Despite some positive initiatives, ACORN members are deeply disappointed by the lack of action put forward in the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
As Premier Doug Ford’s decision to cut council almost in half reignites talk of the urban-suburban divide, the Star finds the old differences aren’t what they used to be.
Posted August 16, 2018
The Ontario PCs have announced they are slashing a planned increase to social assistance rates.
Posted July 31, 2018
While I welcomed the news that Mayor Derek Corrigan and his Burnaby Citizens Association council are finally starting to seriously address the issue of displacement for the first time in ACORN’s four-year campaign opposing demovictions, there are some things I would like to clear up.
Posted July 30, 2018
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, started door knocking in 2004 in Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton.
Since then we have facilitated 20- to 40-minute house visits with over 150,000 of the lowest-income tenants across these three cities.
During each visit we ask, “What is the biggest issue you would like to see changed?”
Undoubtedly, the most common issue we hear about is the substandard state of both public and private housing.
Posted July 28, 2018
In the previous government’s Climate Change Action Plan, tenants were promised $385 million to $500 million for social housing retrofits, plus $300 to $400 million in incentives for retrofits in other private apartment buildings, funded through cap and trade revenues. The diversion of this money away from retrofits represents a huge loss for hundreds of thousands of tenants across the province.
Posted July 23, 2018
What people can afford to pay for a home has nothing to do with the price of housing and everything to do with their income.
Mayor John Tory says he’s open to the city redefining what is considered “affordable” housing amid criticism that hundreds of new units approved each year are only a dream for people struggling to make ends meet.
Burnaby politics is in for a shakeup. And the one issue that’s driving the change is a rapid loss in older rental buildings to make way for new condo towers in the suburb’s Metrotown area.
Members in the Whalley/Guildford area got together to identify key concerns in the community.