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Toronto: Organized Tenants Stop Eviction

Toronto. Ontario. Today (January 9, 2021) organized tenants successfully stopped an eviction from being carried out in Little Portugal. Timbercreek/Hazelview took ownership of the building less than two months ago and while this eviction was started before they bought the building, they now have a clear decision to make: will they try to drag a single mom and her children out into the cold during a pandemic? Tenants in the building, the neighbourhood and neighbourhoods throughout the city made their position clear today: this family’s life is worth more than Timbercreek/Hazelview’s investments.

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#Toronto, #Ontario: Defend the East York 50

Toronto. Ontario. For months, organizers in Toronto have been sounding the alarm over a looming wave of evictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Politicians at all layers of government have feigned sympathy, but have ultimately moved to secure the interests of the nation’s lucrative real estate sector.

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Colonial statues defaced in downtown #Toronto, #Ontario

Toronto. ON. Last night, for the second time in a week, the statues of John A MacDonald and Eggerton Ryerson were doused with paint.

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Kill the Mass Eviction Bill: Ford Escalates Threat of Mass Evictions in #Ontario

On July 2, the Ontario government voted to amend Bill 184, the Eviction Bill, in a step towards ensuring mass evictions for Ontario tenants who have been unable to pay rent in full during the COVID-19 crisis. All tenants who have been unable to pay full rent, whether they have signed repayment plans or not, will be affected by this predatory bill. Now heading into its third reading, the amended Bill could be passed into law as early as next week.

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Justice for Regis: Some critical reflections on the May 30 demo in #Toronto, #ON

Toronto. Ontario. On May 30, a few days after Regis Korchinski-Paquet was killed by Toronto police, a demo brought thousands of people together in Christie Pitts to challenge police violence and anti-black racism. Over the same period in the US, combative demos occurred every night in many cities in response to a police killing in Minneapolis, pushing back the police and burning their stuff, as well as attacking businesses, part of the capitalist system that has brutalized and exploited black people since its beginnings.

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#MayDay noise demo at #Toronto South Detention Centre

Toronto. ON. For May Day this year, despite the current limitations on some of our traditional activities, we wanted to safely take to the streets. It was a perfect opportunity to do a demonstration we’d been thinking about at Toronto South Detention Centre. Toronto South, nicknamed “Guantanamo South”, is a horrific place, and an especially dangerous place to be during a pandemic.

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Save the date: (tentatively) Announcing the 2020 #Toronto Anarchist Bookfair!

While we don’t know what the coming months will look like, we are excited to announce and invite you to mark your calendars for the Toronto Anarchist Bookfair on October 24, 2020.

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#ShutDownCanada: Solidarity Ghost Blockades in Greater #Toronto Area (GTA)

Toronto. So-called Canada. On Wednesday March 11, hours before the student walkout for Wet’suwet’en, fellow supporters continued to disrupt the Canadian economy by holding “Ghost Blockades” at the time of the morning commute. Activists in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and other Indigenous Land Defenders have planted harmless signals on train tracks in various parts of the GTA, forcing rail traffic to halt while officials investigate. Trains were stopped, but this time there were no visible activists on the tracks for the police to arrest and intimidate. As police forces escalate their responses to peaceful demonstrations on rails, land defenders and allies are finding ways to send their message without risking police aggression. Railway police and other workers will need to investigate each blockade to deem the tracks safe for further traffic. In the mean time, the message is clear: RCMP and CGL must leave Wet’suwet’en territory.

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We won’t stop: #Toronto solidarity rail action

Toronto. Ontario. Moved by the momentum of rail blockades and actions across the country, we set out last night to stop some trains. Toronto has seen a couple of well-attended and inspiring one-day blockades over the past week. Sustaining the numbers and energy for these kinds of blockades can be hard, and we want to experiment with ways to keep pressure on the rail system without expending that energy constantly. Luckily, there are many ways to disrupt the rails – see previous callouts!

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