand to provide guidance and assistance, if needed.
Q: What if I need support during the march?
A: There will be a team of marshals that will surround the outside of the march on the left and right, the front and the back. Marshals will be clearly identified with vests or red scarves with the words “The Power of Women” in white lettering. This group of volunteers can assist you in accessing support, locating the accessible vehicles, and answering questions.
Please note that as a small volunteer organizing group, we do not have the capacity to organize buses or be responsible for parking or permits, and cannot be responsible for transit issues. We have provided this information in an effort to share resources and offer some quick tips to assist in your attendance at the march.
- Fares on GO Transit are based on distance traveled. For fare information, visit http://www.gotransit.com/publicroot/en/fares/farecalculator.aspx
GO Transit Accessibility information:
- The main access point connecting GO Transit train and bus routes to the TTC is through Union Station. Trains travel into the main building and buses connect at the Union Station Bus Terminal.
Other GO Transit stations that connect with TTC can be found on this map: http://www.gotransit.com/timetables/en/PDF/Maps/12171217/system_map.pdf
- Cash fare is $3.25, one way for adults and $2.10 for Seniors and Students. Children under 12 ride free. You do not require a PRESTO card, however some subway station entrances are only accessible using PRESTO cards.
The nearest subway stations to Nathan Phillips Square are Osgoode and Queen. Both stations are accessible.
- Coming in a group? Buy a TTC Day Pass. TTC offers a Group/Family Day Passes at a cost of $12.50. Group/Family Day Passes are available for use on Saturday, Sunday, or statutory holidays. Passes can be bought at a station only and are valid from the date shown on the pass until 5:30 a.m. the next day. Further information is at http://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Passes/Day_Pass/index.jsp
Wheel-Trans dedicated stop:
- There is a dedicated Wheel-Trans stop/waiting area on the north side of City Hall – at Elizabeth and Hagerman Streets. There is a wide ramp with a continuous, graspable handrail. Attendees will need to travel around the building, south to Nathan Phillips Square.
Q: Which subway stations are the closest to Nathan Phillips Square?
A: The nearest subway stations to Nathan Phillips Square are Osgoode and Queen. Both stations are accessible.
Q: Which subway stations are the closest to Queen’s Park?
A: The nearest station to Queen’s Park is Queen’s Park subway station. This station is accessible. http://www.ttc.ca/Subway/Stations/Queens_Park/station.jsp
Q: Will there be designated “drop-off” points for cars to drop passengers off near the march site?
A: There is no designated drop-off area at Nathan Phillips Square, and given the increasing numbers we expect that there might be delays in getting to the rally, so please plan your arrival accordingly.
Q: Is there a good place for me to park my car?
A: Paid public parking is available at several lots within a ten-minute walk. We are not responsible for parking arrangements; these are some suggestions.
- University of Toronto, St. George Campus Parking Services
- University Health Network Parking Information
Q: Can I bike to the march?
A: You are welcome to ride your bike as transportation to the march. However, bikes are not allowed in the rally area or the march route.
Cyclists, here are some places to park near the rally site:
- West side of City Hall (near Osgoode Hall): approximately 18 bikes
- West side of City Hall (near playground): approximately 15 bikes
- East side of City Hall under the elevated walkway near Bay Street: approximately 20 bikes
- There are also quite a few bike racks on Chestnut Street and Elizabeth Street behind City Hall
- The underground parking garage has room for approximately 30 bikes. The best way to get there is to enter the garage from Bay Street, make the first right (official parking) turn right at the ramp and the racks are near the mural that says "Welcome to City Hall". Note: usually fills up by 9:30 a.m.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE MARCH
Q: Will there be signs? Can I bring my own?
A: Yes! We will have a few signs on hand, but we are encouraging you to make your own and bring it to the march. One thing to note is signage or slogans are better remembered when they are brief, just a few words. Also consider that this will not only be seen in person at the march, but pictures and video will capture the march as there is an incredible amount of interest.
Q: What should I wear?
A: We advise you to check the weather regularly. Layers are always a good idea! The end of January can be cold. Please plan accordingly and dress for the weather. Remember, we will be outside for at least two hours. Even if the temperatures are higher than normal, being outside for hours at a time will affect you.
Q: Is there a single color we can wear to unite us?
A: We suggest that attendees wear a red scarf in support of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Other than that, we are not planning to wear anything in particular except VERY WARM CLOTHING. Please do the same and have fun planning ways to connect visually with your friends, groups and family members.
CONNECT WITH THE MARCH
Q: What is the best way to stay connected?
Q: I’d love to help! Do you need volunteers?
A: We will need volunteers to help with tasks such as marshaling, first aid, banner-making, and leading chants. Please send an email to WomenMarchOnTO@gmail.com to indicate your interest.
Q: What are the hashtags for the march?
A: We use the hashtags #WomensMarchTO and #WeWillNotGoBack to tell the various and unique stories that bring people to our movement.
Q: I have some photos that I’d like to share with you. Where should I send them?
A: You can email them to us at WomenMarchOnTO@gmail.com. And please post your photos to social media and tag us using the following handles:
See you on January 19th! We look forward to marching with you!