National Day of Action – Events Across Canada

These events and actions are happening across the country on November 21st as part of a national day of action calling for a national housing strategy and a stop to the cuts now!
Can’t be there in person? You can send a message to your MP and join our call!
On social media? Nov 21st hashtag: #right2housing (et #logementundroit en français)

Montreal & Ottawa:

Action organized by FRAPRU:
Harper, Couillard… Le logement est un droit: On déménage devant chez vous!
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Locations:
À Ottawa: sur la rue Wellington, entre les rues Elgin et Metcalf.
À St-Félicien: devant le 501-1209, boul. du Sacré-Coeur.
For more details, please visit this page
View press release here
FRAPRU will be using #logementundroit hashtag on social media

Toronto:

Rally organized by the Right to Housing (R2H) Coalition:
Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
For more details, please visit this page
View event poster here
View press release here
For more information about the rally and R2H Coalition: righttohousingcoalition@gmail.com

Coming from Jane/Finch/Steeles/York University area? Free shuttle bus, pick-up at 11am outside of 35 Shoreham Dr. (see map here – just east of Jane, south of Steeles). Look for the yellow school bus! Return trip after the forum, pick-up at 5:15pm at the top of James St. (next to the church).

Banners will also be dropped from the building fronts of several downtown social service organizations – including Street Health, Fred Victor Centre, and Casey House – to send a message to the Federal government that we need a national housing strategy now!
For more information about the banner drop:
lynda@streethealth.ca

Thunder Bay:

Rally organized by The Housing and Homelessness Coalition and Poverty Free Thunder Bay:
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: McGillivary Square, in front of City Hall
For more information:      
Anne Ostrom – Co-Chair, Housing and Homelessness Coalition
(807) 625-2942 / anneostrom@thunderbay.ca

Winnipeg:

Call to Action organized by Winnipeg Right to Housing Coalition:
Sarah Cooper, PhD Student at the University of Illinois – Chicago will present research on:
What the Expiring Social Housing Operating Agreements mean for Manitoba
A Panel of community and political representatives will respond to the paper, followed by audience discussion.
TIme: 1:30-3:00pm
Location: West End Commons (641 St. Matthews Avenue)
View event poster here
For more information:
coordinator@righttohousing.ca

Saskatoon:

For information on the leafleting/postering/social media action, please contact Saskatoon Anti Poverty Coalition and Passion for Action Against Homelessness:
antipoverty@sasktel.net

Edmonton:

Rally organized by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness:
Time: 12:15pm
Location:
Centennial Plaza (on the south side of the Milner Library)
See more details here
View event poster here

Vancouver:

For information, please contact Social Housing Alliance:
info@socialhousingbc.com

Whitehorse:

Action organized by the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition:
Bring a cardboard box and a marker if you can – we’ll build houses in solidarity with people across the country!
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Yukon Legislature
View event poster here
For more information:
(867) 334-9317 / yukonantipovertycoalition@gmail.com

Shout out to the (social media) world that HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!

Wherever you are across the country, whether you are on the streets with us, in your office or in your home, be part of our social media campaign for National Housing Day – use the hashtag #right2housing on Nov 21st to join the collective call to say HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT! Join our collective voice on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram! Every voice counts!

Also, please click through this link below and support our social media flash mob on Thunderclap so our message will be heard loud and clear across Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr on Nov 21st at noon!
Join the flash mob here: http://thndr.it/1q3zgza

Join us on November 21st for a National Housing Day Rally and Right to Housing Forum!

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Communities across Canada will be marking National Housing Day with events to promote and raise awareness on the right to housing. Join the Right to Housing Coalition and the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario on November 21, 2014 in Toronto for a National Housing Day Rally and Right to Housing Forum!

This event is FREE!
To register online: https://acto-right2housing-forum2014.eventbrite.ca
If you need assistance with registration, call 416-597-5855 or toll free 1-866-245-4182


Rally and Forum Schedule:

12:00pm-1:00pm:
National Housing Day Rally at Yonge-Dundas Square: Housing is a human right!
(See rally event page here)

2:00pm-5:00pm:
Right to Housing Forum at Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square behind the Eaton Centre (wheelchair accessible) – moderated by: Angela Robertson, Executive Director, Central Toronto Community Health Centres

Panel 1 (2:00-3:00): Is Housing First the solution to homelessness in Canada?

