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

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

Tenant Forced to Live in Bloodstained Unit

By Shafiqullah Aziz & Sara Jaffri “Open the door or we’ll kill you!” are hardly the words Reshma* anticipated hearing outside the doors of her new apartment shortly after moving in. Neither did she imagine that although the unit was mostly clean, the very obvious soya sauce-coloured stains on the living room walls and some of

A Look Back at Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Plan

  By Saeed Mohamed On November 3rd, 2015 the City of Toronto published TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Plan, a 48-page interim policy report receiving unanimous City Council approval. For the first time, poverty reduction strategies have been formally introduced into the 2016 City Budget, also marking the first time all levels of government have

Convincing Your Killers? Black Lives Won’t Matter until Black Power Exists

By Basics Editorial Committee “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” – Assata Shakur On Saturday March 26th, over a thousand people gathered for #BlackOut Against Police Brutality to demand justice for Andrew Loku and Alex Wettlaufer

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