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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

CUBA. Santa Clara. 1959. Fidel CASTRO greets the crowd in the court yard on one of the stops.

Vas Bien, Fidel

By Noaman G. Ali When I went to Cuba quite briefly last year, I don’t know what I was expecting. I wasn’t exactly a tourist of the resort variety, because I was there for an academic conference and I wasn’t particularly interested in sitting on a beach and drinking. Nor was I there on a

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Once a Panther, Always a Panther

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party October 22, 2016 By Tom “Big Warrior” Watts This month marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in Oakland, California. As an original White Panther, my involvement with the Panthers began in 1968, when I hooked up

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Presto May Be a Good Idea – But Only If You Can Afford It

By Saeed Mohamed It has been over a year since the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) introduced Presto, an initiative spearheaded by the provincially owned agency Metrolinx. Presto will replace tokens, tickets and possibly cash fares by 2017, and this transition is going to be disproportionately burdensome for low-income people in the city. Presto is a

Clusters of unlabelled drums and factories cover the territory of Aamjiwnaang Reserve and Sarnia.

The Toxic Tour – A Photo Essay

By Harshita Singh From August 19th to the 21st, organizers from Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP) held their annual Toxic Tour. Buses were organized by allies and ASAP to come from Waterloo, Toronto, London and other locations. The weekend was free, and ASAP invited people to attend a Water Gathering, educational workshops and a

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