Location: Allan Gardens
Saturday October 24
For the 11th year in a row 214-230 Sherbourne sits empty! It should be social housing!
We have a plan! ocap.ca/214-230-development-proposal
In 2019, we showed the City of Toronto how 260 units of publicly-owned rent-geared-to-income housing could be built on this land.
Join us to demand the city expropriate 214-230 Sherbourne now! Winter is coming. No More Homeless Deaths.
Meet at Allan Gardens followed by a short march.
Jane Finch Action Against Poverty
Food will be provided. COVID protocols will be followed. Please wear a mask, keep 2 meters apart. PPE and hand sanitizer will be provided if needed. Please stay home if you have any symptoms or have recently traveled.
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Poster design by: @rosemary.snell
Update: The rally has been cancelled because the Landlord and Tenant board has postponed the hearing on account of the COVID-19 outbreak. No new date has yet been set, but once there is, we will reschedule the rally for that date.
The landlord at the Inglewood Arms says the residents of his licensed rooming house are not tenants. He doesn’t believe the roughly 90 people who live in the building have rights under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).
This despite the fact that the Inglewood Arms, located at 295 Jarvis street, has operated as a rooming house for over 30 years. Many residents have lived there long term, some over 10 years.
One of those tenants is going to the Landlord and Tenant board to establish the obvious: residents of the Inglewood Arms are tenants and have rights under the RTA. The landlord will be arguing against that.
As you might recall, the tenants at the Inglewood Arms are also taking on a corporate developer who wants to knock down their home and build a 36-storey condominium in its place. Victory at the landlord and tenant board will also strengthen the fight against the developer.
Join us for a rally to support the tenants and build the battle to keep the tenants housed.
[Speakers Series: Free event with meal, child-minding, wheelchair access and tokens]
The hereditary chiefs evicted CGL workers from their territories in early January and called for the construction to cease. The company refused to comply and militarized police (yet again) raided Wet’suwet’en territory earlier this month. The resulting arrests have triggered ongoing protests and rail blockades nationwide.
Monday, Jan 27 | 9 am | 655 Bay Street (one block south of Bay/Gerrard)
Rally at 9am, then pack the hearing room (15th floor) at 10am
The Inglewood Arms is a licensed rooming house with approximately 90 tenants. It’s located close to Jarvis and Dundas. It has housed poor and working class people for over 30 years. Now, a real estate behemoth – Minto – wants to tear it down and build a 36 storey condo.
The City has not yet approved the application, but tenants are already feeling pressured to move out. Not willing to cave in the midst of a deadly housing crisis, they are fighting back. We are supporting them.
Join us this Monday, Jan 27 at 9 am for a rally and press conference at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to launch a fight that will take on the landlord, the City and the developer.
Here is the brief on the three fronts:
The Landlord: The landlord argues the Residential Tenancies Act does not apply to tenants at the Inglewood. The Act protects renters rights; claiming it doesn’t apply allows the landlord to evict tenants with no process. A tenant of 10 years at the Inglewood has appealed to the Landlord and Tenant board to get a determination that the Act does in fact apply. The hearing is in March.
The City: The City is currently in negotiations with the developer. Our message is clear – no compromises with tenants’ lives. Tenants must be guaranteed housing in the new development and adequately compensated for the interim displacement.
Minto: Minto is fighting the City’s rooming house protection policy at the provincial Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. If Minto wins, it will be a setback for tenants at all rooming houses across the City. On Monday, Jan 27 an Inglewood tenant will formally seek to be part of the hearings. This will be a launch of the fight to defend the tenants of Inglewood, and of rooming houses around the City. Join us at 9am for the rally and then help us pack the hearing room!
The letter below was issued by the Shelter and Housing Justice Network on Friday, January 3, 2020. There will be a press conference to address the situation on Monday, January 6 at Noon at Lawren Harris park (Rosedale Valley Rd & Park Rd).
