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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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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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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

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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

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Sustainable Living or Sustained Decay?

by Harshita Singh   In 2014, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation issued its annual Performance Report, a document which measures whether TCHC reached its own targets in providing repairs and “sustainable living” conditions for tenants. Last year’s report included a section for Resident Satisfaction. This new section meant to examine whether there was an “increase

Maryam's Eglinton Ave. Housing Complex (Photo Credit: Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun)

Profile: Enforced Insecurity for a Young Student in TCHC

by Harshita Singh   “Two people have been killed since I moved in here. Of course I feel unsafe. I feel more safe in the street than in my home.” This is how Maryam*, a woman in her early twenties and a three-year resident of 3171 Eglinton Avenue—one of the TCHC high-rises at the intersection

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The Housing Crisis and Colonialism in Mishkeegogamang: New BASICS doc reveals colonial living in Ontario’s north

In December 2014, BASICS people’s journalists Shafiq Aziz and Steve da Silva travelled to Mishkeegogamang First Nation, a remote Ojibway reserve located 7 hours  north of Thunder Bay as part of a serve-the-people project launched by the First Nations Solidarity Working Group of union local CUPE 3903.  Through a look at the housing situation on the reserve, BASICS

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KW Spot Collective Relaunches its Peoples Programs

by BASICS Team Kitchener-Waterloo  On Jan 3, 2014, the Kitchener-Waterloo Spot Collective announced the relaunching and professionalising of their people’s programs. The people’s programs, which include the serving of free food, programs for those dealing with addiction, and literacy programs, have come out of the need to deal with the problems the community faces by

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Terror in Dixon: Behind the Rob Ford Scandal

‘Project Traveller’ and the struggle to defend our communities By: Kabir Joshi-Vijayan Rob Ford might be the most (in)famous politician in Canadian history. Every other week a new intoxicated blunder is revealed while the entire local political establishment tries to force his resignation. Despite the hundreds of hours of sensational reporting, the story is actually

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