News release: Tenants and allied community members are gathering in front of the NS Legislature in an all-day occupation to demand permanent rent control and immediate action on the housing crisis.
Hailie Tattrie: “However, I am here to remind all you that we are each closer to houselessness than we may think. One accident, one health issue, one missed paycheque, could land many of us out on the streets.”
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.
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.
News release: As the city council meets to discuss its strategy for engaging unhoused community members in the aftermath of last week’s mass evictions, P.A.D.S. Community Network is calling on the city to cease all removals of people living in parks.
Jackie Barkley: I’m no housing expert or planner, but I think we need our government to keep rent control, to be flooding the market with co-operatives, well-designed public housing, bridge financing for co-housing projects, and a requirement for all new apartment and condos to have a large percentage of set aside units at prices pegged to the minimum wage — and that’s starting now.
Martyn Williams: “By initiating violence against a protesting but unprotected crowd in a public area, police did not acknowledge their responsibility to ensure events didn’t escalate harmfully in a way that ultimately endangered everyone in this central pedestrian area including children, seniors and people with disabilities.”
Media release: P.A.D.S. Community Network is a group of unhoused people, community members, and volunteers sharing space at Chebucto and Dublin Streets (at the space formerly known as Meagher Park now renamed People’s Park).
Sunil Sarwal reflects on the forceful eviction by Halifax police and city of poor people living in tents and crisis shelters.