We wrote a piece contextualizing the struggle around the Housing Stabilization Fund and its connection to the broader program of Liberal austerity.
Rally in support of Laura Bardeau at City Hall.
Read it on The Bullet.
Thanks to all those who came out to our emergency community meeting on Monday, July 18.
At the meeting we distributed the Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF) adjudication policies we forced the City to release over the course of Laura Bardeau's fight for justice (which we won!). You can download the three HSF policies we received here:
Laura Bardeau Speaking at the OCAP Mass Delegation to City Hall on June 15
We've just received word from Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) that they've capitulated to our demand and are now granting Laura the full $1500 she is entitled for, proving once again the power of collective action. This victory was two months in the making but together we made it happen!
However, a victory for Laura isn't yet a victory for all applicants to the critical Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF). Disclosure documents we received over the course of this fight demonstrate that the HSF adjudication policy systematically discriminates against disabled people and people with children. This must change because we shouldn't need a 2 month fight and a public campaign to win people their most basic entitlements.
Join us this Monday, July 18 at 5pm at our Community Meeting (details below) to celebrate Laura's victory and build a mobilization to win HSF justice for all!
Fight to Win!
Emergency Community Meeting
Monday, July 18 |31 Wellesley Street East (OPSEU Membership Centre)|5pm
Meal Provided. Childcare Available. Wheelchair Accessible Space
Download Event Flyer
For the last two months OCAP has been fighting for the Bardeau family to get access to Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF). As part of this struggle, we have obtained the City’s secret HSF policies and found proof the City is discriminating against families and disabled people.
We are calling a community meeting on this issue to:
- Enable those who need access to the HSF, in order to obtain or retain housing, to get more information on how they can best access it.
- Talk to people who have been denied HSF about fighting their decision.
- Give an overview of HSF policy, its eligibility formula, and how it is discriminatory (we will have copies of the policies available).
- Plan out a campaign of action to defend and strengthen the HSF and raise social assistance rates.
On Wednesday, June 15, a mass OCAP delegation visited Mayor John Tory and Councillor James Pasternak as we escalated the fight to get Laura Bardeau and her kids the Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF) they are entitled to.
The Fight Continues at City Hall | Bay and Queen | Wednesday, June 15 | 11.00 am #HSFJustice | Meet by giant Toronto sign in the square
On the 16th anniversary of OCAP’s powerful protests against austerity at Queen’s Park, help us deliver a clear and strong message to the City that we want justice for Laura Bardeau and everyone trying to get the Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF). There is money to pay Pan Am Games executives lavish bonuses but poor families are denied basic furniture.
On Wednesday, come help us force City officials to:
- Grant Laura Bardeau the maximum HSF amount
- Make the HSF policy public
- End discrimination against parents and disabled people
Update: Laura Bardeau Still Waiting on HSF, Councillor Pasternak Tries to Cover Up Inadequate and Discriminatory Policy
Thank you to everyone who responded to OCAP's call/write campaign yesterday to demand that the City release the Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF) amount that Laura Bardeau, a single mum on ODSP, and her two disabled kids are entitled to. Within a day city politicians and bureaucrats, namely Mayor John Tory, Councillor James Pasternak, and Toronto Employment and Social Services General Manager, Patricia Walcott received many emails and phone calls demanding justice for Laura and her kids.
You have helped make this an issue they need to deal with, and we now need to make sure we use the momentum to ensure a victory for Laura and justice for all families applying for HSF.
NEW SUMMER LOCATION
3rd Thursday of every month
40 Oak St. (East of Parliament, South of Gerrard)
Free Event with: Dinner, Childcare, Wheelchair Access, Tokens
Click here for audio from May 19th, 'Organizing and Disruption' with Chanteal-lee Winchester and John Clarke
July 21st - Colonialism
Speakers: Sigrid Kneve and Ruth Koleszar-Green
- What is colonialism?
- What is does colonialism look like in our neighbourhood?
- How can we decolonize?