Dear Mayor John Tory,
The Parks, Forestry and Recreation department has said it will be dismantling homeless encampments in the Rosedale valley on January 7, 2020.
There is no justification for these sweeps in the midst of a deadly shortage of shelter space in the city. People are camped outside in the bitter cold because the housing crisis rages on unchecked and the City’s shelter system is overwhelmed. Conditions within these emergency centres are difficult and often unsafe because of chronic overcrowding, short-staffing and a general lack of necessary resources. The private market is such that even those able to access the housing allowance find it impossible to find a place to rent.
Forcibly dismantling homeless encampments – be they under the Gardiner or in the Rosedale valley – is nothing more than an attempt to make homelessness invisible rather than addressing the problem. In the absence of adequate shelter or housing, the encampments just rise up once again. Despite having seen this time and again, the administration continues to subject homeless people to the ritualized humiliation and hardship of being displaced and having their belongings confiscated, only to then be informed that the emergency system is full.
You must call off these brutal sweeps, starting with the one planned for January 7, and focus City resources on adding sufficient shelter spaces and building publicly owned rent-geared-to-income housing. That’s the only way to make sure no one has to resort to sleeping under bridges and in the ravines of this wealthy city. Our network will be mobilizing around the upcoming sweep and will challenge attempts at evicting people that your administration has effectively abandoned to the streets.
Rafi Aaron, Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness
Yogi Acharya and Cat Chhina, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Greg Cook, Sanctuary Outreach
Cathy Crowe, Street Nurse
on behalf of the Shelter and Housing Justice Network
Film Screening & Discussion
On November 11th Toronto endured its first winter storm. With shelters at capacity, many were left out on the streets in below freezing temperatures. Community members and organizers immediately pushed the city to open Metro Hall as a warming centre.
The city is failing to respond to the shelter and housing emergency, and the number of homeless deaths is on the rise.
Together we have the power and must push back. We will fight to win the basic shelter and housing we need. Join us.
Discussion on resistance and fight back to follow the film screening.
Film: The Public (2019) With emergency shelters at full capacity and a brutal winter storm on the way, a group of Cincinnati homeless men refuse to leave the public library. Demanding shelter from the extreme cold, they stage a sit-in and occupation.
Thursday, November 7th, 2019 | 5:30 PM | East of Richmond & Spadina
Light Meal Provided | Facebook Event
Homeless People Die as Referral Centre Turns People Away
Vigil Outside The Peter Street Referral Centre
129 Peter Street |
Shelters and respite centres are failing to meet the needs of the homeless in the midst of the City’s worsening housing crisis. This summer shelter occupancy rates have exceeded the highs of last winter and even respite sites, which provide cots, chairs or mats on the floor for people to sleep on are at capacity. The Peter Street referral centre is intended to be a last resort for those in need of a shelter bed. On a nightly basis dozens of people are forced to spend the night in chairs and on the floor in the centre’s waiting area because there is nowhere to refer people to. When the waiting area is packed to capacity others who have travelled to the centre in hopes of securing safe shelter are being turned away and told to come back later.
On October 5th the body of Kevin Dickman was pulled out of the Don River. Despite repeated efforts and extensive support, he was unable to access shelter or a safe space to go. We do not know why Kevin was by the Don River. We do know that the shelters are full and for many who are homeless or in crisis there is nowhere to go and no hope for housing. The outcome of the shelter and housing crisis is tragic and deadly. Kevin is only one of many lives we are losing to homelessness.
The shelter system is already at a breaking point and as the winter approaches the need will only intensify. The abandonment of homeless people this winter will have deadly consequence.
On November 7th community members will gather at a vigil to remember lives lost to homelessness and demand that the City immediately:
-Open 2000 shelter beds to replace the inadequate accommodations provided in respite sites and meet the growing need for safe shelter
-Publicly call on the Provincial and Federal governments for urgent assistance to begin the immediate construction of social rent-geared-to-income housing