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TCHC Residents Froze This Past Weekend in Units With No Heating

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

Red Cross Scarborough Announces Closure

by Sahar Ashraf “People are just going to be starving out there,” said Tara Johnston, one of the many people who will struggle to find a place to eat once the Red Cross at the corner of Markham and Eglinton shuts its doors in April 2018. The not-for-profit’s food bank opened two years ago and

Trustees Vote Cops Out of TDSB High Schools

by Shafiqullah Aziz Students, parents, teachers, and community organizers are celebrating after trustees of the Toronto District School Board voted to end the School Resource Officer program, which stationed Toronto police in high schools. The November 22 vote to end the program comes after months of community consultations and organizing efforts from multiple groups expressing

Neo-Nazis try to get a foothold in Scarborough

by Priya Rabindranath Neo-Nazis plastered the intersection of Victoria Park and Ellesmere with posters promoting white supremacy and condemning immigrants and refugees in late September. The campaign in Scarborough followed a summer of demonstrations by far-right groups across the continent. The black and white posters called on residents to ‘Join your local Nazis!’, linking to

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

Durham Activists Demand Justice for Dafonte Miller

by Steve da Silva Activists and concerned residents in the Durham region rallied outside the Oshawa Courthouse in the early morning of September 27 to protest the brutal, racially motivated attack on Dafonte Miller by an off-duty Toronto police officer and his brother. Two dozen protestors gathered and chanted just before the latest hearing in

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

Victory in Parkdale!

by Sahar Ashraf The Parkdale community rent strike has ended in victory. Tenants withholding rent in protest of above-the-guideline rent increases (AGIs) have finally won a hard-fought battle against their property management company, MetCap, and landlord, AIMCo. Negotiations between the landlords and tenants began in June, with Parkdale Community Legal Services present to provide clarification

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

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

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