Press release: After nearly 40 days, a 24-hour volunteer-run vigil at Meagher Park in Halifax is coming to an end.
In the morning,
the police came;
although we were outside
rent was due
A stunning poem about the violent evictions of unhoused people by Halifax police on August 18.
Some 200 people gathered in front of Halifax City Hall this morning to demand a moratorium on the evictions of unhoused people all across urban HRM.
PADS Community Network and housing workers discovered this morning that an entire floor of a hotel that is currently used to shelter unhoused people will be evicted tomorrow morning. The Comfort Inn in Dartmouth says that the city has long known that these rooms were unavailable and booked by other clients, but the city did not warn anyone currently housed there.
The brutal evictions of unhoused people initiated by Halifax police on August 18 are slowly disappearing from the headlines, and from the general public’s minds. Thankfully, the push back continues.
Tynette Deveaux attended two Halifax public hearings prior to approving three new highrises on the Halifax Peninsula. “I don’t know at what point our democracy was hijacked, but it has been,” she writes.
Media release: Even as the P.A.D.S. Community Network is sending people to fill the small number of available hotel spaces, more people are joining the temporary sheltering place, dubbed “People’s Park. Volunteers and those housed at People’s Park blame the lack of clarity from the city about where people are allowed to temporarily house themselves safely, when no legal sheltering spaces are even available.
Judy Haiven on the hot mess that came about after the city decided to evict unhoused people from their modest shelters on August 18.
Rain, the remnants of Hurricane Ida, is coming down in sheets in Halifax as I am reading the recent update by street navigator Eric Jonsson on people sleeping outside in Halifax. It makes for grim reading, especially today. A section on the harm caused by the recent evictions by force of the unhoused people living in tents and crisis shelters is particularly disconcerting.
Media release: A Halifax citizens’ group dedicated to better public engagement on urban development intends to appear at the upcoming Sept 7 public hearing before HRM Council to oppose two developments that it calls “monstrous.”