Author Archives: Shafiqullah Aziz

Saving Face: Canada’s Settlement of the Ontario Sixties Scoop

Saving Face: Canada’s Settlement of the Ontario Sixties Scoop

by Nooria Alam The Canadian federal government reached a settlement agreement during the month of October with the survivors of the Sixties Scoop in Ontario, after almost a decade of dragging its feet and trying to get the case thrown out of court. The federal government has been ordered to pay $750 million to the

North Korea’s Nukes: The only reason it hasn’t become the Iraq or Afghanistan of East Asia

Editorial, BASICS Community News Service Over the past year, the provocations of one rogue nation has pushed the world closer to nuclear war. On August 8, Trump shocked everyone when he threatened North Korea with the “fire and fury” of nuclear strikes which, if carried out, would be unprecedented in both carnage and criminality. Once

Victory for Striking Ontario Food Terminal Workers

by Sahar Ashraf A two-week long strike has led to victory for the employees of Ippolito Produce Ltd at the Ontario Food Terminal, who unionized with Teamsters Local 419 to fight for fair wages, paid sick days, and greater job security. Workers picketed every morning leading up to negotiations, blocking the entrance to the Ontario

Chronic Disrepair in TCHC Building Endangers Health and Safety of Tenants

by Sahar Ashraf The crumbling infrastructure and damaged pipes in 3171 Eglinton Ave. E. are triggering severe health issues amongst residents and forcing them to abandon their homes. The building is owned by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Canada’s largest social housing provider, and managed by DMS Property Management. TCHC and DMS both oversee housing

After Charlottesville, Who Are Our Friends and Enemies?

by Kabir Joshi-Vijayan On August 12th, White nationalists from across the United States gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a Confederate General’s statue. They were met by hundreds of anti-racist counter-protesters, and police stood by as the two groups clashed in the street. Dozens were injured in the mayhem, and Heather Heyer, a

Victory in Parkdale!

by Sahar Ashraf The Parkdale community rent strike has ended in victory. Tenants withholding rent in protest of above-the-guideline rent increases (AGIs) have finally won a hard-fought battle against their property management company, MetCap, and landlord, AIMCo. Negotiations between the landlords and tenants began in June, with Parkdale Community Legal Services present to provide clarification

Ontario Prisoner Punished on False Grounds

*After the publication of this article, BASICS learned that Nathanael Williams has been transferred to a prison in Quebec, where he is currently continuing his sentence. by Sara Jaffri Nathanael Williams, a 34-year old prison inmate in Kingston, Ontario, is currently under solitary confinement. He will be forcibly relocated across the country to Alberta at

Parkdale Rent Strike Heating Up

By Sahar Ashraf On June 1, Parkdale community members expanded their rent strike against property management company MetCap Living. Tenants from six Parkdale buildings protesting above-the-guideline rent increases (AGIs) have convinced their neighbors in an additional six buildings to join the strike this month. Parkdale Organize, an organization of activists from the neighbourhood, has captured

MetCap’s Mismanagement of 25 Cougar Court

By Shafiqullah Aziz & Sara Jaffri Residents of 25 Cougar Court are desperately in need of repairs in their building. The 20-storey building near the intersection of Markham and Eglinton is managed by MetCap Living. Management has consistently neglected the property, but is petitioning for a rent increase that is above provincial standards. Disgruntled tenants

Ontario’s Unfair Housing Plan

by Steve da Silva This past April, the provincial government has finally made what appears to be a serious intervention into southern Ontario’s housing crisis. On April 20, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals announced sixteen new measures and regulations in their ‘Fair Housing Plan.’ Renters in Toronto have been clamouring for measures to restrict landlord abuses and

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