Laura Bardeau and her two young sons all have disabilities and are living
on social assistance. After a long struggle with bed bugs, they had to get
rid of all of their furniture
While the City has a Housing Stabilization Fund to help people in this
exact situation buy furniture, they are refusing to help this family. The
City says that Laura’s “combined ODSP and Child Tax income is in excess
and precludes eligibility for HSF.” The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
can’t understand how a person whose sole sources of income are ODSP and
Child Tax Benefit has income “in excess.” In excess of what? People on
disability social assistance (ODSP) live well below the poverty line and
frequently struggle to meet their basic needs including food and shelter.
Currently Laura is sleeping with one son on a mattress on the floor (where
they also eat their meals) and the other son is sleeping on a separate
mattress on the floor but the City won’t help.
Friday May 27
Meet @ Toronto City Hall Square
Bay and Queen
Solidarity march on the financial district with CUPE-Ontario
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)- Ontario are marching on the banks at Bay and King to challenge their agenda of privatization and austerity and OCAP will be marching with them. Ontario Hydro, health care, public housing, the delivery of social services - governments are preparing to try and sell all of these off to the banks and corporations. This means increased costs, reduced services and deeper poverty.
Thursday, June 23, 5:30pm, Regent Park Community Health Centre
Downtown East Women Rally & March to End Violence Against Women &
Gender Based Violence
In memory of women who have died on the streets - Stop the violence, Reclaim the Streets!
Welcome to the No One Is Illegal - Toronto is a grassroots migrant justice organization. We fight for the freedom to move, return and stay. If you are here us for the first time, visit the About section which will give you an overview of our work, and campaigns.
If you're an undocumented person needing support in your fight against deportations, or because you need to access services, please send us a quick email.
Visit the campaign website for End Immigration Detention Network to learn about our struggle against detentions: www.endimmigrationdetention.com
April 22, 2016
Federal Liberal HQ (10 St Mary Street - Yonge & Charles)
Join us on Friday, April 22 at 1:30pm at 10 St Mary Street (Yonge & Charles) for a demonstration of rage, music, art, grief, and remembrance, and with a message loud and clear to the Liberal Government. Immigration detention is indefinite, unjust, and deadly. It must end.
April 22 will mark exactly one month since the family of Francisco Javier Romero Astorga, a Chilean man who died in immigration detention, issued an open letter asking for help in finding out how Francisco died. They are still waiting for answers. Read their open letter here.
No One Is Illegal - Toronto condemns the Trudeau government's continuation of Canada’s colonial violence towards Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island. Indigenous communities have time and time again proven their resilience and strength, finding ways to resist and reassert their sovereignty in the face of ongoing displacement, dispossession, and cultural genocide. This violence has occurred for centuries and remains integral to Canada’s policies and practices today. Lack of drinkable water, housing, adequate health and social services, and a continual mismanagement of funds by the Canadian government has left Attawapiskat First Nation and countless other Indigenous communities across Turtle Island without adequate supports to thrive and exist with dignity.
WHEN: Sunday, May 1 at 1 PM
WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square
WHAT: Every year on May 1st grassroots organizations in Toronto rally and march to mark International Worker’s Day, for migrant and worker’s rights and in support of Indigenous people’s struggles. Themed around the most pressing issues of the day and committed to people’s struggles against oppression and exploitation, May Day unites people’s struggles for self-determination and liberation. We continue this tradition in 2016, rallying and marching against colonial and capitalist attacks on our communities here and Canadian imperialism’s plunder and attacks on peoples across the world.
This year, May Day organizing seeks to highlight the struggles of resistance to anti-black racism, police brutality, and issues deeply affecting black communities. All themes will center these struggles (with the exception of the first):
– Indigenous Sovereignty and Self-determination
– Migrant workers’ struggle against border imperialism
WHEN: Thursday, June 2 at 12 PM
WHERE: Queen's Park, Toronto
WHAT: In Spring of 2016 Grassy Narrows people will travel 1,700 km to Toronto to call on Premier Wynne to finally clean up the 9,000 kg of mercury that were dumped in our river in the 1960’s. Join us as we demand justice for our people and protection for the waters and forests that give life.
To all land defenders and people in struggle for indigenous liberation,
Please join us in Toronto on June 2nd, 2016 at noon at Queen's Park, for a rally to force Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government to take action.