Some say yes. Some say maybe. And some say we must analyze Housing First through a gendered, racialized, rights based lens.
Professor Stephen Gaetz, York University/Canadian Homelessness Research Network, and Professor Janet Mosher, Osgoode Hall Law School, will discuss and debate the Housing First approach.

Panel 2 (3:15-5:00): The Right to Housing in Canada

There are many ways to build the right to housing in Canada. The panelists will discuss their advocacy work in the courts and in their communities.

• DJ Larkin, Pivot Legal Society (Vancouver), is counsel on a case concerning access to safe shelter as a basic human right.
• Phillip Dufresne, member of the Dream Team (Toronto), will discuss how they filed a human rights complaint against five municipalities in Ontario for their discriminatory by-laws… and won.
• Émilie Joly, Community Organizer at FRAPRU (Quebec-wide tenant organization), will talk about FRAPRU’s successes in organizing tenants and how to build this nationwide.
• Tracy Heffernan, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and co-counsel on the Right to Housing Charter challenge will discuss next steps in the R2H litigation and campaign.

Join us on Facebook and help spread the word by inviting your FB friends:
https://www.facebook.com/events/340129336160461


You can download (and print!) pdf versions of the flyer here:
poster (8.5″ x 11″)
quarter-sized flyers (change the settings to print 4 to a page before printing)

Toronto: RALLY for National Housing Day!

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We have a housing and homelessness crisis in Canada.

November 21st: We will be heard.

HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!
Speak up for an end to the housing crisis!
Speak out for an end to homelessness!

The Toronto rally is part of a National Day of Action taking place across Canada to send a message to the Federal government that we are calling for a national housing strategy and a stop to the cuts now!

For more information or to endorse the rally as a group or organization: righttohousingcoalition@gmail.com.
View the press release here.
Don’t forget to join us at our Right to Housing Forum after the rally!
You can download (and print!) pdf versions of the flyer here:
poster (8.5″ x 11″)
half-sized flyers (change the settings to print 2 to a page before printing)

In Canada, we have 150,000 to 300,000 people who are visibly homeless, plus 450,000 to 900,000 people who are among the “hidden homeless.”

The homelessness crisis may soon get even worse.

In Canada, 365,000 low income households are at risk of losing their homes because the Federal government refuses to renew subsidies for social housing. Meanwhile, the waiting list for social housing continues to grow: there are over 165,000 households on the waiting list in Ontario alone.

In 2009, Miloon Kothari, the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing, called the housing and homelessness crisis in Canada a “national emergency.” Yet, Canada remains the only G8 nation in the world without a national housing strategy, and our government continues to cut funding to housing and homelessness programs.

Join us on November 21st as we raise our voices collectively to say enough is enough!
Stop the cuts!
We need a national housing strategy now!

Toronto rally endorsed by 38 groups and organizations:
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
Street Health
Federation of Metro Tenants Association
Toronto Drop-in Network
Houselink Community Homes
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group
Oak Street Housing Co-operative
Regenesis
Young Parents No Fixed Address
Toronto ACORN
The Dream Team
Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
Grey-Bruce Community Legal Clinic
Women Speak Out
Voices from the Street
Working for Change

OPIRG York
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
ODSP Action Coalition
Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change
Ve’ahavta:The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Committee
Parkdale Community Legal Services
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Ontario Regional Council
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto
Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
Parkdale Activity – Recreation Centre
The Centre for Research on Inner City Health
MultiFaith Alliance to End Homelessness
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
TCHC Hydro Block Tenants
Covenant House Toronto
SharED
Canadian Unitarian Council
Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project
Housing Action Now

(This is a growing list! To endorse the rally as a group or organization: righttohousingcoalition@gmail.com)

For a list of sources for the figures mentioned, please visit this page.
On social media? Use the hashtag #right2housing on Nov 21st to join in the conversation!
Join us on Facebook here and help spread the word by inviting your FB friends!
Don’t forget to join us at our Right to Housing Forum after the rally –  see the event page here.

November 21st: National Day of Action for Housing!

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Dear fellow housing advocates across the country,

We have a housing and homelessness crisis in Canada.

November 21st: We will be heard.

HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!
Speak up for an end to the housing crisis!
Speak out for an end to homelessness!

