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Chronic Disrepair in TCHC Building Endangers Health and Safety of Tenants

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

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

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

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

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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