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The Bay Observer: Hamilton lacks a plan to deal with a worsening housing crisis

Posted March 15, 2022

Hamilton is lagging when it comes to inclusionary zoning according to participants in a virtual town hall that was staged by ACORN Hamilton, the Hamilton Community Benefits Network and Environment Hamilton this week. The town hall underlined the growing gap between gentrification pressures that will result from the LRT construction and the needs of a growing population facing housing insecurity.

Weston ACORN members demand Barney River to fix 1440-14442 Lawrence Avenue West! Healthy homes now!!

Posted March 15, 2022

Weston ACORN members held a Healthy Homes Action on Tuesday March 8th outside 1440-1442 Lawrence Avenue West! The tenants of 1440-1442 Lawrence Avenue West, are facing various issues like repairs not being done, work orders being ignored for years, pest issues, broken and old appliances, and yet tenants are being charged with rent increases.

CHCH: Tenant being sued by landlord in an ongoing dispute at a Hamilton mountain townhouse complex

Posted March 4, 2022

A tenant on the Hamilton mountain is being sued by her landlord in an ongoing dispute between their townhouse complex and its tenants.

Chantelle Pruner, and the people who live in the 13 other units in her townhouse complex, have been told they have to vacate their apartments by Monday.

Briarpatch: The debt engine

Posted March 3, 2022

“All I did was cry,” says Kathleen Miller-Zane. She’s retelling the story of realizing her loan from easyfinancial was more than she bargained for. After thumbing through her contract, she found out her initial $5,000 loan would eventually cost her $3,500 in interest – $8,500 in all. “Here I am crying away,” she says. “I can’t believe I’m so stupid. What did I do?”

London Free Press: City hall blasted for secrecy over probe into near-deadly student house fire

Posted February 15, 2022

Tenants’ rights groups in London are blasting city hall for saying it won’t make public the results of an investigation into a near-deadly fire at a crowded student bungalow in the city’s northeast.

“I think it is shameful, frankly,” said Jordan Smith, a local leader of ACORN Canada. “We can’t get anything done if we can’t have basic accountability.”

Waterloo Record: Opinion: Toronto budget should look out for needs of tenants

Posted February 14, 2022

The budget committee of Toronto city council, on Feb. 7, voted down a motion from Coun. Mike Layton to increase funding to ensure low and moderate income tenants have healthy homes. ACORN members and allies have been fighting for a 2022 budget that puts the needs of those hardest hit by COVID-19 front and centre. What we’ve gotten has been a $26-million increase in the police budget and not much else.

Scarborough Mirror: Opinion: Toronto budget should look out for needs of tenants

Posted February 14, 2022

The budget committee of Toronto city council, on Feb. 7, voted down a motion from Coun. Mike Layton to increase funding to ensure low and moderate income tenants have healthy homes. ACORN members and allies have been fighting for a 2022 budget that puts the needs of those hardest hit by COVID-19 front and centre. What we’ve gotten has been a $26-million increase in the police budget and not much else.

Huddle: Westdale COO Says Improvements Coming To Highfield Following Protest

Posted February 14, 2022

HALIFAX–The chief operating office of Westdale Properties says tenants in the company's Highfield Park apartments can expect some improvements, following a tenant protest earlier this week.

But the COO, Mitchell Cohen, also defended the overall performance and professionalism of his building staff following critiques by the protestors.

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