Groups in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Whitehorse are mobilizing for a common day of action as part of National Housing Day on Friday, November 21st! Events across Canada are posted here.

Our demands:
1.    We need a national housing strategy now!
2.    Stop the cuts now! (cuts by the federal government to subsidies for social housing.. and cuts to housing & homelessness in general)

In Canada, we have 150,000 to 300,000 people who are visibly homeless, plus 450,000 to 900,000 people who are among the “hidden homeless.”

The homelessness crisis may soon get even worse.

In Canada, 365,000 low income households are at risk of losing their homes because the Federal government refuses to renew subsidies for social housing. Meanwhile, the waiting list for social housing continues to grow in all of our communities.

In 2009, Miloon Kothari, the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing, called the housing and homelessness crisis in Canada a “national emergency.” Yet, Canada remains the only G8 nation in the world without a national housing strategy, and our government continues to cut funding to housing and homelessness programs.

Join us on November 21st as we raise our voices collectively to say enough is enough!
Stop the cuts!
We need a national housing strategy now!

Please contact righttohousingcoalition@gmail.com to join us in speaking out on November 21st and let us know what you are planning in your community!

Social media: Wherever you are across the country, whether you are on the streets with us, in your office or in your home, be part of our social media campaign – use the hashtag #right2housing (et #logementundroit en français) on Nov 21st to join the collective call to say HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT! Join our collective voice on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram! Every voice counts!
Also, please click this link and support our #right2housing flash mob on Thunderclap so our message will be heard loud and clear across social media: http://thndr.it/1q3zgza

Monday May 26 – Right to Housing Case goes to Ontario Court of Appeal

On May 26-28th, the Ontario Court of Appeal will hear arguments from lawyers representing 4 formely homeless or poorly housing Ontarians. Their case – the ‘Right to Housing Charter Challenge’ was dismissed by the Ontario Superior Court in September of 2013.

They will argue that the Superior Court was wrong to deny homeless people the right to present their case before the Court in a full hearing. Eight groups of intervenors will argue in favour of allowing the appeal and denying the motion to strike, including: LEAF, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, the Colour of Poverty, in addition to several legal clinics: ARCH Disability Law Centre, the Income Security Advocacy Centre, Neighbourhood Legal Services, and the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario.

Stand in solidarity with the applicants and show your support for the right to housing:
You can attend the Appeal to show your support. It takes place in Courtroom 1 at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, 130 Queen St W, Toronto (northeast corner of University and Queen St.) The hearing begins at 10:30am each day and ends by 4:30pm. Wednesday may end by noon.

The ‘Right to Housing challenge’ argues that the governments of Canada and Ontario are in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and international law for their failure to address, and their contribution to, the growing crisis of homelessness and inadequate housing. Almost 10,000 pages of expert witness evidence were submitted to support this case on National Housing Day in the fall of 2011.

October 23: International Strategies for Action – Right to Housing Forum

Come hear speakers from India, Scotland and the United States share success stories from the world-wide movement for the right to adequate housing!

International Strategies for the Right to Housing
Wednesday, October 23rd 7pm
SCC 115 – Oakham House
Ryerson University – 63 Gould Street
Toronto

Our speakers:

Fiona King is Senior Policy Officer at Shelter Scotland based in Edinburgh. Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness and has been campaigning for housing rights for the past 40 years. In 2003, Scotland introduced legislation which will give people an enforceable legal right to housing.

Miloon Kothari is an outspoken critic of the countries and institutions that see the neo-liberal and military/security policies as a means to achieving democracy and human rights. Formerly UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on adequate housing (2000-2008), he is also the convener of the Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network. Miloon lives in Delhi, India.

Rob Robinson is co-founder of the Take Back the Land National Movement and a member of the US Human Rights Network. He is a member of the Human Right to Housing program at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (US). Rob spent two and a half years homeless in Miami and ten months in a New York City homeless shelter and has been in the housing movement in New York City since 2007.

This event is free. The venue is accessible. Transit tokens will be provided by FMTA – please email fmta@torontotenants.org or call 416-646-1772 to confirm your transit needs.

The event is organized by the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations and the Right to Housing Coalition Ontario.

This is event is part of the Right to Housing Symposium, which includes the conference “The Road Home: The Right to Housing in Canada and Around the World”. For information on the conference see: http://www.acto.ca/en/training.html

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