ACORN calls on Premier Doug Ford to Stop Demoviction Bill 23
Posted November 21, 2022
ACORN continues its fight to scrap the Demoviction Bill 23. ACORN members did actions again on November 18th – this time in Ottawa, London and Toronto. If you haven’t yet, send a quick letter to the Premier Doug Ford and Housing Minister Steve Clark telling them to save rental replacement bylaws, protect affordable housing. Click here
To read more about the Bill and ACORN’s submission to the Heritage, Infrastructure & Cultural Policy Committee, click here
The actions kicked off with Ottawa ACORN loading up a bus to Brockville to deliver a letter to Housing Minister Steve Clark about his & Doug Ford’s #Bill23 – the most anti-tenant, anti-affordable housing piece of legislation Ontario has seen in a very long time. BUT Steve Clark shut down his office for the day, REFUSING to speak with a group of low and moderate income tenants who will be negatively impacted by his #Demoviction Bill‼
Could it be the Minister is too scared to have an open discussion with constituents about this bill and how it throws away tenant & environmental protections just to line the pockets of developers? After shutting down public delegations this week to committee you have to wonder why this bill is being jammed through Queen’s Park so undemocratically….
So ACORN members taped up our signs & letter, rallied outside and canvassed the Minister’s neighbourhood with flyers encouraging residents to call and email Steve Clark! Thank you to all the members who took 5 hours out of their day to fight this bill & to all who donated to help us cover the cost of the bus!
In London, around 30 ACORN members were out at the city hall with 5 newly elected city councillors – Skylar Franke, David Ferreira, Hadleigh McAlister, Sam Trosow and Corrine Rahman and NDP MPP Peggy Sattler. Big shout out to members who came out and thank you to the city councillors and NDP MPP for supporting the action!
Members spoke about the devastating impact of Bill 23 followed by speeches by the MPP and city councillors. Members were also joined by Environmental justice groups.
In Toronto, members had actions at two Conservative MPP offices: MPP David Smith in
Scarborough-Centre and MPP Michael Ford in York-South Weston. Members in Scarborough tried to get inside but were locked out until we were finally able to get a staff person to accept our letter. In Weston, members were locked out of Michael Ford’s office but taped up the letter on his office door to let him know ACORN was here! We also flyered and petitioned about Bill 23 and how devastating it will be for tenants in Ontario. Allies like Progress Toronto also flyered in Toronto, dropped nearly 2000 flyers in Etobicoke Lakeshore, Willowdale, and Scarborough Rouge Park. Big thanks to Progress Toronto!