Working-Class Communities articles

Red Cross Scarborough Announces Closure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Taxi And Uber Drivers Should Unite In Common Struggle

By Liam Fox On December 9th, taxi drivers from across Toronto staged a series of protests against the rival company Uber. Protesters shut down four high traffic areas before finishing with a demonstration at City Hall, calling upon the mayor to ‘bring justice’ to drivers by stopping Uber from operating illegally. These disruptions reverberated throughout