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Parkdale Rent Strike Heating Up

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

Rent Strike! Parkdale v. MetCap

By Sahar Ashraf Parkdale residents are fighting back against their buildings’ management company, MetCap Living, and calling for a community wide rent strike on May 1. Tenants living in MetCap buildings are demanding an immediate improvement to their living conditions and an end to illegitimate rent increases. MetCap manages a total of 19 buildings in

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

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

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

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.

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

The Rob Ford Crack Video

By Shafiqullah Aziz The infamous video of former mayor Rob Ford smoking crack, recorded by Mohamed Siad, has finally been released. Following the completion of court proceedings in the Andrew Lisi extortion case, the publication ban on the 2013 video has been lifted. After the release of U.S. online publication Gawker’s article “For Sale: A

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