UPDATE: The encampment at Victoria and Weber has been dismantled. The residents did not find a suitable arrangement that could house all of them.
This half hour examines the Waterloo Region Council meeting on August 11 where housing advocates commented on the Region’s new men’s shelter plan and presented some of the homeless and unsheltered communities’ biggest challenges. Then we speak with Lesley Crompton, a local anti-homelessness advocate for a more in-depth analysis of the issues raised at the meeting.
At the recent Waterloo Regional Council meeting, Council approved two dorm-style shelters with 24-hour access and supports in an unusually long meeting during which Region staff presented the Emergency Shelter Planning Update followed by short presentations by five housing advocates.
Each speaker advocated for specific areas of need in the unsheltered communities and the shelter system. This included
*stressing the need for more transition housing and more permanent affordable housing; decriminalizing homelessness;
*considering a human rights approach to obtaining zero homelessness;
*lowering specific barriers and reforming shelters generally in partnership with a variety of communities, including the homeless themselves; and
*providing basic amenities, such as water and sanitation for encampments and more Lot42-style housing communities.
Each delegate agreed that more spaces need to be made available and more work needs to be done to get people into permanent housing.
This episode begins with a chat with Jeff Willmer who gives us an update on the “A Better Tent City” project at Lot42 in Kitchener.
The second half of the show is a story about a recent eviction from an emergency shelter. In the last week of July, during which the province of Ontario continued an emergency order due to the COVID-19 crisis, Monica Place in Cambridge gave a young single mother, Emma, and her one-year-old child 48 hours notice to move off their premises with little explanation. The unusual move was precipitated by a post on a local Facebook group page, in which a woman asserted that Emma left her child in 35-degree heat while she was smoking. Emma maintains the child was not in danger, she was not acting in anyway illegally or neglectfully. When contacted, Monica House confirmed the eviction but would not comment further.
Waterloo Region Yes In My Backyard (WR YIMBY) is advocating to increase housing density and in doing so they hope to increase affordable housing supply in Waterloo Region.
WR YIMBY co-founder Martin Asling speaks to us about the principles that drive YIMBY’s advocacy, the affordable housing and housing density challenges specific to Waterloo Region and how the response to the current COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that solutions can be found.
Practicing their neoliberal ideology, the federal liberal government of Justin Trudeau introduced legislation to end the postal worker strike, as Doug Ford’s conservatives also attacked workers rights with bill 47 in Ontario. Also, who will stop police budgets?
An infiltrator is outed in the Hamilton activist scene and environmental justice organisers are urged to join and expand the fight against fascists forces at home and abroad. Also some #PrisonStrike and #PrisonRadio audio.
On this episode of AW@L Radio we are joined by animal-cruelty and fur-farm whistleblower Malcolm Klimowicz to discuss his arrest and censoring, his work with the endfurmfarming.com campaign, and the first day of the #minktrial, which is scheduled for July 5th 2018.
On this episode of AW@L Radio radio we hear from Kitchener ontario based human rights activist Julian Ichim who recently had 2 crowdfunding campaigns, aimed to pay for their prescription medication, shut down at the request of the US government.
with a provincial election in ontario on june 7th, this AW@L Radio highlights the corruption, bigotry, ignorance, and malice represented in the candidates for the conservative party. AW@L Radio, dan kellar, also advocates for voting for the NDP as a harm reduction measure, to keep the dangerous policies of the conservatives and liberals out of power, and make life a little easier for everyone (but the rich).
for this AW@L Radio, we have a few updates about confronting racists and fighting for justice for all migrants, and an article along with audio on the outing of alt-right nazis. #EndImmigrationDetention #PunchNazis
as anti-racists plan to counter a far-right march in Quebec, anti-racists in Ontario challenge racist academic francis widdowson as she was hosted by the “laurier society for open inquiry”. also the canadian anti-hate network (CAN) has launched and will work to track far-right movements.
this quick edit of an episode of AW@L Radio has an update of the ongoing issue of the students organising under the group name “laurier society of open inquiry” (LSOI), who keep trying to host and platform speakers who support/are or racist, white nationalist, and/or anti-Indigenous rights under the shield of “free speech”. also an update on the shameful canadian government efforts to block more asylum seekers from entering canada.
Responding to an unprovoked attack on his scholarship, by right-wing blow-hard Margaret Wente, professor Simon Springer, wrote a piece for theconversation.com titled “Anarchist Professor takes on hate speech”.
on today’s show we update folks on the anti-gentrification march in Hamilton which took place on March 3rd 2018, and subsequent vandalism against an anarchist space in #HamOnt, “The Tower”. also discussed is the recent rise in right-wing violence and vandalism.
Responding to the SCC’s rejection of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nations challenge of the NEB’s decision to allow the #line9 pipeline to have its flow reversed & to have the inline pressure increased—while also approving for the flow of #tarsands diluted bitumen and fracked oil—despite a complete failure to meaningfully consult any Indigenous community potentially impacted along the pipeline’s route, David-Gray Donald analysis 6 of the more absurd issues plaguing this high court decision. Here is a reading of the article.
Responding to the Supreme Court of Canada’s rejection of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nations challenge of the National Energy Board’s decision to allow the #line9 pipeline to have its flow reversed and to have the inline pressure increased—while also approving for the flow of tar sands diluted bitumen and bakken-shale fracked oil—despite a complete failure to meaningfully consult any Indigenous community potentially impacted along the pipeline’s route, David-Gray Donald analysis six of the more absurd issues plaguing this high court decision.
The bulk of this episode of AW@L radio is a reading of “6 Glaring Issues with the Supreme Court’s Line 9 Decision” from the mediacoop.ca, posted by David Gray-Donald (@DgrDon). You can access the whole article here: