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Legal Aid Board Chair Serves Landlord Class

@dsherwoodb reports on LAO Board Chair’s real estate connections… Last week Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) made front page news when it announced a major attack on Parkdale, cutting 45% of its funding to Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS). What wasn’t reported was LAO’s Board Chair Charles Harnick’s connections to Toronto real estate interests. We think

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Report: Parkdale Fights Back

This morning at 8:00am, in the midst of our daily grind, over 300 Parkdale parents, students, teachers and workers met on Jameson. We came together to demonstrate our strength in the face of attacks on our neighbourhood. We made a commitment to stand together in the struggles ahead. We committed to defending our homes, our

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June 5 – Stand With Parkdale, Fight For Parkdale

At 8 AM on June 5 Parkdale tenants, students, teachers and workers will stand together on Jameson Avenue to demonstrate our power and unity against threats to our jobs, schools, services and homes. The Parkdale Community Legal Clinic is facing closure. Our schools are facing cutbacks. Refugees no longer have access to legal support. The

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THIS IS PARKDALE Volume 2, Issue 4 – May 2019

THIS IS PARKDALE Volume 2, Issue 4 – May 2019 ONE DAMN THING AFTER ANOTHER It can sometimes feel like we’re surrounded. It feels like we’re under attack. In a lot of ways we are. Every week (even every day) brings a new threat to our homes, our schools, our jobs or the services we

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Springhurst Tenants Organize Against Eviction

On Saturday, March 30, our neighbours at 1 Springhurst and their supporters delivered a letter to landlord Ryan Rakowski at his Forrest Hill home. Rakowski is trying raise tenants’ rents by more than 8% to pay for repair work that was needed after years of neglect. Our neighbours can’t afford this huge increase. When our

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West Lodge vs. Timbercreek

The struggle against displacement in Parkdale continues… Today our neighbours at 103 and 105 West Lodge occupied the head offices of Timbercreek Asset Management. Joined by Parkdale teachers whose students live at the buildings, tenants delivered more than 150 work orders detailing disrepair in units. Today West Lodge tenants put Timbercreek on notice: we will

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Back Issue: “We don’t have to be stepped on like cockroaches” interview with an organizer

Deborah Savage is a working-class organizer and long-time friend of Parkdale Organize. She and her neighbours made news this week when they occupied their homes in response to their landlord locking them out. You can read their story in the Toronto Star. In light of their recent struggle we are re-posting this interview with Deborah

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Jameson Tenants Demand Repairs 

Today our neighbours from 109 Jameson along with members of Parkdale Organize visited the Forest Hill home of landlords Angelo and Linda Scioscia. We delivered a letter and twenty repair orders and demanded they do the repairs and stop threats of eviction against our neighbours now. 109 Jameson is one of the few remaining mid-rise

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1340 King Tenants Organize Against Eviction

Today tenants at 1340 King along with members of Parkdale Organize delivered a letter to landlord Evan Johnsen at his Parkdale home. Johnsen is trying to evict 1340 King tenant Stanislav, a masonry worker who has lived in the building for twenty years. In summer 2018 Stanislav transferred to a new unit in the building.

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Parkdale Rent Strike Organizers Beat Eviction

Today our neighbours at 1251 King defeated their landlord’s eviction case against rent strike organizers Mark and Pratussa. Respect to Mark and Pratussa for standing their ground and again demonstrating that working-class people in Parkdale can and should refuse to back down under threat of eviction. Harassment, pay-offs, legal tricks and high-priced lawyers can’t beat

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