CONFERENCES & EVENTS
Community Meeting for Tenants Facing Displacement by the LRT (June 2018)
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 6:30pm
Churchill Recreation Centre (1715 Main St E)
Do you live on (or near) King Street East, Main Street East, or Queenston Road? You may be facing displacement from your home due to Light Rail Transit (LRT) construction. Come out to a community meeting to learn about your rights, the notice and compensation you're legally entitled to receive, and talk to other tenants in the same situation. Please feel welcome to bring your kids as we will have childcare!
With the construction of Hamilton's LRT system slated to begin next year, many tenants living along its proposed path have been told they will need to move. For months now, Metrolinx has been buying up buildings along the project's proposed route. The plan calls for a number of buildings to be demolished in order to widen the road or make way for LRT stations to be built on sections of King Street, Main Street, and Queenston Road.
Private landlords are also trying to push longstanding tenants out to bring in new tenants who are willing to pay more to live near the LRT. Some landlords are vacating and selling properties near the LRT to cash in on increased property values.
Many tenants have already been displaced by this process. In some cases, landlords have attempted to get tenants to voluntarily move out by feeding them misinformation, or getting them to waive their legal rights as tenants. Often this has led to tenants being denied the proper notice and compensation they otherwise would have received.
You are invited to a community meeting for tenants who are being affected by this planned development. We will have representatives from the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic (HCLC) and Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network (HTSN), plus a number of other King Street tenants facing displacement.
Hundreds, if not thousands of tenants will be directly and negatively affected by the construction of the LRT. While issues around housing are often viewed as individual problems, this doesn't have to be the case. If we come together and organize, we can help to make sure that our rights are respected and that everyone who is forced to move from their home is granted a fair deal.
For more information, please contact AgainstLRTDisplacement@gmail.com or 289-639-3644.
The Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network (HTSN) is a grassroots, volunteer network linking tenants across Hamilton to build tenant power and fight against the forces of displacement.
The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic (HCLC) is a community based not for profit agency whose diverse team of caring professionals and volunteers provides legal services to low income individuals and communities to promote access to justice and to improve quality of life. We do this through: summary advice and referral, representation, community development, law reform and public legal education.
Community Meeting: People's Plan for Downtown (March 2018)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, Hamilton Room
The City of Hamilton’s Planning and Economic Development staff has drafted a new plan for the downtown that benefits developers and nobody else. We need a plan for the rest us, a plan that prevents displacement and prioritizes affordability, community, and sustainability. We need a plan that puts people above profit, a plan for the people of Hamilton!
Learn about the City’s proposed plan, why it matters, and how we can work with our neighbours to fight for a better plan. Have your say!
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the City's proposed Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan and learn more about the People's Plan for Downtown Hamilton campaign at peoplesplanfordowntown.ca.
2. Presentations (45 minutes)
Presentations will be made on each of the following topics:
▪ Unpacking the City’s latest plan for downtown: What is an official plan? What is a secondary plan? What is zoning? Why does this matter?
▪ Consequences of the plan: Impacts on gentrification, displacement, immigrant communities and low-income folks who rely on social agencies in the core, arts and culture venues, small businesses, heritage protections, and the environment
▪ Alternatives to the plan: Lessons from other Canadian cities
3. Breakout (45 minutes)
Breakout groups will be chaired by individuals from each of the following communities:
▪ Immigrants & social agencies
▪ Small business
▪ Tenants & housing advocates
4. Group Discussion (15 minutes)
Group discussion will involve feedback from each of the breakout groups and the creation of a list of shared ideas for future action
5. Wrap up (15 minutes)
Lessons from the Parkdale Rent Strike: Film screening and discussion (November 2017)
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Hamilton Room - Central Library (in Jackson Square)
From May to August of this year, over 300 tenants living in 12 buildings across the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale went on rent strike. They took this action in response to a wave of rent increases that were displacing people from their community, and in order to collectively demand repairs to their units. Months of escalating pressure tactics forced their landlord, Metcap Living, to the negotiating table. In the end, they secured a substantial drop to the rent increases, plus a special support program for low-income tenants. By doing so, these tenants also set an important new precedent for working-class struggle, and provided a shining example for others to follow.
Come out and learn first-hand from tenants in Parkdale about how their strike was organized, and the lessons it can teach tenants in Hamilton currently facing displacement and rising rents. The event will also feature the Hamilton premiere of This is Parkdale, a short documentary on the rent strike, co-produced by sub.Media and Parkdale Organize!
Hosted by the Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network
Building Together: A conference for and by renters (April 2017)
Saturday April 29, 2017
9:30am – 6:00pm
The Perkins Centre – 1429 Main Street East (Main & Kenilworth)
On Saturday April 29th, the Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network (HTSN) invites you to join us for a full day of free workshops, information sessions, skill-shares and discussions, where renters from across Hamilton can come together to figure out what a tenant-led solution to the housing crisis might look like, and what practical steps we can take to get there.
The goal of this event is to help our fellow tenants build the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to organize successfully with their neighbours. This conference will provide a space for current and future organizers to connect, share their experiences, and build momentum for organizing in this city moving forward.
Hamilton is in the midst of a serious housing crisis. Rents are going up all across our city, as rising property values chip away at the city’s available rental housing stock. Despite soaring demand, there is a disgraceful shortage of social housing, even as the city discusses selling off its existing units. The more that our neighbourhoods are “redeveloped”, the harder it becomes for working-class and poor people to find an affordable place to live. To make matters worse, corporate landlords and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are buying up high-rise apartment buildings, and using all sorts of dirty tricks to evict and displace existing tenants, so that they can flip empty units and jack up rents.
In the face of such blatant attacks on renters, and given the inability or unwillingness of politicians to resolve this crisis, we believe that as tenants we must take immediate steps to defend ourselves – and each other. This means getting organized. Whether you are in an established tenant association, or you just want more information on how to start organizing in your building or on your block, we hope that you join us.
The conference will be organized into three different streams, each divided into four sessions throughout the day. One of these streams, ‘Tenant Organizing 101’ is a full day training session, aimed at providing participants with a broad range of skills to help organize effectively with your neighbours. The other two streams will allow you to pick and choose workshops of interest and jump between streams. If you are planning on attending this event, please fill out this online registration form. Due to the nature of the ‘Tenant Organizing 101’ stream, it is especially important that you sign up in advance if you plan on participating. Though we strongly encourage registration for this event, in order to help ensure that things run as smooth as possible, no one will be turned away at the door.
The location of this event is wheelchair accessible, and the event itself will be entirely free. Lunch, snacks, coffee, and tea provided. To inform us about any special needs you might have please email us at email@example.com.
A full schedule of workshops, and presenter bios coming soon! The HTSN is a volunteer-run network made up of tenants and our allies. For more information, or if you want to help out with promoting this event in your building or your community, please get in touch. Don’t Agonize – Organize!