Author Archives: Shafiqullah Aziz

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Ontario’s ‘Rent Control’ Bait-and-Switch

Ontario’s ‘Rent Control’ Bait-and-Switch

By Steve da Silva Renters and prospective home buyers in Toronto await an official announcement from the Ontario Liberal government on how the province plans to take action on runaway rents and rapidly inflated property values. But based on what sources in the government have already released to the Toronto Star, there is little cause

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Pink Saris and Bake Sales: The High School NGO Trap

By Priya Rabindranath Ad spaces in the TTC have recently been plastered with images of dejected brown and black girls captioned “Give child marriage the middle finger”.  These posters are part of a campaign organized by Plan International, one of numerous NGOs operating with local branches in Canada. Plan has multiple subsidiary organizations, including Because I

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What You Need to Know about Toronto’s New Landlord Licensing Program

By Nooria Alam and Harshita Singh During the summer of 2016, Basics’ members attended public consultation meetings held by the City of Toronto to discuss the proposed Landlord Licensing program. The results and feedback of those public consultations were compiled online and used to guide what the final policy would look like. Though the Landlord

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Will University and College Really be Free in 2017?

By Sahar Ashraf Students attending college or university in the fall of 2017 can expect to get larger grants than ever before through OSAP. The Ontario government has promised “free tuition” to students from low-income families through the Ontario Student Grant (OSG). The Ontario Student Grant comes after decades of cutbacks to the funding of

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Organizing for Better Homes and Beyond

By Nooria Alam and Harshita Singh On Saturday January 14th, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) organized a “Scarborough Tenant Speak Out” action in 215 Markham Road, bringing many frustrated tenants down to the lobby of their Markham and Eglinton area building. The group of tenants created a list of demands regarding

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Easy Prey for Easyhome

Rent-to-Own Companies Exploit Working Class Communities By Sara Jaffri “Leasing makes it easy to own what you want! Your life your way!” reads a sign at the local Markham and Eglinton Easyhome store. The company’s Scarborough location is stocked with televisions, refrigerators, sofa sets and cell phones that can be rented for low weekly prices

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Racist Rally Confronted by Counter-Protesters

By Sahar Ashraf and Shafiqullah Aziz The Toronto March for Freedom, Liberty and Justice Against M-103 was held at Toronto City Hall on Saturday, March 4th at noon. Nearly 100 “Canadian patriots” came out to protest Motion 103, which was presented in the House of Commons on February 15 by Mississauga Liberal MP Iqra Khalid.

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By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X and the Struggle Today

By Noaman G. Ali Fifty-two years ago today, Malcolm X was gunned down in Harlem. He was killed most likely by agents of the US government, but also, the fact is, the Nation of Islam wanted him dead, too. It may be worth thinking about Malcolm X and his relevance to the way we engage

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Scarborough Residents Hold Vigil for Quebec Mosque Shooting Victims

By: Nooria Alam and Harshita Singh On February 5th, People’s Defence, an organization based out of Markham and Eglinton, held a vigil to honour the six Muslim brothers killed at the Quebec City Islamic Centre on January 29th. As temperatures dropped well below zero, more than 130 residents from the Scarborough neighbourhood gathered in the

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Muslims Are Not Safe in Justin Trudeau’s Canada

The Quebec massacre and the hate that the Canadian state produced By Noaman G. Ali & Shafiqullah Aziz Muslims are not safe in Justin Trudeau’s Canada, and it is not because of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim language and actions in America. For the last sixteen years, Canadian politicians, including Trudeau, have created and fueled a climate

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