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Charges laid against man for two of the Church-Wellesley murders, more remain unsolved

Charges laid against man for two of the Church-Wellesley murders, more remain unsolved

by Sara Jaffri After being unable to prevent or solve a string of murders and disappearances last year, the Toronto Police Services (TPS) have charged Bruce McArthur for the murder of two of the missing persons, Salim Esen and Andrew Kinsman. Both men went missing at different times in 2017 and were last seen at

TCHC Residents Froze This Past Weekend in Units With No Heating

by Sahar Ashraf The broken and neglected heating system in 3171 Eglinton Ave. E., a TCHC building, has forced residents to buy their own space heaters and use their ovens to stay warm as wind chill temperatures drop to as low as -36 C . “Every winter is the same problem,” said Piranavan, who lives

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

What does the abandonment of Puerto Rico by the U.S. gov’t tell us about our future in a changing climate?

by Steve da Silva – Analysis / Op-Ed October 31, 2017 In a world where climate change is accelerating as fast as the gap between the rich and the poor, the U.S. government’s callous, half-hearted response to the disaster that its citizens are facing in Puerto Rico is sending a message to the world’s majority:

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

The Failed Cover-Up of Scarborough Cop’s Vicious Attack on Teen: The Case of Dafonte Miller

by Steve da Silva It’s sometimes known as the ‘Blue Wall of Silence’. Sometimes the ‘Blue Code’. It’s that unwritten rule amongst cops that you don’t report on a fellow officer, even if doing so is in breach of the law, even when this means covering up heinous acts.  If you’ve never heard these expressions

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

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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